BEA will be getting a little glitz on opening night when actress and singer Barbra Streisand takes the stage at the Opening Night Keynote Reception on Tuesday, May 25. Streisand will be interviewed about her first book, My Passion for Design, which Viking will publish on November 16.

Any registered attendee may come to the reception, which will be Babs' first appearance on behalf of the book. My Passion for Design: A Private Tour is a $60 hardcover that focuses on the architecture and construction of Streisand's newest homes.

BEA director Steven Rosato said, "We are honored to welcome Barbra Streisand to our stage. One of the truly exceptional things about having a distinguished guest like Ms. Streisand headline our event for us is that it calls attention to the strength, vitality, and excitement that is so much part of the book industry."