Bookexpo Announces First-Ever Grand Opening Keynote Speaker – Barnes & Noble Chairman, Len Riggio


Riggio to Address the Importance of Brick and Mortar Stores and the Changing Book Retail Landscape

NORWALK, CT – May 3, 2018 – Today, the reimagined BookExpo announced the first-ever Grand Opening Keynote, featuring Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  The Day 1 Keynote will take place on Wednesday, May 30, at 9:15 AM on the Midtown Stage sponsored by Ingram and will complement BookExpo’s Day 2 Leadership Roundtable featuring CEOs from top publishing houses Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

As the Chairman of the nation’s largest retail bookseller, Mr. Riggio will offer attendees his unique perspective on the bookselling industry and will focus his talk on the importance of brick and mortar stores, serving the modern reader, how bookstores best serve their communities, and the overall changing landscape of book retail today.  He will be introduced at BookExpo by American Booksellers Association CEO, Oren Teicher.

“We are transforming BookExpo to be the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America. With that vision in mind, Len Riggio offers a powerful perspective that will be very valuable for the entire industry,” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President, BookExpo. “Mr. Riggio will offer insights and key learnings that will shed light on the state of the industry and how we can all make it better.”

In recent months, the BookExpo team has met with indie Booksellers, Publishers, Distributors and Librarians to learn more about what they are looking for at the show. As a result, BookExpo has undergone a reimagination to become the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America. Based on this, BookExpo has added more value through in-booth Editor chats, more opportunity for one-on-one meetings with Publicists, new stages to feature more Authors than ever before, and added media coverage surrounding the event.  

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BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is being re-designed to be the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

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