Donations Sought for Silent Art Auction at BookExpo

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The American Booksellers Association’s ABC Children’s Group and the Children’s Book Council are bringing back the annual Silent Art Auction at BookExpo, and artwork is being solicited now. The artwork submission form is available here.

Susannah Richards, professor and children’s literature advocate, has signed on to organize the auction again this year. Illustrators are invited to donate artwork through April 15, and publishers are encouraged to share the request for donations with illustrators.

The Silent Art Auction, which benefits the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) and Every Child a Reader, will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Javits South Concourse on May 30, 2018. This year’s auction will honor beloved children’s book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan.

Illustrators are welcome to donate any original art of their own, or artwork that celebrates Bryan and his body of work.

Preceding the Silent Art Auction will be the 2018 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards ceremony. Co-hosts Selina Aiko and Sean Qualls, who wrote a letter to encourage art donations, will announce this year’s winning books. Voting for the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards opened March 1. 

Registration for BookExpo 2018 is now open. The annual trade show, which will feature a variety of programming for ABA members, will be held from Wednesday, May 30, through Friday, June 1, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

To receive a free badge to the show, booksellers at ABA member stores will need to provide an ABA member ID number during the BookExpo registration process. Booksellers who don’t know their ABA member ID number should send a request with their name, title, and store name to [email protected] or call (800) 637-0037, ext. 7536.

Thanks to a significant financial commitment from Reed Exhibitions, ABA member booksellers can reserve rooms at the 2018 Hotel ABA — The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel — at a rate of $200 per night, including all taxes and fees (a $33 per night added value). The ABA member hotel rate is available for the nights of Sunday, May 27, through Sunday, June 3, 2018; however, the room block is limited and reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The New Yorker Hotel is located at 481 Eighth Avenue in New York City, between 34th and 35th Streets. To access Hotel ABA reservation information, booksellers will need a BookWeb username and password (e-mail [email protected] for login details). The deadline to get this rate is May 14 or when the block sells out, whichever comes first.

Watch Bookselling This Week for announcements about ABA programming at BookExpo. General questions about registration should be addressed to the BookExpo customer service team at [email protected].