After operating in separate venues in 2018, BookExpo and the New York Rights Fair have announced that they will join together in New York City’s Javits Center in 2019.
Similar to 2018, the New York Rights Fair will run concurrently with BookExpo, which is currently set for May 29-31. BookCon will take place immediately after BookExpo, June 1-2, at the Javits.
In its first year, the NYRF was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Following the multiyear agreement signed this June between BookExpo and the NYRF for the joint management of New York Rights Fair, however, the decision was made to move NYRF to BookExpo’s home at the Javits.
In making the move to Javits, the NYRF will serve as the International Rights Center at BookExpo and will be held in the River Pavilion. Together, BookExpo, BookCon and NYRF will serve every aspect of the book business from rights to reader, said executives at BookExpo and NYRF.
“For the New York publishing houses and their international counterparts, having an easy, efficient central hub in which to meet will magnify the business opportunities that BookExpo and New York Rights Fair seek to encourage,” said George Slowik, Jr., president of NYRF and co-owner of Publishers Weekly.
“Books are driving some of the most successful content for film and streaming platforms. We are excited to be working with New York Rights Fair to meet the needs of our domestic and international publishers in the heart of New York City, the publishing hub of the world,” said Ed Several, senior v-p of BookExpo.
“With this valuable addition, the reimagined BookExpo will be able to deliver a holistic platform to launch the hottest new titles and authors, feature cutting-edge trends and impact every part of our customers’ businesses. This industry is vibrant and growing, and we look forward to building an event together to support and celebrate that.”