Book Expo America (BEA)

What do Russia, Ice T, Roger Ebert and digital publishing in Italy have in common? You guessed it! They’re all at this year’s Book Expo America (BEA) conference at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC.

BEA is the book world’s annual conference where industry professionals gather to network, learn about trends, hear from authors and get autographs. This year’s BEA runs from May 23-26th and consists of a 3-day exhibit hall plus four days of conference.
BEA is a bit pricey for anyone not invited; one of the great things about this conference is all of the other concurrent book-related events it inspires.

Concurrent Events

For example, this year brings the second annual book blogger convention. This event gives anyone interested in book blogging the opportunity to hear a keynote address  by Sarah Wendell, creator of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and the option of five workshops or breakout sessions with industry professionals.

Megan Snider, journalist, creator of Write Meg! and Book Blogger panelist shares her thoughts on book blogging:

“No two people ever read a book the same way. We’re daughters and sons, parents, friends, significant others and workers. We’ve traveled, had our hearts broken, survived high school, been betrayed. We’ve loved and maybe lost, but kept moving forward…This is what you bring to a review… How did you relate to it—or how did you find it difficult to relate at all? Did this book reduce you to tears, keep you up at night, create a barrier between you and your family because you could not put it down…?”

If book blogging is not your bag, perhaps you’ll be more interested in some other events:

The  IDPF Digital Book Conference at BookExpo America (BEA)

The BlogWorld & New Media Expo NY at BookExpo America (BEA)

For more info on BEA visit their website.

New York Book Week

My personal favorite part of all of this (outside of The Mermaid Chef... which baffles me,  how can underwater food look good?) is  New York Book Week.  “New York Book Week embraces all literary and book activity, and expands the awareness of authors, books and publishing.”

It is celebrated all week long at branches of the NYPL and  bookstores throughout the city and most of the events are free. Among the highlights: Charlaine Harris at Bryant Park talking about the 11th  Sookie Stackhouse book–cleverly in time for the 4th season of True Blood!   Check out the calendar for information on readings, signings, open mics and other FREE events.  Sookah!