Where the Book Industry Meets

Publishers of all sizes find BookExpo America to be the perfect place for putting fall releases in the hands of retailers and booksellers around the country. BookExpo America features over 1200 Publishers - including all major U.S. houses, university presses, independent presses, international publishers and small presses.BookExpo offers something for all industry personnel. Conference sessions are designed to train all members of the publishing team: Publishers, Editors, Rights Directors, Sales Directors, and Publicists. Whether you’d like to generate interest in a new release, position an author within the industry, buy or sell rights, generate press, or simply discuss industry trends with colleagues, BookExpo America offers you the perfect opportunity. From author breakfasts and luncheons, to awards program and networking receptions, there is something special to look forward to each day at BookExpo America!

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BookExpo America 2004 - Facts, Figures, Special Events

New This Year: Bill Clinton to Deliver Opening Night Keynote..."Buzz" Forum Editors Announced...George Carlin to Headline Saturday Night Celebration
BookExpo America (BEA) is the premier event in the United States serving the more than $25 billion book market. Now in its 104th year, (formerly known as the America Booksellers Association Convention & Trade Exhibit) BookExpo America brings together over 30,000 buyers and sellers from around the world.

BEA returns to CHICAGO in 2004.

And it's not too late to be an exhibitor! Exhibit space is currently available through June 1, 2004. The main directory has closed, but all new exhibitors will be included in the official BEA addendum. Competitive locations are still available, due to some recent consolidations on the show floor, for new companies, authors, and self-publishers. E-mail Jason Krulewitz or phone him at 203-840-5937. More details below.

Show calendar:

  • Educational Program June 2 - June 6, 2004
  • International Rights Center June 4 - June 6, 2004
  • Former President Bill Clinton - Opening Night Keynote Address June 3, 6pm
  • Exhibition Halls June 4 - June 6, 2004
  • McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
See Special Event and Guest Speaker News on next page, including newly announced participants in the popular "Editor & Bookseller Buzz Forum."


  • BEA delivered the most book buyers in the United States in 03', over 6,684 confirmed!
  • BookExpo America is the premier trade event in the U.S. serving the $25 billion book industry
  • 2003 Attendance: 27,143 industry professionals
  • Sponsored by Publishers Weekly, American Book Sellers Association (ABA), Association of American
  • Publishers (AAP)
  • Top exhibitors include: Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Wiley, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Chronicle,
  • McGraw-Hill, AOL Time Warner and many more.......
  • Top buyers include: Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon.com, and over 2,000 ABA
  • Members
  • Over 500 national and local media personnel
The Small Press area at BookExpo America offers a unique opportunity for independent publishers and authors to gain exposure and network with the entire publishing industry. As a small press exhibitor, you have access to reach key buyers and industry professionals from across the U.S. and around the world. These include:
  • Independent Booksellers
  • Chain Bookstores
  • University/College Booksellers
  • Specialty Booksellers
  • Online Booksellers
  • Retailers from Mass/Discount
  • Merchandisers and Specialty stores
  • Librarians and Collections Development
  • Professionals in Adult, Children's,
  • References and Multi-Media
  • Literary Agents
Special Small Press Package for only $995 includes:
  • 6' x 8' space -carpeting, 2 chairs, draped table, waste basket, signage,
  • 3 show badges (A value of $375)
  • Complimentary listing in the Official Directory & Buyers' Guide (Shelf life 1 year!)

New for 2004! Small Press Premium Package for only $1695 includes:

  • 10' x 8' space - carpeting, 2 chairs, draped table, waste basket, signage
  • 4 show badges (A value of $500)
  • Complimentary listing in the Official Directory & Buyers' Guide (Shelf life 1 year!)
  • Web Listing with Hot link to your own website
  • 1 Listing in the "Highlights on New Titles" section of the Directory
  • Separate Pavilion Adjacent to Small Press
For more information, please contact Jason at 203.840.5937, or email jkrulewitz@reedexpo.com BookExpo Welcomes Former President Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton will greet booksellers and book industry professionals on Thursday, June 3 and headline the event by presenting BEA's Opening Night Keynote Address at 6pm, where he will speak to an audience eager to hear his comments about his immensely anticipated memoir, My Life, to be published at the end of June. It will be President's Clinton's first appearance on behalf of the book. (Editor’s note: the man pictured above is not Bill Clinton; it is presidential hopeful George Carlin.)

