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April 2009
Hello ABC!

It's that time of the year again.

Time to pack those suitcases and head for Book Expo America.

We've got a great line-up this year, including a new program that we're particularly excited about--Tea with Children's Authors.

This event, co-sponsored with the CBC and the ABA, will give 120 lucky booksellers and librarians a chance to relax and chat with over "a cuppa" with a fantastic list of authors including Kate DiCamillo, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Libba Bray, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Rosemary Wells, and many more! Check out the details below.

We also have some great updates to our existing programs including a new home in the ABA Lounge, some tweaks to our Not-a-Dinner and (Mostly) Silent Auction--more food, more chairs, new order of the evening-- and our first ever LIVE announcement of the E.B. White Awards.

Last, but certainly not least, we're making more space for our Annual Meeting so that we have plenty of time to gather member feedback and suggestions related to our announcement last week about one possibility for ABC's future.

So, dig in, sign-up, and come on down.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.



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Thursday: ABA Day of Education, The New Voices Luncheon
Friday: The Children's Breakfast, ABC Annual Meeting, Tea with Children's Authors
Friday Night: ABC's Not-a-Dinner and (Mostly) Silent Auction
Saturday: Speed Dating with Children's Authors
Come visit us at our new home in the ABA Lounge
welcomeThroughout the show - Javits 1E07/08

This year we decided to move off the show floor, and put out our shingle where we could spend more time time talking to our members and less time fielding questions from the uninitiated and the unpublished.

So come on by, take a load off, pick up a membership sticker, the latest ABC materials, browse the new website, or just say howdy.

We'd love to see you and offer you a little ABC hospitality.

Thursday, May 28th 2009
 The Javits Center

ABA Day of Education
Give It Away to Get It Back: Using "Thought Leadership" Marketing to Build Your Children's Business
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Javits Center, Room 1E13
In today's challenging bookselling climate, it is critical to find and keep your edge over your competition. Covering the basics and using traditional marketing is no longer enough. Your customers must know you, understand why your business goes beyond the basics, value your experience, and seek it out. You are your own best advertising; customers have what you want, and as soon as you show them, they will come. Learn how to leverage your expertise and use it as a powerful marketing tool to build your business exponentially.
To register for the ABA Day of Education and see the whole schedule click here.

Bonus: for those booksellers staying at Hotel ABA,  a bunch of new benefits have been added to your package. Check it out here.


New VoicesThe New Voices Luncheon
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Javits Center, Room 1E13
Free to attend; boxed lunches available for $15.95
Join us for ABC's 2009 New Voices Luncheon where we will celebrate the power of being Independent, and showcase this year's ABC picks from new authors.

gracelingThis year's lunch is moderated by Kristen Cashore, author of Graceling, one of our featured picks from 2008. Come hear Kristen talk about her experiences as a new author whose successful book was embraced by independent booksellers, and pick up a galley for her equally wonderful follow-up, Fire (Penguin).

Another FaustShe will be joined by Daniel and Dina Nayeri,  brother/sister authors of the new novel Another Faust (Candlewick), a satirical re-imagining of the classic bargain set in an elite New York private school.

There will be one other New Voices speaker TBA.

Afterward browse the Galley Grab for ten more titles that our 2009 New Voices committee loved.
Register to attend the New Voices Lunch

Friday, May 29th
 The Javits Center

Children's Book and Author Breakfast*
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Javits Special Events Hall
Ticket required: $35 breakfast/$20 no breakfast

Meg CabotTomie dePaolaAmy RosenthalJulie Andrews

This opening-day breakfast will feature Meg Cabot, author of Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls Book 4: Stage Fright (Scholastic Inc.); Tomie de Paola, author of Strega Nona's Harvest (Penguin Young Readers Group); and Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Duck! Rabbit! (Chronicle Books) and Little Oink (Chronicle Books). Julie Andrews Edwards, author of Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Register for the Children's Book and Author Breakfast at the BEA site

*Presented in cooperation with Book Expo America and the Children's Booksellers and Publisher's Committee (ABA/ABC/CBC)


