BookExpo America 2012 (aka BEA) is the largest publishing event in North America. Primarily an industry event, it allows publishers, authors, bloggers and everyone involved to show off their wares, get excited about books, hear talks and generally just have a literary geek out with thousands of others.

There are more than 1,000 stands, discussions, round tables, and plenty of hidden meetings in private rooms. This year's event has a particular edge to it, as this is a vital moment for publishing, as print and digital vie for the future, as the Amazon juggernaut rumbles on, as self publishing continues to soar.

Authors present include Stephen Colbert, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, Michael Chabon, Neil Young, Jennifer Weiner, John Green and Daniel Handler - and companies featured include Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and all of the big English-language publishers.

The event isn't open to the general public, but the entire HuffPost Books team is at BookExpo for you all this week, liveblogging, tweeting @HuffPostBooks, instagr.amming and generally tracking down what you need to know about the event.

Email (booksAThuffingtonpost.com) or tweet us with any questions or anyone you'd like us to track down and ask a pressing question.

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So it turns out that liveblogging a huge event that has no decent wifi coverage is... a challenge. So instead we'll post a roundup at the end of it all. Stay tuned.

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Knut Hamsun. Same as our own Zoë Triska. You heard it here first.

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If you need a library book today, we're really sorry. The nation's librarians are all here.

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@ penguinusa : "BEA is the Lollapalooza of quietly reading to yourself." Stephen Colbert #bookexpo #BEA12

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