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message 1: by Nancy from NJ (new)

Katz Nancy from NJ (Nancyk18) | 788 comments I attended this literary Book Festival many years ago and really enjoyed it. Met authors like Kaye Gibbons, Lee Smith, Terry Kay and many others.


message 2: by Jackie, That's Her Constableness to you! (new)

Jackie (TheNightOwl) | 3086 comments This is not a festival, but JK Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at the David Koch Center in NY. Becky and I have tickets! So we'll be meeting up next Tuesday :)



Is anyone going to BEA (BookExpo America) next year?
http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Press-...


message 3: by Sandra (new)

Sandra O'Briant (SandraRamosOBriant_) | 59 comments I'll be moderating a panel on Historic Fiction/Nonfiction this coming weekend at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Had the official book launch for The Sandoval Sisters yesterday, and woke up to this:
http://labloga.blogspot.com/2012/10/t... which gives links.
Scroll down the pictures of various writers beginning with Junot Diaz. Someone slipped in a pic of me ...


message 4: by Sandra (new)

Sandra O'Briant (SandraRamosOBriant_) | 59 comments Jackie wrote: "This is not a festival, but JK Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at the David Koch Center in NY. Becky and I have tickets! So we'll be meeting up next Tuesday :)

Read Patchett's last two books and all of Harry Potter. Should be a fun event!

Is anyone going to BEA..."



message 5: by Sandra (new)

Sandra O'Briant (SandraRamosOBriant_) | 59 comments Jackie wrote: "This is not a festival, but JK Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at the David Koch Center in NY. Becky and I have tickets! So we'll be meeting up next Tuesday :)



Is anyone going to BEA..."
I've always been curious about BEA, but it seemed overwhelming. Do people actually shop for books there?


message 6: by Liza (new)

Liza Perrat (httpwwwgoodreadscomLizaPerrat) Jackie wrote: "This is not a festival, but JK Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at the David Koch Center in NY. Becky and I have tickets! So we'll be meeting up next Tuesday :)



Is anyone going to BEA..."


That should be a very interesting interview, Jackie! I'm an Ann Patchett fan, and I loved the Harry Potters too.


message 7: by M.J. (new)

M.J. (wwwgoodreadscomprofileMJ) | 7 comments Yes- I'll be going to BEA in 2013!

Is anyone going to BEA..."


message 8: by M.J. (new)

M.J. (wwwgoodreadscomprofileMJ) | 7 comments BEA was always for the book industry with only one event for readers but last year they added some reader events and this year there will be many more - so it might be worth checking out when the final schedule is announced.


message 9: by M.J. (new)

M.J. (wwwgoodreadscomprofileMJ) | 7 comments Is anyone going to be a the Miami Book Festival next week? I'm going to be on two panels and hope there are some friendly faces in the audience.


message 10: by Maryka (new)

Maryka Biaggio | 9 comments The Historical Novel Society is meeting in St. Petersburg, FL, June 21-23. It's a great conference for readers and writers. Wonderful panels. I'll be going for sure.


message 11: by Ann (new)

Ann Chamberlin | 40 comments Great, Maryka. See you there.


message 12: by Jackie, That's Her Constableness to you! (new)

Jackie (TheNightOwl) | 3086 comments Anyone in the group going to BEA 2014? Here's the site:
http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Home/

This year they have a Power Reader Day pass for Sat, May 31st. Becky and I got tickets. We would love to meet anyone from our group that is attending. :)


message 13: by Becky, Moddess (new)

Becky (Beckyofthe19and9) | 3734 comments Just... Be gentle! :P


message 14: by Nika (new)

Nika There's a book fair in Leipzig, but I don't know when.. And I think there's one in Frankfurt, too! You should google it though.


message 15: by Elizabeth La Lettrice (last edited Aug 18, 2014 07:39AM) (new)

Elizabeth La Lettrice (ElizabethLaLettrice) | 34 comments Sandra wrote: "Jackie wrote: "This is not a festival, but JK Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at the David Koch Center in NY. Becky and I have tickets! So we'll be meeting up next Tuesday :)



Is anyone going to BEA..." I've always been curious about BEA, but it seemed overwhelming. Do people actually shop for books there?"


Hi Sandra, BEA is mostly an industry event but they will have 2 days (I believe) for readers/consumers next year. You do not "shop" per say, but rather, find out about big upcoming books that various publishers are promoting, attend author signings and discussions, and receive/collect LOTS of galleys/advanced reading material from publishers. It's really a lot of fun, if you can make it!


message 16: by Becky, Moddess (new)

Becky (Beckyofthe19and9) | 3734 comments Elizabeth - it was a little different this year (and presumably will be going forward). The two open-to-the-public days are now known as BookCon and many vendors actually were selling their books rather than giving them away like at BEA.

When Jackie and I went this year, we got some books for free, but the majority of the stalls we saw were either display-only promotional booths or for-sale books.

At the signings (if you can stomach the lines AND get a ticket) there are free books on offer - but they are limited and in my experience take too long to get more than 1 or 2 if you want popular authors' books.


Elizabeth La Lettrice (ElizabethLaLettrice) | 34 comments Becky wrote: "Elizabeth - it was a little different this year (and presumably will be going forward). The two open-to-the-public days are now known as BookCon and many vendors actually were selling their books r..."

