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registration desk & exhibits open at 8:00am
join us for coffee & pastries with exhibitors from 8:00am-9:00am


Welcome, Scholarship Presentation, and Keynote Address

Keynote: Strategic AI in Publishing: Risks, Rewards, and Realities

Sponsored by The Fisher Company

In this keynote address, discover the transformative impact of AI on book publishing. Explore AI-driven content creation, marketing, and reader engagement, charting the path to a new era in publishing. Featuring Ana Tomboulian and Vincent Serpico of Decision Tree AI.


Take a Brief Break 


AI: Friend & Foe
Explore the profound implications of AI, delve into its transformative potential, ethical considerations, and its role in shaping the future of publishing. A Point/Counterpoint discussion with Thad McIlroy (The Future of Publishing Blog) and Pamela Malpas (Association of American Literary Agents).


Lunch and the Jack D. Rittenhouse Award presentation


North American Printers 2.0
Our panel of industry leaders explores the evolving landscape of printing, technology and what's next for North American Printers.


Take a break and connect with our exhibitors!


Concurrent Workshops

Opening the Books - Sharing Financials in your Organization

Join our expert panel as they delve into the benefits, challenges, and strategies of transparent financial reporting within organizations, offering valuable insights for fostering trust and accountability.

People-Powered Publishing: Future Ready Your Team

The demands of modern leadership aren't for the faint of heart. From attracting and retaining talent, serving the diversifying needs and tastes of a global marketplace, championing innovation and driving growth, publishers today face a myriad of opportunities, challenges, and complexities set against ever-shifting shifting cultural and geopolitical realities. So how are are publishers meeting these demands? What solutions have their experience, mistakes and other learnings yielded? What keeps them going on the hardest of days? Join this moderated conversation with publishers from independent, hybrid, academic, and traditional houses to hear the different ways they are answering the call to leadership.


Speed Dating/Meet the Experts

Connect with industry leaders in this intimate 'Meet the Experts' session. Gain invaluable insights and forge lasting connections with PubWests finest. Panel includes Douglas Plant on ONIX (ReaderBound).


Judges: (what they look for), Book Design Awards, Cocktails, and Networking Exhibitors

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