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Portland, OR

Feb. 9 – 11, 2017
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2017

Washington, DC

Feb. 8 – 11

The largest literary conference in North America, with 12,000 attendees and 800 exhibitors. Unfortunately, this conflicted with PubWest in 2017; no conflict in 2018 or 2019 (Tampa, Mar. 7 – 10 and Portland Mar 27 – 31, respectively).
Public Lands Alliance 2017

Re-named (formerly Association of Partners for Public Lands, or APPL), this show alternates between eastern and western U.S. each year.

Arlington, VA

Feb. 12 - 16
Toy Fair 2017

New York, NY

Feb. 18 - 21

Campus Market Expo 2017 (CAMEX)

Salt Lake City, UT

Mar. 3 - 7

For the second time, CAMEX (3,000 college store buyers) will co-present with the Art Materials World show of the International Art Materials Association, the top show for books on art instruction. A two-fer worth looking at, especially since it’s in the West this year.

SIBA in the Springtime 2017

Atlanta, GA

Mar. 7

This one-day education event by Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) had planned a merger with the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS), but after a twenty-year run, GABBS has been terminated. However, the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings & Holiday Market Show is still the same weekend.

Natural Products Expo 2017

Anaheim, CA

Mar. 9 - 12

Enormous show, draws buyers of natural, organic, and healthy lifestyle products.
Ed Expo 2017

Las Vegas, NV

Mar. 15 – 17

Sponsored by the Education Market Association, this is a marketplace for educational materials outside of public schools: home schooling, tutoring, learning centers.
London Book Fair 2017

London, UK

Mar. 14 - 16

This show is moving up a month earlier, to March from now on, and will remain at the Olympia Expo Centre. Key show for international rights, across media.
Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL] Conference 2017

Baltimore, MD

Mar. 22 - 25

Biennial, rotates each spring with Public Library Association [PLA] Show
Licensing Expo 2017

Las Vegas, NV

May 23 – 25

Global brand market gets bigger and bigger. 16,000 attendees. Buying and selling rights and licensed products.
WonderCon 2017

Anaheim, CA

Mar. 31 – April 2

Comic-Con in July and WonderCon in March are two of the biggest draws for SF and fantasy, graphic novels and licensed products.

Baker & Taylor Vendor Summit 2017

Orlando, FL

Apr. 2 – 4

By invitation only. Face time with Baker & Taylor, Follett Higher Education, and Follett School Solutions executives.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2017

Bologna, Italy

Apr. 3 - 6

The largest international children's book fair. Great for selling sub rights and buying packaged titles.
Museum Store Association Conference & Expo 2017

Pittsburgh, PA

Apr. 21 - 24

ABC (All Baby and Child) Expo 2017

San Antonio, TX

May 1 - 3

6,000 buyers and 1,000 exhibitors of juvenile products, one of the fastest-growing shows. Also a fall expo.
National Stationery Show

New York, NY

May 21 - 24

BookExpo America (BEA) 2017

New York, NY

May 31 – June 2

Back at the Javits this year, and after Memorial Day weekend. Continues to morph into more of a consumer show.

To reserve your space in the PubWest booth block, contact Kent Watson.

Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Annual Meeting

Austin, TX

June 11 - 13

American Library Association Annual Convention (ALA)

Chicago, IL

June 22 - 27

UNITE 2017

June 27 – 30

Cincinnati, OH

International convention of the Christian product industry sponsored by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail.
Denver Publishing Institute 2017

Denver, CO

July 9 – Aug. 4

Four-week summer school
Comic-Con 2017

San Diego, CA

July 20-23

Over 130,000 attendees; consumer show.

