NEW YORK—June 1, 2021—The U.S. Book Show is celebrating the success of its inaugural year. With 6,299 registrants, including nearly 1,000 members of the media, and 150+ exhibitors, Publishers Weekly, the virtual show’s producers, are pleased to announce the show will go forward next year, scheduled for May 24 – 26, 2022.
The producers anticipate hosting a hybrid show next year consisting of a mix of virtual and in-person programming, exhibits and networking. This year’s show, which ran from May 25 – 27, 2021, was virtual only and drew an international audience.
“The U.S. Book Show achieved its goal of reaching all quadrants of the publishing industry,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly. “The target market of booksellers, librarians and media, including book reviewers, were given an intimate, front-row seat to the big books of Fall 2021. It is that insider experience that we will optimize next year in serving the core publishing community.”
The show aimed to “create buzz” about the most anticipated books of the fall and to “connect the community” with professional development panels and virtual networking built in to the virtual environment. Attendance surged at the opening keynote speech by Oprah Winfrey and for a conversation with the actor Keanu Reeves about his forthcoming graphic novel. PW Editors’ Picks panels across all genres hosted the publishers’ editors talking about their big fall books.
Keynote and other notable speakers included Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race and the forthcoming Be a Revolution, who opened Adult Books Day; the Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See); Senator Elizabeth Warren, who opened Children’s Book Day; Bravo’s Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi in conversation with her editor, Tamar Brazis; Stevie Van Zandt, who did a live interview with his editor, Ben Greenman, and audience Q&A; and the bestselling children’s book author Brian Selznick, who closed the show.
Press coverage came from the New York Times, AP, Washington Post Book World, Oprah Daily and more, in addition to global trade coverage in Publishing Perspectives, The Bookseller, Library Journal, BookBrunch and others.
All content—speeches, industry and buzz panels, author panels and exhibit halls—are available for show attendees and new registrants on-demand through August 31, 2021 at the U.S. Book Show digital platform.
U.S. Book Show – https://usbookshow.com
BuzzBooks.com – https://buzzbooks.com
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