BEA Global Market Forum: Mexico

BookExpo America (BEA) is pleased to announce that the 2013 Global Market Forum will shine a spotlight on Publishing in Mexico. Read the official press release for more information.

In a partnership with the Mexican government's National Council for the Culture and Arts of Mexico, CONACULTA, as well as with Caniem, the Mexican Chamber of the Publishing Industry, BEA is proud to announce a rich and diverse professional program which will highlight the wide array of topics that are relevant in this regard.

The National Council for Culture and Arts (Conaculta) was created to coordinate, support and sponsor the events that promote the arts and culture. Conaculta is the institution responsible for comprehensively preserve the cultural heritage of the nation in its various artistic and cultural events and programs designed to encourage the creation, development and spread of the same. Conaculta’s actions are designed to maintain a professional commitment that will benefit all of Mexican society with the promotion and support of all cultural and artistic sectors. For more information and Conaculta, please contact

Global Market Forum: Mexico
The Global Market Forum: Mexico at BEA 2013 opens a vast amount of opportunities founded in the rich heritage of Mexican literature. This ambitious one-day series of educational sessions present the exciting book and publishing industry that exists in Mexico today. Concrete opportunities are identified and showcased to develop and drive business for Authors both North and South of the Rio Grande!

Throughout the past century, Mexico has become known for its great Spanish language literature and legends, like Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, or the late Carlos Fuentes. There is a large dynamic and self-confident publishing sector in the industry that hosts a broad array of activities that promote culture and literature that continues the heritage that Mexico is so proud of.

Educational publishing is supported by a strong government that is committed to fostering the country's goals to being in the forefront of academia and the learning it offers to all generations. The Mexican publishing industry is a growing and thriving part of the overall Spanish language reading market. Inside the United States live some 45 million people who speak Spanish as a first or second language. This substantial audience can be better supplied with books that continue the love of their native language with titles that easily move between the U.S. and Mexico.

The focus of this groundbreaking forum is to encourage an open exchange of thoughts, educational information and proactive solutions that ultimately unlock the doors to the historical challenges of logistical and cultural barriers. Join BEA's Global Market Forum: Mexico where publishers, both in United States and Mexico, can learn to best serve Spanish readers with literature that they will love!

Educational Sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm in Room 1E12. Each presentation and discussion will bring together key industry voices from both the Mexican and US publishing communities. Sessions are 50 minutes in length and allow time between for networking opportunities to build new business contacts!

Session highlights:

  • An overview of the Mexican Publishing Industry
  • Indie Publishers Bucking the Trends
  • The Shift of the Spanish Language Market to Mexico
  • The Pro Trad Program – how US and Mexican Publishers can work together to have their translation projects financed

Agents, Editors, Publishers, Booksellers, and Librarians—immerse your mind in the many sessions, dialog, and innovation directions of the Mexican book and publishing community!

And, be sure to mark your calendar for the Official Global Market Forum Opening Ceremony to be held Thursday, May 30 at 8:50 am at the main show floor entrance.

Schedule of Events

Global Market Forum is part of the BEA Conference and open to all BEA attendees.

Mexico’s Scheduled Activities. Para ver la programación en español, haga clic aquí.

Wednesday, May 29

Room 1E12

9:30 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks. Ricardo Cayuela Gally, General Director of Conaculta's Publications Department
9:40 am - 10:30 am Overview of the Mexican Publishing Industry. Ignacio Echeverría of CANIEM (National Chamber of the Mexican Editorial Industry) and Marisol Schulz (General Director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair and LéaLA, the Spanish-language book fair of Los Angeles) will discuss the current state of publishing in Mexico. They will be joined by Tom Allen (American Association of Publishers) and Roberto Banchik Rothschild (Random House Mondadori).
10:40 am - 11:30 am

Alternative and Independent Presses. Editors Marcelo Uribe (Ediciones Era), Diego Rabasa (Sexto Piso), and Guillermo Quijas (Almadía) will discuss the panorama of independent publishing in Mexico. Chad Post of Open Letter Books, as well as representatives from Graywolf Press and Cinco Puntos, will join them.

