BookExpo America, (BEA) North America’s foremost publishing event featuring the latest in print and digital book publishing began yesterday, May 27, in New York.
China is the guest of honour for the global market forum part of the conference. The country has sent along a high ranking delegation of top publishing professionals, internationally acclaimed authors, and senior government officials in an effort to widen and deepen the cultural and business ties between the world’s two largest publishing markets. “This is the most significant foreign delegation that we have ever hosted at America’s largest publishing convention”, said Steven Rosato, BEA’s Show Director. "We are honoured to welcome China and we look forward to making this a rewarding experience for everyone involved."
Tom Allen, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, said. “American publishers welcome our Chinese counterparts to BookExpo America. We look forward to professional conversations that can deepen mutual understanding of publishing in our respective countries and expand opportunities for new business ventures,”
Many of China's leading publishing houses are eager to develop a strong presence internationally. Several of the largest Chinese publishing corporations, including Phoenix Publishing and Media Company, China Publishing Group (CPG), and China Education and Media Group (CEMG) are participating in BEA's professional programme. Also, major service organisations such as China National Publishing Import and Export Company (CNPIEC) are attending to facilitate a professional exchange between international players and Chinese publishers, distributors, libraries and educational institutions.
The delegation of pre-eminent Chinese authors includes Mai Jia, who publishes in English for Farrar Straus & Giroux, and Chi Zijian, who is preparing a translation for Harvill Secker.
During all the three coming days of BookExpo America professional debates will be held to explore the dynamic growth in Chinese publishing. Forums will highlight the expanding international ambitions of the Chinese publishing and media industry; a comparison of digital developments in American and Chinese publishing; recent trends and success stories in literary translation; as well as educational publishing and reading promotion.
For more information about the China Market Forum at BEA click here.