Publishing Heavyweights and Insiders to Convene in New York

Speakers Announced for the 2024 #USBookShow

NEW YORK—April 25, 2024—Top publishing industry movers and shakers will convene at the U.S. Book Show, the marquee event for publishing professionals, in New York on May 22, 2024. The day opens with a CEO Roundtable featuring Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster; Aman Kochar, Baker & Taylor; Mary McAveney, Abrams; and Peter Warwick, Scholastic. The CEO Roundtable will be moderated by McKinsey’s global editorial director, Lucia Rahilly. TikTok star Vivian Tu will give the closing keynote, “Securing Your Financial Future on Any Budget,” a talk about making the most of any salary level. Best known as Your Rich BFF, Tu has six million social media followers and is the author of Rich AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life (Portfolio, 2023).

Industry leaders tackle “The X Factor,” a panel about people skills and navigating professional relationships. Panelists include Reagan Arthur, publisher, Alfred A. Knopf; Dawn Davis, SVP and publisher of 37 Ink and executive editor of the Simon & Schuster imprint; Sally Kim, president and publisher, Little, Brown; Dominique Raccah, CEO, Sourcebooks; and Todd Shuster, co-CEO, Aevitas. Macmillan’s Sonali Goel, senior director, talent & development, will moderate.

Agents and editors meet to discuss best practices for success in “All About Auctions,” moderated by Ivan Held, president of Putnam, Dutton and Berkley. “Great Expectations, a panel of agents, editors and publishers moderated by literary agent Tanya McKinnon, discusses how to work better together to boost productivity, profitability and well-being.  

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) take center stage in “Kicking Down the Gates,” with Ayesha Pande, Pande Literary; Porscha Burke, Penguin Random House; Joy Peskin, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers; and Talia Krohn, Little, Brown Spark. Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency will moderate.

Other highlights of the daylong professional development and networking conference include “Getting Started with AI,” with Keith Riegert, publisher of Ulysses Press and NYU professor; a discussion of “Acquisitions P&L” with Clare O’Rourke, CFO of Macmillan; “Contracts and Copyright” with Hachette’s Janet Saines-Cardozo, VP, head of contracts; and an executive panel about the all-important sales function and the bridge between creativity and commerce moderated by Kristin Fassler, SVP, integrated marketing strategy, the Knopf Doubleday Group.

In all, the show features 12 panels and the closing keynote, culminating in a much anticipated cocktail party for networking and schmoozing sponsored by Spotify.

Publishers Weekly is uniquely positioned to bring together people in all facets of the publishing industry,” said Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director of Publishers Weekly. “We’re thrilled to be working alongside the AALA and have had an incredibly warm reception from the industry. We’re especially delighted to have sold out available sponsorships. Publishers big and small have committed to participating by sending staff, and everyone is excited to be gathering for a day of education and connection.”

The U.S. Book Show, founded in 2021 by Publishers Weekly, takes place on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center in New York, hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies and presented by Publishers Weekly and the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA).

Early bird discounts are available at the U.S. Book Show website, and AALA members receive preferential pricing, when registering before April 30, 2024. Space is limited and expected to sell out.

Sponsorships are sold out. Questions may be directed to Cevin Bryerman, cbryerman@publishersweekly.com or +1-917-941-1879.

Please direct all general questions to eventsupport@publishersweekly.com.

Members of the media may apply for media accreditation on the U.S. Book Show Press page. A limited number of press badges will be issued for the event to those who cover the publishing industry.

Note: The event will not be livestreamed.

For more information, contact Christi Cassidy, +1-917-217-4269, ccassidy@publishersweekly.com.

About Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded 150 years ago in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes 10 e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and semimonthly supplement), Publishers Weekly en Español (in partnership with Lantia), two blogs, podcasts, a mobile edition, digital editions and apps; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually. In conjunction with the Sharjah Book Fair, the magazine is also published in an Arabic edition.

About AALA

The Association of American Literary Agents has been a leading force in furthering the interests of agents, authors and other rights holders. Through regular educational programming, community-building initiatives and advocating for agents and authors alike, the volunteer-run organization is dedicated to helping our members maintain and broaden their professional skills in a fast-changing publishing environment.

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