Interesting! I am on the publisher-side so I don't get to see it from the consumer perspective... However, they have changed it a lot each year. I didn't expect for-sale books, though! Thanks for the info. :)


message 18: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (CramptonMargaret) | 6848 comments There's the Frankfurt Book Fair which is amazing!! It is not to be missed. It's usually in October I seem to remember I used to go every year when I ran the publishing company.


message 19: by Traveling Diva (new)

Traveling Diva (travelingdiva) Margaret wrote: "There's the Frankfurt Book Fair which is amazing!! It is not to be missed. It's usually in October I seem to remember I used to go every year when I ran the publishing company."

It is October 8-12 this year: Frankfurt Book Fair


message 20: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) (lmironside) | 288 comments Historical Novel Society conference in Denver, last weekend of June 2015! Definitely going, no doubt. Finally, an excuse to visit Colorado! :D


message 21: by Jackie, That's Her Constableness to you! (new)

Jackie (TheNightOwl) | 3086 comments L.M. wrote: "Historical Novel Society conference in Denver, last weekend of June 2015! Definitely going, no doubt. Finally, an excuse to visit Colorado! :D"

Are regular readers allowed in??


message 22: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (ReadingwithMargaret) | 459 comments L.M. wrote: "Historical Novel Society conference in Denver, last weekend of June 2015! Definitely going, no doubt. Finally, an excuse to visit Colorado! :D"

I am going too, can't wait.


message 23: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) (lmironside) | 288 comments Jackie -- it appears so! All the preliminary information I've seen (about setting up speaking panels, etc.) have stated that the audience will be comprised of authors, book professionals (agents, etc.) and readers. I assume that means just regular readers and not "pre-selected" ones like bloggers, etc. but haven't been able to 100% confirm that info yet.

Maybe some of the people who have attended past HNS conferences can shed some light on this...?


message 24: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) (lmironside) | 288 comments That was a lot of etc.s in one post.


message 25: by Maryka (new)

Maryka Biaggio | 9 comments Anyone can register for the HNS Conference; there is no pre-selection. Registration opens on November 1. Guests of honor and workshop presenters have been selected. In the next few months the program will be set and those who are interested in checking it out will be able to do so before registration. You can learn more at: http://hns-conference.org. I'm on the Conference Board, so I'll be glad to answer any more questions.


message 26: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) (lmironside) | 288 comments Awesome! Thanks, Maryka. I'm looking forward to it!


message 27: by Judith (new)

Judith Starkston | 277 comments I'll add to this discussion of the HNS Conference. It's an excellent welcoming conference that anyone who loves historical fiction would enjoy. I'll be there in Denver for sure!


message 28: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (CramptonMargaret) | 6848 comments It will Wow you!


message 29: by CandyBeans (new)

CandyBeans | 106 comments I'm so happy that I found this thread! I just noticed that the Baltimore Book Festival has an HF panel with the following authors: Stephanie Dray, Daughters of the Nile; E. Knight, My Lady Viper; Kate Quinn, The Serpent and the Pearl.

I'm thrilled about Kate Quinn, because I really liked The Serpent and The Pearl. I may try to read the others before the panel too.

Is anyone going?


message 30: by Judith (new)

Judith Starkston | 277 comments CandyBeans wrote: "I'm so happy that I found this thread! I just noticed that the Baltimore Book Festival has an HF panel with the following authors: Stephanie Dray, [book:Daughters of the Nile|1581..."

I wish I were. That will be a dynamite panel. Have fun.


message 31: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (CramptonMargaret) | 6848 comments Danielle I have retired now and am in South Africa. I would have loved to meet up with you but sadly won't be there. Enjoy it!


message 32: by CandyBeans (new)

CandyBeans | 106 comments Thanks! I'll report back :)


message 33: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Puech | 102 comments An International Literary Festival is held every year in Parati - Brazil. Besides the very interesting panels (all with simultaneous interpretation), there is the beauty of the small ancient village by the sea.
www.flip.org.br


message 34: by Sally (new)

Sally | 17 comments The Iowa City Book Festival is Oct. 2-5. http://www.iowacitybookfestival.org/ Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature and home of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


message 35: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 37 comments Pedro, I checked out the Flip Festival in Brazil - looks fun with music and all. The authors that presented last year were mostly surrealists, which is a typical genre for Latin America. Do the Flip organizers choose a different theme each year or is it geared towards Latin American writers?


message 36: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Puech | 102 comments Barbara wrote: "Pedro, I checked out the Flip Festival in Brazil - looks fun with music and all. The authors that presented last year were mostly surrealists, which is a typical genre for Latin America. Do the Fli..."
It´s international, Barbara, but more than half of the audience and panelists are from Latin America. They have guests from US and Europe every year. Most of the panels are about international issues, and a few about Latin America, environment etc. Each year they chose one author to praise, not a theme. Last year the chosen was Millor Fernandes, a famous Brazilian who had passed away. It´s a very nice fair. Problem is one has to make the reservations when the fair is announced, because the city is not as large as Frankfurt. It is charming village with good restaurants and good music. If you want to google it, the village is called Paraty (with y), a Tupi word, although the fair is called Parati (because the organizers wanted to take advantage of the Portuguese expression "para ti" - for you). To those who like history, the village itself is a time travel- even the street pavement is from the early 18th Cent.


message 37: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 37 comments Paraty sounds like a lovely place. I have not visited Brazil yet and would love an excuse. Good opportunity to expand my Spanish to Portuguese. Thanks for the information.


message 38: by Melissa (last edited Jan 16, 2015 11:58AM) (new)

Melissa Eisenmeier (carpelibrumbooks) | 229 comments I keep meaning to buy tickets for BEA, but then I never do.


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