Or look for a local “Con” at,,, or

Superzoo 2017

Las Vegas, NV

July 24-27

11,000 attendees at the largest pet industry show.
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

Salt Lake City, UT

July 25 - 29

Also Winter Market in January
NY Now Summer 2017 Market

New York, NY

Aug. 19 - 23

Also late January, 2018, dates TBA

Formerly New York International Gift Fair

More than fifty major and many smaller gift shows are held in the U.S. each year; search for shows in your state or region at or
GenCon 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Aug. 4 – 7

North America’s largest and longest running consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure gaming convention. Over 200,000 consumers last year.
Farwest Trade Show 2017

Portland, OR

Aug. 23 - 25

Sell your gardening titles to 6,000 attendees from West Coast nurseries.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Los Angeles, CA

July 7 – 10

Also a February 2018 conference in New York City. These events bring together big name authors and illustrators in children’s books along with agents, art directors and editors. Usually sells out.
Interbike 2017

Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 20 - 22

All things cycling.
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 13 – 16


(There are nine associations and eight shows)

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)

New Orleans, LA

Sept. 15 – 17

In New Orleans for a second year
New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA)

Providence, RI

Sept. 18 - 20

In Providence for a second year
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA)

Cherry Hill, NJ

Oct. 6 - 8

Pacific Northwest Independent Booksellers Association (PNBA)

Red Lion, Jantzen Beach, OR

Oct. 8 - 10

Heartland Fall Forum (GLBA and MBA)

The Westin, Lombard, IL

Oct. 11 - 13 /

Mountains and Plains Discovery Show (MPIBA)

Denver, CO

Oct. 12

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA)

San Francisco, CA

Oct. 19

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA)

Pomona, CA

Oct. 27

New York Comic Con 2017

Javits Center, New York, NY

Oct. 5 - 8

This show as well as C2E2: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and Emerald City Comic Con (Seattle) are presented by Reed Expositions and not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).
Frankfurt International Book Fair 2017

Frankfurt, Germany

Oct. 11 – 15

Founded in 1454, shortly after Gutenberg developed his press in Mainz, 44 km away. Over 7,000 exhibitors. In 2017, France will be the honored guest.
Bouchercon (World Mystery Convention) 2017

Toronto, ON

Oct. 12 - 15

Western Literature Association 2017

Oct. 25 – 28

Minneapolis, MN

Theme is “Sweet Land, Mighty Waters”
CALCON (Colorado Association of Libraries) 2017

Loveland, CO

Oct. 12 – 14

This state association will celebrate its 125th anniversary at this conference.

Your state and regional library association can be found at

Western History Association (WHA) 2017

San Diego, CA

Nov. 1 – 4

World Fantasy Convention 2017

San Antonio, TX

Nov. 2 - 5

Chicago International Remainder and Overstock Book Expo (CIROBE) 2017

Chicago, IL

Oct. 20 – 22

Now at Navy Pier, and with GABB gone, the largest marketplace for overstocks and remainders.

Wordstock 2017

Portland, OR

Nov. 11

This twelve-year-old consumer book festival relaunched as a one-day event with celebrity authors at eight different venues.

Many other cities and states, from Las Vegas to Miami, have local consumer book festivals, generally held in the fall; search online for events in your region.

Guadalajara Book Fair 2017

Guadalajara, Mexico

Nov. 25 – Dec. 3

Madrid will be the guest of honor.

Guadalajara is the largest fair for Spanish-language books in Latin America.

A good calendar of international fairs is at

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018

Salt Lake City, UT

Jan. 8 – 9

Also Summer Market
Creativation 2018

Phoenix, AZ

January, dates TBA

New name for the annual conference of the Craft & Hobby Association; 3,100 buyers in the crafts market.

Winter Fancy Food Show 2018

San Francisco, CA

Jan. 22 – 24

33,000 tastemakers at the largest specialty food trade event in North America
PubWest 2018

Westin Pasadena

February 15 – 17, 2018

NY Now

Javits Center, New York, NY

Late January, 2018

Formerly New York International Gift Fair
Winter Institute (American Booksellers Association) 2018

Location TBA

Late January, 2018

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting (ALA Midwinter) 2018

Denver, CO

Feb. 9 - 13

The Midwinter Meeting comes back to Seattle in 2019


Pasadena, CA

Feb. 15 - 17, 2018

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