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.

Trade Shows

March 2016

The National Association of College Stores' CAMEX, Campus Market Expo. Fri.-Tue., March 4-8. Houston, 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 Houston.

Digital Book World. Mon.-Wed., March 7-9. New York, N.Y. A timely conference and expo designed for trade publishers.

Salon du Livre. Thu.-Sun., March 17-20. The location is Paris, comme d'habitude.

April 2016

Bologna Children's Book Fair. Mon.-Thu., April 4-7. 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 8-9. Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2016 Publishing University will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

May 2016

BookExpo America. Wed.-Fri., May 11-13. Chicago, Ill. 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. Moving to Chicago in 2016.

June 2016

August 2016

September 2016

The Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance's SIBA Trade Show. Fri.-Sun., September 16-18. Savannah, Ga.

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's PNBA Fall Show. Fri.-Sun., September 30-October 2. Tacoma, Wash. This year's show will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash.

October 2016

Heartland Fall Forum. Wed.-Fri., October 5-7. Lombard, Ill. This is the fifth 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. This year the show will take place at the Depot in Minneapolis, Minn.

Frankfurt Book Fair. Wed.-Sun., October 19-23. 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.

Consumer Book Fairs

February 2016

Savannah Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., February 11-14. Savannah, Ga. The eighth annual festival will be held in and around Telfair Square in historic downtown Savannah.

July 2016

Harlem Book Fair. Sat., July 16. New York, N.Y. Includes a street fair and many panels.

October 2016

New York Comic-Con. Thu.-Sun., October 6-9. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. The tenth annual, this show keeps growing and has a focus on comics, graphic novels, anime and games.

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