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The end of May marks the most anticipated publishing event of the year --- BookExpo America (BEA) at the well-air conditioned, but insanely difficult to get to, Javits Center. Publishers, authors, literary agents, booksellers, librarians and internet gurus (like us) from all over the country, and the world, come together to preview books of the upcoming season. While one can walk around, view thousands of upcoming titles, collect author-signed books and, yes, eat some free candy here and there, there are also a variety of panels featuring authors and industry people...including our very own Carol Fitzgerald. Wearing her iconic turquoise (ter-kwaz, as Anjelica Huston would say), Carol talked with six Buzz Authors whose upcoming books were dubbed "Buzz Books of the Show." The authors were Julie Checkoway, Garth Risk Hallberg, Dan Marshall, Otessa Moshfegh, Damon Tweedy and Ruth Ware. The TBRN #squad enthusiastically cheered her on from the peanut gallery.

First up, in ironic news: Selfies were banned from Kim K. W.’s Manhattan event for her new book, SELFISH, last week. Nikki has a theory that Kim is hoarding all the selfies for herself --- talk about selfish! It’s a selfie monopoly! Bingo!
But seriously, Kim --- along with the rest of the Kardashian Klan --- has managed to make a Killing in so many diverse industries; she’s Konquered TV, fashion, beauty and the letter K, and now she’s got the biggest book of the season. For those of you who pretend not to be interested in these Kinds of things, SELFISH is a collection of Kim’s selfies, some seen around the world and some never before seen. SELFISH is already a top 100 Amazon bestseller, and the fact that Kim can get us to buy something that we can get for free is a testament to her A+ marketing skills. Personally, we’re waiting to invest in the updated edition with an introduction by Dr. Kanye West.