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.
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 Association of American University Presses' AAUP Annual Meeting. Thu.-Sat., June 18-20. Denver, Colo. The 2015 meeting will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.
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.
The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's NAIBA Fall Conference. Fri.-Sun., October 2-4. Somerset, N.J..
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's PNBA Fall Show. Fri.-Sun., October 2-4. Portland, Ore. This year's show will be held at the Holiday Inn at PDX in Portland, Ore.
The New England Independent Booksellers Association's NEIBA Fall Conference. Tue.-Thu., October 6-8. Providence, R.I.
The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Fall Discovery Show. Thu.-Sat., October 8-10. Denver, Colo.
Heartland Fall Forum. Fri.-Sun., October 9-11. Lombard, Ill. This is the fourth 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 Weston Hotel in Lombard, Ill.
Frankfurt Book Fair. Wed.-Sun., October 14-18. 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 Indonesia.
CIROBE, The Chicago International Remainder & Overstock Book Expo. Fri.-Sun., October 23-25. Chicago, Ill. The granddaddy of remainder shows in the U.S.
Consumer Book Fairs
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.
Baltimore Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 25-27. Baltimore, Md. The 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival is relocating to the Inner Harbor.
UNESCO City of Literature Iowa City Book Festival. Thu.-Sun., October 1-4. Iowa City, Iowa. The Iowa City Book Festival will celebrate its seventh anniversary with four days of book-centric programming.
Orange County Children's Book Festival. Sun., October 4. Costa Mesa, Calif. Now in its twelfth year, the festival attracts over 30,000 people and will be held at Orange Coast College.
New York Comic-Con. Thu.-Sun., October 8-11. Javits Center, New York, N.Y. The ninth annual, this show keeps growing and has a focus on comics, graphic novels, anime and games.
Vegas Valley Book Festival. Thu.-Sat., October 15-17. Reno, Nev. This is the 13th annual show.
Books by the Banks. Sat., October 17. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Texas Book Festival. Sat.-Sun., October 17-18. Austin, Tex. In its 20th year, the festival benefits Texas public libraries.
Wordstock. Sat., November 7. Portland, Ore. Re-launching under new management as a one-day event at the Portland Art Museum.
Buckeye Book Fair. Sat., November 7. Wooster, Ohio. This is the 28th annual book fair.
Miami Book Fair International. Sun.-Sun., November 15-22. 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. 20-22, and the writer events run the whole week.