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This week marked a momentous anniversary for one of the most lovable book characters we grew up with --- the Harry Potter books turned 20. It was 20 short years ago that the first Harry Potter book was introduced to the world, sparking an era of series reading that was met with unbelievable excitement and palpable anticipation. (Fun fact: What we know as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE was originally released in the UK in 1997 as HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE.) People fell in love with Harry instantly as the young wizard navigated his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, making close friends and enemies along the way. For many of us on the later end of our 20something years, we were the prime target for this book. At the ripe ages of eight, nine, ten, etc., we were more than ready to follow along on the wondrous journey of a young boy of a similar age during his trials and tribulations as we experienced the joys, sorrows and three-headed dogs of growing up ourselves.

Good thing we rested up over Memorial Day weekend as the last days of May/first days of June made for a big week for publishing with both BookExpo and BookCon, held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. From Wednesday to Friday, the annual BookExpo convention brought together publishing professionals, booksellers, librarians and bloggers, who came from across the world to learn about the upcoming books for fall, meet and greet beloved and debut authors, attend panels on publishing-related topics, and walk away with tote bags full of books to peruse and talk about. During the weekend, the BookCon event brought in readers from the general public to do much of the same. In essence, it was a five-day-long love fest of books and authors.