As I left my house to begin the 4+ hour trip to BEA, my parents called out after me: “Please don’t bring home as many books as you did last year!”
I only kind of heeded their request.
This being my second BEA, I was significantly more prepared for the rush of the expo-attendees, as well as for the sheer number of books piled high at each booth, just begging me to pick them up. In the end, I left with about 40 books – about 20 of which were exclusively for me.
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Some of you may have considered going to Book Expo America, but aren’t sure exactly what it is, or were deterred by the price or the lines. What it is, is LITERAL. TOWERS. OF. BOOKS!!! There are stacks of galleys piled on the floor and you run through and grab one of each. There are also authors giving away books at signings. I brought home 32 books, eleven of which were signed by their authors, and an overwhelming portion of which were advanced reader’s copies. Continue reading A Geekette’s BEA 2015 Haul: ALL of the Books!
Last year, BookCon’s initial line-up provoked a serious outcry regarding the lack of diversity in publishing. This movement grew into a grassroots organization called We Need
Diverse Books that has been working endlessly over the past year to promote diversity, especially in children’s books. One year later, it is clear that these efforts have not been in vain. Diversity was a hot topic at both Book Expo America and BookCon this year. The two events featured at least four panels directly addressing diversity between them. Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to one of these: BookCon’s Saturday morning panel, “We Need Diverse Books Presents In Our World and Beyond.” This panel discussed diversity in the abstract and its relation to the genres of science fiction and fantasy. The panel was introduced by VP of outreach for WNDB, Miranda Paul, and speakers included Saga Press editor Joe Monti as well as authors Daniel José Older, Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Marieke Nijkamp, and Nnedi Okorafor. Highlights from the panel are given below:
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Book Expo America 2015, a convention for members of the publishing industry, took place on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. Authors, booksellers, bloggers, educators, and more gather to network, attend panels and signings, and pick up lots and lots of free books. BookCon was started last year as a continuation of the event but open to the public and more geared to the interests of non-professionals in the world of books. This year’s BEA event was very special for us, since it was the largest gathering of DG writers to date! Here are some of our impressions of the event: Continue reading An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015