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.
Digital Book World. Mon.-Wed., January 13-15. New York, N.Y. A timely conference and expo designed for trade publishers.
The American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Tue.-Fri., January 21-24. Seattle, Wash. The ninth annual gathering of 500 booksellers from across the country--always an energetic, exciting group that talks shop nonstop.
The American Library Association's ALA Midwinter Meeting. Fri.-Tue., January 24-28. Philadelphia, Penn.
The Great American Bargain Book Show--Atlanta. Fri.-Sun., March 7-9. Atlanta, Ga.
The National Association of College Stores' CAMEX, Campus Market Expo. Fri.-Tue., March 7-11. Dallas, Tex. 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 Dallas, Texas.
Salon du Livre. Fri.-Mon., March 21-24. The location is Paris, comme d'habitude.
Bologna Children's Book Fair. Mon.-Thu., March 24-27. The preeminent international children's book trade fair draws nearly 5,000 people per year.
London Book Fair. Tue.-Thu., April 8-10. Once again in Earls Court.
BookExpo America. Wed.-Sat., May 28-31. 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. On Wednesday, May 28, the CIROBE Remainders Pavilion is open, and special events and conferences begin.
CBA's International Christian Retail Show. Sun.-Wed., June 22-25. Atlanta, Ga. The main event for Christian booksellers and other retailers.
The American Library Association's ALA Annual Conference and Exhibit. Thu.-Tue., June 26-July 1. Las Vegas, Nev.
Consumer Book Fairs
Savannah Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., February 13-16. Savannah, Ga. The sixth annual festival will be held in and around Telfair Square in historic downtown Savannah.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Sat.-Sun., April 12-13. Los Angeles, Calif. The annual Festival will be held again on the campus of the University of Southern California.