The ABA is using BookExpo America's return to Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1989 to host Legislative Day on Wednesday, May 17. ABA member booksellers (who RSVP by May 1) will meet at noon to be briefed on current policy issues that affect them and then hop on buses to travel to Capitol Hill to meet with their senators and congressmen.

Note: Some workshops and non-BEA, non-ABA meetings charge admission and require advance registration. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at the new Washington, D.C., Convention Center. Due to space limitations, we're unable to list the three full days of PMA Publishing University programming, also being held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center May 16—18. You can find a complete listing at

Exhibition Halls and International Rights Center Hours:
Friday, May 19 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 20 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, May 21 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesday, May 16

1—5 p.m. Prospective Booksellers School. Hilton Crystal City. First day of four-day intensive training for those interested in opening a bookstore. Facilitators: Donna Paz and Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates. Sponsored by ABA. Fee (includes BEA registration): $500 for ABA members; $800 for non-members (advance registration required). There are only 65 slots are open for the workshop. Contact Kristen Gilligan at (914) 591-2665, ext. 1286, or (800) 637-0037, ext. 1286; or e-mail Sessions continue on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.—noon.

Wednesday, May 17

7:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m. Book Expo America/Writer's Digest Books

Writer's Conference. All-day event includes lunch. Fee: $189. Registration (7:30 a.m.). Morning Keynote (8:30 a.m.) with Jerry Jenkins (Left Behind).

Concurrent breakout sessions (9:30—10:30 a.m.).

How to Write a Killer Mystery. Moderator: Hallie Ephron, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel.

The First 50 Pages. Moderator: Jessica Morrell, Between the Lines and Writing Out the Storm.

Travel Writing. Moderator: L. Peat O'Neil, Travel Writing.

YA, Why Not? Speakers: Liesa Abrams, Razorbill (Penguin Young Readers Group); Nadia Cornier, Firebrand Literary.

Extreme Query Letter Makeover. Speakers: Jane Friedman, Writer's Digest Books; Kristin Godsey, Writer's Digest.

Concurrent breakout sessions (10:30—11:30 a.m.).

Three Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to Any Agent or Publisher. Speakers: agents Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Agency.

Get to Know Your Writer-Self. Speaker: Bonnie Neubauer, Write-Brain Workbook.

Ask the Editors Panel. Panelists: Robert Lee Brewer,; Joanna Masterson, Guide to Literary Agents; Lauren Mosko, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

21st-Century Publishing Truths. Moderator: Lori Perkins, Insiders Guide to Getting an Agent.

Covering Current Events. Panel discussion with top editors and reporters.

Lunch (11:30 a.m.—1 p.m.). Speaker: Michael Cader, Publishers Lunch.

Author Signings at Book Store (1—1:30 p.m.).

Concurrent breakout sessions (1:30—2:30 p.m.).

The Art of Publicity and Self-Promotion. Moderator: Jennifer Gilmore, Golden Country.

Revision: A Fly High, Fly Low Approach. Moderator: Hallie Ephron, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel.

The Metamorphosis of a Book to Film. Moderator: Peter Miller, Author! Screenwriter!

Conflict. Moderator: Jessica Morrell, Between the Lines.

Practice Your Pitch. Moderator: Lauren Mosko, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Ask the Agents. Panelists: Nadia Cornier, Firebrand Literary; Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management.

Pitch Slam. (3—5 p.m.) Make one-minute book proposal pitches to agents and editors (replies limited to one minute).

9 a.m.—5 p.m. Prospective Booksellers School. Hilton Crystal City. Second of four-day course. See Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.

Noon—7 p.m. Bookseller Legislative Day. Doubletree Crystal City and on Capitol Hill. Welcome Lunch (noon) featuring ABA president Mitchell Kaplan and Robert Barnett, senior partner at Williams & Connolly.

Legislative Briefings (1:30—3 p.m.) offers three half-hour legislative updates: 2006 Retail Issues in the Congress and the Administration (1:30); First Amendment/Free Expression Issues (2 p.m.) with John B. Morris Jr., Center for Democracy & Technology, and Christopher Finan, ABFFE; Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy (2:30 p.m.) with Thomas M. Sullivan.

Buses will depart for Capitol Hill (3:30 p.m.) for congressional visits (4—5:30 p.m.). Congressional Reception (5:30—7 p.m.) honoring Rep. Bernie Sanders. Location TBA. Participating booksellers must RSVP by May 1 to Margaret Petrie at (800) 637-0037, ext. 6614 or

9 p.m.—midnight. Reception at Hotel ABA. Doubleday Crystal City (300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va.) Guests at the Hotel ABA (Doubletree Crystal City and Hilton Crystal City) can enjoy a publisher-sponsored bookseller reception. A free shuttle service will transport guests between the two hotels.

