All our pre-BEA 2011 coverage in one place:BEA 2011: It's Personal: A Show Overview
BEA Show Floor
"The value of personal interaction still trumps all" is a firm belief of Steve Rosato, BEA show manager, who is all fired up for BEA 2011, the second under his command. And while the event's main focus is books and authors, technology and the digital revolution is also at the epicenter of this year's Expo—big time.
Booths by Numbers
Pictured is the layout of the BEA show floor at Javits. Here you can spot Meeting Rooms, stages, various pavilions, and see as well the numerical sequence of booths. Exhibitors in numerical sequence start on page 95.
The Big Books of BEA 2011: Adult Titles
As a kind of analog GPS system—and in response to reader requests—we offer a master list of BEA exhibitors, Meeting Room locations, and Rights Center tables, organized numerically by booth, room, and table number. This compilation is taken from a master list provided by BEA. Our hope is this will help attendess navigate their way and organize their booth visits. Happy strolling.
The Big Children's Books of BEA
BEA is almost here and that means learning about publishers' hopes and dreams for the seasons ahead. They've selected their important titles and set up events for their authors; this year, we've polled them, but put our own spin on the highlights for the 2011 Expo. Let the games begin.
BEA 2011: Around the Booths
Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle and James Dashner's the Maze Runner trilogy are both drawing to a conclusion, while noteworthy collaborations from Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, and Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, set sail. Also look for fresh ventures from William Joyce, Maggie Stiefvater, Lane Smith, Jack Gantos, Hilary Knight, and Richelle Mead, among others, as well as a picture book debut for a charismatic little mollusk with a lot of YouTube fans, and a middle-grade debut from the lead guitarist of the Decemberists.
Librarians at the Gate
PW's guide to BookExpo America based on BEA exhibitors' response to our call for information.
John Eklund: 'PW' Rep of the Year 2011
Librarians have become an important constituency at Book Expo America, showing up in increasing numbers year after year to hear publishers pitch their latest offerings. This year, however, BEA won't just be about the books librarians will buy, but how they will buy them‚Äîand, in the case of e-books, if they can buy them at all.
Anderson’s Books: PW Bookstore of the Year 2011
It's only appropriate that John Eklund would be a house rep for a trio of university presses—Harvard, Yale, and MIT—sharing a sales force and a warehouse to collectively sell and distribute their separate lists. Eklund, 59, this year's PW Rep of the Year, is as collegial as they come, a team player reluctant to toot his own horn and quick to give credit where credit is due.
Where to Eat at BEA
Anderson’s Books may have had the largest letter-writing campaign since the PW Bookstore of the Year Award was first given 19 years ago, but that wasn’t the determining factor in its selection. Rather, it was a trait singled out by sales rep Sheila Hennessey, of Penguin Books for Young Readers: “[Anderson’s] takes bookselling to new heights.”
The author of Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef (Random) shares some of her favorite restaurants near (and not so near) the Javits Center. And if you're in the mood for some unpretentious, American home cooking, head down to the East Village, to Hamilton's restaurant, Prune, at 54 E. First St.