BookExpo America (BEA) Announces Star-Studded Children’s Author Breakfast Line-Up Featuring Industry‘S Leading Voices

12/17/2015

Golden Globe Winner and New York Times Bestselling Author Jamie Lee Curtis to Serve as Master of Ceremonies and be Joined by Bestsellers Sabaa Tahir, Gene Luen Yang and Dav Pilkey for Insightful Discussion about Children’s Literature  

Norwalk, CT, December 17, 2015:  Some of the hottest stars in children’s publishing will convene at BookExpo America (BEA) to take part in the much anticipated Children's Author Breakfast on Friday, May 13.  Golden Globe award winner Jamie Lee Curtis will bring her creative versatility and charisma to the BEA stage as Master of Ceremonies to talk about her new children's book, which is being published in the fall of 2016.  She will be joined by noted authors Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), all of whom will also speak about their upcoming books and the inspiration behind their works.  Tahir and Yang will also participate at the consumer facing BookCon on May 14. The Children's Author Breakfast is a highlight of BEA activity and attracts well over 1,000 attendees including booksellers, members of the media, and other book industry professionals.

The addition of this programming further establishes Chicago as the ultimate destination for publishing this May. The BEA Children’s Author Breakfast will kick off the final day of the three-day convention. It is one of many events at BEA that will highlight the hundreds of authors who regularly participate in the show. 

"Every year the Children’s Author Breakfast is one of the most-anticipated events on the BEA schedule and this year will be no different. We’ve lined up an accomplished panel of guests who will provide booksellers and industry professionals an intimate opportunity to hear from the most influential and diverse voices in the industry,” said Steven Rosato, Event Director for BEA.  "It’s this type of programming that makes BEA the can’t-miss publishing event of the year."

Authors and featured book titles for the Children's Author Breakfast include:

Friday, May 13
8:00am - 9:30am Children's Author Breakfast

The Friday morning breakfast will bring together the following line-up of dynamic authors to discuss their new books and the inspiration behind them.  

  • Sabaa Tahir, author of An Amber in the Ashes (Razorbill) and the forthcoming A Torch Against the Night (Razorbill).
  • Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese (First Second Books) and the forthcoming Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences.
  • Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants (Scholastic) and the forthcoming Dog Man.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, author of My Brave Year of Firsts (HarperCollins) and the forthcoming This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From (Workman) will be the Master of Ceremonies.

BEA, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, and BookCon, the consumer extension of the show, combine to make the ultimate event destination for the publishing industry and booklovers worldwide. BEA is widely known as the leading business event for publishers, booksellers, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, media, rights professionals, and movie and television executives who attend to discover new voices, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BookCon is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.

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ABOUT BEA
BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

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