Thursday, May 18

6:30 a.m.—6 p.m. Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC). Separate registration required. Register online at or call (703) 556-7172. Open Registration (6:30 a.m.—5 p.m.). Networking Breakfast (8—9 a.m.). State of the Industry (9—10:30 a.m.).

Concurrent Panels(11 a.m.—12:15 p.m.): Children's Audio Panel and Publishers Tools for New Technology. Networking Lunch (12:15—1:45 p.m.). Membership Meeting (2—2:30 p.m.).

Concurrent Panels (2:45—3:45 p.m.): Content Beyond the Book and Satellite Radio: New Opportunities & Challenges. Big Picture Thinking for the Future of Audio (4—5 p.m.). Networking Reception (5:15 p.m.).

8:15 a.m.—5 p.m.Day of Dialog for Publishers, Vendors and Librarians. Grosvenor Auditorium (National Geographic Society Headquarters, 1600 M St., NW). Co-sponsored by Library Journal. Register at Questions to LJ's Ann Kim at

Breakfast and Registration (8:15—9 a.m.). Welcome (9—9:15 a.m.). Street Lit (9:15—10:30) with Beth de Guzman, Time Warner Book Group.

Hot Books for Fall (10:45 a.m.—noon) with Reagan Arthur, Little, Brown; Marjorie Braman, William Morrow; Gary Fisketjon, Knopf; Carrie Kania, Ecco. Lunch Outside (noon—1:15 p.m.).

Reading Groups (1:15—2:25 p.m.) with Amy Baker, HarperPerennial; Kathleen Degyansky, Queens Borough Public Library; Sarah Pucillo, Random House; Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield (Va.) County Public Library.

Spiritual Living (2:35—3:50 p.m.) with Greg Stielstra, Thomas Nelson; Mark Tauber, Harper San Francisco. Wrap Up (3:50—4 p.m.). Networking Happy Hour (4—5 p.m.).

9—10 a.m. Science of Independent Bookselling: Catching and Keeping Customers. Ballroom A. Speaker: Paco Underhill, Why We Buy.

9—10 a.m. The Best Way to Leverage Podcasting. Room 203AB. Speaker: Tee Morris, Podcasting for Dummies.

9 a.m.—4:15 p.m. Prospective Booksellers School. ABA's Thursday Day of Education at the Convention center. Advance registration required. Third of four-day course. See Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.

9:30—10:30 a.m. Are You Ready for ISBN-13? Only Six Months to Go... Room 204B. Sponsored by BISG. Moderator: Sally Dedecker. Panelists: Robert Bollick, McGraw-Hill Education; Tom Clarkson, Barnes & Noble; Wendell Lotz, Ingram Book Company.

9:30—10:30 a.m.Premium Publishing in a Web 2.0 World. Room 201. Moderator: John Blossom, President, Shore Communications.

9:30—10:30 a.m. Capitalism Meets the Gift Economy of the Web: Profile of the National Academies Press. Room 204A. Speakers: Barbara Kline Pope and Michael Jensen, National Academies Press.

9:30—11 a.m. School Market Strategies that Drive Results. Room 202A. Speakers: Kathleen Brantley, director of strategic alliances, Market Data Retrieval.

10—11 a.m. Creating Digital Press Kits. Room 202B. Speaker: Jess Todtfeld, Success in Media.

10:15—11:15 a.m.Retail Horizons—Industry Benchmarks. Room 146B. Presenting findings of the National Retail Federation Research and Education Foundation/Bearing Point "Retail Horizons" study.

10:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Optimize the Buying Process. Room TBA.

10:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Handselling. Room 150A.

10:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Know Your Customer: Increase Sales. Room 152A.

10:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Shop Local. Room 144 B&C. Hear success stories about creating independent business alliances. Repeats at 11:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Getting the Most Out of Your Web site. Room 150B. Repeats at 11:30 a.m.

10:30—11:30 a.m. The Best Way to Target Mobile Devices. Room 203AB. Speaker: Elizabeth Mackey, v-p, eReader, Motricity.

