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Publicity Speed Dating 2018
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Booksellers and publishers will spend the day meeting each other during 15 minute private sessions.

When: Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
Where: Caroline's Comedy Club
1626 Broadway
New York, New York  10019
United States
Contact: Eileen Dengler

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NAIBA's annual publicity speed dating is COMPLETELY FULL. You can email Eileen at NAIBA to be put on a waiting list.

Thursday, February 1 at Caroline's Comedy Club in NYC.

Throughout the day, booksellers will visit up to 25 different publisher imprints to introduce their store and book author events.

Event includes a free webinar two weeks before so you can prepare the best press kit and impress the publishers. A bonus webinar has been added this year to prepare you for the conversations with publicists.

Limited spots are available, so sign up quickly.

Open only to current NAIBA member stores.

Hachette would like to host a post-event social to introduce you to some of their authors. I hope you can work your travel plans to attend. It would be from 4:30-6:30pm. Please let us know on the registration form if you can or cannot make it so we'll know if we have enough guests to proceed.

Featured authors:

Featured Luncheon Speaker:

Jen Beagin’s debut novel PRETEND I’M DEAD (Scribner, on-sale May 15, 2018) – is a bold, surprising, and wonderfully strange story focusing on a mesmerizing and unexpected character, Mona – a 24 year old cleaning houses in Massachusetts.


Mona has an impeccable “dirt radar” – she’s almost drawn to the grimy, the unwanted, and the taboo. While working as a volunteer swapping drug addicts’ dirty needles for clean ones, she falls madly in love with a recipient she calls Mr. Disgusting. They are perfect for each other. She collects vintage vacuums; he collects items he finds in the trash. She snoops around her client’s houses; he snoops in gardens stealing flowers for money. She has baggage with her alcoholic one-armed father; he is twice her age with a crippling drug addiction and will break her heart.

Featured Breakfast Speaker:

LITTLE PANIC: Dispatches from an Anxious Life by Amanda Stern

Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9781538711927

On Sale Date:  JUN 19 2018 

The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to work the way it was supposed to? Deep down, she knows that there's something horribly wrong with her, some defect that her siblings and friends don't have to cope with.


Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she's been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Post Road and St. Ann's Review.



 Featured Luncheon Speaker:

THE BALCONY by Jane Delury

Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 9780316554671

On Sale Date: MAR 27 2018 

What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate-including a manor and a servants' cottage-over the course of several generations, from the Belle Époque to the present day, introducing us to a fascinating cast of characters. A young American au pair develops a crush on her brilliant employer. An ex-courtesan shocks the servants, a Jewish couple in hiding from the Gestapo attract the curiosity of the neighbors, and a housewife begins an affair while renovating her downstairs. Rich and poor, young and old, powerful and persecuted, all of these people are seeking something: meaning, love, a new beginning, or merely survival.



Jane Delury's fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Yale Review, and Glimmer Train. She has received a PEN/O. Henry Prize, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Award, a VCCA fellowship, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. She holds an MA in literary studies from the University of Grenoble, France, and an MA in fiction from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She teaches in the University of Baltimore's MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program.