Authors & Autographing

Opening Day Spotlight

Kick off BEA 2016 at the Opening Day Spotlight featuring a high-profile author. Check back soon for more details.

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 12

Adult Book & Author Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Special Events Hall

  • Faith Salie

    Faith Salie

    Approval Junkie: Adventures In Caring Too Much
    Crowne Archetype

  • Sebastian Junger

    Sebastian Junger

    Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

  • Colson Whitehead

    Colson Whitehead

    The Underground Railroad: A Novel

  • Louise Penny

    Louise Penny

    A Great Reckoning

Friday, May 13

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

  • Jamie Lee Curtis

    Jamie Lee Curtis

    This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From

  • Gene Luen Yang

    Gene Luen Yang

    Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences
    First Second Books

  • Sabaa Tahir

    Sabaa Tahir

    A Torch Against the Night

  • Dav Pilkey

    Dav Pilkey

    Dog Man

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Author Stages

Begins Wednesday, May 11 at 2:00 PM and ends Friday, May 13 at 5:00 PM
Meet top authors and hear from industry experts in a dynamic and intimate format on BEA’s 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.

Check back soon for the 2016 schedule.


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 600+ authors signing at BEA, you can be sure that you will meet (and possibly get a photo with) one of your favorites! The 2016 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.

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.

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. 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 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 11 and from 7:00 am – 10:00 am on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. 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 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. For exhibitors/publishers interested in participating, please contact Beth Oliveras, Autographing Program Coordinator, at

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, please email 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 - $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. ***

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.

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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