10:30—11:30 a.m. Unbundling the Book: Monetizing New Value via New Media Tools. Room 204C. Moderator: Jerome Kramer, VNU US Literary. Panelists: Ana-Maria Allessi, Harper Media; Clifford Guren, eReading, Microsoft; Andrew Weinstein, Lightning Source; Claire Israel, Simon & Schuster.

10:30 a.m.—10:30 p.m. Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) Programming. Room 207AB.

ABC Discussion Group: Ideas that Work (10:30—11:30 a.m.). Featuring 2006 Lucille Micheels Pannell Award winner.

ABC Annual Meeting (noon—12:30 p.m.).

Boxed Lunch & Speaker (12:30—1:45). Guest speaker: Watt Key, Alabama Moon. Boxed lunch: $10 (ABC members), $14 (non-members). RSVP to Kristen McLean at (617) 699-6796 or Sponsored by ABC and FSG.

Selling Outside the Box: The Power of Independents (2—3 p.m.) Speakers: Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Walter Was Worried; Lauren Wohl, Roaring Brook Press; Elizabeth Bluemle, Flying Pig Bookstore in Charlotte, Vt.

Children's Book Buzz Workshop (3—4:30 p.m.).

Reception and Secret Garden Silent Auction (5—7:15 p.m.)

ABC Annual Secret Garden Silent Auction & Evening with Children's Booksellers (5—10:30 p.m.). The National Geographic Society (1145 17th St. NW). Reception and Secret Garden Silent Auction (5—7:15 p.m.). Dinner (7:30—8:45 p.m.) with performance by folksinger Connie Kaldor, A Poodle in Paris. Presentation of the E.B. White Read Aloud Awards (8:45—9 p.m.). Dinner Speakers: Jerry Pinkney and Eoin Colfer (9—9:30 p.m.). Sponsored by ABC. Tickets: $75 (ABC members); $85 (associate and sponsor members); $100 (non-members). Must order tickets in advance: Kristen McLean, (617) 699-6796 or

11 a.m.—noon. Supply Chain Tracking: Improving Publisher Profitability via Customer Sales and Inventory Data. Room 204A. Moderator: Mike Shatzkin, The Idea Logical Company. Panelists: Jeremy Nurnberg, Sterling Publishing; Roger S. Williams, Thomson Peterson.

11 a.m.—noon. The Canadian Market for U.S. Publishers. Room 204B. Moderator: Kevin Hanson, president, Simon & Schuster Canada. Panelists: Brad Martin, president, Random House Canada; Joel Silver, senior v-p, Indigo; Iole Lucchese, president, Scholastic.

11 a.m.—noon. Embracing Collaboration: A Publisher Roadmap. Room 201. Moderator: Don Tapscott, president, New Paradigm Learning Corporation.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Shop Local: Forming Business Alliances in Your Community. Room 144 BC.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Getting the Most Out of Your Web site. Room 150B.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Content Management for Multiple Publications: How Harvard University Press Expedited Collaborative Publishing Processes. Room 202A. Speakers: Rosemary Tietge and Paul Adams, HUP.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Sound Bites to Sound Checks: How to Prepare for Media Interviews & Tours. Room 202B. Speakers: Kim Dower, Kim-from-L.A. Literary & Media Services; Jess Todtfeld, Success in Media.

11:30 a.m.—8 p.m. African-American Booksellers Conference. Room TBA. Registration not required. Sponsored by the African-American Booksellers Consortium. For info: Emma Rodgers,

Opening Sessions and Lunch (11:30 a.m.—1 p.m.).

Keynote Address (1—2 p.m.). Queen Latifah, Queen of the Scene (HarperCollins Children's).

Conversations with Successful Booksellers (2:15—3:15 p.m.). Moderator: Clara Villarosa, Hue-Man Resources, Harlem, N.Y. Speakers: Simba Sana, Karibu Books in Md. and Va.; James Fugate, Eso Won Books in Los Angeles.

Their Eyes Were Reading Smut: The Impact of Ghetto Fiction on African-American Literature (3:45—4:45 p.m.). Moderator: Nick Chiles, A Love Story (Dutton). Speakers: Nelson George, Hip Hop America; Nikki Turner, Hustler's Wife; Malaika Adero, senior editor Atria Books. Reception (5—8:30 p.m.) speakers: George C. Fraser, CEO, FraserNet; Pat Schroeder, president and CEO, AAP; W. Paul Coates, publisher, Black Classic Press. Sponsors: Amistad/HarperCollins, Literally Speaking.

12:45—2 p.m. Fourth annual "What Are You Reading" lunch. Ballroom A.