11:40 am - 12:30 pm Language and Other Borders Julio Trujillo, Editorial and Production Director of Conaculta’s Publications Department (DGP), will converse with David Unger, the US representative of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, about cross-national programs and Mexico’s ambition to reach the US market. They will be accompanied by David Burleigh (Overdrive) and a representative from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
1:30 am - 2:20 pm Following the Book Chain. Nina Álvarez Icaza (Fondo de Cultura Económica), Cristóbal Pera (Random House México), and José Calafell of Grupo Planeta will engage in a dialogue about the whole process of the book chain, from publishing to selling. Amanda Schilling of Barnes & Noble and Craig Lupinacci of Ingram will join them, along with Chris Kenneally from the Copyright Clearance Center.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Digital Publishing Projects Gustavo Flores of Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for the Arts, and Maurits Montañez of Manuvo, creator of applications and digital experiences, will discuss e-books and other aspects of publishing in the digital age. Pieter Swinkels (Kobo) and a representative from the International Digital Publishing Forum will accompany them.
3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Children’s and Young Adult Literature in Mexico. Patricia Van Rhijn (CIDCLI) and Karen Coehman (Conaculta) will talk about the children’s literature scene in Mexico. They will be joined by Pablo de la Vega (Indent Literary Agency) and Teresa Mlawer (Teresa Mlawer Publishing Solutions).
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Match-making. In an open forum that encourages the exchange of experience and informal conversations, five Mexican presses will speak for five minutes each about their respective initiatives.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Unsung Spaces: 1970s Artists’ Books In and Out of Mexico The 1970s in Mexico was a remarkable period that saw the emergence of various conceptual artists and collectives, as well as diverse forms of artistic distribution, ranging from mail art to artists’ books. Artist Felipe Ehrenberg, a seminal figure whose multidisciplinary practice has influenced younger generations of artists, will examine this period together with curator Mauricio Marcín. They will be joined by MoMA’s C-MAP Mellon Fellow Zanna Gilbert and Pablo Helguera, Director of Adult and Academic Programs.

Thursday, May 30

BEA Main Stage
9:15 am
Opening Remarks
9:30 am - 10:00 am Talk on Roberto Bolaño* Acclaimed writer Juan Villoro will discuss Roberto Bolaño as a case study in the chain of production, distribution, translation, and sales success.
Mexico Booth #1356
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poetry Reading*. Poets Julio Trujillo, Marcelo Uribe and Ezequiel Zaidenwerg will read selections of their work.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Almost Unbound: Publishing Art Books in Mexico Today. Editor Sara Schulz of Alias Editores, visual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, and curator Mauricio Marcín will discuss the phenomenon of contemporary art books and their context in the literary world.
Orozco Room: The New School
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mexico and New York: A Tale of Two Cities. Mexican historian Enrique Krauze and American journalist Pete Hamill, presented by Julio Trujillo, will discuss the realities and identities of Mexico City and New York City, as well as the relationships between the two.
General Consulate of Mexico in New York
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exhibition Opening: Diccionario para armar. The Mexican Consulate will inaugurate the art exhibition Diccionario para armar, a series of vibrant illustrations, taken from the book of the same title, that explore particular words and the stories they tell – each with a life of its own. A cocktail will follow.

Friday, May 31

BEA Main Stage
9:30 am - 10:00 am
An Interview with Alma Guillermoprieto: A Singular Journalist. Novelist Valeria Luiselli will interview Alma Guillermoprieto, celebrated Mexican journalist, about her work and professional trajectory.
Mexico Booth #1356
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction Reading. Novelists Álvaro Enrigue, Valeria Luiselli, Carmen Boullosa, and Naeif Yehya will read selections of their work.
CUNY: Graduate Center
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Art of Journalism. Lauded journalists Juan Villoro and Alma Guillermoprieto – presented by Andrea Aguilar, correspondent for El Pais – will engage in a dialogue about their work and the world of journalism.
McNally Jackson Bookstore
7:00 pm
Fiction Reading. In the wonderful McNally Bookstore – and moderated by its owner, Javier Molea – the writers Naeif Yehya and Elisa Corona will read excerpts from their work.
Instituto Cervantes
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Exhibition Opening: Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Portraits of Mexico. Photos by the beloved Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002), the most crucial figure in Latin American photography of the 20th century, will be inaugurated; some of these photos have never before been displayed in New York. A cocktail will follow.

