2018 Author Breakfasts & Stages

2018 Author Breakfasts

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BookExpo 2018 Author Breakfast, Presented by Candlewick Press

Start off Thursday and Friday at BookExpo with our renowned and exclusive Author Breakfasts featuring celebrity authors talking about their upcoming books and the personal experiences that inspired them. This year’s breakfasts feature a new, more engaging format to ensure the audience has an unforgettable experience.

These special events require tickets in addition to your BookExpo pass, and they sell out fast, so grab a seat before they're gone.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Adult Book & Author Breakfast

  •  Megan Mullally

    Megan Mullally

    Will & Grace

  •  Nick Offerman

    Nick Offerman

    Parks and Recreation

  • Trevor Noah

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show

  • Barbara Kingsolver

    Barbara Kingsolver

    Poisonwood Bible

  • Nicholas Sparks

    Nicholas Sparks

    The Notebook

  • Jill Lepore

    Jill Lepore

    The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Friday, June 2, 2017

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Children’s Book & Author Breakfast

  • TBA


  • Meg Medina

    Meg Medina

    Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

  • Dave Eggers

    Dave Eggers

    The Circle

  • Yuyi Morales

    Yuyi Morales

    Viva Frida

  • Jacqueline Woodson

    Jacqueline Woodson

    Brown Girl Dreaming

APA Author Tea

As audiobooks continue their meteoric rise, hear about the excitement of the format from four notable names – all while enjoying a cup of tea! World-renowned best-seller Nelson DeMille hosts The Audio Publishers Association (APA) Author Tea which features authors Laini Taylor (Muse of Nightmares), Jason Fry (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Kathryn Hahn (My Wish For You) talking about their experiences with audiobooks.

  • Nelson DeMille

    Nelson DeMille

  • Laini Taylor

    Laini Taylor

  • Jason Fry

    Jason Fry

  • Kathryn Hahn

    Kathryn Hahn

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Author Stages

Hear from top authors and industry experts during the numerous sessions on BookExpo’s Author Stages. Whether you want to discover new writers or learn from some of the biggest and most influential authors within the publishing industry, BookExpo Author Stage sessions allow you to listen to authors share back stories and discuss the subjects they’re most passionate about. This is also the best way to hear from the best and brightest industry minds talking about today’s trends.

BookExpo 2017 sessions begin Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 9:30 AM and end Friday June 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM.


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BookExpo boasts the largest author autographing program in the US.

Your BookExpo Show Badge provides full access to the Autographing Area at BookExpo. 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 350+ authors signing at BookExpo, you can be sure that you will meet (and possibly get a photo with) one of your favorites! View the 2018 Autographing Area schedule.

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 2-day show. View the schedule for 2018 "in booth" signings.

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

Autographing FAQs

Can I purchase a Reader Pass or Avid Reader Pass at the show?
In mid-April, all Avid Readers will be sent an email with a link to choose their tickets. You will have 1 week to make your selection. Then, when you arrive at BookExpo, the tickets will be waiting for you at registration.

What are ticketed authors?
The ticketed authors are celebrity/high profile authors in the Autographing Area who require a ticket for admittance. The tickets are handed out two ways, either through the Avid Reader Pass Program OR by visiting the Autographing Kiosk to receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets will be distributed at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Tickets are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed each morning for the day’s events (no advance tickets).

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". Attendees who have purchased the Reader Pass or Avid Reader Pass can pick up their Front of the Line Pass at registration.

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 BookExpo, the tickets will be waiting for you at Registration.

I purchased a Reader 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 BookExpo?

Many booksellers have credited the Autographing Program for helping them discover some of the best new works at BookExpo each year. For exhibitors/publishers interested in participating in 2019, please contact Beth Oliveras, Autographing Program Coordinator, at beth@betholiveras.com.

BookCon Autograph

The BookCon Autographing Area is limited to BookCon Panelists only. If your Author is on a BookCon Panel and you would like to submit them for an Autographing session in 2019, please email Beth@betholiveras.com. If you are holding any In-Booth Author Signings, please submit them through the Exhibitor Dashboard.

Reader Pass and the Avid Reader Pass Programs

You can purchase either the Reader Pass or the Avid Reader Pass. You can purchase both of these passes through online registration.

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. ***

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.

Reed Pop

BookCon Events

BookCon Events at BookExpo
(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 BookExpo 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 BookExpo attendees for an additional $10. You must have a valid BookExpo 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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