The Book Sense Book & Author Luncheon, previously called the Book Sense 76 Luncheon, one of the highlights of the annual ABA Convention, will be held on Friday, June 4, at this year's BookExpo America at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center. The free noontime event, which is open to all bookstores with Book Sense, provides a special opportunity for booksellers to meet dozens of authors whose books they have helped make past or present Book Sense Picks. Reservations are required and are limited to two per bookstore.
Booksellers wishing to attend the luncheon must RSVP to Book Sense Marketing Director Mark Nichols (at firstname.lastname@example.org), who will send an e-mail confirmation with table assignments in mid-May, which must be brought to the luncheon. As this popular event fills quickly, booksellers are encouraged to reply to Nichols as soon as possible.
"This is our fourth annual luncheon," said Nichols, "and we anticipate that it will be the best yet. Not only will we be honoring this year's finalists for the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards as well as other authors and illustrators who have been chosen as Book Sense Picks in the last year, but also, as part of the celebration of our fifth birthday, we will have a number of authors present whose work has been chosen as the 'Best of the First Five Years'. It's certain to be a very memorable event."
This year's host will be Chuck Robinson of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington. Robinson told BTW, "I'm flattered to be asked to do it, though Valerie Lewis [of Hicklebee's in San Jose, California, host of last year's luncheon] will be a hard act to follow."
Said Robinson, " I really enjoy the luncheon and meeting all the Book Sense authors
. It's been pretty inspiring to hear how thankful they are for Book Sense."
As in each year past, this year's luncheon is being sponsored by The New Yorker magazine. Levenger will again be providing gifts for all of the winners and the finalists.
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