Boston Bookish Schmooze Photos

Hinting at a future of low-cost regional gatherings, a group of bookish folk who weren't at Book Expo America connected via Twitter at Porter Square Books on Sunday 5/31 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We exchanged books and social media tips, made new connections, and enjoyed the cozy ambience of one of the finest independent booksellers in the Boston area.

One of the organizers, agent Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency (@BostonBookGirl), shared some interesting findings on trends in Middle Grade and YA fiction. With her permission, I sum up her talk here on the Fire Escape.

Track us on twitter via hashtag #BostonBEA.

Some of the BostonBEA participants: from left to right, back row: John L. Bell, Brendan Halpin, Delia Cabe, Lauren MacLeod, Marie Cloutier, Laya Steinberg, Anindita Basu Sempere. Front row: Mitali Perkins, Kathleen Benner Duble.

Lauren MacLeod (center, back) leads a discussion on trends in YA and MG books.

Anindita Basu Sempere, Joan Paquette, John L. Bell, and Brendan Halpin share books and tips.