Saturday, June 1

Mexico Booth #1356
11:00 am
Museum Stores and Art Books. Representatives from NYC museum stores that sell art books will visit the Mexico stand and discuss this niche of the bookselling industry.
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Readings by Alma Guillermoprieto and Juan Villoro.
These two celebrated writers will read selections from their work in Mexico’s stand. Following the readings, they will engage in dialogue with the public.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Alma Guillermoprieto
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Juan Villoro
Crosby Street Screening Room
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Film Screening.
Las paredes hablan (directed by Antonio Zavala), a film based on the eponymous novel by Carmen Boullosa, will be screened. The author will accompany us.
McNally Jackson Bookstore
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Novelists in Dialogue.
A conversation between novelists Álvaro Enrigue and José Manuel Prieto, moderated by radio host and writer Elvira Liceaga. This event will be held in Spanish.
Casa Mezcal
8:30 pm
Closing (and Tacos!)
Mexico will conclude its participation in BookExpo America with – what else? – a proper celebration. Editor Déborah Holtz of Trilce Ediciones, accompanied by a skilled taco chef (and by plenty of tacos), will present La Tacopieda: Enciclopedia del Taco at a cocktail in the celebrated Casa Mezcal.
Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Good in Bed (2001); In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Take (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); Fly Away Home (2010); and most recently, Then Came You (2011).

Jennifer Weiner's books have spent a combined four years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. She has appeared on numerous national television programs, including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, and The Rachael Ray Show, and has been published in such magazines as Seventeen, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. She was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family sitcom State of Georgia, which ran during the summer of 2011. She occasionally writes for the Huffington Post and on her own blog at, which she started over ten years ago in 2002 and where she now has over 1.5 million visitors a month.

She was recently voted #14 on Time magazine's list of "140 Best Twitter Feeds" -- placing hers among the feeds that are shaping the conversation, the magazine hailed her "must-read" live Bachelor tweets, noting that "rarely has there been such an ideal pairing of material and writer." She can also be found on Facebook, and, in real life, Philadelphia, where she lives with her family.

Jennifer's newest novel, The Next Best Thing, will be published in July 2012.

Ricardo Cortes

Ricardo Cortes
Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about grass, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and Chinese food. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on the O'Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about a shark. To see more of his work, visit:

Matt Gallagher
Matt Gallagher joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armored cavalry. Following a fifteen-month deployment in Iraq, Gallagher left the army in 2009. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he now lives in New York City.

Lizzie Stark
Lizzie Stark is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Beast and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is founder and editor of the literary journal Fringe and holds an MS in new media journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Edison, New Jersey.


Larry Correia

Larry Correia
Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles [Hard Magic and Spellbound] and military thriller Dead Six. A graduate in accounting from Utah State University Larry spent several years as a financial analyst for a Fortune 500, when his vocation took a turn. Today Larry is considered an expert in the field of firearms where his roles vary as machinegun dealer, firearms instructor, and freelance writer for several gun magazines. Most recently he has worked in military contracting.

Larry lives in the mountains of Utah with his very patient wife and children. His new hardcover Monster Hunter Legion will be published in September 2012 by Baen Books.

Jenny Han

Jenny Han
Jenny Han is the author of Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, and the forthcoming We'll Always Have Summer. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children's bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She currently works as a YA librarian at a private school on the Upper West Side. She can be found online at

Siobhan Vivian

Siobhan Vivian
Siobhan Vivian is the author of the forthcoming young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. She is a former editor for Alloy Entertainment and screenwriter for Playhouse Disney. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She can be found online at

William Joyce

William Joyce
William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children's media. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!, and Santa Calls. He's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently executive producer of the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He is also producing The Leaf Men, based on his book The Leaf Men. And his star continues to rise-he won an Academy Award for his innovative short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

Matthew Van Fleet

Matthew Van Fleet
Matthew Van Fleet is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog, the million-copy-selling Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings. He lives with his family in New York state.

Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford
Anthony Swofford was born on Travis Air Force Base in 1970. He joined the marines at age 18 and fought in the 1990-91 Gulf War with a scout/sniper platoon in the 2nd battalion of the 7th Marines. He left the marines in 1992 and held jobs in restaurants, banks, and shopping malls as well working a long stint as a union warehouseman. In 1999 he graduated from UC Davis with his BA in English and proceeded to graduate writing studies at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Teaching Writing Fellow and later a Michener-Copernicus Fellow. His first book Jarhead, a memoir of his time in the marines, came out in the winter of 2003. A film adaptation directed by Sam Mendes was released in 2005. Exit A, his novel of military life in Japan during peace time, was published in 2007. His memoir HOTELS, HOSPITALS, AND JAILS will be published in June 2012. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Lewis and Clark College. He is married to the photographer and writer Christa Parravani-Swofford.

Tricia Rayburn

Tricia Rayburn
T. R. Burns is a pseudonym for MIX author Tricia Rayburn, who lives in Long Island, New York.

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