BEA: Final Notes

Here’s a couple of final notes about books that I saw at BEA. A couple of these should have gone in my fantasy post, but I forgot about them.

  • The award for the cleverest and most appropriate packaging has to HarperCollins for Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest. Appropriate to an alternate version of Snow White, the advance reading copy came packaged in a box with — what else would it be but a mirror!
  • Random House/Knopf is publishing a new, deluxe anniversary edition of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, due out in October. The deluxe edition will contain 16 pages of new material (archival documents, scientific notes, and found letters of Lord Asriel), a ribbon bookmark, colored endpapers, and Pullman’s own chapter-opening spot art. I’m not sure if they will also be releasing deluxe editions of the other two books in the series.
  • Black Dog and Leventhal will be publishing new hardcover editions of eight of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. While not technically kid lit, I first fell in love with Christie’s mystery books in middle school, so I was excited to see these new editions. The eight books, to be released on September 26, include five Hercule Poirot mysteries: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Murder on the Orient Express, The ABC Murders, Evil Under the Sun, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and three Miss Marple mysteries: Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, and A Murder is Announced.
  • I don’t often write about non-fiction, but I couldn’t resist this one. DK gave out a packet of postcards containing images from their forthcoming book, Rainforest, by Thomas Marent. The images are absolutely stunning! This is definitely one to buy, and since sales of the book will support The Rainforest Foundation, you can even feel good about buying it. The book is printed on recycled paper, and a CD of rainforest sounds will be included.