Last June, I attended two events: BookExpo/BookCon held May 31-June 4 at the Javits Center in New York City, and the American Library Association Annual Conference (ALAAC), held June 22-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Both events cater to passionate readers of books and related media, although of different demographics. BookExpo is a publishing trade show, attended by booksellers, a few librarians, authors, and publishers. BookCon is a consumer show, catering mostly to young women. ALAAC serves librarians, offering professional development training as well as a show floor selling books and related library products. (They had a maker space showcasing all sorts of cool tech to promote STEAM learning, as well as digital scanners!)
I go to all three shows with different agendas, as each has a different vibe and purpose.
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