Autographing FAQ

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BookExpo boasts the largest author autographing program in the US.

Your BookExpo Show Badge provides full access to the Autographing Area at BookExpo. 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 350+ authors signing at BookExpo, you can be sure that you will meet (and possibly get a photo with) one of your favorites! View the 2017 Autographing Area schedule.

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 2-day show. View the schedule for 2017 "in booth" signings.

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.

Autographing FAQs

Can I purchase a Reader Pass or Avid Reader Pass at the show?
In mid-April, all Avid Readers will be sent an email with a link to choose their tickets. You will have 1 week to make your selection. Then, when you arrive at BookExpo, the tickets will be waiting for you at registration.

What are ticketed authors?
There are some authors in the Autographing Area who require a ticket for admittance. Tickets will be distributed each morning for the day’s events (no advance tickets). Each attendee can receive up to 5 tickets per day (must present badge to receive tickets) and everyone is allowed 1 ticket per author. Tickets are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule and availability subject to change without notice.

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 BookExpo, 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 BookExpo?

Many booksellers have credited the Autographing Program for helping them discover some of the best new works at BookExpo each year. For exhibitors/publishers interested in participating in 2018, 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 in 2018, please email If you are holding any In-Booth Author Signings, please submit them through the Exhibitor Dashboard.

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