As Associate Publisher at BookPage, one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is going to NYC to visit book publishers face-to-face. It's always fun to find out what they are most excited about, and get the inside scoop on what's coming in the months ahead. For instance, on my most recent trip, I learned that Dutton is publishing the sequel to Dracula in mid-October, Dracula, The Un-dead. Wow! A new book resurrecting the original blood-sucker who started the vampire-mania that continues today! Best of all, it's written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, who used Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Can anyone say, "Bestseller?"

Another benefit of traveling to NYC is spoiling myself at the countless incredible restaurants found on virtually every corner in Manhattan. A girl's gotta eat, ya know? However, my favorite meal this trip was the cedar plank salmon that I had in Ben & Kristal's kitchen, located in a funky Jersey City brownstone. (Sorry, this kitchen is only open to family and friends...) That leads me to the other upcoming book that piqued my interest --- a cookbook from one of my favorite non-NYC restaurants, Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL. Running Press is the-angels-gamepublishing the cookbook in early October. I hope it includes the chef's special recipe for grilled oysters! Yum!

And, lastly, I must mention the galley I started reading while in NYC that I'm still delightfully devouring --- The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you missed Zafon's book, The Shadow of the Wind, you must read it immediately so that you'll be ready for The Angel's Game when it publishes in June. You'll be glad you did. Both novels are well-written, mysterious and are books for book lovers. Be sure read to the BookPage review of The Shadow of the Wind, pulled from our archives.

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