Book Expo America 2007
by Elaine Watkins
This year's African-American Pavilion was a force to be reckoned with at the Book Expo America and The Urban Book Source was there to capture it all.
Making its debut at the 2004 BEA in Chicago, the African-American Pavilion has grown to exhibit more than double the amount of original participants. Executive Director of the Pavilion, Tony Rose, credits the growth to a surge in entrepreneurship amongst young black authors who account for more than one third of exhibitors.
But this isn't your average book fair. Attendance by industry publishers, marketing executives, booksellers, editors, authors and publicists make BEA a unique networking event. It is an event where talent shines and deals are made. Best-selling author Relentless Aaron, credits his deal with St. Martins Press to a connection made at a BEA event.
While still harboring a strong street lit presence,the Pavilion this year has gained more representation from black authors of self-help and main-stream literature. This is a direct correlation to the broader acceptance of different genres written by black authors for readers from all walks of life. The African-American Book Industry Professionals Reception was a good indicator of this, with special guests like Walter Mosley, Charles Rangel, Teri Woods, Zane, Apprentice star Randal Pinkett, Supermodel Alec and plenty more.
Elaine Watkins is the Editor-in-Chief of The Urban Book Source.
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