12:45—2 p.m. College Store Literary Luncheon. Room 145A. Sponsored by Nacscorp. Must RSVP to Cindy Thompson (

1-2 p.m. The Best Way to Use a Blog to Strengthen Corporate Culture and Customer Relations. Room 203AB. Speaker: Michael Hyatt, president & CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers.

1—2 p.m. Publishing in China. Room 202A. Speaker: James McGregor, One Billion Customers.

1—2 p.m. New Publisher Models for Growth: Leveraging Publishing and Online Community to Build Mainstream Media. Room 202B. Moderator: Trish Lindsay, CEO, Star Farm Productions.

1—2:30 p.m. Channeling the Web for Readers & Buyers. Room 204A. Moderator: Carol Fitzgerald, founder, Panelists: Suzanne Beecher,; Skye Van Raalte-Herzog,; John Mutter, Shelf Awareness; M.J. Rose, AuthorBuzz.

1—2:30 p.m. Can Publishers Manage Print & Digital Products Effectively? Room 204C. Sponsored by PW'sTechnology Supplement. Moderator: Jim Lichtenberg, technology consultant, PW, president, Lightspeed. Introduced by Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief, Publishers Weekly.

1—3:30 p.m. Translations for the American Market. Room 204B. A two-part program. Program chair: Alane Salierno Mason, Words Without Borders. What's Hot: International Literature for the American Market (1 p.m.). Panelists: Kent Carroll, Europa Editions; Daniel Halpern, Ecco Press. Selling English-Language Translation Rights (2:30 p.m.). Panelists: Lucinda Karter, French Publishers' Agency.

1:30—2:30 p.m.Long Tail Prescriptions for the Book: From Authorship to Sales. Room 201. Speaker: Chris Anderson, The Long Tail.

2—3 p.m. Creating Effective E-Newsletters. Room 143A. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2—3 p.m. Creating Killer Events. Room 143B. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2—3 p.m. Improving Efficiency to Achieve Success. Room TBA. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2—3 p.m. How to Be the Story: Developing and Implementing a Public Relations Plan. Room 143C. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2—3 p.m. How to Do a Customer Survey: A Case Study. Room 144A. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2—3 p.m. Above the Treeline. Room 152 A&B. Speaker: John Rubin, founder, Above the Treeline, online software designed to help bookstores improve finances by optimizing inventory selection. Repeated at 3:15 p.m.

2:15—4:15 p.m. Improving Efficiency to Achieve Success. Room 150A.

2:15—4:15 p.m. Independent Booksellers as Mavericks. Room 150B. Speakers: William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre, Mavericks at Work.

2:15—4:15 p.m.College Store Idea Exchange: Emerging Categories & Creative Strategies. Room 145A. Discussions focusing on categories and strategies that can help make college stores both more profitable and a valuable resource. Topics: Graphic Novels and Manga Demystified; Creating Excitement (and Profits) with Bargain Books; Two Minutes that Will Change Your Life... or at Least Give You a Great Idea; and Prospecting the Backlist Country. Sponsored by Nacscorp.

2:30—3:30 p.m.Capturing the Baby Boomer Behemoth. Room 202A. Speakers: Hugh Delehanty, AARP Publications; Steven E. Magnuson, Sterling Publishing.

2:30—3:30 p.m. The Best Way to Exploit RSS Technology. Room 203AB.

2:30—4 p.m. The Best American Fiction Since 1980: Results and Analysis from the New York Times Book Review Survey. Room 202B. Moderator: Sam Tanenhaus, NYTBR. Panelists: Greg Cowles, NYTBR; authors Thomas Mallon, Cynthia Ozick, Liesl Schillinger.

3:15—4:15 p.m. Creating Effective E-Newsletters. Room 143A.

3:15—4:15 p.m. Creating Killer Events. Room 143B.

3:15—4:15 p.m. Improving Efficiency to Achieve Success. Room TBA.

3:15—4:15 p.m. How to Be the Story: Developing and Implementing a Public Relations Plan. Room 143C.

3:15—4:15 p.m. How to Do a Customer Survey: A Case Study. Room 144A.

3:15—4:15 p.m. Above the Treeline. Room 152 A&B. Speaker: John Rubin, founder, Above the Treeline.

3:30—4:30 p.m. The Future of Publishing in the Digital Age. Room 201. Speaker: Carly Fiorina, former chair/CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

5—6:30 p.m. BEA Opening Night Celebration. Ballroom A. Tim Russert (Wisdom of Our Fathers) delivers the opening-night keynote address. Open to all badge holders.

