“The current changing media scene leaves many questioning the relevance of books and even the written word in the 21st century. One annual, national event proves again that that question is essentially, on its face, irrelevant.”
- Rainbow Book Fair
Longest Running LGBT Book Fair to be Held In NYC March 2014
With eBook sales records increasing by over 100 percent each year (think “in the thousands”), queer authors and LGBTQ-inclusive publishers are feeling the love from their readers now more than ever, and it’s much easier for new work or new authors be discovered somewhere in the vast ethers of the Interwebz.
Digital media and ease of eBook acquisition has stimulated eager readers rather than extinguishing them.
The folks in charge of the Rainbow Book Fair have seen that exponentially mind-blowing industry shift firsthand, and they’re here to continue to celebrate it in the LGBTQ publishing space.
Are you an indie author? Looking to get into the publishing game? Love reading and books in general? Then make trade shows and book fair events like this your new go-to location, especially for networking and finding your literary tribe.
The crew is gearing up for next year’s event, and at this time there are ample spaces available for authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees.
Because they’re still in the nascent stages of setting up for 2014, we’ve gathered together some information from their past events to provide you with a little look-see:
6th ANNUAL NEW YORK RAINBOW BOOK FAIR FAIR:
Longest Running LGBT Book Fair in the U.S.
Saturday, MARCH 29, 2014
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W. 57th Street,
(between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Rainbow Book Fair Announces Readers & Panels
National in its reach and scope, over 100 exhibitors, authors, poets and publishers will share one floor in one enormous exhibition ballroom. Appearances, panels, and readings will be held a short flight up from the exhibition hall in a suite of meeting rooms. All areas are wheel chair accessible. Some events will have ASL interpretation.
Although over 1000 attendees will come to see and sample thousands of printed works, including, book, plays, poetry, periodicals, comic books, graphic novels, and photography books, the hallmarks of the Rainbow Book Fair are the panels, appearances and readings featured every year, throughout the day of the event.
The Rainbow Book Fair has never shied away from news-makers and controversy.
The Rainbow Book Fair prides itself on its deep commitment to diversity and the real examination of current topics and themes.
Many attendees come to the Rainbow Book Fair for only one reason: The Poetry Salon. This year the Salon will be curated and over 75 poets will be reading nonstop.
With a full day of literary offerings of this range of scope, it is clear that this years Fair will be another event for the history books.
The Rainbow Book Fair is presented under the aegis of The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at The Graduate Center CUNY, and headed by a steering committee and sponsored by publishers, writers and local businesses.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.RainbowBookFair.com.