ABA at BookExpo America 2015 - Special Events

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Schedule and descriptions subject to change without notice. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
5:30 to 7:30 pm

ABFE Art Auction to Benefit Free Speech in Children's Books (Tickets required)
Grand Hyatt New York, Manhattan Ballroom

Join the ABC Children’s Group and the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) in supporting and protecting the free speech rights of young readers. More than 100 pieces of art from well-known children’s illustrators, including special pieces created in recognition of Judy Blume, this year’s honoree, will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction support ABFE, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, and Banned Books Week.

Tickets are free for bookseller members of the ABC Group at ABA; $10 for other ABA-member booksellers; $25 for students over 21 with valid ID; and $105 for all others.

To join the ABC Group at ABA, email Matthew Zoni. For questions about ABFE membership, email [email protected].

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
9:30 to 11:30 am

Meet the Editor (Registration required)
At publisher offices around NYC. Pre-registration required.

Meet the Editor gives booksellers the opportunity to experience the book editing process through in-person visits with New York book editors at their offices. Booksellers will go directly to their assigned publishing house at 9:30 am, where will meet with editors for approximately 90 minutes. 

The structure of the editor meetings will vary by publisher and are meant to give a behind-the-scenes look at the philosophy and process of book editing. Booksellers will be on their own to return to Javits following the publisher visits. 

Pre-registration has been extended to May 15. Booksellers will be randomly assigned and will receive their publisher information by email prior to BEA.

Participating Publishers
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Grove Atlantic
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Melville House
New Directions
Penguin Random House
Seven Stories Press
Simon & Schuster
The New Press
W.W. Norton

Register for Meet the Editor

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Noon to 1:45 pm

ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Authors Awards Lunch (Registration required)
Special Events Hall

The Celebration features the presentation of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as well as the introduction of Indie Next List authors and award nominees. Reservations are now closed; however, booksellers can add their names to a waitlist. There is a max of three (3) booksellers per store location. Seat assignments will be emailed prior to BEA. Questions regarding the luncheon should be addressed to Mark Nichols at [email protected]NEW TIME–- Doors open at 11:45 am and program begins promptly at noon.

Add Your Name to the Waitlist for the Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch

Friday, May 29, 2015
9:45 to 11:45 am

Publicists Speed Dating (This event is filled. Sign up here for waitlist.)
The Galleria Hall, Javits

Participating stores will meet one-on-one with publicists from a number of publishers for approximately 12 minutes each. These conversations are a chance for booksellers to promote their stores, as well as to discover what publicists look for when planning author tours. Open to owners, general managers, and event managers from ABA member bookstores. Multiple booksellers from the same store will meet as a group, not individually, with publicists and will move from table to table. Space is limited; deadline to register is May 11. (Update 4/30/15: This event is filled. Sign up here for waitlist.)

Participating Publishers
Andrews McMeel
Chronicle Books
Penguin Random House
Perseus Books Group / PGW
Simon & Schuster
The New Press


Friday, May 29, 2015
12:15 to 1:45 pm

ABC/CBC Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors (Tickets required)
Room 1E15/16

ABC Group Members and Friends of CBC are invited to enjoy a lively lunch with more than a dozen children’s book authors as they pitch their new projects. “Learning the list” has never been this much fun!

Pre-registration and pre-payment ($25) is required. Space is limited, and registration is first-come, first-served. Registration closes on May 15. Booksellers will receive their author assignments via email in May.

Deb Lucke
Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Ben Hatke
Michael Buckley
Linda Urban
Salina Yoon
Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Gitty Daneshvari 
Trevor Price
Adam Manscbach and Alan Zweibel
Erin Bow 
Rae Carson 
T. Neill Anderson
Steven Savage
Jory John and Bob Shea
Ricardo Liniers Siri 
Adam Silvera 
Yann and Gwendal Le Bec

Register for Speed Dating

Friday, May 29, 2015
3:30 to 4:45 pm

ABC/CBC Tea With Children’s Authors and Illustrators (Tickets required)
Room 1E12/13

ABC Group Members and Friends of CBC are invited to sit down and share an intimate and relaxing teatime with a beloved author or illustrator. This event is a perennial BEA favorite. Booksellers will choose four preferred authors and illustrators attending the event, and will meet with three. 

Pre-registration and pre-payment ($20) is required. Space is limited, and registration is first-come, first-served. Booksellers will receive their author assignments via email in May. Note: We may not be able to accommodate author and illustrator selections for registrations after May 15.

Authors and Illustrators
Leigh Bardugo
Sophie Blackall
Kevin Henkes
Emily Jenkins
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Marie Lu
Meg Medina
Don Tate
Scott Westerfeld

Register for Tea with Children's Authors and Illustrators

About ABA

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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