Conferences are now getting canceled faster than the Dixie Chicks after they criticized George H W Bush. Virtually every public event in May has been canceled, and now Book Expo America is taking a breather.
Reedpop sent out an email Thursday afternoon, announcing that this year Book Expo America would be delayed until July.
After many hours of conversation, we have decided to postpone BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon from May to July 22-26 at the Javits Center. We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York and around the country. Following the guidance of health officials, we are now complying with the State’s request that large gatherings be postponed to ensure the well-being of everyone involved with our event.
For as long as I have been covering the book publishing industry, Book Expo America has always been held at the end of May or beginning of June. For a while there it was accompanied by one or more conferences, but even when it wasn't one could still block out the same couple weeks every year for going to, being in, and coming home from New York City.
Not this year, however.
Now we're going to have to go to NYC in July. No offense to its residents, but the city was hardly bearable in May; in July it is going to be both hotter and more humid.
I for one will be wearing shorts when I go; how about you?