Book Expo America, also known as BEA to it’s attendees, is a national book trade fair that began in 1947 and takes place within the United States every year. It has become the biggest book industry trade show in the world. The event has been held over a 4 -day span in a variety of major cities in May/June. Many publishers in the US and from overseas get the chance to exchange ideas, promote their titles, and purchase international and subsidiary rights. For upcoming authors, this is the best opportunity for them to network with well-known publishers, socialize with other writers, and talk about their books. BEA is not only limited to publishers but can also be attended by other book retailers and even librarians.
Since 2009, the BEA has been held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and is expected to stay there until 2016 where it will then return to Chicago.
Auritt Communications Group will be there again this year. Some authors we are looking out for this year are the sassy “Not That Kind of Girl” writer Lena Dunham, beloved Neil Patrick Harris, who wrote “UNTITLED Memoir,” hilarious Jason Segal, and Jeff Kinney, who is responsible for every kids favorite book and now movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
On Saturday the book expo turns into BookCon, less costumes than ComicCon but just as geeky. We will also be there to meet Grumpy Cat, Jodi Picoult, and Jonathan Tropper.