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BREAKING: BookExpo 2020 Postponed

The team behind BookExpo 2020 have announced that this year’s event has been postponed from May to July 22-26 at the Javits Center. After “closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York and around the country”, for the safety of both staff and attendees, the convention will not go ahead in May as planned.

Our hearts go out to our entire community, every individual person and business impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you who rely on and look forward to this event each year. From authors who have had to cancel book tours, to bookstores who have made difficult and courageous choices to keep their customers and employees safe. We stand with you and we will do everything we can in the coming weeks to highlight your work, so that as a community we can come together and support you.

 

BookExpo is the Oscars of the publishing world, the book version of Comic Con, the biggest event in the industry’s calendar. It is an annual event and the #1 book conference and trade show. According to their website, it’s “where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.”

Thankfully, the event is not canceled (like so many others), rather pushed back to a date likely to be less affected by the current pandemic. The organizers have stated that this change of date does not require any further action by attendees, as the tickets will automatically be transferred to the new dates.

We look forward to seeing all that BookExpo 2020 will bring, even if it is a little later than expected.

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Literary Master Toni Morrison Passes Away

Toni Morrison, celebrated author of at least 30 books, has passed away, the BBC reports today.

 

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Morrison’s most famous novels include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, and Beloved won both the Pulitzer Prize and The American Book Award in 1988. Morrison won more than 30 across her 40 year writing career, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, Commander of the Arts and Letters, Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and honors from several prominent universities. Morrison is quoted, as well, on The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

 

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Toni receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, April of 2012 | Image via BBC News

 

Toni Morrison was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years before becoming a professor at Princeton, and held teaching positions at many prestigious universities, including Yale, Bard, and Rutgers.

Morrison’s death was confirmed by her family this morning, after a brief illness. She leaves behind a sorrowful family and a monumental legacy of massive contribution to the literary cannon. Toni’s words were an inspiration for women and people of color across the world.

Morrison was 88, and passed away peacefully in her sleep. She will be missed dearly.

 

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