Book-lovers, visualize this pipedream: A massive room filled with rows of tables and booths creaking under the weight of thousands of new and upcoming books. Knowledgeable exhibitors from publishing houses are eagerly waiting to talk with you. Among the titles are thrillers, how-to’s, literary novels, adventures, romances, biography, history, humor, travel, cookbooks, YA, children’s and more. Pick them up, flip through the pages, get free review copies. The buzz-kill: The public’s not invited.
That was the scene Oct. 15-16 at the 30th annual “Discovery” trade show in the South San Francisco Conference Center. It was sponsored by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, which also hosted panel discussions, workshops and appearances by 50 authors. Dozens of big and small publishers showed their best titles for fall and winter to hundreds of booksellers. Schmoozing was encouraged. So was reading.