Mark your calendars for trade shows and book fairs! The trade shows listed below are some of the best places to meet other book professionals, learn more about new titles and the business--and have a good time. The consumer book fairs and festivals that follow the trade show listing offer unusual opportunities for publishers and booksellers to meet the people who keep the business going: readers.
Beijing International Book Fair. Wed.-Wed., August 27-October 1. This is the 21st annual Beijing International Book Fair. The Republic of Turkey will be the Country of Honor.
The New England Independent Booksellers Association's NEIBA Fall Conference. Tue.-Thu., September 30-October 2. Providence, R.I.
Heartland Fall Forum. Tue.-Thu., September 30-October 2. Chicago, Ill. This is the third joint fall trade show and conference of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Together the two associations represent nearly 350 bookstores in 12 states in the Midwest.
Frankfurt Book Fair. Wed.-Sun., October 8-12. The mother of all book fairs, this makes BEA look like a regional. American attendees love to hate it, but if you venture outside the English-language hall, you can see the book world. Related literary and cultural events take place on the fairgrounds and throughout the city. You can find reasonably priced hotels and restaurants, and public transportation runs fast and cheaply. This year's guest of honor is Finland.
The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's MPIBA Trade Show. Thu.-Sat., October 9-11. Denver, Colo.
The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's SCIBA Authors Feast and Trade Show. Fri.-Sat., October 17-18. North Hollywood, Calif. This year's authors feast and trade show will be held at the Beverly Garland Hotel.
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association's NCIBA Trade Show. Thu.-Fri., October 23-24. South San Francisco, Calif.
CIROBE, The Chicago International Remainder & Overstock Book Expo. Mon.-Thu., October 27-30. Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Ill. The granddaddy of remainder shows in the U.S.
Guadalajara International Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 29-December 7. This is the 28th annual gathering of the preeminent Spanish-language book fair. The Guest of Honor is Argentina.
Digital Book World. Tue.-Thu., January 13-15. New York, N.Y. A timely conference and expo designed for trade publishers.
The American Library Association's ALA Midwinter Meeting. Fri.-Tue., January 30-February 3. Chicago, Ill.
The American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Sun.-Wed., February 8-11. Asheville, N.C. The tenth annual gathering of 500 booksellers from across the country--always an energetic, exciting group that talks shop nonstop. At The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.
The National Association of College Stores' CAMEX, Campus Market Expo. Fri.-Tue., February 20-24. Atlanta, Ga. The big annual event for college stores, this show draws 7,000 exhibitors and attendees and includes a range of seminars, panels and author events. CAMEX meets this year in Atlanta.
Salon du Livre. Fri.-Mon., March 20-23. The location is Paris, comme d'habitude.
Bologna Children's Book Fair. Mon.-Thu., March 30-April 2. The preeminent international children's book trade fair draws nearly 5,000 people per year.
The Independent Book Publishers Association's IBPA Publishing University. Fri.-Sat., April 10-11. Austin, Texas. The 2015 Publishing University will be held at Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
London Book Fair. Tue.-Thu., April 14-16. Moving to Olympia in 2015.
BookExpo America. Wed.-Fri., May 27-29. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. This is the biggest book trade show in the U.S. with many allied conferences and events that draw book people from around the world.
The American Library Association's ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. Thu.-Tue., June 25-30. San Francisco, Calif.
CBA's International Christian Retail Show. Sun.-Wed., June 28-July 1. Orlando, Fla. The main event for Christian booksellers and other retailers.
Consumer Book Fairs
UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., October 2-5. Iowa City, Iowa. The Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary with four days of book-centric programming.
New York Comic-Con. Thu.-Sun., October 9-12. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. The eighth annual, this show keeps growing and has a focus on comics, graphic novels, anime and games.
Southern Festival of Books. Fri.-Sun., October 10-12. Nashville, Tenn. The festival, held annually on the second weekend in October, is in its 26th year.
Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Book Festival. Sat., October 11. Minneapolis, Minn.
Books by the Banks. Sat., October 11. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Vegas Valley Book Festival. Thu.-Sat., October 16-18. Reno, Nev. This is the 12th annual show.
Boston Book Festival. Thu.-Sat., October 23-25. Boston, Mass. Keynote speakers include authors Doris Kearns Goodwin and Rick Riordan.
Texas Book Festival. Sat.-Sun., October 25-26. Austin, Tex. In its 19th year, the festival benefits Texas public libraries.
Buckeye Book Fair. Sat., November 1. Wooster, Ohio. This is the 27th annual book fair.
Connecticut Children's Book Fair. Sat.-Sun., November 8-9. Storrs, Conn. The Connecticut Children's Book Fair brings together prominent children's authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children's literature.
Kentucky Book Fair. Sat., November 15. Frankfort, Ky. The book fair is Kentucky's premier literary event. Each year some150 authors attend and autograph copies of their latest book. Between 4,000 and 5,000 patrons attend and gross sales annually top $120,000. This year's book fair is the 33rd annual.
Miami Book Fair International. Sun.-Sun., November 16-23. Miami, Fla. The model for so many other book fairs and festivals, this one draws hundreds of thousands of people. The street fair runs Fri.-Sun., Nov. 21-23, and the writer events run the whole week.
Savannah Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., February 12-15. Savannah, Ga. The seventh annual festival will be held in and around Telfair Square in historic downtown Savannah.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Sat.-Sun., April 18-19. Los Angeles, Calif. The annual Festival will be held again on the campus of the University of Southern California.