BookExpo 2020 finally cancelled

UPDATE: BookExpo 2020 has been called off. for its original dates in May and rescheduled to be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York from July 22-24.

The event was rescheduled to July from its original dates in May but has now finally been cancelled.

Event director Jennifer Martin says, ‘We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of Covid-19 in New York and around the country. Following the guidance of health officials, we are now complying with the State’s request that large gatherings be postponed to ensure the well-being of everyone involved with our event.

‘Our hearts go out to our entire community, every individual person and business impacted by the Covid-19 virus, and all of you who rely on and look forward to this event each year. From authors who have had to cancel book tours, to bookstores who have made difficult and courageous choices to keep their customers and employees safe. We stand with you and we will do everything we can in the coming weeks to highlight your work, so that as a community we can come together and support you.

UPDATE: 2020 tickets will be automatically refunded.

Penguin Random House pulled out of Book Expo earlier this week and the company said it would not be attending a rescheduled conference and show.

BookExpo is organised by ReedPop, which is part of Reed Exhibitions which also runs the London Book Fair. The LBF was cancelled this year less than a week before it was due to run from March 10-12.

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