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I’ll be attending BEA later this month!

Part of the reason I’m excited about attending BEA is that I haven’t been able to attend for the last three years because of various work commitments.

Part of the reason I’m excited is, well, BEA! BEA has a whole page explaining why librarians and educators would be interested in BEA. Now, it’s been a few years since I’ve attended, but my personal reasons for attending include the following:

— BEA is a different focus than ALA. Sounds obvious, right? This means that some publishers have different staff attend. So, the people I interact with as a book blogger may be at BEA instead of ALA. It also means that sometimes different books and authors are promoted; it’s always interesting to see what gets a push at ALA, what gets that push at BEA, and whether there is any overlap…

— Different programs! I confess, my first BEA I didn’t even know there were programs, because I was so overwhelmed by the exhibit floor. This time around, though, my focus is going to be programs.

SLJ Day of Dialog. And I’m not just saying this because of the SLJ connection. I’ve been on two Day of Dialog panels (2009, after eye surgery; and 2011, which was sadly rushed because of having to get to work) but this time around I can go just as a participant which means I can focus on the panels.

— It’s vacation! Yes, this isn’t work related, so I’ll be taking vacation. I’m not on any panels, so I don’t have to prepare anything beyond deciding what programs to go to, where to eat dinner, what cupcakes or ice cream I want to have, and, most fun of all, just spending time with other book people. I’m going to be seeing people I haven’t seen in ages; it’s going to be so much fun!

— It’s vacation but I’ll be working because I have a strange definition of vacation and working. I’ll be getting lots of information that I plan to report on back here, in posts. So, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me about BEA after I’ve attended.

Here are some of the sessions I’m thinking about attending:

Thu. May. 30   

9:30 am – 10:20 am Getting Kids Reading – More, Faster, Better

10:00 am – 10:50 am “Do Kindle Owners Really Read More?” (And Other Nagging Questions About eBooks, Reading, and

11:00 am – 11:50 am All’s Fair?: Book Reviews & The Missing Code Of Ethics

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Future of eBooks and E Reading

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm E-books From Libraries: Good For Authors?

Fri. May. 31  

9:30 am – 10:20 am Digital Book Resale: What Does It Mean? How Would It Work?

10:00 am – 10:30 am Meet BEA Young Adult Buzz Authors 2013

10:00 am – 10:50 am TWITTER 2.0: Twitter Master Class For Publishing Professionals

11:30 am – 12:50 pm Publishers & Libraries Working Together: How The Douglas County Libraries Model Bypasses The Vendor System & Benefits Everyone

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Libraries + Tumblr = Connecting Readers + Writers

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Self-Publishing: Disruptor Or Defender Of The Book Business?

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Realistic Fiction – The next hot genre in Young Adult

So, are you going?

What are you looking forward to?

What sessions are you attending?

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. This will be my second year attending BEA, and I’m so excited! (I actually have to miss Thursday because of work, but I’ll be there Friday & Saturday.) I definitely want to branch out and attend more panels this year, as well. Hopefully I’ll run into you at some point — I’ve been reading your blog for so long, I’d love to meet you!

  2. Staying over this year and getting to spend 2 days so maybe I can actually stop running around from author signing to this and that and attend a class too! Tumblr, ebooks, all good!

  3. That sounds like so much fun! I’m challenging my finances just with ALA (and sometimes KidLitCon), so I’ve never made it to BEA. But I’ll really be looking forward to your coverage of some of these topics.

  4. Elizabeth Burns says:

    Donna & Eileen, hope to see you there!

    Sondy, but I’ll see you at ALA, right?

  5. Absolutely! (And you don’t need a roommate, do you? I still haven’t found one.)