Event Details


2018 Schedule and Panel Descriptions



Opening Session – Details coming soon

(10:15 – 10:45am)


Panel members:



Panel #1 – The Historical Perspective

(11:00am – 11:45pm)

Many authors bring their extensive knowledge about history and culture to their books. Learn more about how to explore those topics and what the authors hope you will take away.

Panel members: Tilar Mazzeo, Tatjana Soli, Amy Stewart

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Panel #2 – The Personal Perspective

(11:00am – 11:45)

Authors often bring their own unique experiences to their writings.  How do we talk about books when the author’s personal experience is introduced.

Panel members: Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Casey Gerald, Lydia Kiesling, Neel Patel, Cherise Wolas

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Lunch With an Author

12:00 – 12:40 (Lunch #1)
12:45 – 1:25 (Lunch #2)

Pick up a box lunch and find an author you would like to get to know better. Each author table seats 9.


Sales Reps Make the best Book Group Suggestions

12:00 – 12:40 (Lunch #2)
12:45 – 1:25 (Lunch #1)

Who is closest to the source of what the next big book will be? Who knows what book the industry is buzzing about? That would be the publishers’ sales representatives. We want you to meet them and find out about the latest books and what the industry is buzzing about!

Panel members: Amy Comito, Wade Lucas, Steven Atinsky,


The Social Perspective 

(1:30pm – 2:15pm)

How do we look at topical issues in fiction?  Social and political commentary is finding a prominent voice in books. How do we talk about and learn from the issues raised by the authors?

Panel Members: Christina Dalcher, James Frey, Stephen Markley, Shobha Rao

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Closing Session and Final Book Buying Opportunity

(2:15pm – 3:30pm)

How important is the book club market to publishers? How do publishers, editors, agents, and other industry professionals define a book group book? What do you want to know about how a book group book is identified, marketed, and promoted? Join us for our conversation with the experts about the journey of a book group book.

How do we enrich our book club discussions?  There are many creative ways to make a book club meeting engaging and original.  Lets have some fun!

This is a great time to share and exchange books and thoughts about the day.

Thank you for attending BABS 2018!