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Authors & Autographing

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Author Breakfasts

Start your morning at BEA with freewheeling, stimulating panel discussions as top authors discuss their work, the industry, and whatever else comes to mind over breakfast.

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

Check back as we announce the authors that you’ll see at this year’s Author Breakfasts.

Thursday, May 29
Adult Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

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

Crown Archetype
September 23, 2014

November 18, 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

Friday, May 30
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

 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

Saturday, May 31
Adult Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

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
October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014

APAAPA Author Tea

Friday, May 30
Hosted by the Audio Publishers Association.
Ticket required. Get your ticket today!

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

What Are You Most Excited About at BEA?

Author Stages

BEA is bringing a fourth Author Stage in 2014—the Eastside Stage joins the Downtown, Midtown, and Uptown 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 back for the 2014 Author Stage schedule

BEA Selects

BEA Selects will return to the BEA Author Stages. These stage events will be rapid-fire presentations by Indie Publishers who are ready to share their Fall 2014 publications, and will highlight titles in specific categories. Attendees at each BEA Selects stage event will get a coupon for a free galley or book that they can redeem at each publisher's booth!

BEA Selects Categories:

  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Literary Fiction
  • SciFi/Fantasy

Check back for the 2014 schedule.

BEA Editors' Buzz Panels

Just as in years past, BEA will once again present popular Editors' Buzz panels, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, during the BEA Conference Program. You’ll also be able to catch the authors from these panels appearing on the BEA Author Stages.

Thursday, May 29

10:00 am – 11:00 am
BEA Editors’ Buzz Adult Books
Downtown Stage

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel –Alfred A. Kopf, September 9, 2014
  • We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel by Matthew Thomas–Simon & Schuster, September 2, 2014
  • The Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton–Ecco, August 26, 2014
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss–Graywolf Press, September 30, 2014
  • My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh–Amy Einhorn Books / Putnam, January 15, 2015
  • Neverhome by Laird Hunt–Little, Brown and Company, September 9, 2014
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League But Did Not Survive by Jeff Hobbs–Scribner, September 23, 2014

Friday, May 30

10:00 am – 10:30 am
BEA Editors’ Buzz Young Adult Books
Uptown Stage

  • The Jewel by Amy Ewing–Harper Teen, September 2, 2014
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley–Harlequin Teen, September 30, 2014
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin–Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 4, 2014
  • I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil–Soho Teen, January 27, 2015
  • King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman–Delacorte Press, September 9, 2014

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
BEA Editors’ Buzz Middle Grade Books
Uptown Stage

  • Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale–Balzer + Bray, August 26, 2014
  • Pennyroyal Academyby M.A. Larson–Putnam Books for Young Readers, October 7, 2014
  • The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill–Algonquin Books for Young Readers, September 16, 2014
  • The Truth About Twinkle Pie by Kat Yeh–Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 27, 2015
  • Life of Zarf by Rob Harrell–Dial Books for Young Readers, August 28, 2014


BEA boasts the largest author autographing program in the US!

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 650 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 final autographing schedule will be posted in late April so please check back so you can plan your visit to BEA accordingly. View a sneak peek of the 2014 Autographing Authors

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 "Readers Pass" 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 betholiveras@yahoo.com. 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 betholiveras@yahoo.com and write "non exhibitor" in the subject line of the email. You will receive an application via email.

View the 2014 Autographing Program Packages.

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—$50

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—SOLD OUT

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.

BookCon Events

BookCon Events at BEA
(BookCon formerly Power Readers Day)

BookCon, formerly Power Reader Day, is a one day consumer event 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.

Event schedule coming soon.


Can I purchase a Readers Pass or Avid Readers 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 6:00 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 Reader's will be sent an email with a link to choose their 8 tickets. You will be allowed to choose 4 tickets for Thursday and 4 tickets for Friday. You will have 2 weeks to choose your tickets. Then, when you arrive to the Show, the tickets will be waiting for you at the Registration Desk.

I purchased a Readers Pass, how do I get my "front of the line" 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 check back soon for more information.