Julianne Moore, Mindy Kaling And Jim Lehrer To Host BEA Breakfasts


Diane Keaton, Jeffrey Eugenides and Roger Ebert are Among Headliners

Norwalk, CT, February 10, 2011:  Acclaimed actress and bestselling children’s book author Julianne Moore will be Master of Ceremonies at this year’s Children’s Breakfast at BookExpo America (BEA), while Emmy-nominated writer Mindy Kaling and respected moderator, editor and prolific author Jim Lehrer will be Masters of Ceremony at the two Adult Author Breakfasts.  BEA’s Author Breakfasts are a highlight of convention activity as the events bring attention to new books by prominent authors from all walks of life and fields of endeavor.  The other speakers who will be joining the hosts for these popular events include Sarah Dessen, Roger Ebert, Anne Enright, Jefferey Eugenides, Charlaine Harris, Kevin Henkes, Diane Keaton, Erik Larson, and Brian Selznick.  In addition, Katherine Paterson, who is the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be saying a few words at the Children’s Breakfast on behalf of the Children’s Book Council.

BEA will be a three-day event this year and will take place Tuesday, May 24 – Thursday, May 26 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.  Conference sessions will take place for a full day on Monday, May 23 and officials note that an Opening Night Keynote is tentatively planned for Monday evening May 23 at 6pm.  Other programming on Monday will include the popular Editor Buzz panel as well as a new Innovators Roundtable which will feature leaders from a variety of related industries discussing what is next on the horizon for technology, business models and opportunity.  Additional author programming will take place throughout the convention week on BEA’s newly re-named Insight Stages (formerly Author Stages).  The two stages will feature considerable author programming as well as discussions with both industry and non-industry trailblazers who are involved with innovation in the digital space.  Programming and interviews on the Insight Stages will be confirmed over the next two months.  In addition, BEA organizers note that they are working to expand awareness and activity for New York Book Week, a unique public facing opportunity to brand and market authors, titles and publishers at events in bookstores, libraries, schools and other public venues throughout the boroughs of New York City.  

“We are working very hard to expand all aspects of author promotional activity at BEA as we understand that this is a pivotal and critical part of the overall BEA experience,” notes Steve Rosato, Event Director for BookExpo America.  “Of course, we couldn’t do this without the support of publishers and the exceptional list of authors that they provide to us each year.  Our responsibility, which we take very seriously, is to afford as much opportunity as possible for these authors.  Hence, we have built outward from our Author Breakfasts to create our Insight Stage programming and to encourage participation in New York Book Week.  I am profoundly grateful to all the fine authors who have agreed to participate in our Author Breakfasts this year. At the same time, it is good to know that we are just beginning!  There is a wealth of book and author programming still to come and we look forward to making additional announcements in the near future.”

The line up of speakers and events includes:

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

8:00AM – 9:30AM CHILDREN’S BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Special Events Hall)

Presented in cooperation with the Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee [A cooperative committee of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), The ABC Children's Group at the ABA, and the Children's Book Council (CBC)] this opening-day breakfast will feature Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruck (Scholastic); Sarah Dessen, author of What Happened to Goodbye (Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Young Readers Group); and Kevin Henkes, author of Little White Rabbit and Junonia (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins).  Julianne Moore, author of Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever (Bloomsbury) will the Master of Ceremonies. 


8:00AM – 9:30AM WEDNESDAY BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Special Events Hall)

Wednesday morning will feature Diane Keaton, author of Then Again (Random House); Jefferey Eugenides, author of The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); and Charlaine Harris, author of Dead Reckoning (Ace/Penguin Group USA).  Mindy Kaling, author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (Crown Archetype) will be the Master of Ceremonies.    

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

8:00AM – 9:30AM THURSDAY BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Special Events Hall)

Thursday morning will feature Roger Ebert, author of Life Itself: A Memoir (Grand Central); Anne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz (W.W. Norton); and Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (Crown Publishers).  Jim Lehrer, author of Tension City:  Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to McCain-Obama (Random House) will be the Master of Ceremonies. 

For more information about BEA, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com and connect with BEA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. It is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).  BEA is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself.

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