Book Expo America (BEA)
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.
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.
“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:
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!