BookExpo America (BEA) Makes Chicago Debut Boasting Growth in Midwest Attendance and First Time Attendees Along With Slate of Leading Authors


Influx of Midwest and New Booksellers and Publishers Mark Move To Windy City as BEA Readies to Spotlight Year’s Biggest Authors and Books

Show Also Makes First Appearance of Consumer Facing BookCon Outside of New York City Featuring Tig Notaro, Hannah Hart, Veronica Roth, and Others

Norwalk, CT, May  10, 2016:  When BookExpo America (BEA) opens its doors in Chicago it will welcome hundreds of new attendees from the Midwest, reaching a broader and more diverse audience than in shows past introducing them to scores of leading authors and some of the year’s most anticipated books. The show, the biggest publishing industry event in North America, will set the tone for what the public can expect from the publishing industry in 2016 and beyond and introduce Chicago to its first ever BookCon – the consumer facing extension of the show. Livestream coverage of both BEA and BookCon will be available from PBS Book View Now online via,, and at

The move to Chicago has resulted in almost 1,000 more attendees from Illinois and a significant increase in attendance from States including Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, and Minnesota. The uptick reinforces the purpose of a Midwest convention, broadening the reach and exposure for independent booksellers, publishers, and authors. In total, all 50 States will be represented at the show along with more than 230 new International registrants. It will also usher in a 10% increase in new VIP attendees which represent key buying segments of independent booksellers, librarians, specialty retailers, and museums. This increase in new attendees comes at a time the American Booksellers Association (ABA) cites steady growth in the sales at independent booksellers with a larger than 10 percent gain in 2015. 

Attendees of BEA can expect to connect with thousands of other industry professionals while being introduced to some of the world’s most popular authors. Programming will include appearances by Faith Salle, Sebastian Junger, Colson Whitehead, Louise Penny, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gene Luen Yang, Dav Pilkey, and many others.

These appearances will lead into BookCon, the consumer extension of the show that will premiere outside of New York City for the first time on May 14. This year’s BookCon boasts appearances by some of the biggest names in Young Adult fiction along with other popular authors and celebrity. The Guests this year include Tig Notaro, Hannah Hart, Jazz Jennings, James Dashner, Veronica Roth, Chris O’Dowd, The Property Brothers, Victoria Aveyard, Sabaa Tahir, Kami Garcia and Meg Cabot, and many more.

“This is the industry’s biggest event and our move to Chicago has meant a different set of attendees with a strong showing from the Midwest naturally. This means a completely different business opportunity for booksellers and publishers, and the chance to change the landscape of publishing efforts throughout this region of the country,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director for BookExpo America & BookCon.

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 book lovers 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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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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