Registration for the 2022 edition of the U.S. Book Show is now open. The virtual book publishing trade show, produced by PW and now in its second year, will run May 24-26. The event's primary mission is to promote fall 2022 books of particular interest to booksellers librarians, book media, agents, and publishing professionals.
New this year, an international pavilion will welcome exhibitors from outside the U.S. “In the spirit of Publishers Weekly’s long-held commitment to global commerce and collaboration," PW publisher and CEO Cevin Bryerman said in a statement, "the U.S. Book Show has implemented an international pavilion of exhibitors, with a special panel of international publishers discussing the global future of the industry."
Bookseller-focused programming has also been broadened to include tactical discussions geared toward keeping stores healthy and thriving. Dedicated library programming will also be front and center, with leading experts weighing in on topics that directly impact libraries and readers, such as book banning. Industry programming will delve into issues of how or if the pandemic has permanently changed book publishing, digital marketing, and more.
Editorial programming forms the core of the three-day show, and this emphasis will continue in 2022. In 2021, Oprah Winfrey opened the inaugural show. Subsequent days saw keynotes from Ijeoma Oluo and Senator Elizabeth Warren and Author Spotlights from Anthony Doerr, Padma Lakshmi, Keanu Reeves, Brian Selznick, and Stevie Van Zandt. The 2022 program is yet to be announced.
Attendance in 2021 topped 6,000, among them nearly 1,000 members of the media, and the show was covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Library Journal, Associated Press, and others.
A preview day beginning at noon is planned for May 23, during which attendees can obtain and customize their virtual badges and attend exhibits by publishers promoting their fall 2022 books. More information about the show and registration process can be found on the U.S. Book Show website.