We know how you feel—BookExpo can be an exciting, whirlwind couple of days in the lives of librarians, a test of endurance and an unrelenting blitz of meetings, panels, and programs (often completed with 30-pound bags of advance reader copies slung over each shoulder). Sometimes, you need a break. And in the Librarians’ Lounge, booth 875 on the exhibit floor, you’ll get just that, and more.

Thanks to our sponsors—Baker & Taylor; Center Street; DK Publishing; Harlequin; Little, Brown Young Readers; Penguin Random House; Recorded Books; Rowman & Littlefield; and Sourcebooks—this year’s lounge figures to be our best yet.

On both days of the show, from 12:30 p.m. to 2, lunch is served, courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield. In addition, while supplies last, you can take home a copy of The New Brooklyn by Kay Hymowitz, a look at the borough’s dramatic transformation.

Once known as a quiet, working-class borough, Brooklyn today is home to bankers, artsy trendsetters, and celebrities. The phrase “tres Brooklyn” has even become a compliment among gourmands in Parisian restaurants. Maybe you’ve visited Brooklyn during your trip to BookExpo, or maybe not. Either way, you can take a bit of Brooklyn home with you, thanks to Rowman & Littlefield.

In addition, you can enter to win a set of Sourcebooks’ 30 most popular titles, in honor of the indie publisher’s 30th anniversary. When Dominique Raccah started Sourcebooks in 1987, she had modest goals. But three eventful decades later, the company is regarded one of America’s greatest indie publishers—Sourcebooks recently passed the100-million-units-sold mark, and last fall, Raccah took home PW’s Person of the Year Award.

Libraries have been a key part of Sourcebooks’ success, and on Friday morning, June 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. Sourcebooks reps will be in the Librarians’ Lounge to say thanks—and to give away some books.

Also, Baker & Taylor reps will be on hand in the lounge to talk with librarians about their latest offerings, including a new program designed to help public and school libraries work better together.

Whether you just need a place to get off your feet and recharge (yourself, or your phone), meet old and new friends, or you want to hear from a popular authors and take home some signed copies and more, we hope to see you in the Librarians’ Lounge.

Presented by Publishers Weekly, the 2017 BookExpo Librarians' Lounge Full Schedule:


Recorded Books, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Start your day with breakfast and coffee with popular narrators from Recorded books.

Little Brown Young Readers, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
Join Holly Black and Ryan Graudin for an author discussion of speculative fiction and get a preview of
their upcoming YA novels, Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince and Ryan Graudin’s Invictus.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. LUNCH, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

DK Publishing, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a load off and head to the lounge for a “Maker Break” and learn how to make a tube owl from Jemma Westing’s Out of the Box.

Center Street, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join Malachy McCourt at the lounge to hear him answer questions, share stories and discuss his new book, Death Need Not Be Fatal.


Sourcebooks, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Join Sourcebooks for coffee and breakfast and to celebrate their 30th anniversary with a chance to take home a collection of the publisher's top 30 titles, including This is Where is Ends, The Snatchabook, Poetry Speaks for Children, The Paris Architect, This Book is Gay, Flunked, Dream on Amber, and 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12.

Harlequin, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Come to the Librarians’ Lounge and meet the authors behind Harlequin’s newest imprints featuring Neil Olson, Christopher Meades, Eva Woods, and Brianna Wolfson.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. LUNCH, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.

Penguin Random House, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mingle with beloved authors Jane Green, Melanie Benjamin, Fiona Davis, and Deborah Perelman, and sample some delicious ice cream treats courtesy of Penguin Random House Library Marketing.