ABC logo 200 x 200ABC Annual Meeting
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Javits Center, room 1E10
Join us for ABC's annual meeting where we will review 2008, approve new Board members, and open the floor for discussion of ABC's upcoming conversation with ABA regarding the future. We encourage participation. Open to all members of the ABC.
teawithauthorsCup of TeaTea with Children's Authors*
1:45-2:45 p.m.
Javits Center, room 1E10
No cost but advance registration required
*Open to booksellers and librarians only
Come join us for this brand new program which gives librarians and booksellers a chance to chat with some of the industry's brightest stars in a more relaxed and casual environment. Each author will join a table of booksellers for refreshments and a, open-ended  conversation about the author's life and work. Each table will be moderated by an ABC bookseller. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and we will try our best to accommodate registrants' preferences as space allows.
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Disney)
Libba Bray (Random House)   
Kristin Cashore (Penguin)        
Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Christopher and Walter Dean Myers (Egmont)
Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)     
Tomie DePaola (Penguin)        
Sarah Dessen (Penguin)
Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion)             
Ann M. Martin (Macmillan)     
Herman Parrish (HarperCollins)           
Jon Scieszka (Simon & Schuster)
Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown)     
Rosemary Wells (Candlewick Press)
Mo Willems (Disney)   
Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Scholastic)

Register for the Tea with Children's Authors

*Presented in cooperation with the Children's Booksellers and Publisher's Committee (ABA/ABC/CBC)

Friday, May 29th in the Evening
 Hotel ABA - Brooklyn

The ABC Not-a-Dinner and (Mostly) Silent Auction
ABC NAD logo6:45-9:30 p.m.
Hotel ABA Ballroom
$89.00 per ticket; $30 discount available for ABC booksellers registering themselves
Please join the ABC for our glamorous evening of great art, wonderful speakers, and a celebration of Being Independent!
The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
5:45-6:30 p.m.
  • VIP Publisher Lounge Opens (Sponsors & Guests)
  • Auction opens for preview
6:45-7:30 p.m. 

Shannon haleKatherine PatersonMike Lupica

Keynote program hosted by Shannon Hale
, witty best-selling author whose titles include Goose Girl, Rapunzel's Revenge, and the forthcoming Forest Born (Bloomsbury)
  • Katherine Paterson, beloved author, two time Newbery Medalist, and author of the upcoming The Day of the Pelican (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Mike Lupica, nationally syndicated sports columnist, and best-selling author of stories for young readers including the upcoming Million Dollar Throw (Penguin)
  • The 2009 E.B. White Awards announced LIVE!
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

CocktailNot-a-Dinner Party & (Mostly) Silent Auction

Close out the evening with some yummy food and playful drinks, while bidding on fantastic artwork by some of today's top children's book artists. All proceeds benefit the programs of the ABC.
Get tickets for the ABC Not a Dinner & (Mostly) Silent Auction

Many thanks to Mark Siegel of First Second :01 for creating our fantastic NAD logo.
Saturday, May 30th
The Javits Center

Speed Dating with Children's Authors*
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Javits Center 1A10 & 1A12
No ticket is required, but admission on a first-come, first-served basis so arrive early.
*Open to booksellers and librarians only

Get to know 23 children's book creators up close and personal! Authors and illustrators will move from table to table, stopping for quick get-to-know-you chats.

Participating "dates" include: Lee Bantle (Henry Holt); Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook); Don Calame (Candlewick); Cecil Castellucci and Holly Black (Little Brown); Cinda Williams Chima (Disney); Troy Cle (Simon & Schuster); Matt de la Pena (Random House); Sharon Draper (Scholastic); Amy Hest (FSG); John Hulme and Michael Wexler (Bloomsbury); Maureen Johnson (Scholastic); Gordon Korman (HarperCollins); Jarrett Krosoczka (Random House); Josh Lieb (Penguin); Linda Sue Park (Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt); Michael Rex (Penguin); Alexander Stadler (Scholastic); James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost (Roaring Brook); Bill Thompson (Cavendish); and Sara Zarr (Little Brown).

*Presented in cooperation with the Children's Booksellers and Publisher's Committee (ABA/ABC/CBC)

Quick Links for Registration
Register for BEA
Register for the ABA Day of Education
Get tickets for the Children's Book & Author Breakfast
Get tickets for The New Voices Luncheon, Tea with Children Authors, or the ABC Not-a-Dinner

That's it for now. Please let us know if you have any ideas, suggestions, or feedback.
Yours in BEA planning,

Kristen McLean
Association of Booksellers for Children