“Buzz Forum” Panelists Are Announced: Top Editors Present Key “Sleeper” Titles

Panelists for the increasingly popular and widely attended annual “Editor & Bookseller Buzz Forum” will include: Michael Pietsch (Senior Vice President & Publisher, Little Brown & Company); Ann Godoff (President & Publisher, The Penguin Press); Anika Streitfeld (Fiction Editor, MacAdam/Cage Publishing); Judith Regan (President & Publisher, Regan Books); Dan Menaker (Senior Vice President & Editor-in-Chief, Random House); and David Rosenthal (Executive Vice President & Publisher, Simon & Schuster Trade Division).

The Buzz Forum allows top publishing industry executives to present the one or two upcoming books they feel most passionate about to a captive gathering of booksellers, book reviewers, and other media and industry professionals who annually attend the book convention. Introduced in 2002, it has rapidly become a popular addition to convention activity, garnering considerable attention and drawing a large audience in each of the two years it has taken place.

The executives who are selected to speak at the Buzz Forum are asked to talk for 10 minutes each, and they are encouraged to focus their attention on just one or two titles. It is also suggested that they discuss books that they might consider “sleepers”, those important hidden titles of literary merit, or breakout potential, which might otherwise go unnoticed. The panel is chaired by Nora Rawlinson, Editor-in-Chief of Publishers Weekly and is open to all BEA badge participants at no charge. It will take place on Thursday, June 3 at 4:30pm, Room S106 A/B.

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The noted comedian, actor, and author, George Carlin, will entertain booksellers and book industry professionals in an exclusive solo comedic performance at BookExpo America on Saturday evening June 5, 2004 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago. Mr. Carlin will be at BEA this year to promote his new book, WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS? Proceeds from the Grammy award-winning comedian's special appearance will benefit the Book Industry Foundation, which is comprised of the American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression (ABFFE) and the Association of American Publishers Get Caught Reading campaign.

BEA has also announced speakers for its special events. The celebrated Book & Author Breakfast program begins on Saturday, June 5 with talks by David Sedaris, Alexandra Fuller and Alexander McCall Smith. Terry Gross will be host for that morning’s festivities. On Sunday, June 6, Graydon Carter will host Jon Stewart, Gish Jen and Tom Wolfe in the breakfast venue.

In addition to the traditional early morning breakfast program, BEA will again offer the Saturday Book & Author Luncheon, which has become a popular mainstay of convention activity, and last year provided notable sparks, to say nothing of headlines, between Al Franken and Bill O’Reilly. For election year 2004, this year the luncheon panelists will include: Donna Brazile, Janeane Garofalo, P.J. O’Rourke, and Linda Chavez. Brian Lamb will moderate the proceedings. Rounding out the special events will be the Saturday Audiobook Tea featuring Augusten Burroughs, Kinky Friedman, Amy Tan and Scott Turow.

For more information concerning BookExpo America and registration for the above events, please call 800/840-5614 or 203/840-5614 (International) or visit the BEA web site at www.bookexpoamerica.com.

The roster of BEA '04 Special Events includes:

Friday, June 4

Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, 8am – 9:30am, Grand Ballroom, $25
Jamie Lee Curtis, When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Ursula K. LeGuin, Gifts, Harcourt Children’s Books
Jack Gantos, Hole In My Life, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers
Presented in cooperation with the Children’s Booksellers and Publishers Committee of American Booksellers Association, Association of Booksellers for Children, and the Children’s Book Council.

Saturday, June 5

Saturday Book & Author Breakfast, 8am – 9:30am, Grand Ballroom, $25
Alexander McCall Smith, The Sunday Philosophy Club, Pantheon Books
Alexandra Fuller, Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, Penguin Press
David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Little, Brown and Company
Host: Terry Gross, All I Did Was Ask, Hyperion

Saturday Book & Author Luncheon, 12pm – 2pm, Grand Ballroom, $40
Donna L. Brazile, Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Simon & Schuster
Janeane Garofalo, For Those About To Salute, We Will Rock You, Simon & Schuster
P.J. O’Rourke, Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism, Grove Atlantic
Linda Chavez, Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics, Crown Forum
Host: Brian Lamb, On American Character, Public Affairs

Saturday Audiobook Tea, 4pm – 5pm, S105B/C, $15
Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking, Audio Renaissance
Kinky Friedman, The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic: A Walk in Austin, Random House Audio
Amy Tan, The Opposite of Fate, Brilliance Audio
Scott Turow, Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections On Dealing With the Death Penalty, Audio Renaissance
Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association

Sunday, June 6

Sunday Book & Author Breakfast, 8am – 9:30am, Grand Ballroom, $25
Tom Wolfe, I Am Charlotte Simmons, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Gish Jen, The Love Wife, Afred A. Knopf
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents… AMERICA THE BOOK: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, Time Warner Book Group
Host: Graydon Carter, What We’ve Lost, Farrar, Straus & Giroux