It’s the best time of the year to be a book lover in New York City! Book Expo America, one of the biggest publishing and literature conventions in North America, has arrived once more. Every year, at the end of May, writers, editors, agents, publishers, journalists, reviewers, and book lovers gather at the far-flung Jacob Javits Convention Center to celebrate every single possible aspect of the book publishing scene, and catching a ride there should be your main priority if books is what you’re into. This year, the expo takes place May 29th-31st, and promises to be a fantastic, star-studded event no reader or writer should miss out on.
Last year’s Book Expo America featured a variety of guests for talks and autograph sessions, from Ann Romney (wife of former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, there to promote her cookbook) to the fluffy Internet superstar Grumpy Cat (who also had a book out, and no one is quite sure how a cat was meant to do a book signing, anyway) and nearly everyone in between. Many illustrious authors took part in panels, including the very hard to find fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. There was also a Star Wars themed event on the last day of the event, when the doors of BEA opened to the general public.
This year promises to be every bit as exciting, with a multitude of guests and exhibitors arriving from all over the world to discuss books and publishing with others in the industry. The legendary actor Neil Patrick Harris will be at BEA on Thursday, doing a signing and presiding over an authors’ breakfast event. Meanwhile, another TV-related heavy hitter, Lena Dunham, creator of the runaway hit Girls will be at an authors breakfast event on Saturday. There will be over 750 authors signing throughout the event at both the autograph area and the booths on the main show floor.
This year’s BEA will take place at the Jacob K Javits Center, home to many of New York’s major conventions, trade shows, and expos. The Javits Center is located at 655 W 34th St, which is about as far west as Midtown West gets. If you’re planning to go to Book Expo America, remember that the Javits Center is far from the subway, and you will need to walk, take a bus, or have a ride to get there. Having a ride is the most convenient choice, as you’re going to end the day with a great deal of books, and will no doubt be tired from all the walking – the main expo floor is far larger than it seems to be, and the auditoriums and panel rooms can be a little difficult to track down at times. If you decide to walk or take a bus, the route is straightforward – the Javits Center is on 11th avenue, five avenue blocks away from Herald Square.
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