BookExpo & New York Rights Fair Join Together In 2019

The Press Release:
BookExpo and New York Rights Fair today announced that they will join together under one roof in 2019. The two book trade events will run concurrently and be colocated at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (Javits Center). BookCon will continue to take place immediately after BookExpo at the Javits Center. The dates for BookExpo and New York Rights Fair are currently set for May 29 – 31, 2019, with BookCon taking place on June 1 – 2, 2019.

New York Rights Fair (NYRF) NYRF will continue to be organized as a separate rights fair, building on the success of its inaugural year, and also serve as the International Rights Center at Bookexpo, hosted in the River Pavilion within the Javits Center. Together, BookExpo, BookCon and NYRF will serve every aspect of the book business from “rights to reader” and everything in between.

The selection of Javits Center as the venue follows the news of the multiyear agreement between the parties, announced in June, 2018, for the joint management of New York Rights Fair, formalizing the parties’ strategic vision for the future of the shows. BookExpo and NYRF are committed to serving the global publishing community. The decision to colocate in 2019 fosters the relationship between and among domestic and international publishers, agents and authors.

“For the New York publishing houses and their international counterparts, having an easy, efficient central hub in which to meet will magnify the business opportunities that BookExpo and New York Rights Fair seek to encourage,” said George Slowik, Jr., president of NYRF and co-owner of Publishers Weekly.

“Books are driving some of the most successful content for film and streaming platforms. We are excited to be working with New York Rights Fair to meet the needs of our domestic and international publishers in the heart of New York City, the publishing hub of the world. With this valuable addition, the reimagined BookExpo will be able to deliver a holistic platform to launch the hottest new titles and authors, feature cutting-edge trends and impact every part of our customers’ businesses. This industry is vibrant and growing and we look forward to building an event together to support and celebrate that,” said Ed Several, senior vice-president, BookExpo.

The 2018 fairs saw a combined nearly 10,000 attendees and exhibitors from 85 countries. In its inaugural year, NYRF was located in a separate location. With this announcement of colocation at the Javits Center, BookExpo and NYRF anticipate robust attendance, dynamic content and a valuable experience for all attendees.

ABOUT BOOKEXPO: BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals, attracting an audience from around the globe. The event has been reimagined to be the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America. It’s the place “books are made” and where the industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

ABOUT NEW YORK RIGHTS FAIR: The New York Rights Fair is produced by BolognaFiere S.p.A, the leading European exhibition organizer, Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, Combined Book Exhibit, a publishing marketing and promotion resource, and Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events business. NYRF is the first trade and licensing show in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the international rights, distribution and licensing of content, both adult and children’s. The inaugural New York Rights Fair took place May 30 – June 1, 2018, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The fair offers a unique experience for U.S. publishers, agents and rights professionals across adult and children’s markets to network with their global counterparts in the publishing capital of the world. The three-day fair presented 70 speakers from around the world and covered rights sales negotiation and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: I’ve been going to Book Expo for several years now and have only missed it when it relocated to Chicago a couple of years ago before returning to NYC and the Javits Center. I generally hit this to see what is coming out from the attending comic book publishers, and then hit the aisles to see what might be heading our way and is aimed at our Metal music, Sci-Fi and Monster movie, and Toy fans. Sometimes its more interesting than others and that is the case with most conventions but at the end of the day I love the chance to network with exhibitors and like-minded content creators such as myself. I am curious as to what the New York Rights Fair is all about and should I be able to attend next year I will surely be exploring and sharing some of my findings here on “The Chronicles”. The last time I recall an event being colocated with the Book Expo was when we attended The Blog Expo. That event no longer happens in case you were curious. What do you readers think about the 2019 news for Book Expo and The New York Rights Fair? Does it interest you at all? Have you attended either in the past? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

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