BEA For All: A Librarian’s Guide to BookExpo America 2013
New York can be gorgeous in the spring, and there’s plenty to see. Relatively near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the now-perennial site of BookExpo America (BEA), is great shopping, the spectacular Highline Park, and the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building, with its fascinating exhibits. You might not see any of it though; changes are afoot at BEA, and they mean more…of everything. Along with a return to weekend hours—the show now runs from Wednesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 1, 2013, including LJ’s and SLJ’s warm-up Day of Dialog events—there is now a third author stage. Attendees will find almost 300 autograph signings on the three stages, as well as the relocated BEA Editors’ Buzz sessions, which cover children’s, YA, and adult books. The stages will also welcome the new “BEA Selects,” featuring indie publishers discussing their fall 2013 romance, mystery, literary fiction, and sf/fantasy titles.
You’ll want to take in the exhibits, of course, and the dozens of programs offered during the conference. Below are the offerings that are best for librarians—not all of them are particularly aimed at our profession, but eavesdropping on “the other side” can be illuminating. Though ebook questions feature heavily, we’re moving on from library availability concerns to debates surrounding secondhand ebooks, the effects on authors, and e-publishing of out-of-print titles. For a break from it all, do what the fun crowd did at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting: check out the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Library Family Feud. Featuring Simon Doonan on the author team, it’s a hotter ticket than any Broadway show.
Or take a load off at any point during the show at LJ’s Librarians’ Lounge, open Thursday through Saturday, at booth 757.
Check out the events LJ editors Etta Thornton and Margaret Heilbrun recommend!