Follett School Solutions, the K-12 division sold by parent Follett Corporation to Francisco Partners at the beginning of September, announced that it will close its school book fair business: “Due to the pandemic, Follett School Solutions has made the difficult decision to exit the Follett Book Fair business, effective November 15, 2021,” the company said in a brief statement. They added, “On this date, we will also pause our eFair business and will reevaluate this offering in the future.” CEO Britten Follett indicated to SLJ they have been getting as many as 50 cancellations a week and “there was no real […]
The American Booksellers Association is planning on convening a live Winter Institute 17 (aka Wi2022) in Cincinnati, from February 13 to February 16, and will open to registration on September 20. Vaccination will be required for attendance, though the organization is still determining “an appropriate screening method.” Along with that policy, “Due to COVID-related issues such as government mandates and social distancing, ABA has made the difficult decision to limit our attendance to North American attendees.” Attendees will need to pay careful attention to hotel and travel cancellation policies; as for the ABA’s attendance fees, refunds “will only be offered […]
After an abrupt postponement right before its planned start on August 25, the Beijing International Book Fair announced that it will proceed, running from September 14 through September 18. As previously planned, they will run a digital edition in parallel with the live fair. The BIBF International Publishing Forum is set to open on September 12, with much of the focus on technology and the education and STM professional publishing sectors.
The world is not ready for big indoor gatherings yet. The Beijing Book Fair is the latest event to reckon with reality. Scheduled to begin tomorrow, August 25, the organizers posted a cancellation notice: “Due to strict pandemic prevention and control measures adopted currently, the organizing committee of the Beijing International Book Fair announces that the 28th BIBF originally scheduled on 25th to 29th August will be postponed to a later date. The organizing committee will closely follow the progress of pandemic prevention and control in Beijing and release the latest information regarding the 28th BIBF as soon as possible.”
Bouchercon, the annual crime fiction event, had planned on convening live again in New Orleans from August 25 through August 29. But with the spread of the Delta variant, and high infection rates in Louisiana in particular, organizers announced by email that the event has been cancelled. The show, which travels every year, will revisit New Orleans in 2025. The Anthony Awards will still be held, with more information to follow “in the next few weeks.” But there will be no broader pivot to a full virtual conference, since “the planning and cost is prohibitive.” The organization will provide full […]
The Frankfurt Book Fair has updated their expectations for admittance to this year’s show. While subject to change given the prevailing state requirements in October, “currently [visitors] must show documentation confirming that they are fully vaccinated, or that they have been tested for Covid-19 and are negative.” (It doesn’t say anything about fairground employees, however. Approximately 39 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated now.) Separately, FBF also notes that, “There will be clear rules regarding face masks at the book fair. They will be adapted to the current situation and announced shortly before the event.”