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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Book World Heads to Los Angeles

posted by on May 28 at 14:00 PM

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This afternoon, I’ll be flying to Los Angeles to attend Book Expo America. Two years ago, I wrote about attending BEA as a bookseller, and here’s my description of the event:

Every year, over one weekend in May, publishers, bookstore owners, Amazon.com employees, and big-chain-bookstore buyers all converge on one major American city to reflect on the past year and prepare for the next one. There are several major players at BookExpo America: The New York publishing houses all have a commanding presence, as do Barnes & Noble and Borders and Amazon.com, and also ABA, the American Booksellers Association, a conglomeration of independent bookstores that use their combined weight as leverage against the aforementioned nationwide monsters.

All day tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll be live-blogging from the Staples Center and the attendant fancy celebrity-laden parties in the evening. This is where the publishers unleash their fall lineups and bring the authors to booksellers and librarians in a desperate attempt to beg for shelf space. It should be fun.

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I hear they cancelled the free drinks at the BEA for the press, other than the SATC party ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 28, 2008 2:15 PM
2

sounds like it's all about celebrities this year. please report. (& attend the mary kate & ashley party if possible, please!)

Posted by anna | May 28, 2008 2:45 PM
3

See you there, Paul Constant (assuming I figure out what you look like through the boozy haze of book expo)! I'm just getting ready to take off for Burbank and couldn't be happier the show is on the left coast this year.

Posted by jackie treehorn | May 28, 2008 2:51 PM
4

Yeah, if you can get a pic of you guys in a MK&A sandwich, that would be keen.

Personally, I always liked ABA better.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 28, 2008 3:07 PM
5

Oh yeah? Well, I'm going to the World Tea Expo! Take that, books!

Posted by Abby | May 28, 2008 4:00 PM
6

Ooh, a World Tea Expo!

Sounds fun!

(actually, it does)

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 28, 2008 5:25 PM

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