Press Release

BookExpo and AAP Announce Leadership Lineup for Panels and Roundtables

CEOs of Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, and Copyright Alliance to share their insights

Norwalk, CT & Washington DC – April 19, 2018; Reed Exhibitions and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are pleased to announce two blockbuster CEO panels during BookExpo 2018, highlighting some of the most influential voices in the industry on the subjects of publishing trends and policy issues. BookExpo 2018 takes place at the Javits Center in New York May 30 – June 1, 2018.

Leadership Roundtable: Publishers on Publishing

This roundtable will feature chief executive officers from top publishing houses, including Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House; Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster; and John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan in a powerhouse presentation that will surely be a highlight of BookExpo. Together, these leaders will reflect on industry trends, market highlights, and the power and responsibilities of publishers as global, corporate citizens. Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of Association of American Publishers, will moderate. This event is open to all BookExpo attendees and exhibitors, and will take place Thursday, May 31, 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Downtown Stage.

State of the Industry: Publishing and Copyright Policy

This panel will be moderated by Associated Press publishing reporter Hillel Italie, and will feature some of the most influential voices in copyright policy: Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers; Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild; and Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance. This heavyweight team will explore the equities of copyright law as they relate to authors, publishers, and other aspects of the public interest, from the promise of global digital commerce to the evolving legal landscape in the courts and on Capitol Hill. This event will also be open to all BookExpo attendees and exhibitors, and will take place Wednesday, May 30, 10 am– 10:50 am, 1E12.

“We are thrilled to work with the AAP to welcome these influential voices to BookExpo for enlightening discussions,” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President, BookExpo. “Hearing the leading experts discuss the most important topics in publishing will provide our audience with invaluable takeaways they can use to better their own businesses and further reinforce our effort to reimagine BookExpo into the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America.”

“This panel is a celebration of the publishing industry at the year’s most important event for our community,” said Marisa Bluestone, Senior Director, Communications, Association of American Publishers. “AAP is thrilled to work closely with BookExpo to bring what’s sure to be an interesting set of conversations with some of the publishing industry’s top leaders.”

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BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is designed to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).


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