BookExpo America (BEA) Announces BEA Editorsʼ Buzz Program Spotlighting Industry’s Next Breakout Stars


Program Credited with Finding Upcoming Crop of Bestsellers Names Finalists for Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade Categories

Norwalk, CT, March 2, 2016:  BookExpo America (BEA) today announces its finalists for the  highly anticipated annual BEA Editors' Buzz program naming the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in 2016.  The slate of titles divided into three categories – BEA Adult Editor’s Buzz, BEA Young Adult Editors' Buzz, and BEA Middle Grade Editors' Buzz – cover a wide range of topics this year exploring race, love, family, and more. (see full list of finalists below)

BEA Buzz has a powerful track record of predicting the year’s hottest books, selecting nine titles over the past two years that made it onto the The New York Times Best Sellers list. Previous titles selected by the Buzz Committee and presented at BEA include: We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel, by Matthew Thomas; Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; Five Days At Memorial, by Sheri Fink; Room, by Emma Donoghue; The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan; The Maze Runner, by James Dasher; Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell;, The Duff by Kody Keplinger, and Life of Zarf, Rob Harell.

The selection process was made by three separate committees of booksellers, librarians and other industry professionals. BEA officials note that the intensive selection process, which takes place over a two and a half month period, always involves passionate debate over the finalists. The selection committees are purposely designed to achieve the widest possible consensus. The Buzz panel presentations, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, will be supplemented with an Author Stage appearance for the chosen authors.

“BEA has had a good track record in selecting upcoming bestsellers and I think that once again this crop of authors is likely to become household names in the coming months,” said Steve Rosato, event director. “We’re happy with these selections and look forward to exploring these works further at BEA.”

The full list of finalists and BEA events can be found below:


Another Day in the Death of America
Gary Younge
Nation Books
Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Thomas Mullen
37 INK
Publication Date: September 13, 2016

History of Wolves
Emily Fridlund
Grove Atlantic
Publication Date: January 5, 2017

Little Deaths
Emma Flint
Hachette Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

The Mothers
Brit Bennett
Riverhead Books
Publication Date: October 11, 2016

The Nix
Nathan Hill
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: August 30, 2016


Stephanie Garber
Flatiron Books
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Stalking Jack the Ripper
Kerri Maniscalco
JIMMY Patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Rani Patel In Full Effect
Sonia Patel
Cinco Puntos Press
Publication Date: October 20, 2016

Aaron Starmer
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Thieving Weasels
Billy Taylor
Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 23, 2016


Booki Vivat
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness
Kate Beasley
Farrar Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 4, 2016

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes
Wade Albert White
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 13, 2016

The Lost Property Office
James R. Hannibal
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 8, 2016

Time Traveling With A Hamster
Ross Welford
Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: October 18, 2016


Wednesday, May 11
BEA Adult Editors’ Buzz
4:15 – 5:30
Room 183

Thursday, May 12
Uptown Stage – Meet the Adult Buzz Authors
10:00 – 10:45

BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz
10:00 – 10:50
Room 184b

Friday, May 13
Uptown Stage – Meet the Young Adult Buzz Authors
10:00 – 10:30

Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz - Editors present books
11:00 – 11:50
Room 184b

Uptown Stage – Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors
1:15 – 1:45


BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).
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