Actress Constance Wu to Appear on U.S. Book Show Author Panel

PW Announces Authors and Editors to Showcase Hot Titles for Fall 2022

NEW YORK—April 21, 2022—Constance Wu, best known for her critically acclaimed roles in the TV series Fresh Off the Boat and hit feature film Crazy Rich Asians, will appear at the U.S. Book Show on the adult Book and Author panel to discuss her forthcoming memoir, Making a Scene (Scribner). The other authors on the panel are Thomas E. Ricks, author of Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968 (Farrar Straus & Giroux), Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, co-authors of The World Record Book of Racist Stories (Grand Central) and Alan Moore, author of Illuminations: Stories (Bloomsbury).

With a focus on Fall 2022 titles, Publishers Weekly editors have selected nearly 90 authors and editors to discuss the most anticipated in the industry.

“Award-winning authors and top-tier editors take the reins at this year’s U.S. Book Show, to inform and excite the book community about forthcoming fall books,” said Jim Milliot, editorial director of Publishers Weekly and the U.S. Book Show, which runs May 23 – 26, 2022. The show is virtual.

Headlining the children’s book panel, Chloe Gong, the #1 New York Times bestselling YA author of These Violent Delights, will discuss Foul Lady Fortune (McElderry). Gong will share the roundtable with poet Nikki Grimes, author of the forthcoming Playtime for Restless Rascals (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky); Christina Soontornvat, the two-time 2021 Newbery Medal winner of the children’s books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team; Justin A. Reynolds, award-winning YA author of Opposite of Always and Early Departures, discussing Shot Clock (HarperCollins); and Oliver Jeffers, the award-winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. The panel will be moderated by Jon Scieszka, author of the forthcoming The Real Dada Mother Goose: A Treasury of Complete Nonsense (Candlewick).

Editors’ Picks panels offer an insider’s look into influential editors’ own favorite upcoming titles. The book editors invited to participate in Editors’ Picks enchant and entice librarians, booksellers and other book buyers to keep watch for the coming season’s hottest books.

Following John Grisham’s opening keynote, the Mysteries and Thrillers Editors’ Picks panel promises to be a lively dive into eerie, chilling fare for Fall, moderated by Publishers Weekly senior reviews editor Peter Cannon. Publishers Weekly reviews editor David Varno moderates the adult Editors’ Picks panel, which follows the midday keynote by Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and the forthcoming Our Missing Hearts (Penguin Random House).

Also on Wednesday, a day devoted to adult titles, two nonfiction Editors’ Picks panels will direct their attention to Biography and Memoir, the panel moderated by Publishers Weekly reviews editor Stephanie Buschardt, and Current Affairs, moderated by Dave Adams, PW reviews editor.

Graphic novels take center stage with an Editors’ Picks panel on Tuesday, a day dedicated to comics and graphic novels. Three children’s Editors’ Picks panels take on picture books, middle grade reading and YA. Each is moderated by a Publishers Weekly children’s book editor and cover the entire day Thursday, which is the final day of the show and dedicated to children’s books.

In addition to the PW Presents: Book and Author panels and Editors’ Picks, a slate of “buzz panels” feature authors discussing their Fall 2022 books.

Notable appearances include Danielle Prescod, author of her debut book about the fashion and beauty industry, Token Black Girl (Little A). She will share the floor on the “Black Women, Black Voices: Debut Memoirists on Career and Publishing” panel with memoirists Bria Adimora Godley, writing about the medical profession; Aomawa Shields, writing about the field of physics and astronomy; and Cin Fabre, who tells her tale in Wolf Hustle: A Black Woman on Wall Street (Holt).

Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly senior news editor and co-host of the podcast PW Comics World: More to Come, moderates a YA graphic novels panel featuring Joris Bas Backer, author of Kisses for Jet: A Coming of Gender Story (Nobrow), Branden Boyer-White and Shannon Watters, the author/illustrator team behind Hollow (Boom!), Mickey George, author of Enola Holmes (Legendary) and Roye Okupe, author of Iyanu: Child of Wonder (Dark Horse).

