U.S. Book Show Announces Continued Partnership and Focus On Education for Publishing Professionals

Registration Now Open for the #USBOOKSHOW 2024 Conference

NEW YORK—March 6, 2024—On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Publishers Weekly and the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA) will present the U.S. Book Show: A Conference for Publishing Professionals as an in-person educational conference for agents, editors, marketers and book publishing professionals. Hosted by Publishers Weekly and the Association of American Literary Agents, the much-anticipated event to be held at NYU’s Kimmel Center in New York City will bring the industry together for continuing education, discussion of emerging trends and networking to foster relationships within the publishing community. Advance registration is now open.

Last year’s in-person portion of the conference brought in hundreds of professionals and featured a keynote by James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble, workshops and thought-provoking panels helmed by respected agents, editors and experts. Topics ranged from copyright to auctions, metadata to audiobooks, bestsellers to burnout.

In 2024, the conference will address emerging technologies and the AI landscape, diversity, publisher consolidation and growth opportunities as well as diving into bread-and-butter issues that can affect daily effectiveness and careers. Programming information will be released in the coming weeks as speakers and topics are confirmed.

Publishers Weekly is thrilled to partner with the AALA on presenting a thoughtful program focused on moving our shared industry forward with a meaningful exchange of ideas and information,” said Cevin Bryerman, CEO and publisher of Publishers Weekly. “While this year we will move away from the show’s original concept of focusing on forthcoming books, we are certain that this program fills an industry void and will bring people together to learn and to network.”

“The AALA is incredibly excited to be pioneering with PW a new vision of the U.S. Book Show where fostering an exchange of ideas, education and community for literary agents and the publishing community are at the forefront,” said AALA president Jennifer Weltz. “It’s about time we all came together to ignite enthusiasm for our beloved business of books.”

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.

Limited sponsorships are available. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact 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, and it will not be recorded for later viewing.

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.