The end of May: Summer’s heating up, we’re dusting off our seersucker and white shoes, and it’s BEA time again.
I wasn’t able to make it over yesterday, and missed out on both the publishing CEO panel and Barbra Streisand. The panel, moderated by Farrar, Straus and Giroux president Jonathan Galassi, featured Workman’s Bob Miller, ICM agent Esther Newberg, Skip Prichard from Ingram, Penguin’s David Shanks, the ABA’s Oren Teicher, and Scott Turow, president of the Author’s Guild. From all reports it sounded, predictably, like a microcosm of the industry itself: Cluelessness and resistance at the highest levels, with signs of cross-pollination increasing inversely down the pyramid. Galleycat gives an overview, with Jacket Copy‘s Carolyn Kellogg and Ed Champion filling in the rest of the sordid details. I’m sorry to have missed it. After all last year’s back-patting social media discussions, the business is ripe for a David Mamet of its very own to give it the treatment.
On the other hand, I can live without having seen Barbra Streisand and Gayle King do their thing. I’ll wait for the buddy movie.
I’m heading to the Javits Center now to see the sights for myself. For those of you who can’t make it, check out Jason Boog’s Banners of BEA cheesecake and save yourself some neck strain.
(Photo of the giant, dismayed Keith Richards courtesy of Galleycat‘s Jason Boog.)