Sub-Cultured is headed to where all the books go; BookExpo 2015! From Wednesday May 27th to Friday May 29th at Javits Center in NYC, BookExpo brings together all the big (and small) names in publishing and the literary arts industries to showcase what they’re made of (literally!).
I’ll will be flying solo for Sub-Cultured for this year’s Expo, which covers and features all the exciting new forthcoming books and products for the book publishing industry, with a great focus on children’s and YA offerings. Publishing houses and printing presses of all sizes attend from around the world to showcase their services, products and new titles. From classic megaliths like Penguin to smaller niche imprints, BookExpo has lots to offer. Panels, talks, and book-signings with popular adult fiction, children’s, YA, and celebrity authors. Additionally China is this years global market forum guest of honor and many of the spotlight talks will focus on the country.
I will be investigating the booths, seeking out my favorite publishers like NorthSouth, Simply Read, Chronicle Books, Boom!Studios, New York Review Books, Candlewick Press, Nobrow (and Flying Eye Books), Auzou, Minedition, Enchanted Lion Books to name a few (lol) to see what they’ll be offering this year. I will hone in, take pictures and showcase my “show picks” for books and products I think you should look out for or I think will be super special, as well as trying something different and recording interviews with booth representatives and authors.
Above all I will be asking everyone the question “What makes a good book?” and see what people say. To hear or see what kind of books open people up, see how we’re all different, or better yet, a lot more alike than we think, will be very, very cool.
In years past we’ve had rather tight schedules, but our favorite and most rewarding moments of the Expo were when things just happened naturally while walking around with lower key signings, chance meetings and special event invites and parties held by individual booths not BEA. Last year we met Tracy Letts, who wrote the popular play-turned Oscar nominated film, August: Osage County at one of the smaller booths that way as well as signings for children’s book What to Do With An Idea and other interactive on the spot things. That kind of spontaneous fun makes BEA always interesting.
Spotlights, panels and points of interest (just a taste!):
Wed, May 27
BEA Bloggers Conference (many panels) (Requires additional registration)
Blogger Networking Lunch & Raffle
12:00 PM- 1:15 PM | Room 1A06
You will receive your lunch voucher and two additional raffle tickets as you leave the 11:00 am sessions. You may use your voucher in the Javits Food Court so grab your lunch and bring it back to room 1A06 to network with fellow bloggers and be present for the Networking Lunch and Raffle Giveaway. We will be raffling off three $50 American Express Gift Cheques. (You must be present to win.)
Best in Fall 2015 Graphic Novels
| 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Uptown Stage
Marvel Presents: Star Wars
| 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Downtown Stage
Thursday, May 28th
Consortium’s Best Bets – with Biblioasis, Coffee House Press, Enchanted Lion Books, Flying Eye Books, and Toon Books
| 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Uptown Stage
In Search of Diverse Book Buyers
| 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Downtown Stage
Friday, May 29th
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast
feat Nathan Lane, Oliver Jeffers, Rainbow Rowell, and James Patterson.
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Wild At Heart: Animal Fantasy in Children’s Books
| 10:45 AM – 11:45 PM | Uptown Stage
- Meet BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz Authors
- Meet BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Authors
This is just a sample of what’s going on, I’d like to be able to see all of it but it’s nearly impossible with how much they have to offer. If you see me or recognize me come say hi! I’d love to chat. But be prepared; I will be asking you “What makes a good book?”