Tickets went on sale today, April 4, for the popular Silent Art Auction at BookExpo. Once again this year, the event will feature the announcement of the winners of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
The 2018 Silent Art Auction, sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council (CBC), will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at New York City’s Javits Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader.
Children’s book creators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko will serve as honorary chairs of the event and will announce the winners of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, as chosen by young readers in voting that ends May 6.
This year’s Silent Art Auction program will honor author and illustrator Ashley F. Bryan, whose picture book Freedom Over Me (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) was recently named a Newbery honoree.
All BookExpo attendees are invited to attend the auction. Tickets for the auction are priced at $110 each; however, for ABC Children’s Group at ABA members, tickets are complimentary (contact ABC Group Manager Gen de Botton for the promo code). Tickets for regular ABA member booksellers are $11 (log in to BookWeb to see the adjusted price). Order tickets now.
Publishers and illustrators who are interested in donating art to be auctioned should contact Susannah Richards, professor and children’s literature advocate. The deadline for submissions is April 15.
Booksellers are also invited to register for a number of other BookExpo programs exclusively for ABA members:
- The Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, in the Main Stage Hall of the Javits Convention Center. Voting is open now for the 2018 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards.
- Meet the Editor will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at various publishing houses around the city.
- Publicists Speed Dating sessions will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, and from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at the convention center.
- The ABC/CBC Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at the Javits Convention Center.
More information about ABA’s programming at BookExpo can be found on BookWeb.org. Booksellers can register for free badges to BookExpo 2018 by providing an ABA member ID number during the registration process. Booksellers who don’t know their ABA member ID number should send a request with their name, title, and store name to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 637-0037, ext. 7536.