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.
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.
The Independent Book Publishers Association's IBPA Publishing University. Fri.-Sat., March 21-22. San Francisco, Calif. This year's Publishing University will be held in San Francisco, Calif.
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.
The Association of American University Presses' AAUP Annual Meeting. Sun.-Tue., June 22-24. New Orleans, La. The 2014 meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott.
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 Exhibition. Thu.-Tue., June 26-July 1. Las Vegas, Nev.
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 Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's NAIBA Fall Conference. Fri.-Sun., September 19-21. Arlington, Va.
The Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance's SIBA Trade Show. Fri.-Sun., September 19-21. Norfolk, Va.
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's PNBA Fall Show. Fri.-Sun., September 26-28. Tacoma, Wash. This year's show will be held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash.
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 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association's NCIBA Trade Show. Thu.-Fri., October 23-24. South San Francisco, Calif.
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.
Consumer Book Fairs
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.
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. Sat.-Sun., June 7-8. Chicago, Ill.
Nantucket Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., June 20-22. Nantucket, Mass. The third annual celebration of Nantucket's literary past, present and future.
Harlem Book Fair. Fri.-Sat., July 11-12. New York, N.Y. Includes a street fair and many panels.
Burlington Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 19-21. Burlington, Vt. The tenth annual festival takes place at a variety of locations in downtown Burlington.
Brooklyn Book Festival. Sun., September 21. Brooklyn, N.Y. The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 21. Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events take place in a variety of locations from Monday, September 15, through Sunday, September 21.
Baltimore Book Festival. Fri.-Sun., September 26-28. Baltimore, Md. The 19th annual Baltimore Book Festival takes place on Mount Vernon Place.
Orange County Children's Book Festival. Sun., September 28. Costa Mesa, Calif. Now in its eleventh year, the festival attracts over 30,000 people and will be held at Orange Coast College.
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.
Vegas Valley Book Festival. Thu.-Sat., October 16-18. Reno, Nev. This is the 12th annual show.