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Michael Cader & Mike Shatzkin Partner for Publishers Launch Conferences

Michael Cader and Mike Shatzkin will partner up to produce Publishers Launch Conferences, a series of industry educational events. The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and Constellation from the Perseus Books Group have signed on as global sponsors.

The first event, “eBooks Go Global,” will be held in conjunction with this year’s Book Expo America in New York City. The event will focus on eBook business in the United States and how international publishers can compete with North American companies.

Shatzkin gave this quote in the release: “We both see major global opportunities for publishers and booksellers in all languages, regardless of the adoption of digital platforms so far in any particular country. One part of what we’re doing is to help English-language publishers capitalize on these growth markets, and another part is to help others get the greatest value they can from what US and U.K. publishers have already learned.”

Julianne Moore, Jim Lehrer & Mindy Kaling to Host Book Expo America Breakfasts

Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, Emmy-nominated comedian Mindy Kaling, and journalist Jim Lehrer will host breakfast events at this year’s Book Expo America.

Moore, author of picture book Freckleface Strawberry, will preside over the children’s writers’ breakfast. Kaling (a writer at The Office)  and Lehrer (author of both fiction and nonfiction) will host two adult writers’ breakfasts.

Here’s more from the press release: “The other speakers who will be joining the hosts for these popular events include Sarah Dessen, Roger Ebert, Anne Enright, Jefferey Eugenides, Charlaine Harris, Kevin Henkes, Diane Keaton, Erik Larson, and Brian Selznick.  In addition, Katherine Paterson, who is the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be saying a few words at the Children’s Breakfast on behalf of the Children’s Book Council.”

BEA & ALA Will Not Host a Joint Convention

Book Expo America (BEA) and the annual American Library Association’s convention (ALA) will continue to be held as separate events. The two groups had been discussing creating a combined event in the future.

Publishers Weekly broke the news last week: “[A joint] statement called the discussions ‘a positive experience’ and that ‘doors have been opened for other possible collaborative activities between ALA and the American Booksellers Association, the American Association of Publishers and Reed Exhibitions.’”

BEA 2011 is scheduled for May 23-May 26, 2011 in New York City. The ALA’s annual Conference is scheduled for June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.

Oprah Picks Eugenides

PW Daily’s Charlotte Abbott reports that the latest selection of Oprah’s Book Club is MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides. Word that this novel would be Oprah’s next pick trickled out last weekend, as hundreds of booksellers gathered at Book Expo America. Many received their shipments of the $15 paperback last month, and were warned by Picador not to open their cartons until after today’s official announcement on today’s show, which also features Cormac McCarthy‘s first television appearance.

Ron notes that we’re getting better at figuring Oprah out; remember our mid-May speculation?

“So that takes us back to the $15 Picador paperbacks, among which we’ve got Trance (strong possibilities), I Am Charlotte Simmons (heaven help us), Middlesex (left-field, but these days that’d be par for Oprah’s course), The Red Tent (actually $14.95, but perfect for the original book club), and The Corrections (I’m just saying!).”

No wonder they started getting panicky in Chicago when one of those authors took himself out of the running… That isn’t to say we can’t improve; even with the answer staring him in the face, Ron still believed it was going to be Marilynne Robinson‘s Gilead.

Finding Something to Gripe about Greenspan’s BEA Appearance

AP’s Hillel Italie picked up on the story that Alan Greenspan, who will be Book Expo America‘s keynote speaker this year, will be interviewed by NBC newscaster Andrea Mitchell, who also happens to be his wife. And some people, like Politics & Prose co-owner Barbara Meade, are taking issue. “I think it would be pretty awkward for a wife to interview her husband,” she said. Not so, says BEA’s special events director Roger Billheimer. “Sure, she’s his wife, but she’s a smart lady and she’s been around the block. I certainly think this is an opportunity for a stimulating conversation.”

And let’s be honest here: anyone going to BEA expecting anything but softball, overly positives directed at any keystone speaker’s way – not just the former Federal Reserve Director – is in for a rude awakening. Besides, if Mitchell can get her husband off-script even once, that would be the “major coup” Billheimer touts in the PA piece…

Greenspan to be BEA Keynote Speaker

Book Expo America has announced in a press release sent earlier today that former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan will appear as the conference’s Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 1 at 11am. He will be joined by Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News (and Greenspan’s wife), who will interview Dr. Greenspan in a Q & A format. The appearance will, no doubt, help hype Greenspan’s much-buzzed-about (mostly for the gargantuan advance) book THE AGE OF TURBULENCE: ADVENTURES IN A NEW WORLD, which Penguin Press will publish on September 17.

“We are enormously honored that Dr. Greenspan has agreed to appear at BEA,” notes BEA director Lance Fensterman. “Dr. Greenspan is one of the leading figures of the latter half of the 20th Century and his insight, leadership, and impact has affected citizens in the United States and the world at large. We couldn’t be more proud to have this opportunity to host such an accomplished and respected individual and to have his name associated with BEA and our conference program.” But what GalleyCat wants to know is whether the Q&A format will bring out Greenspan’s much-satirized speech format… Meanwhile, Ron has a dollar says the name “Ayn Rand” doesn’t come up once during the entire “interview,” and even money on his saxophone prowess being mentioned.

New BEA Website Goes Live

Book Expo America, which will take place in New York between May 31 and Jun 2, has revamped its website, which went live late last week and is now fully operational. In a press release that went out yesterday, organizers highlight some of the site’s new features, including a new look, easier navigation, a blog from Show Director Lance Fensterman, “headlines from industry leading trade publications” (but so far, GalleyCat has been excluded), and My BEA, an online social networking platform that offers attendees, exhibitors, speakers and press an opportunity to create a personalized show experience.

“Our goal in creating BEA’s new web presence is so that we may serve as a more effective year-round tool in building relationships,” notes Fensterman. “My vision for BEA on the web is to create a platform that extends the reach and relevance of BookExpo America well beyond 3 days in June. Added features such as social networking, dedicated web pages to key attendee groups, and an ever expanding podcasting program are examples or our commitment to serve our industry in new and evolving ways.”

More content, in the form of a dedicated website tailored specifically to BEAs Chinese visitors and an interactive posting board called “BEA STORY” is on the way.

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