Authors, book lovers gather at national expo

Susan Martin and Marianne Seiler, information resources and service specialists at Penn State Schuylkill, attended Book Expo America 2015, held at the Javits Convention Center in New York. They won tickets from “Unshelved,” a library oriented comic strip, written by Gene Ambaum and illustrated by Bill Barnes.



BEA is the largest event in North America. This year more than 600 authors attended, including personalities such as Nathan Lane, Kunal Nayyar (Raj from Big Bang Theory), James Patterson, John Grisham and “Today” show personality Al Roker. BEA offered content and digital forums on state-of-the-art digital technologies by IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), Global Market Forum introducing Chinese Publishing, uPublishU, APA and Bloggers conferences.IMG_20150529_125628509-1

Martin and Seiler were chosen to attend the BEA Authors Librarian Luncheon featuring Tama Janowitz, Scream (Dey Street, HarperCollins); Barry Moser, We Were Brothers Once (Algonquin/Workman), Stephanie Clifford, Everybody Rise (St. Martins Press/Macmillan); Vu Tran, Dragonfish, A Novel (W.W. Norton); Annie Barrows, The Truth According to Us (The Dial Press/Penguin Random House) and Mary-Louise Parker, Dear Mr. You (Scribner/Simon & Schuster). The authors’ talks were inspirational and humorous, focusing on the influence libraries and librarians had on their lives, and how imperative it is to support libraries.


photos by Seiler and Martin

BEA is already planning next year’s event, which will be held in McCormick Place, Chicago, May 11-13, 2016. If given the opportunity, take time and attend Book Expo America. — Marianne Seiler, Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill