Authors & Autographing

NEW! Opening Day Spotlight

NEW! Opening Day Spotlight: In Conversation with Jonathan Franzen
Wednesday, May 27, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 1E12/1E13/1E14
Free to all BEA attendees. Must have your BEA badge to gain access.

Kick off BEA with Jonathan Franzen as he appears with Laura Miller to discuss his upcoming book, Purity. You’ll get an inside look behind Franzen’s writing and the important influences in his life. Purity is set to be released by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September 2015.

Jonathan Franzen at the NEW Author Lunch at BEA

Jonathan Franzen is the multiple award-winning and -nominated author of four novels – The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001), and Freedom (2010) – as well as a collection of essays, How to Be Alone (2002), and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone (2006).


Laura Miller at the NEW Author Lunch at BEA

Laura Miller co-founded Salon.com in 1995 and is currently a staff writer at that publication. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

Author Breakfasts

Start off Thursday and Friday at BEA with our renowned and exclusive Author Breakfasts featuring four celebrity authors talking about their upcoming books, and the personal experiences that have led to their creative inspiration.

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

Thursday, May 28
Adult Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

  • Kunal Nayyar will be at the Author Breakfast

    Kunal Nayyar
    Master of Ceremonies

    Book Title to Come!
    Atria Books
    September 2015

  • Lee Child will be at the Author Breakfast

    Lee Child

    MAKE ME: A Jack Reacher Novel
    Delacorte Press/A Division of Random House
    September 8, 2015

  • Diana Nyad will be at the Author Breakfast

    Diana Nyad

    FIND A WAY: The Story of One Wild and Precious Life
    Penguin Random House/ Alfred A. Knopf
    October 20, 2015

  • Brandon Stanton will be at the Author Breakfast

    Brandon Stanton

    HUMANS OF NEW YORK: Stories
    St. Martin’s Press
    October 2015

Friday, May 29
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

  • Nathan Lane (Master of Ceremony) will be at the Author Breakfast

    Nathan Lane
    Master of Ceremonies

    Naughty Mabel
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    October 6, 2015

  • Oliver Jeffers will be at the Author Breakfast

    Oliver Jeffers

    The Day the Crayons Came Home
    Penguin Young Readers / Philomel
    August 18, 2015

  • Rainbow Rowell will be at the Author Breakfast

    Rainbow Rowell

    Carry On
    St. Martin’s Griffin
    October 6, 2015

    Fangirl (Special Edition)
    St. Martin’s Griffin
    May 12, 2015

  • James Patterson will be at the Author Breakfast

    James Patterson

    Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City
    Little, Brown for Young Readers
    September 14, 2015

    House of Robots: Robots Go Wild
    Little, Brown for Young Readers
    December 7, 2015


APA Author Tea

APA Author Tea

Hosted by the Audio Publishers Association (APA)

Friday, May 29
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 1E15/1E16

  • Mitch Albom will be at the Author Breakfast

    Master of Ceremonies – Coming Soon

  • Judy Blume will be at the Author Breakfast

    Judy Blume

    In The Unlikely Event
    Random House Audio
    June 2, 2015

  • Adriana Trigiani will be at the Author Breakfast

    Adriana Trigiani

    Book Title to Come!
    HarperAudio
    October 13, 2015

  • Jack Gantos will be at the Author Breakfast

    Jack Gantos

    The Follower
    Macmillan Audio
    September 1, 2015

Author Stages

2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 27 – 5:30pm, Friday, May 29

Meet top authors and hear from industry experts in a dynamic and intimate format on BEA’s four Author Stages.

Listen to authors share back stories and discuss the subjects they’re most passionate about. And, hear from the best and brightest industry minds talk about today’s trends.

BEA Downtown Stage
Authors, authors, and more authors.

  • Meet and greet writers from all walks of life, including bestselling authors, political writers, genre authors, and much more!
  • Catch authors in one-on-one interviews or swapping stories with other authors.
  • More Hot Fall Fiction!

BEA Uptown Stage
Friday is all about kids.

  • Meet BEA Young Adult Editors' Buzz Authors
  • Meet BEA Middle Grade Editors' Buzz Authors
  • Catch authors in one-on-one interviews or swapping stories with other authors.
  • Special presentation: Best in Fall 2015 Graphic Novels.

BEA Eastside Stage
Translation is the name of the game.

  • Connect with international publishers and network with scouts and agents.
  • Get in the know about upcoming translated titles and learn the ins and outs of the translation process.

BEA Content & Digital Stage—NEW!
Connect. Learn. Be Inspired.

  • New networking opportunities.
  • Discover ideas and practical solutions and connect with industry leaders to help you survive and thrive in today's business.

Check back soon for a full schedule of events on all the Author Stages.

Autographing

BEA boasts the largest author autographing program in the US with 800+ authors signings in 2014.

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 800+ authors signing at BEA, you can be sure that you will meet (and possibly get a photo with) one of your favorites! The 2015 Autographing Area schedule 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 Programs" tab above and/or the FAQ below to learn more about how to obtain tickets for these authors.

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

To ensure your author comes face-to-face with booksellers, schedule an autographing session in both the Autographing Area and in your booth. View the 2015 Autographing Program Packages.

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.

Autographing FAQs

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 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 BEA?

Many booksellers have credited the Autographing Program for helping them discover some of the best new works at BEA each year. View the 2015 Autographing Program Packages. For exhibitors/publishers interested in participating, please contact Beth Oliveras, Autographing Program Coordinator, at betholiveras@yahoo.com

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 - $55

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 - $105

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 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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