Past Events

Luncheon Programs

Members pay discounted rates for all luncheon programs.Past speakers have included:

  • Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, speaking on how new media affects the marketing of books, candidates, and ideas
  • Henry Copeland, founder and president of BlogAds, talking about the whys and hows of advertising on blogs
  • Laurence Kirshbaum, industry veteran, asking the questions “book marketing: why has it gotten so much harder, and is there anything we can do about it?”
  • Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), sharing her experiences of the industry
  • Chip Gibson, President and Publisher of Random House Children’s Books, talking about the many different facets of marketing Children’s books
  • Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, discussing his publication’s role in bringing books to readers
  • Carolyn Reidy, President, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, talking about how to stay creative and competitive in our ever-changing business
  • Chip Kidd, graphic designer extraordinaire, author, and editor, showcasing his amazing design talent and the evolution of several of his book covers
  • John Cunningham, Judith Kerr, and Lisa Gallagher discussing how to make a break-out book a bestseller
  • Carol Fitzgerald, founder and president of, leading a panel on the importance of online promotion

Cocktail Parties

“Talk Shop,” network, and exchange ideas at the three cocktail parties held each year. Sponsored by prominent members of the industry, PAMA cocktail parties take place at some of the hottest places in the city — and they are a guaranteed good time!PAMA has co-hosted cocktail parties at Punch with Publishers Weekly and editor Sara Nelson, held book-swap soirees with USA Today at their office’s rooftop terrace, and played ping-pong and drank beers with the staff of The Onion in their SoHo space.