Heidi MacDonald, editor in chief of the two-time Eisner-nominated The Beat and co-host of PW Comics World: More to Come, moderates a middle grade buzz panel featuring graphic novelists Tom Angleberger, author of Two-Headed Chicken (Candlewick), Mark Leiknes, author of Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold (Sterling), Svetlana Chmakova, author of Enemies (Yen) and Jonathan Schnapp, author of Order of the Night Jay, Book 1: The Forest Beckons (IDW).

Registration is open for the U.S. Book Show, with early-bird rates in effect through May 1, 2022. Booksellers and librarians are invited to attend the virtual book fair at no charge; individual rates are $105 ($149 beginning May 1, 2022). Corporate and group rates with discounted pricing are available. Special discounts are also available to nonprofit organizations and small presses.

PW Presents: Book and Author Panels

Comics and Graphic Novels: 5 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Joris Bas Backer, Kisses for Jet: A Coming of Gender Story (Nobrow)
Mickey George, Enola Holmes (Legendary)
Roye Okupe, Iyanu: Child of Wonder (Dark Horse)
Branden Boyer-White (author) and Shannon Watters (illustrator), Hollow (Boom!)

Adult Books: 10 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Alan Moore, Illuminations: Stories (Bloomsbury)
Thomas E. Ricks, Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 (Farrar Straus & Giroux)
Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, The World Record Book of Racist Stories (Grand Central)
Constance Wu, Making a Scene (Scribner)

Children’s Books: 10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Chloe Gong, Foul Lady Fortune (McElderry)
Nikki Grimes, Playtime for Restless Rascals (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)
Oliver Jeffers, Meanwhile Back on Earth (Philomel)
Justin Reynolds, Shot Clock (HarperCollins)
Christina Soontornvat, The Tryout (Graphix)

Editors’ Picks Panels

Comics and Graphic Novels: 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Eric Reynolds, Vice-President / Associate Publisher, Fantagraphics Books, discussing Men I Trust by Tommi Parish
Kelly Lonesome, Senior Editor, Tor Nightfire, discussing Where Black Stars Rise by Nadia Shammas
Peggy Burns, Publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, discussing Ducks by Kate Beaton
Jill Schwartzman, V-P, Executive Editor, Dutton and Editorial Director, Plume, discussing A Career in Books: A Novel about Friends, Money, and the Occasional Duck Bun by Kate Gavino
Tracy Mack, Vice-President and Publisher, Scholastic, discussing The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat
Maggie Lehrman, Editorial Director, Fiction, ABRAMS Children’s Books, discussing Adventuregame: Leviathon by Jason Shiga
Kiara Valdez, Editor, First Second, discussing Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega and Rose Bousamra
Susan Van Metre, Executive Editorial Director, Walker Books US/Candlewick Press, discussing Two-Headed Chicken by Tom Angleberger

Mysteries and Thrillers: 11:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Catherine Richards, Executive Editor, Minotaur Books, discussing Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher and Soho Crime Editor, on Shutter by Romona Emerson
Carl Bromley, Executive Editor, Melville House, about The Deal Goes Down by Larry Beinhart
Pamela Dorman, Vice-President and Publisher, Pamela Dorman Books / Viking, on The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman
Jessica Case, Deputy Publisher, Pegasus Crime, Double Exposure by Ava Barry
Jenny Chen, Senior Editor, Bantam, on All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
Esi Sogah, Executive Editor, Kensington, on Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley
Jonathan Burnham, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury U.S.A, on The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz

Biographies and Memoir: 12:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
David Ebershoff, Vice-President and Executive Editor, Hogarth, discussing Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
Sara Birmingham, Editor, Ecco, Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Unshakable Soul by Evette Dionne
Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Vice-President and Publisher, Harper Horizon, discussing Me and Paul: Untold Stories of a Fabled Friendship by Willie Nelson
Thomas Gebremedhin, Vice-President and Executive Director, Doubleday on Stay True by Hua Hsu
Mindy Marqués, V-P, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster, about Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg
Gretchen Young, V-P, Executive Editor, Grand Central Publishing, discussing The Wind at My Back by Misty Copeland
Barbara Epler, President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New Directions, discussing My Pinup by Hilton Als
Lauren Marino, Editorial Director, Hachette Books, discussing Hysterical: A Memoir by Elissa Bassist

