This week, the literary and publishing community gathers on the West Side for the annual event that is Bookexpo America, known as BEA. This annual industry conference also doubles as a gathering of author-celebrities and prominent literati. After the day's trade events, book signings and speaking events, the festive atmosphere migrates downtown for a series of parties thrown by publishing houses and literary magazines. BEA and its accompanying social events is the latest iteration of a tradition that combines bookselling with creative fêtes, which began over a century-and-a-half ago in New York.
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