Having already locked in Rudolph Giuliani for its opening night event, BookExpo America has announced that Al and Tipper Gore will also be appearing at the show. The two will speak at Sunday's author breakfast, promoting their books Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family and Between Us: The Spirit of Family. Also dropping by will be Christopher Reeve, Jean Auel, Walter Mosley and others.


Children's Book & Author Breakfast

Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner, Brundibar, Hyperion Books for Children

Kate DiCamillo, Tiger Rising and Because of Winn-Dixie, Candlewick Press

John Lithgow, Micawber and The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Simon & Schuster

Audiobook Tea

Brad Meltzer, The Millionaires, Time Warner AudioBooks

Walter Mosley, Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Audio Renaissance

Janet Evanovich, Hard Eight, Audio Renaissance


Book & Author Breakfast

Queen Noor, To the Kingdom: A Memoir, Talk Miramax Books

Reynolds Price, Noble Norfleet, Scribner

Stephen Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park, Knopf

Book & Author Lunch

Christopher Reeve, Nothing Is Impossible, Random House

Pete Hamill, Forever, Little, Brown

Roone Arledge, Roone, HarperCollins


Book & Author Breakfast

Pat Conroy, My Losing Season, Doubleday Broadway

Jean Auel, The Shelters of Stone, Crown

Al Gore and Tipper Gore, Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family and Between Us: The Spirit of Family

Literary Luncheon

Tim O'Brien, July, Houghton Mifflin

Francine Prose, The Lives of the Muses, HarperCollins

Paul Auster, The Book of Illusions, Henry Holt

Oscar Hijuelos, A Simple Habana Melody, HarperCollins

Despite the general economic recession and lingering impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks, BEA v-p and show director Greg Topalian expects "a big hit." He told PW, "So far, the indication seems to be that people want to come to New York City to show support. Patriotism is giving the show a bit of a boost. Though everyone has been hurt by the economy and some folks have cut back on what they spend at the show, they still feel strongly enough about needing to be there that nobody has said that they can't come."

He anticipates a show similar in size to those held in Chicago in recent years, with about 2,000 exhibitors, but expects more independent booksellers from the Northeast.

The biggest changes will be on the show floor, where the Spanish-language pavilion, sponsored by Críticas magazine, will be double the size of last year. A new area, the Mind, Body, Spirit section, will bring together spirituality and health publishers in one space. The multimedia segment of the show, focusing on music and video sidelines for booksellers, has been brought into the main exhibition space.

With New York a relatively easy flight from Western Europe, BEA should attract much larger numbers of international scouts, buyers and agents than in previous years. Topalian is looking for the rights side of this year's show to be "literally twice the size."