Adult Fiction: 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Jonathan Lee, Editorial Director, Bloomsbury U.S.A., discussing The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
John Freeman, Executive Editor, Knopf, discussing The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty
Andy Ward, Executive Vice-President and Publisher, Random House, discussing Liberation Day by George Saunders
Mark Doten, Executive Editor, Soho, discussing Sacrificio by Ernesto Mestre-Reed
Jenna Johnson, Editor in Chief, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, discussing Bliss Montage by Ling Ma
Amber Oliver, Editor, Tiny Reparations Books/Dutton, discussing Perish by LaToya Watkins
Rakesh Satyal, Executive Editor, Amistad/HarperOne Group, discussing The Women Could Fly by Megan Gidding
Andrea Schulz, V-P and Editor in Chief, Viking Penguin, discussing The Unfolding by A.M. Homes

Current Affairs: 4:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Wendy Wolf, Associate Publisher, Viking, discussing The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Jamison Stoltz, Editorial Director, ABRAMS Press, discussing Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath by Ben Kesling
Alex Star, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, on The Ransomware Hunting Team: The Improbable Adventures of the Misfits Who Are Trying to Save the World from Cybercrime—One Hack at a Time by Renee Dudley and Daniel Goldin
Trish Daly, Senior Editor, Portfolio, California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas & Electric–and What It Means for America’s Power Grid by Katherine Blunt
Sarah Murphy, Executive Editor, Ecco, Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America’s Ultraconservative Youth Movement—and Its Plot for Power by Kyle Quinn
Clive Priddle, V-P, Publisher, Bold Type Books, Chaotic Neutral: How the Democrats Lost Their Soul in the Center by Ed Burmila
Jamia Wilson, Vice-President and Executive Editor, Random House, On Critical Race Theory by Victor Ray
Tim Bartlett, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press, Surveillance State by Josh Chin and Liza Lin

Children’s Picture Books*: 11 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Victoria Rock, Founding Children’s Publisher and Editor-at-Large, Chronicle Books, discussing Like by Annie Barrows and Leo Espinosa
Neal Porter, Vice-President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, discussing I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano and Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal
Susan Rich, Editor-at-Large, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, discussing Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall (author/illustrator)
Luisa Beguiristaín, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press, discussing The Coquíes Still Sing by Karina Nicole González and Krystal Quiles
Rosie Ahmed, Associate Editor, Dial, discussing Nana, Nenek & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough (author/illustrator)
Sydnee Monday, Associate Editor, Kokila, discussing Sam’s Super Seats by Keah Brownand Sharee Miller
Anne Schwartz, V-P and Publisher, Anne Schwartz Books, discussing Me and the Boss by Michelle Edwards and April Harrison
Paula Wiseman, V-P and Publisher, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, discussing On Her Wings by Jerdine Nolen and James E. Ransome
*Author listed first; illustrator(s) listed second.

Middle Grade Children’s Books*: 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Reka Simonsen, Editorial Director, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, discussing Naomi Teitelbaum Ends the World by Samara Shanker
Dana Chidiac, Senior Editor, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, discussing Mihi Ever After by Tae Keller and Geraldine Rodríguez
Tracey Keevan, Editorial Director, Union Square Kids, discussing Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont by Nick Brooks
Erica Finkel, Executive Editor, ABRAMS, discussing Marya Kahn and the Incredible Henna Party by Saadia Faruqi and Ani Bushry
Andrea Tompa, Executive Editor, Candlewick Press, discussing Undercover Latina by Aya de León
Mary Kate Castellani, Publishing Director, Bloomsbury, discussing The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron
Tricia Lin, Random House Books for Young Readers, discussing Futureland: Battle for the Park by H.D. Hunter and Khadijah Khatib
Stacey Barney, Associate Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, discussing The Big Dreams of Small Creatures by Gail Lerner
*Author listed first; illustrator listed second.

Young Adult: 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Ashley Hearn, Acquisitions Editor, Peachtree Teen, discussing Aces Wild by Amanda DeWitt
Mara Delgado Sánchez, Assistant Editor, St. Martin’s, discussing Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra
Maggie Lehrman, Editorial Director, Fiction, ABRAMS Children’s Books, discussing Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution by Kacen Callender
Kaylan Adair, Executive Editor, Candlewick Press, discussing Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph
Polo Orozco, Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, discussing How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy
Sarah Alpert, Editor, Algonquin Young Readers, discussing Dead Flip by Sara Farizan

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