By Lori Perkins
What was once the annual book trade exhibition, which was held at the Jacob Javits center in NY, is now the US Book Show and it starts today and goes though May 26th. It is both virtual and in person this year.
The rebranded book show is more akin to ComicCon than a trade bookshow in today’s incarnation, with viewers given the opportunity to meet with authors and hear panel discussions on books. There are still many events centered on the publishing of books, for traditional publishers, indies and self publishers.
Some of the highlights of the show are the opening remarks by humorist David Sedaris and the keynote speech tomorrow by Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov. John Grisham and actor Oscar Isaacs are also set to talk about their forthcoming books. The full menu of programming also includes Publishers Weekly’s Editors’ Picks panels, author chats, and Book Buzz panels done in cooperation with publishers. In-depth information on the discussions and meet-up opportunities can be found on the U.S. Book Show website.