6—10:30 p.m. Lambda Literary Awards. Human Rights Campaign Headquarters (1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW). Lambda Literary Foundation's 18th annual reception and awards ceremony celebrating GLBT books. Reception (6 p.m.), ceremony (7—9 p.m.), post-reception (9:30—10:30 p.m.) Info: or (212) 239-6575.

9 p.m.—midnight. Reception at Hotel ABA. Doubleday Crystal City (300 Army Navy Dr. in Arlington, Va.) Guests at the Hotel ABA can enjoy a publisher-sponsored bookseller reception. A free shuttle service will transport guests between the two hotels.

Friday, May 19

8—9:30 a.m. Children's Book & Author Breakfast. Ballroom A. Authors: Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak; Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Shadow Thieves; Marc Brown, Arthur series. Sponsored by the Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee. Fee: $30.

9—10 a.m. Users Group Meeting. Room TBA. Moderator: Len Vlahos, Book director. stores are welcome.

9 a.m.—noon. Prospective Booksellers School. Washington Convention Center. Final day four-day course. See Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.

9 a.m.—noon. China's Role in the International Publishing Marketplace. Room 202A. Offering different cultural perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing publishers in the Chinese market.

9 a.m.—6 p.m. BookExpo trade show floor opens.

10—11 a.m. Book Sense Gift Cards Users Group Meeting. Room TBA. Moderator: Jill Perlstein, ABA marketing director.

10—11 a.m. Blog 2.0: How Blogs Continue to Re-define Author, Publisher and Reader Dynamics. Room 202B. Moderator: David Wilk, Resolution Inc. Panelists: Dan Burstein, Millennium Technology Venture Partners; Michael Cader, Publishers Marketplace; Anna Marie Cox, blogger; Shawn Gold, Weblogs Inc.; Markos Zuniga, the Daily Kos.

10—11 a.m. Aim Globally! Think GDSN (Global Data Synchronized Network). Room 203AB. Panelists: Al Garton, GS1US; Andrew Lacroix, Bowker.

10—11 a.m. The Marketing and Selling of Judaica. Room 204B. Moderator: Daisy Maryles, Publishers Weekly. Panelists: Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy; Altie Karper, Schocken Books; Mitch Kaplan, Books and Books.

10:30—11:30 a.m. National Public Radio: Meet the Producers. Room 201. Chair: Elizabeth Shreve, Elizabeth Shreve. Panelists: Amy Salit, Fresh Air; Setsuko Sato, Talk of the Nation; Susan Feeney, All Things Considered.

11—11:45 a.m. Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Syndicating Litblog Book Reviews. Room 202B. Sarah Weinman details how she syndicates her reviews.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. The Best Way to Export Your Books to Foreign Markets. Room 203AB. Speaker: Jim Paul, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. The Copyright Office Comes to BookExpo America. Room 204B. Sponsored by the Library of Congress. Speaker: Jewel Player, U.S. Copyright Office.

Noon—1:30 p.m.Book Sense Author Luncheon. Ballroom A. Meet dozens of BookSense authors. RSVP to Limit two people per bookstore. Must bring confirmation e-mail to the lunch.

1—2 p.m. The Best Way to Leverage Your Brand in the Consumer Marketplace. Room 203AB. Speaker: Bill Schubart, president, Resolution Inc.

1—2 p.m. DC Print Media: Meet the Editors. Room 201. Chair: Elizabeth Shreve, Elizabeth Shreve Public Relations. Panelists: Carol Memmott, USA Today; Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly; Marie Arana, Washington Post Book World.

1—2 p.m. Book Industry Trends 2006. Room 202A. Preview the newest edition of BISG's flagship research publication. Speakers: TBA, exec. dir. BISG; Albert Greco and Robert Wharton, the Institute for Publishing.

1—2 p.m. Latino Publishing 2.0: Where the Market Is Headed. Room 202B. Moderator: Carmen Ospina, Críticas. Panelists: Rene Alegria or Ray Garcia, Rayo; Carlos Azula or Erik Riesenberg, Random House Español; Lucia Laratelli, Urano; Marla Norman, Planeta; Larry Downs, Grupo Nelson.

1—2 p.m. Amazon 102: Digital Book Opportunities. Room 204A. Discussion of Amazon's digital book initiatives, including Search Inside the Book, Amazon Upgrade & Pages, and eBooks. Session repeats Saturday, 1 p.m.

1—2:15 p.m. Emerging Voices. Room 204B. Meet new fiction writers after they give brief readings from their books. Chair: M.J. Rose.

