March 23, 2018

BEA’s Big Reveal | BEA Preview 2015


In a departure with tradition, this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) runs from midday Wednesday through Friday, May 27–29, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (JCC), rather than Thursday through Saturday. While you’re marking your calendar, also take note of the events listed below, which offer exciting opportunities to get an insider view of some top authors and their writing processes. Libraries and their purchasing dollars are also getting welcome attention, with several programs taking the lid off what publishers are doing to win them over. Of course, there will be new books galore, too. See you on the floor!


11–11:50 a.m.
Reading in the Time of Subscription (Rm. 1E07)
Executives from Scribd, Speakaboos, Marvel Entertainment, and 24symbols, companies that offer subscription reading offerings for adults and children, will share insights about reader behavior, industry feedback, and performance to date.

12:30–1:30 p.m.
In Conversation with Jonathan Franzen (Rm. 1E12/1E13/1E14)
Best-selling author Franzen will discuss his upcoming book, Purity (Farrar, Sept. 2015), with Laura Miller, cofounder and staff writer at

2–3 p.m.
Best in Fall 2015 Graphic Novels (Uptown Stage)
Graphic novelists Derf Backderf, Ben Hatke, Jeremy Sorese, and Maggie Thrash will chat about their forthcoming projects and the state of the graphic novel industry with Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid.

2–3 p.m.
A Celebration of Oscar Hijuelos (Downtown Stage)
Join colleagues, family, and friends of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist in a celebration of his long-awaited posthumous novel, Twain & Stanley (Grand Central).

3:30–4 p.m.
BEA Selects—Mystery Thriller (Uptown Stage)
A rapid-fire presentation of 2015 mysteries and thrillers from four independent publishers.

4:15–5:30 p.m.
BEA Editors’ Buzz (Rm. 1E12/1E13/1E14)
Hot fall titles from Picador (Damon Tweedy’s Black Man in a White Coat), Knopf (Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire), Penguin Press (Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen), Flatiron Books (Dan Marshall’s Home Is Burning), Scout Press (Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood), and Grand Central (Julie Checkoway’s The Three Year Swim Club).


10–10:30 a.m.
BEA Selects–Cookbooks (Uptown Stage)
Four independent publishers present a taste of their fall 2015 cookbooks.

10–10:50 a.m.
BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz (Rm. 1E12/1E13)
Hear about upcoming YA releases from Griffin: St. Martin’s (Marie Marquardt’s Dream Things True), Delacorte (Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything), Putnam’s Books for Young Readers (Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski’s Nightfall), S. & S. Books for Young Readers (Daniel Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire), and Houghton Harcourt Books for Young Readers (Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light).

11–11:50 a.m.
Power of Partnerships—Libraries, Vendors & Publishers (Rm. 1E14)
This panel discussion will highlight the purchasing power of libraries in the ­ebook market and how to identify ways to improve the user experience.

1:30–2 p.m.
Inside the Writers Studio (Downtown Stage)
Author Jami Attenberg will lead a conversation on the creative process with authors Elin Hilderbrand, Kimberla Lawson Roby, and Julianna Baggott. Find out what each author is working on next, too.

1:45–2:15 p.m.
BEA Selects—Literary Fiction (Uptown Stage)
Literary fiction from five independent publishers.

1:45–3:15 p.m.
AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz: Pt. 1 (Rm. 1E14)
Fall 2015 buzz-worthy titles from Wiley, Penguin Random House, S. & S., Workman, Norton, New York Review Books, and Soho Press.


THE WRITE TIME (l.–r.) Authors Damon Tweedy, Jami Attenberg, Jeff Abbott


10–10:30 a.m.
Hot Fall Fiction 2015 (Downtown Stage)
Bloomsbury, Norton, Grove Atlantic, and St. Martin’s present four new titles each. Galleys available.

11–11:45 a.m.
Inside the Mystery Writers Studio (Downtown Stage)
Jeff Abbott, author of the forthcoming The First Order (Grand Central) will delve into the writing lives of mystery and thriller authors Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Brad Meltzer, Chris Holm, and Michael Koryta.

11–11:50 a.m.
Using Big Data To Enhance Collections and Service to Library Patrons (Rm. 1E07)
Learn how your library can use accurate and compelling analytics to enhance collections and service to patrons, justify expenditures, and manage budgets more effectively. This session will feature a demo of Edelweiss Analytics, while attendees will also hear from public library leaders, Above the Treeline, and Ingram Content Group.

1–1:50 p.m.
Public Libraries, the Publishers’ (Discovery and Revenue) Friend in the Digital Age (Rm. 1E07)
Bookstores are closing, more books are being published, and competition from other forms of entertainment is huge. One solution publishers are embracing is an increased emphasis on public libraries. Join industry experts as they describe to publishers how to woo you and your library dollars.

1–1:50 p.m.
WNDB Presents: Diversity, Be the Change You Want To See (Rm. 1E10)
Award-winning authors and team members from We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) (an LJ 2015 Mover & Shaker) will present concrete ways the publishing industry can talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to diversity in literature. The presentation will include an overview of current concerns as well as steps toward a solution.

2–3:20 p.m.
AAP Annual Librarians Book Buzz: Pt .2 (Rm. 1E14)
Hear the second installment of what book publishers are excited about for the forthcoming season and why. The publishers presenting in this round are Consortium, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Melville House, Perseus, Sourcebooks, and Sterling.

2–3:50 p.m.
Great Book Club Titles for Fall/Winter 2015—Speed Dating for Booksellers, Librarians, & Book Group Leaders (Special Events Hall) hosts the fourth annual Book Group Speed Dating Event, featuring representatives from more than a dozen publishers. Galley giveaways and ideas for enhancing book group discussions will be part of this session. Seating will be assigned; register by Monday, May 18, at

3:30–5 p.m.
Seventh Annual Librarians Shout N’ Share (Rm. 1E14)
LJ fiction editor Wilda Williams moderates as librarians Kristi Chadwick (Massachusetts Lib. Syst.), Charlene Rue (Book­Ops, NYPL and Brooklyn PL), Jamie Watson (Baltimore Cty. PL), Jennifer Dayton (Darien Lib., CT), and Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH) share their exhibit floor discoveries and new works they are looking forward to introducing to patrons. Cosponsored by the Association of American Publishers and LJ.


Library Journal Day of Dialog
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
LJ’s annual, all-day celebration of books and authors will feature an editors’ picks panel, a “book trip” through the publication process of Bill Clegg’s debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family (Gallery/Scout, Sept. 2015), for which S. & S. created an imprint, a town hall–style discussion forum, and panels that focus on first novels, the immigrant experience, historical fiction, and thrillers.

School Library Journal Day of Dialog
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
School Library Journal’s simultaneous event will feature Brian Selznick as morning keynoter and A.S. King as luncheon speaker. Panels will include authors who introduce children and teens to the natural world, the trials and tribulations of navigating middle school, YA novels with a touch of magical thinking, and nonfiction in a graphic format.

This article was published in Library Journal's May 1, 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Henrietta Verma About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma (, @ettaverma) was formerly reviews editor at Library Journal. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.