I Wanna See Laney’s House
Booth #504 Xulon Press

I started off the day by attending the Adult Book and Author Breakfast which featured a panel of authors with Rachel Maddow as the moderator. The author panel included an eclectic group —Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Outliers), Karin Slaughter (The Last Widow), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Water Dancer), and Marjorie Liu (Monstress). Panelists spoke of their personal experience and evolution as an author of adult books.

Rachel Maddow, author of Drift, discussed her upcoming book, Drift.
Malcolm Gladwell, discussed his latest book, Talking to Strangers, which examines how good we are at making sense of strangers.
Karin Slaughter, crime writer and founder of the Save the Libraries project, discussed the next thriller in her Will Trent series, releasing this August, The Last Widow.
Ta-Nehisi Coates previewed his first novel, The Water Dancer, a work of magic and adventure that follows a journey into the war on slavery. Coates is also the author of Between the World and MeWe Were Eight Years in Power and The Beautiful Struggle.
Marjorie Liu unpacked her comic series Monstress co-created with Sana Takeda. Liu is the first woman to win an Eisner Award in the Best Writer category.

Each year, our Adult Book & Author Breakfast invites attendees to hear from an eclectic mix of storytellers who are each greatly impacting the industry,” said Jennifer Martin, Event Director, BookExpo. “One of our most popular events of the show, the Breakfast offers an unparalleled opportunity to hear from some of the most prominent authors in publishing today.”

Key Takeaway: As an author don’t compare yourself to others. Use your unique gifts and perspective on life to create the story that lies within, based on your experiences, your calling and your inner drive, creativity and imagination. If writing is your real thing, there’s room for you in the publishing world.