The annual Midwest Trade Show was the best of the three I’ve attended. First the new venue–the former Milwaukee Road train depot in Minneapolis, now a nice meeting space and hotel–was really nice. The old depot waiting room has been transformed into a very nice conference/dining space and the pavillion where train tracks once stood is bright and perfect for publishers’ displays. The author events were interesting, as usual. It’s great to meet both successful, well-established and debut authors. And the torrent of new books, well, it’s fantastic. But numerous as they are, I no longer feel intimidated by them now that I have a sense of what appeals to my customers. I also get a chance to pick up some titles for myself like the new book about Copernicus by Dava Sobel who wrote Galileo’s Daughter, a book that captivated me a few years ago.