BookExpo America (BEA) Announces Adult Book & Author Breakfast Speakers Featuring Nation’s Top Literary Voices


Comedian and Journalist Faith Salie to Serve as Master of Ceremonies With Best Sellers Sebastian Junger, Colson Whitehead and Louise Penny Joining for Discussion of Their Forthcoming Books

Norwalk, CT, February 2, 2016:  Comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, is bringing her wit and charm to BookExpo America (BEA) for the must-see event of the convention -- the Adult Book & Author Breakfast. As Master of Ceremonies, Salie will use her distinct voice to lead a conversation about the current projects for herself and esteemed guests, while opening a wider discussion about the writing process and the importance of books in today’s culture. She will be joined by noted authors Sebastian Junger (Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging), Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad: A Novel), and Louise Penny (A Great Reckoning), all of whom will also speak about their upcoming releases and the inspiration behind their writing.  BEA’s author breakfasts continue to be a highlight of the show each year, drawing over a thousand attendees each to hear about the new books from some of the most prominent authors and celebrities in the industry.

Taking place Thursday, May 12, the BEA Adult Book & Author Breakfast is one of the many events at BEA that will highlight the hundreds of authors who participate in the show. The breakfast will be followed by the highly anticipated Children’s Book & Author Breakfast on Friday morning.

"Our Adult Book & Author Breakfast is one of the most sought-after events at BEA each year. We are thrilled with this lineup of outstanding authors and know that their insightful discussion will offer attendees a memorable morning,” said Steven Rosato, Event Director for BEA.

Full program information can be found below:

8:00AM - 9:30AM ADULT BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Special Events Hall)

The Thursday morning breakfast will feature Sebastian Junger author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (Twelve); Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad: A Novel (Doubleday); and Louise Penny, author of A Great Reckoning (Minotaur), the next Chief Inspector Gamache novel. NPR and CBS News Sunday Morning’s Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie: Adventures In Caring Too Much (Crowne Archetype), 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.


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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