At BookExpo, publishers ponder the future — and celebrate Grumpy Cat

BookExpo, which brings together publishers, authors, booksellers and librarians, kicked off at the Javits Convention Center in New York last week, and boasted 8,260 attendees, according to event organizers. It was succeeded by BookCon, the fan and consumer-based follow-up that takes over the floor after the publishing event ends. The big-five publishers — Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster — were all in attendance, but others, such as Chronicle Books, Abrams Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the much-buzzed-about Graywolf Press, didn’t host booths this year at the Expo.