1:30—2:15 p.m. Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C.

2:30—3:30 p.m. State of the Thriller. Room 201. Sponsored by International Thriller Writers. Moderator: David Morrell. Panelists: James Patterson, Judge & Jury; Margaret O'Neil Marbury, Mira Books; David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun Times; Dan Conaway, Putnam.

2:30—3:30 p.m. Second Chances: Reinventing a Literary Career. Room 202A. Moderator: Lisa Tucker, Once Upon a Day. Panelists: Judith Curr, publisher, Atria Books; Mark Winegardner, The Godfather Returns; Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Agency; Megan Underwood Beatie, Goldberg/McDuffie Communications; Bryan Christian, S&S.

2:30—3:30 p.m. Embracing the Short Story Collection. Room 202B. Moderator: Brigid Hughes, Paris Review.

2:30—3:30 p.m. Video Shorts: What Works (2006 Book Video Award Premiere). Room 204A. Straddling books, film and music, this presentation includes the premieres of the three winners of the 2006 Book Video Awards. Moderator: Jerome Kramer, VNU US Literary Group. Panelists: Carolyn Schwartz, Bantam Dell; Carol Fitzgerald, Book Report Network; John Kilcullen, Billboard; Skye Van Raalte-Herzog, Expanded Books (formerly Book Look).

2:30—3:30 p.m. The Best Way to Evaluate and Choose Distribution Options in a Changing Book Marketplace. Room 203AB. Speaker: David Wilk, Resolution Inc.

2:30—5 p.m. Association of Authors Representatives (AAR). Room 204B. Two programs, open to AAR members and all agents. US/UK Turf Wars: The Defining Rights Issue of our Time (2:30 p.m.). The New Machinery of Selling Books (3:45 p.m.)

3—3:45 p.m. Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C.

3—4 p.m. ABA Town Hall Meeting. Room 150A ABA member booksellers can voice their opinions and share ideas with ABA Board members and staff in a less formal setting than at the ABA Annual Membership meeting, which follows. Open to all ABA members.

3—4:30 p.m.ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Ceremony. Room 147A. The eighth annual celebrating the 2005 gold, silver and bronze winners in 52 categories and ForeWord editor's Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction.

4—5 p.m. ABA Annual Membership Meeting. Room 150B. ABA's official annual meeting will update membership on the past year and look ahead to future association projects.

4—5 p.m. Creating and Implementing an Environmental Paper Policy: Publisher Case Study. Room 201.

4—5 p.m. Reading the World: Spreading the Wealth of International Literature to Your Customers. Room 202A. Moderator: Chad Post, Dalkey Archive Press. Panelists: Edwin Frank, New York Review Books; Declan Spring, New Directions; Karl Pohrt, Shaman Drum Bookstore; Riky Stock, German Book Office.

4—5 p.m. (Re)Making a Book in Trade Paperback. Room 202B. Moderator: Jane von Mehren, Random House Publishing Group. Panelists: Russell Perreault, Vintage/Anchor; Kim Hovey, Ballantine; Ruth Liebmann, Random House.

4—5 p.m.Literary Ventures Fund: A New Economic Model for Literary Publishing. Room 204A. Moderator: Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP. Panelists: Jim Bildner, Literary Ventures Fund; Richard Nash, Soft Skull Press; Jill Schoolman, Archipelago Books; Allan Kornblum, Coffee House Press.

4—5 p.m. Mind Body Spirit Publishing: Marketing Trend Update. Room 204B. Moderator: Simon Warwick-Smith, Warwick Assoc. Panelists: Lynn Garrett, Publishers Weekly; Munro Magruder, New World Library; Rob Meadows, Inner Traditions International.

5:30—7 p.m. ABA's Annual Celebration of Bookselling. Ballroom A. Come snack, drink and meet the winners of the 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. Awards will also be given to Publishers Weekly's Bookseller of the Year and Rep of the Year.

9 p.m.—midnight. Reception at Hotel ABA. Doubleday Crystal City (300 Army Navy Drive in Arlington, Va.) Guests at the Hotel ABA can enjoy a publisher-sponsored bookseller reception. A free shuttle will transport guests between the two hotels.

Saturday, May 20

7:45—9:45 a.m. Author Breakfast. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Ave. NW). Authors: David Simon, Ten Commitments; Melody Beattie, Grief Club; Rev. Deborah Johnson, The Sacred YES. Fee: $55. Advance reservations: sponsor Marilyn McGuire & Associates,; (800) 367-1907.

