Walter Isaacson to Keynote Bea Conference Program


Stars of the Stage and Screen Unite With Literary Heavyweights and Children's Luminaries to Bring Super Charged Energy to BEA and the Inaugral BookCon!

Norwalk, CT, May 19, 2014: Noted author and bestselling biographer Walter Isaacson will be the keynote speaker of this year's BookExpo America (BEA) Conference Program. He will be interviewed on stage by Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Mr. Isaacson will be discussing his new book, The Innovators, which will be published in October, 2014 by Simon & Schuster and provide insight into the great inventors of the digital age. Among other notable events and appearances:

  • BEA's Conference Program will feature James Patterson who will be interviewed by Al Roker from NBC's Today Show about his $1 million independent bookstore campaign. Mr. Patterson will be joined on stage by several well-known independent booksellers.
  • BEA's Author Breakfasts boast a number of high profile authors and celebrities including critically acclaimed Broadway stars Neil Patrick Harris and Alan Cumming who will be hosting two of the popular Author Breakfasts. Jason Segel will be hosting the Children's Author Breakfast.
  • Additionally, many other authors and stars have been scheduled to appear at BookCon, the newly launched consumer event which is being arranged by ReedPOP , the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC).

BEA will be held at the Javits Center in New York City, May 28 - 31, 2014; BookCon will also take place at the Javits Center and will be open to the public on May 31, 2014. Walter Isaacson Speaks with Jacob Weisberg - The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution will take place on Friday, May 30, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Helping Bookstores, Saving Lives: James Patterson's $1M Indie Store Campaign will take place on Wednesday, May 28, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Another key BEA and ABA Conference Program panel which features headlining bookselling and industry professionals is The Future of Bricks and Mortar Retailers which will take place Wednesday, May 28, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. This panel will be moderated by Dominique Raccah, Publisher & CEO of Sourcebooks, Inc. and feature an emsemble of the book world's leading minds including John R. Ingram, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ingram Content Group; Joyce Meskis, Owner, Tattered Cover Book Store; Michelle Collier, Senior Buyer, Books & Magazines, Target; Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Content Officer, Kobo; and Oren Teicher, Chief Executive Officer, American Booksellers Association.

"I am amazed by the depth and scope of the authors participating in BEA this year," notes Steve Rosato, Show Manager for BookExpo America. "While we have always loved to present a huge range of authors to our audience of book industry professionals, it's now very exciting to extend our reach even further and make these personalities accessible to book lovers everywhere."
In addition to author panels there will be over 750 authors who will be autographing at BEA. There will be opportunity to meet authors in publishers' booths and also hear them speak at major venues such as the Author Breakfast Stage events. As noted, Broadway sensations Neil Patrick Harris and Alan Cumming will host two breakfasts and will introduce authors and stars to the podium including Colm Toibin, Anjelica Huston, Martin Short, and Lena Dunham, among others. Jason Segel will introduce Carl Hiassen, Mem Fox, and Jeff Kinney. Other authors and celebrities who will be participating in BEA and BookCon include: Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Tina Fey, Richard Ford, John Green, Stan Lee, David Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, Veronica Roth, Rachel Renee Russell and many, many others!


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).


ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). ( ).

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