Due to the escalation of COVID-19 globally, Reed Exhibitions has today announced that the next edition of BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon will now take place in the spring of 2021.
Initially, we were optimistic that our events could run in late July. However, as the pandemic has continued to escalate in the United States and we see the challenges it has brought for the book industry, it is clear that 2020 is no longer a viable option for this community.
We have worked closely with the venue, hotel community and contractors to identify workable new dates. Unfortunately, the available options do not meet the necessary criteria to support the business needs of our industry. This led us to make the difficult decision to wait until 2021 to deliver a vibrant BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon.
While we cannot move forward with a physical event in 2020, we are finding new and different ways to connect our exhibitors, attendees and readers to celebrate books virtually, and we look forward to coming back stronger in 2021. We stand with you and we will do everything we can in the coming months to highlight your business, bring our community together and support you.
Your tickets for the 2020 event will be automatically refunded. No action is required on your end.
To all of our fans and customers – our hearts are with you and we thank you for your patience and support as we all navigate these challenging times.
While the physical BookExpo, Unbound and BookCon events will not occur in 2020, they are finding new and different ways to connect with exhibitors, attendees and readers to celebrate books virtually. ReedPop recently produced a BookCon Read-A-Thon, which offered readers a front row seat to live author readings of their work and discussions, each to benefit independent bookstores through donations to the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign. More information on BookCon’s Read-A-Thon can be found at www.BookCon.com.