8—9:30 a.m. Saturday Book & Author Breakfast. Ballroom A. Host: Marie Arana, Cellophane. Authors: Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope; Amy Sedaris, I Like You; and John Updike, Terrorist. Fee: $30

9—10 a.m. Trends Impacting the Future of Children's Publishing. Room 202A. Moderator: Mary Manz Simon, children's market trend tracker. Panelists: Kate Klimo, Random House/Golden Book; Valerie Garfield, Simon Spotlight and Little Simon; Craig Walker, Scholastic; Bruce Nuffer, Zonderkidz.

9 a.m.—noon. Budgeting & Monitoring. Room TBA. Based on input gathered at workshops across the country, this program has been revised to focus on the issues of small and medium-sized stores.

9 a.m.—6 p.m. BookExpo trade show floor opens.

10—11 a.m. Above the Treeline Users Group Meeting. Room TBA. Meet with the program's director, John Rubin, who will discuss the product.

10—11 a.m. The Big Read Is Coming to Your Town: Are You Ready? Room 201. The NEA is teaming up with publishers, booksellers, libraries, local government and the media to help communities run One City, One Book programs. Speaker: Dana Gioia, NEA chair.

10—11 a.m. RFID: Is There Life Beyond Product Distribution? Room 202B. Speaker: Jim Lichtenberg, Light Speed.

10—11 a.m.Why You (Writers/Designers/Illustrators/Photographers/Editors) Should Be Book Packagers, Too. Room 203AB. Sponsored by the American Book Producers Assoc. Moderator: Jim Buckley, Shoreline Publishing Group. Panelists: Mel Parker, Mel Parker Books.

10—11 a.m. Going Global in Frankfurt: Organizing Your Rights and Export Business for Results. Room 204B. Moderator: Thomas Minkus, Frankfurt Book Fair.

10 a.m.—Noon. Amazon 101 for Small Publishers. Room 204A.

10:30—11:30 a.m. Improving Electronic Ordering Efficiency. Room 202A. Speaker: Beat Barblan, Pubnet/PubEas.

11—11:45 a.m.Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.Luring the Web-Addicted Book Buyer: A Handseller's Perspective. Room 201. Speaker: Robert Gray, Fresh Eyes Now.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Book Industry Quality of Sales Survey Results. Room 202B. Results of a 2006 industry survey on the quality of sales provided by independent sales reps and house sales people. Speaker: Richard Gottlieb, Richard Gottlieb & Associates.

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Optimizing Publisher Brands in the Retail Environment. Room 203AB. Publishers and booksellers share ideas on how to brand imprints. Moderator and Panelists TBA.

Noon—2 p.m. BEA Book & Author Luncheon. Ballroom A. Host: Lynn Sherr, Outside the Box. Speakers: Pat Buchanan, State of Emergency; Ariana Huffington, On Becoming Fearless; Frank Rich, The Greatest Story Ever Sold; Andrew Sullivan, The Conservative Soul. Fee: $40.

1—2 p.m.Your Library on Steroids: How Public Libraries Are Transforming Their Communities. Room 202B. Speaker: Leslie Burger, Princeton Public Library.

1—2 p.m.Amazon 102: Digital Book Opportunities. Room 204A. See Fri., 1 p.m. for details.

1:30—2:15 p.m.Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C. Interviews are also scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Host and guest TBA.

1:30—2:30 p.m.Beyond the Code. Room 202A. Panelists: Steve Berry, The Last Templar; Jed Rubenfeld, The Interpretation of Murder; Maggie Richards, Henry Holt.

1:30—2:30 p.m.Selling and Promoting Right of Center Books via Left of Center Channels. Room 203AB. Panelists: Marji Ross, Regnery Publishing; Jonathan Garthwaite,; Harry McCullough, publishing consultant.

1:30—2:30 p.m.Managing Digital Files: Publisher Benefits & Obstacles. Room 204B. Speaker: Jim Lichtenberg, president, Light Speed.

1:30—2:45 p.m.Coping with Disaster: What to Do When the Next Hurricane Strikes. Room 150A. Hear from booksellers, authors and other experts about the devastation on the Gulf Coast. Speakers: Robert Block and Christopher Cooper, Disaster: Hurricane Katrina & the Failure of Homeland Security, Irwin Redlener, Americans at Risk.

