This week the book world took over New York. The main event was a major publishing conference called Book Expo America. Yours truly had the opportunity to attend albeit briefly.
It all took place in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which, I found out, is huge. Like big-enough-to-be-its-own-city huge. With booksellers, book publishers and other book-related companies filling booths in every nook and cranny of the exhibit floor, you could say I was a bit overwhelmed.
Since I was only there for a little while, my activities were limited to an event that featured a discussion with author Nelson DeMille and his newest novel’s audiobook narrator Scott Brick, and then lots and lots of wandering the rows of booths. I collected two galleys of upcoming books, saw people videotaping messages to Harper Lee in honor of To Kill a Mockingbird’s 50th birthday, and walked by long lines of people waiting for authors’ autographs. Had I more time, I probably would have enjoyed more of the other events going on, such as a breakfast moderated by John Stewart, a talk about the future of the book industry and so forth. For the time being, though, I enjoyed my little taste of BEA.
For just a small peak into the conference from outside the book world, you can check out New York Magazine’s article here.