More than 100 of publishing’s most influential editors will be on hand to discuss the biggest books of the fall when the first U.S. Book Show debuts May 25-27. Editors are set to appear on different panels during which they will preview upcoming titles in both the adult and children’s categories. In addition, professional panels aimed at publishers, booksellers, and librarians are set for the virtual event. The U.S. Book Show is being presented by Publishers Weekly.

The fair will also house more than 80 publishers and allied vendors in the virtual exhibit hall and plans are in place to facilitate one-on-one conversations networking opportunities. Still to be announced, authors appearances, top-tier and celebrity keynote speeches and live-streamed entertainment.

Publishers Weekly has a deep, organic relationship with book publishers, librarians, booksellers, agents and those most deeply committed to the health and flourishing of the industry,” said Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director of Publishers Weekly and the show manager of the U.S. Book Show. “The U.S. Book Show will do what PW does best: build buzz around books, and connect the community in one—this time virtual—place.”

Editor’s Picks Panels: A Sampling

The Editors’ Picks panels feature editors discussing their forthcoming titles and the stories behind the stories. Diversity and inclusion are part of the panels’ foundation. Books were selected by PW editors, and editors from the different houses were invited to participate. Livestreaming Q&A sessions follow each panel.

Children’s and Adult Comics and Graphic Novels

Moderated by Meg Lemke

  • The Waiting by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (Drawn & Quarterly), edited by Tracy Hurren
  • The Eightfold Path by authors Charles Johnson and Steven Barnes and illustrator Bryan Christopher Moss (Abrams ComicArts/Megascope), edited by John Jennings
  • No One Else by R. Kikuo Johnson (Fantagraphics), edited by Eric Reynolds
  • Power Born of Dreams: My Story Is Palestine by Mohammad Sabaaneh (Street Noise Books), edited by Liz Frances
  • The Unfinished Corner by author Dani Colman and illustrator Rachel “Tuna” Petrovicz (Wonderbound), edited by Rebecca “Tay” Taylor
  • Magical Boy by The Kao (Graphix), edited by Michael Petranek
  • Passport by Sophia Glock (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), edited by Susan Rich
  • Himawari House by Harmony Becker (First Second), edited by Kiara Valdez

Literary Fiction

Moderated by David Varno

  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (FSG), edited by Mitzi Angel
  • Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo (Catapult), edited by Jonathan Lee
  • Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart (Random House), edited by David Ebershoff
  • Still Life by Sarah Winman (Putnam), edited by Sally Kim
  • My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (Holt), edited by Retha Powers
  • L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón (Flatiron), edited by Nadxieli Nieto
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead), edited by Sarah McGrath
  • The War for Gloria by Atticus Lish (Knopf), edited by Jordan Pavlin


Moderated by Sarah Yung and Sanina Clark

  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido), edited by Nick Thomas
  • Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books), edited by Katherine Tegen
  • Revolution in Our Time by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick Press), edited by Andrea Tompa
  • Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), edited by Kendra Levin
  • We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), edited by Alexandra Hightower
  • HUDA F ARE YOU? by Huda Fahmy (Dial), edited by Dana Chidiac
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (Tor Teen), edited by Ali Fisher
  • We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera (Bloomsbury), edited by Mary Kate Castellani

Look for more categories and titles next week.

Selected Professional Panels

Bookselling Today

Moderated by Ed Nawotka

  • Danny Caine, Owner, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Kwame Spearman, Co-Owner and CEO, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colorado
  • Bryanne Hoeg, Store Manager, Powell's City of Books, Portland, Oregon

Political Books: What Does the Post-Trump Landscape Hold?

Moderated by Jimmy So, editor, Columbia Global Reports, Columbia University

  • Tanya McKinnon, Principal, McKinnon Literary
  • Eamon Dolan, Vice President, Executive Editor, Simon & Schuster
  • Keith Urbahn, President and Co-Founder, Javelin
  • Eric Nelson, Vice President and Editorial Director, Broadside Books

Hiring: How to Prioritize Inclusivity in Your Workforce

  • Carrie Bloxson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Hachette Book Group
  • Ayesha Pande, Proprietor, Ayesha Pande Literary and head of the Association of Author Representatives’ diversity committee
  • Jason Low, Publisher, Lee and Low Books
  • Stacey A. Gordon, author of UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work (Wiley, 2021)

The remaining panels will be revealed in the coming weeks.

More information about panels, speakers, registration, media passes, group sales, exhibiting and more is available here.