1:30—3 p.m. Beyond the Book: Inspiration: How Religion, Spirituality and Conviction Shape the American Experience. Room 201. Moderator: Christopher Kenneally, director, Copyright Clearance Center. Panelists: Jay Allison, This I Believe; Cholene Espinoza, Through the Eye of the Storm.

2:30—3:30 p.m.Book Clubs @Your Library. Room 202B. Join the Friends of Libraries USA to discuss reading programs.

2:30—3:30 p.m.Tapping into a New Generation of Crafters. Room 204A. Moderator: David Didriksen, Willow Books, Acton, Mass. Panelists: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End; Candi Jensen, Hooked on Crochet; Debbie Stoller, Stitch n' Bitch Nation; Rachel Ray, Joseph Beth Booksellers.

2:30—4 p.m. Pictures of a Life: Comics and the Memoir. Room 206. Moderator: Calvin Reid, PW. Speakers: Marissa Acocella Marchetto, Cancer Vixen; Alison Bechdel, Fun Home; Harvey Pekar, editor, Best American Comics 2006.

3—3:45 p.m. Upfront & Unscripted: The BEA Interview Series. Room 204C.

3—4 p.m. Brave New Words: A Spirited Conversation on Fiction Under 40 and the Future of the Novel. Room 203AB. Moderator: Lev Grossman, Time. Panelists: Laura Miller, co-founder,; John Freeman, freelance book critic; Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly; Oscar Villalon, San Francisco Chronicle.

3—4 p.m. Bookstore Tourism: The Independent Bookstore as Group Travel Destination. Room 204B. Moderator: Larry Portzline, National Council on Bookstore Tourism. Panelists: Joe Drabyak, Chester County Books & Music; Terry Gilman, Mysterious Galaxy; Nancy Rips, bookstore tour leader; Len Vlahos, BookSense.

3—4:15 p.m. Threats to Press Freedom in the War on Terrorism. Room 150B. Panel: Howell Raines, The One that Got Away; Myra MacPherson, All Governments Lie; Doug Marlette, Magic Time.

3—4:30 p.m. Can America Afford Risk Privatization? Turning Back to Burden Sharing. Room 202A. Panelists: Jared Bernstein, All Together Now; Jacob Hacker, The Great Risk Shift; Louis Uchitelle, The Disposable American.

3:30—4:30 p.m. The Frontline Booksellers' Summer Picks. Room 201. Sponsored by Pages magazine. Host: Robert Gray, founder, Fresh Eyes Now. Frontliners: Mark LaFramboise, Politics & Prose; Laura Grey, Shaman Drum Bookshop; Kari Patch, Harvard Bookstore; Jessica Stockton, Labyrinth Books.

4—5 p.m. Demystifying the Comics Distribution Playing Field. Moderator: Judith Rosen, PW. Room 202B.

4—5 p.m. The Heard Word: BEA's Audiobook & Author Tea. 147AB. Speakers: Jim Belushi, Real Men Don't Apologize!; Mark Bowden, Guests of the Ayatollah; Joseph Finder, Killer Instinct; George Pelecanos, The Night Gardener. Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Fee: $20.

4:30—6 p.m. BookExpo's Editor & Bookseller Buzz Forum. Room 206. Moderator: Sara Nelson, Publishers Weekly. Editors: Bill Thomas, Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group; Eric Chinski, FSG; Jonathan Burnham, HarperCollins: Eamon Dolan, Houghton Mifflin; Clive Priddle, Public Affairs; Jill Bialosky, W.W. Norton.

4:30—6 p.m. International Latino Book Awards. Room 204A. The eighth annual awards celebrating Latino works. Sponsored by Latino Literacy Now.

6:30 p.m.—1:30 a.m.Cavalcade of Authors: Meet and Greet. Hamilton Crown Plaza (14th and K St. NW). Meet authors from S&S, St. Martin's, Kensington and Macro Publishing Group. RSVP: or (888) 854-8823. Open to bookstore owners and chain buyers.

9—11 p.m. BEA's Saturday Night with Bob Newhart and Paula Poundstone. Ballroom A. Tickets: $25; two for $45; five for $100. Both performances benefit the Book Industry Foundation. Doors open at 8:30. Tickets must be purchased in advance (at or at Convention Center.

Sunday, May 21

8—9:30 a.m. Sunday Book & Author Breakfast. Ballroom A. Host: Andy Borowitz, The Republican Playbook. Authors: Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land; Monica Ali, Alentejo Blue; Anderson Cooper, Dispatches From the Edge. Fee: $30.

9 a.m.—4 p.m. BookExpo trade show floor opens.