Ringer Garm was at the BookExpo America in Chicago and sends in this report! (They got to see Treebeard! I’m jealous!!!)

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The new issue of Publishers Weekly (June 11) covers the BookExpo America, the annual publishing trade show which was held in Chicago over the weekend of June 1st. There isn’t any discussion in the PW article about the Houghton Mifflin Lord of the Rings coverage, but they do have a nice photo, taken at the Houghton Mifflin booth. Sean Astin (Sam Gamgee) is second from the right, while Richard Taylor (of Weta) stands tall in the center. Clay Harper of Houghton Mifflin is the third person from the left. The real treat of the show was on Friday night, when Houghton Mifflin hosted a special presentation on the forthcoming films. Clay Harper was the emcee. Sean Astin discussed what it was like acting in the films, and Richard Taylor delighted the audience with stories about producing them. The biggest highlight was the video clips. First they showed the footage screened at ShoWEST. Later, we got to see a long set of action sequences, which Peter Jackson had put together just for this presentation (we got a glimpse of Treebeard!). And finally we got to see the second preview, which was then just being released. Quite an impressive presentation, and there was considerable buzz afterwards. Houghton Mifflin generously gave away (one per person) stylish Lord of the Rings tote bags and a copy of the new movie tie-in one volume Lord of the Rings paperback. Many folks got their book signed afterwards by Sean Astin and Richard Taylor. All in all, quite an evening!

Thanks Garm for the report!