The biggest annual trade show in the American book biz, BookExpo America was held in Los Angeles this year from May 29 to June 1. UNC Press had a double booth and featured several great books coming up on our Fall 2008 list. Pics of our booth and a peek at some forthcoming gems, after the jump….

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UNC Press author Gary Gallagher was on hand this year for a traditional signing of his latest book, Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.

At the booth, we had lots of attractions, including promotional giveaways: Barbecue aprons! A Weber grill! A toolbox designed and built by the master of traditional woodcraft himself, Roy Underhill! These freebies helped draw eyes and attention to Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, by John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed (with William McKinney), and The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge, by Roy Underhill (and with illustrations by his daughter, Eleanor).

…Not to mention reading copies of

A successful show all the way around, and the buzz is already starting for the fall’s upcoming books.

Check out these pics! (You’ll see our ever dapper sales director, Michael Donatelli, in a couple of them.)