For three days you will have the opportunity to soak yourself in books, book sellers, buyers, educational events and the ability to network with potential employers. This is just a sampling:
Breakfast with the Authors, one that I wish I could attend would be with Mike Mignola,the author of Hellboy and Art Spiegelman, the author of the acclaimed graphic novel, Maus.
Special pavilions focusing on books for children, graphic novels, African-Americans, Latinos and Independent publishers.
Educational Panels feature topics on looking at Environmental Trends in Book Publishing, What Americas Latino Voices are Reading And Why, What Retailers & Librarians Should Know about Video Games and Gamers, New Technologies and New Literacies for Teens, Obscene in the Extreme: Why Books Still Get Banned and more.
Now it might happen that you can't attend the event this year but fear not, through the magic of BEA Audio Podcasting you can listen to last years events and panels. You can listen to them online or download to your media player:
- Upfront and Unscripted 2006 "The Future of Publishing"
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library - Unshelved, the comic strip.
- My Space for Authors and Publishers - how My Space can help authors increase the cash flow.
- Book and Author Lunch with Alan Alda, Valerie Plame Wilson, Paul Krugman and Russell Simmons.