The Book Expo of America is a massive book convention that makes booksellers like me squeal with joy. Authors, publishers, and editors come together to trade secrets and meet fans. It’s a three day event that is taking place this week, from May 25th-27th. I was lucky enough to get a free pass from Borders and anticipate going on Wednesday with my best of companions, Anastasia and Coleen.
Here’s the event hours for Wednesday:
Wednesday, May 26
|8:00 am – 9:30 am||Children’s Book and Author Breakfast|
|8:00 am – 6:00 pm||Press Room Hours|
|8:30 am – 5:30 pm||“Big Ideas at BEA” Conference|
|9:00 am – 6:00 pm||Exhibit Hall|
|9:00 am – 6:00 pm||Exhibitor Meeting Rooms|
|9:00 am – 6:00 pm||International Rights & Business Center|
|10:00 am – 5:00 pm||Author Stages|
|10:30 am – 12:00 noon||Speed Dating with Children’s Authors (For booksellers only.)|
|12:00 noon – 2:00 pm||ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon|
|2:00 pm – 3:15 pm||BEA Young Adults Editor’s Buzz|
|7:00 pm – 10:00 pm||BEA Tweetup at Powerhouse Books, 37 Main St., Brooklyn, NY|
So what am I excited to do? Just about everything! Here’s a listing of the events I’m hoping to attend:
You’re Reading That!?! Crossover YA/Adult Readers Come of Age 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM; Room 1E16
Pretty much one of the most intriguing concepts of the Young Adult genre is how many adults are reading it now. The main issues is how to stay connected to teens and still appeal to the older demographic, the big buyers of the genre.
Hot Book Club Titles for Fall 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM; Room 1E17
How am I going to make it to this event when I’ll be at the first one? Easy, I ask one of my companions to cover it. This is going to be the first time that I have guest writers share their input concerning aspects of events. I just can’t be everywhere! The matter of who covers this is going to be a surprise. This event has to be covered so I can make sure you guys know what to be on the look out coming fall.
Dystopian Fiction 10:30 AM-11:30 AM; Uptown Stage
Basically a talk featuring Ally Condie, Adam Dunn, Lesley Hague, and Sigrid Nunez. They’ll be talking about their forays into the not quite perfect utopias created in their novels.
Paranormal Fiction for Teens: From Vampires to Werewolves to Zombies and Shape Shifters 11:00 AM-11:50 AM; Downtown Stage
It’s no secret that I adore the fantasy aspect of Young Adult, it practically saturates the genre. Richelle Mead, Andrea Cremer, Holly Black, and Ivy Devlin will talk about their experiences writing fantasy for teens.
YA Authors Crossing Over 11:00AM-11:50AM; Midtown Stage
Connecting to the first event I listed, this will talk about the authors that crossover between adult and young adult fiction. Melissa Marr, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Kuhnert, Michele Jaffe, and Jeri Smith-Ready will all be there to share what they think about the topic.
Nonfiction for Kids & Teens 11:00 AM-12:00PM; Room 1E14
Not quite sure if this is definitely going to make it for me, but I think nonfiction for kids and teens is very important; there’s not a lot. This panel will talk about hot titles for kids nonfiction and how to market better in stores and libraries.
BEA (Young Adult) Editors Buzz 2:00 PM-3:15 PM; Room 1E15
Editors will come together in a panel and discuss what’s coming out this Fall and their take on the new books and authors being released.
Steam Punk 3:00 PM-3:50 PM; Midtown Stage
One of the hottest new themes in media, steam punk is intriguing and captures the hearts of readers as well as gamers. Cherie Priest, Felix Gilman, and Catherynne M. Valente will talk about steam punk as a whole and in their own novels.
The Emerging Publishing Landscape: Where do Book Developers Fit In? 3:30 PM-4:30 PM; Room 1E16
This panel will discuss something we rarely think about as readers and book sellers, packaging. This panel will talk about the necessity to produce books faster and in a more economical fashion and how that is going to affect jobs and roles in the book developing world.
Full schedule, right? I’m not even finished yet! There are still all the authors I hope to meet!
Tony DiTerlizzi 10:00 AM-11:00 AM; Location: Booth 3940
Will sign: Mr. Toppit … ARC
Cornelia Funke 11:30 AM-12:30 PM; Location: Booth 3751
Will sign: ARC
Ridley Pearson 1:00 PM-2:00 PM; Location: Table 17
Will sign: Kingdom Keepers III… Book
James Patterson 2:00 PM-3:00 PM; Location: Booth 3751
Will sign: Witch & Wizard… ARC
Lemony Snicket 2:00 PM-3:00 PM; Location: Table 16
Will sign: 13 Words … Broadside
Holly Black 3:00 PM-4:00 PM; Location: Table 17
Will sign: Zombies vs. Unicorns … ARC
Rick Riordan 3:00 PM-4:00 PM; Location: Table 24
Will sign: The Kane Chronicles: …. Book
Melissa Marr 4:00 PM-5:00 PM; Location: Table 18
Will sign: Radiant Shadows … Book
So if you’re going to be at the Book Expo of America, leave me a comment! Maybe we’ll run into each other.