Getting Ready for BEA

Library Journal‘s preview of BookExpo America is now available. It’s a great guide to events that will appeal specifically to librarians. I’d like to give a special pitch to one of the programs;

3–5:30 p.m.
BEA’s Librarian Book Buzz/Meet the Publisher Rep Reception 2008 (Rm. 402A)
Library marketing reps Talia Ross, Macmillan; Jen Childs, Random House; Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Heather Scott, Hachette Book Group USA; and Michael Rockliff, Workman, reveal what they think will be the season’s hottest books for libraries. (A Meet the Publisher Rep Reception follows this program.)

The reception afterward is a great opportunity to meet the publisher reps who serve the library market.

Be aware that there are other events LJ does not list, like the Book & Author Breakfasts and Lunches and a performance by Lewis Black (his book, Me of Little Faith, will be pubbed by Riverhead, June 3rd) on Saturday night. You can sign up for these events as part of the registration process.

BEA has designated the Kyoto Grand as the “Librarians Hotel”:

Convenient and great hotel at a reasonable rate, just for Librarians! Enjoy special librarian receptions, network and meet librarians form other systems around the country, and enjoy special librarian-only events.

Kyoto Grand Hotel
120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA

The AAP will be offering “grab and go” breakfast at the Kyoto Grand on Saturday, with publishers and authors featured. There will also be a hospitality desk, with giveaways.

The current Publishers Weekly (4/28) has their BEA preview, including booksellers’ picks of the galleys that publishers will be giving away:

Galleys to Grab

I can’t help but add my own pick to the list:

Hyperion — Booths: 1946. 1955.
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller

A Civil War novel, told through the eyes of a slave.

Check it out in Hyperion’s Fall catalog

Kid’s Galleys to Grab

PW also has an alpha list of all exhibitors, with information on what they will be featuring. It’s a good idea to spend time with it in advance — the show floor can be overwhelming. Among othere things, it’s a good place to identify smaller niche publishers who specialize in hard-to-find subject areas:

BEA Exhibitors, A to F

BEA Exhibitors, G to O

BEA Exhibitors, P to Z

A few librarian events on the LJ list are ticketed, with limited seating, so you may want to consider them now, before they are sold out:

THURSDAY, MAY 29
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
A Day of Dialog for Publishers, Vendors, and Librarians (Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library); registration required
Join LJ at the Los Angeles Public Library for the annual Day of Dialog, a free, daylong program where librarians, publishers, authors, and vendors meet. Find out what the hot books and trends are for fall from editors at major publishing houses, including David Ebershoff (Random House), Morgan Entrekin (Grove/Atlantic), Sara Knight (Holt), Phil Turner (Sterling), and Claire Wachtel (HarperCollins). Pose a readers’ advisory challenge to developers of RA tools, among them NoveList’s Duncan Smith (EBSCO), Fiction Connection and Non-Fiction Connection’s Melissa Kuzma (Bowker), Books & Authors’ Marc J. Cormier (Gale Cengage), and Reader’s Advisor Online’s Laura Calderone (Libraries Unlimited). Get up to speed on digital audio formats and downloadable audio, with HarperMedia publisher Ana Maria Allessi, Random House Audio publisher Madeline McIntosh, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, and Playaway cofounder Blake Squires. And hear about the comeback of historical fiction from Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti and the forthcoming The Heretic Queen (Crown, Sept.), and others. Be our guests for coffee and croissants, lunch, and a wrap-up cocktail party. The perfect way to start your stay at BookExpo America.
Owing to space limitations, we will only accept registration from librarians, publishers, and vendors, in that order. Sign up today

6:30–8 p.m.
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Dine with authors Kathleen Kent, John Scalzi, Kate Jacobs, and others, courtesy of publishers, AAP, and LJ, at the second annual librarians dinner. Seating is limited; contact tjordan@publishers.org.


FRIDAY, MAY 30
7:30–9 a.m.
Random House/LJ Author Breakfast for Collection Development Librarians
What’s better than breakfast while listening to great writers speak? This year’s authors at the annual feast are Sarah Addison Allen (The Sugar Queen, Bantam), Janelle Brown (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Spiegel & Grau), Ethan Canin (America, America, Random), Debra Ginsberg (The Grift, Shaye Areheart: Harmony), and David Guterson (The Other, Knopf). Advance reservations are necessary; go here to sign up.

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