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Hotel ABA in Brooklyn for 2007The American Booksellers Association and Reed Exhibitions have announced several key details about BookExpo America 2007, which will be held at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center from Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3.
The site of Hotel ABA, the popular headquarters hotel for ABA member booksellers, will be the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, a premier hotel with first-class amenities. "We are thrilled to be able to offer booksellers the option of staying in a wonderful hotel at a very reasonable price," said ABA COO Oren Teicher. "In addition, we will be working very closely with our colleagues at BEA to organize a series of fun opportunities for booksellers and other convention attendees to discover the rich literary and cultural heritage of Brooklyn."
"Booksellers are the heart and soul of BEA, so we are pleased to work hand in hand with ABA to create an exciting series of offerings for our New York City show in 2007," said Lance Fensterman, event director for BEA. "We are glad to be able to provide better value for housing, and we are especially delighted and eager to have the chance to showcase Brooklyn ... one of the most storied literary landscapes in the country."
This year, ABA's Thursday Day of Education will be held at the hotel rather than at the convention center. The Marriott, which recently completed a $2 million renovation of all its function rooms and is just completing construction of a second tower, provides ample meeting space. "This will be a definite win-win for booksellers," said ABA Director of Education Len Vlahos. "Our members will be able to attend a full range of educational programming in a top-flight facility without having to leave the building."
Reservations for the Hotel ABA will open in mid-October. All bookseller reservations for the Hotel ABA will be handled exclusively by ABA on a first-come, first-served basis. No private reservations will be accepted directly by the hotel. Further information about Hotel ABA reservations will be announced by ABA in the coming weeks.
Brooklyn will also be the site for the Celebration of Bookselling, ABA's annual salute to independent booksellers. This year, the Celebration will be held on Thursday evening, May 31.
"We couldn't be happier to be working closely with ABA to assure programming that will allow the largest number of booksellers to attend," said Fensterman.
Further details about the Celebration of Bookselling will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
BEA and ABA are also working closely together to create a number of special "Welcome to Brooklyn" events that will highlight the borough's authors and books. Details will be announced in the coming months.