Let’s start with the obvious. The attendance at the show was abysmal. There’s no way to spin this or ignore it. We only got a fraction of the audience we were anticipating. According to ECPA (as quoted in Publishers Weekly), only about 1,500 consumers showed up. Frankly, we were hoping for 15,000 to 20,000.
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The highlight of the afternoon was the Christianity Today discussion panel, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make? A Debate.” The panelists included the British atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of the bestseller, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, along with a bevy of Christianity apologists including William Lane Craig, James Denison, Doug Wilson, and Lee Strobel.
Yesterday, the Christian Book Expo floor opened. We had 66 publishers, scores of authors, and dozens of book signings and author events. The attendance was lighter than I had hoped. However, given the fact that this is a consumer show and most consumers are working during the day, it wasn’t a complete surprise. Hopefully, attendance will pick up on Saturday.
The first-ever Christian Book Expo (i.e., “CBE”) began yesterday in Dallas Texas. I’ve decided that I will post my daily activities, so that you who can’t attend can follow along vicariously. In case you missed it, I blogged about the details of this book festival a month ago. Yesterday morning started out early with the […]