There is a debate that continues to be raised like toasts at wedding (often and with good intention) about having a public component to BEA. There is a lot of merit the idea. However - through many efforts and more research I can conclusively tell you that would be like making toast while taking a bath. The potential for deadly disaster is too great. Although I am sure some where in America, there is a someone soaking in a tub while enjoying a fresh piece of rye toast with out being electocuted. For the recocord and the foreseeable future, that won't be the case at BEA. We initiated another course in 2010 to engage the public 'around' BEA that was launched as New York Book Week. There will be more news and details in the coming months about our plans for 2011, but I think our mission statement delivers exact detail and clear intent for a public component tied to BEA.
New York Book Week celebrates all literary and book activity in New York City by directly engaging reading consumers and focusing attention on authors, books and publishing during the week of Book Expo America (BEA) which takes place in New York City each year. New York Book Week provides a unique public facing opportunity to brand and market authors, titles and publishers at events in bookstores, libraries, schools and other public venues throughout the boroughs of New York City. New York City is recognized as the publishing capital of the world, as home to thousands of book and author events each year with New York Book Week uniquely celebrating these facts and building a relationship between reading consumers and the publishing trade
This year, New York Book Week will commence on Sunday, May 22 and conclude on Saturday, May 28.