I suppose this can be labeled the Mecca for all bookworms. This traveling tour of books, authors and amazing workshops coming to an area near you!
May 29 – June 1, 2008 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
May 28 – May 31, 2009 – Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City, NY
June 3 – 6, 2010 – Washington DC Convention Center, Washington DC
June 9 – 12, 2011 – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
I wish I could go this year, its only an hour plane ride from where I live, but finances and timing get in the way. Neil Gaiman is going to be there early Friday morning, he’s the author I want to see the most. Other notables include: Cheech Marin, Judy Blume, Philippa Gregory, Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Christopher Buckley, and John Hodgman. Well, those are the notables that I would seek out personally.
Book Expo America is geared towards anyone in the book industry; publishers, booksellers, librarians, retailers and rights professionals from all around the world. The tagline for the event is “Where the world gathers to get a great READ on the industry.” I’m going to be in Chicago the weekend before, and therefore all my funds will be tapped out. But I should start saving to go New York next year, or Washington DC the year after that. Might as well make the trip well worth it and do some sight-seeing while I’m at it.
But, on a lighter note, the Book Group Expo will be coming back to San Jose in October. I volunteered to help out at the registration booth last summer, and it was a really fun experience. A convention for book groups from all around the US. There were so many different authors and groups, my head was swirling. I was even able to get into a couple of the seminars and different workshops. The exhibit hall is fun to browse. Last year I talked to a number of local independent publishers and bookstores and managed to walk away with a few books from the tables. Once I can figure out my work schedule for the fall, I’m going to volunteer for the Book Group Expo again this year. The founder, Ann Kent, is really friendly and this October is going to the 3rd year (Chapter Three) of the Expo. Its a great idea and gathering of book lovers to support. I also have the California Library Association Conference coming up in November 2008.
My boyfriend always marvels at how I always want to buy books. I work in a library, and yet, that’s not enough for me. I need a steady supply of unread books in my own house, I need to constantly poke my head into every second hand bookstore and library that I see when walking down the street. I usually have decent will power and restraint to walk away with only a couple of items, but unlike every little girl at the tender age of 8, when I saw Disney’s Beauty and the Beast I made a solid promise to myself to one day own a library the size of Belle’s library at Beast’s castle.