Authors & Autographing

Author Breakfasts

Each morning at BEA starts with freewheeling, stimulating panel discussions as top authors discuss their work, the industry, and whatever else comes to mind over breakfast. Take a look at who was there at BEA 2014 and stay tuned for the 2015 author list. If you missed any of the Author Breakfasts, visit our BEA YouTube Channel.

Adult Book & Author Breakfast

Neil Patrick HarrisAnjelica HustonTavis SmileyLisa Scottoline
Master of Ceremonies
Neil Patrick Harris
Anjelica Huston Tavis Smiley Lisa Scottoline

Crown Archetype
October 14, 2014

November 11, 2014

DEATH OF A KING: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year
Little, Brown and Company
September 1, 2014

St. Martin’s Press
November 25, 2014

Children’s Book & Author Breakfast

 Jason SegelCarl HiaasenMem Fox
Master of Ceremonies
Jason Segel
Carl Hiaasen Mem Fox Jeff Kinney

Delacorte Press
September 9, 2014

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House Children’s Books)
September 23, 2014

Baby Bedtime
Beach Lane Books
August 26, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
November 2014

Adult Book & Author Breakfast

Alan CummingMartin ShortLena DunhamColm Tóibín
Master of Ceremonies
Alan Cumming
Martin Short Lena Dunham Colm Tóibín

It Books/William Morrow
October 7, 2014

I MUST SAY: My Life as Humble Comedy Legend
November 4, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
Random House
September 30, 2014

October 7, 2014

APAAPA Author Tea

Pat O'BrienDick CavettRuth ReichlJodi Picoult
Master of Ceremonies
Pat O’Brien
Dick Cavett Ruth Reichl Jodi Picoult

I’ll Be Right Back After This
Macmillan Audio
August 19, 2014

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks
Macmillan Audio
November 4, 2014

Random House Audio
May 6, 2014

Leaving Time
Random House Audio
October 14, 2014

Author Stages

The Author Stages at BEA feature authors in an interview format, discussing their books and sharing their back stories with media, booksellers, and all industry professionals. These are just another ideal way to meet and greet, and to learn from the authors themselves about the subjects they care most about.

Check out the 2014 Author Stage schedule and stay tuned for the 2015 schedule.


BEA boasts the largest author autographing program in the US with 750+ authors signing this year.

Your BEA Show Badge provides full access to the Autographing Area at BEA. This is a free, special event that allows you to come face-to-face with best-selling, fan favorites, and up–and–coming authors.

With 750+ authors signing in the Autographing Area, you can be sure that you will meet (and possibly get a photo with) one of your favorites! The 2015 Autographing Area will be announced in April.

In addition to the authors who appear in the Autographing Area, many more authors can be found signing in their publisher's booth. These are called "in booth" autographing sessions and will take place throughout the 3 day show. A schedule for "in booth" signings will be posted on our Web site in late April and the schedule can also be picked up at BEA.

Please Note: High profile authors signing in the Autographing Area may require a ticket for admittance. Please check the "Reader Pass Program" tab above and/or the FAQ's page to learn more about how to obtain tickets for these authors.

Want to showcase your author in the Autographing Area at BEA?

If you are an exhibitor and you are interested in participating in the Autographing Program at BEA, please email Please include your booth # in the subject line of the email. You will be instructed on next steps.

If you are an author and/or non-exhibitor interested in participating in the Autographing Program at BEA, please email and write "non-exhibitor" in the subject line of the email. You will receive an application via email.

The Reader Pass and the Avid Reader Pass Programs

To support the Book Industry Foundation, a $1 nominal fee per autographed book is requested in the Autographing Area. If you prefer not to carry cash at the show, you can purchase either the Reader Pass or the Avid Reader Pass. You can purchase both of these passes through online registration.

The Reader Pass

This tax deductible donation covers all of your autographed books at the show. Additionally, it also includes a one-time use "Front of the Line Pass", which allows you to skip to the front of the line for any one author in the Autographing Area. ***

The Avid Reader Pass

This tax deductible donation covers all of your autographed books at the show. Additionally, this pass provides 10 pre-selected tickets to the "ticketed authors" and a one-time use "Front of the Line Pass", which allow you to skip to the front of the line for any one author in the Autographing Area. ***

*** In order to use a front of the line pass for a ticketed author, you must have the front of the line pass and a ticket for the author.

Autographing FAQ'S

Can I purchase a Reader Pass or Avid Reader Pass at the show?
No, both programs generally sell out in advance. We suggest you register early for these programs.

What are ticketed authors?
The ticketed authors are celebrity/high profile authors in the Autographing Area who require a ticket for admittance. There are generally between 15 – 25 ticketed authors in the Autographing Area every year. The tickets are handed out two ways, either through the Avid Reader Pass Program OR by standing in line at 7:00 am at the Javits Center the morning of the show. These tickets are given out first-come, first-served and are not guaranteed.

What is the "Front of the Line Pass"?
This is a one-time use skip the line pass available only in the Reader Pass and Avid Reader Pass Program, there is no other way to get a "Front of the Line Pass".

I purchased an Avid Reader Pass, how do I pre-select my tickets?
In early May, all Avid Readers will be sent an email with a link to choose their 10 tickets. You will have 2 weeks to choose your tickets. Then, when you arrive at BEA, the tickets will be waiting for you at Registration.

I purchased a Readers Pass, how do I get my "Front of the Line Pass" pass?
When you arrive at the Show, your "front of the line pass" will be waiting for you at registration with your badge.

Want to showcase your author in the Autographing Area at BEA?

Many booksellers have credited the Autographing Program for helping them discover some of the best new works at BEA each year. For exhibitors/publishers interested in participating, please contact Beth Oliveras, Autographing Program Coordinator, at

Reed Pop

BookCon Events

BookCon Events at BEA
(BookCon formerly Power Readers Day)

BookCon, formerly Power Reader Day, is a one day consumer event brought to you by ReedPop, where storytelling and pop culture collide. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

As a BEA attendee, your badge also gives you access to BookCon events.

View the BookCon events schedule here.

BookCon Kickoff Featuring "This Is Where I Leave You" Panel & Sneak Peek and Exclusive Happy Hour
Friday, May 30 at 4:00 pm
Ticket Required

BookCon will kickoff with a special panel and sneak peek of the upcoming film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling book “This Is Where I Leave You.” The panel discussion will feature stars of the film Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, along with director Shawn Levy and author Jonathan Tropper. It will be followed by an exclusive Happy Hour to celebrate the debut of BookCon, giving fans the ultimate interactive experience.

A limited number of tickets for the BookCon kickoff event will be available for BEA attendees for an additional $10. You must have a valid BEA badge as well as purchase a ticket to the BookCon Kickoff for access to the panel and sneak peek event. Order your BookCon Kickoff event ticket now.

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