Book Exhibit

MESA’s Book Exhibit is another aspect of the annual meeting that attendees look forward to every year. It features an average of 90 exhibitors (from University presses and publishing houses to Middle Eastern jewelry and souvenirs) and offers the latest publications in the field. Click here for Exhibitor Info.

If you are the author of an independently published book or a small press with few Middle East titles, consider promoting your publication in MESA’s Cooperative Book Display

2020 Location & Dates
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington DC

October 10-13, 2020

Attendance Policy
MESA’s Book Exhibit is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. However, all other MESA functions require registration.

Book Exhibit Open Hours

Sunday, October 119 am - 6 pm
Monday, October 129 am - 6 pm
Tuesday, October 138 am - 12 pm


Exhibitor Info

Booth Lottery
Booths initially will be assigned by Lottery. By sending your completed Booth Reservation Form to MESA by April 27, 2020, you will automatically be entered into the Booth Lottery, thereby increasing your chances of getting your desired booth space. The Booth Lottery does not guarantee you one of your choices, however it does give everyone an equal chance. Booth reservations received after the deadline will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Following the Booth Lottery, please check the floorplan for booth availability. MESA reserves the right to make changes to the floor plan if necessary.

2020 Floor Plan 

Booth Reservation Form 

Booth Rates*

  • PREMIUM (10' D x 10' W and 8' D x 10' W)
    Single $1,200; Double $2,160; Triple $3,060
  • STANDARD (10' D x 10' W and 8' D x 10' W)
    Single $1,000Double $1,800Triple $2,550
  • BUDGET (8' D x 10' W)
    Single $900; Non-profit rate $800
  • SHARED BOOTH FEE $200 (This is an administrative fee.  Note: A representative from each party must complete the reservation form)

*For shared booths, there will be a $200 administrative fee added and each company/organization must complete the reservation form.

Single Booths are supplied with 1 table, two chairs, 1 waste basket, and ID sign. Double booths are supplied with 2 tables, 4 chairs, 2 waste baskets, and ID sign. Triple booths are supplied with 3 tables, 6 chairs, 3 waste baskets, and ID sign. Booths will have 8 ft. high back draping and 3 ft. high side draping. A Service Kit (with detailed instructions for shipping, electricity, Internet, furniture, etc.) will be emailed approximately 2 months prior to the event. Exhibitors who submit their booth reservation by September 1, 2020 will receive a complimentary listing in the MESA 2020 Program.

Exhibitor Hours*

  • MOVE IN                     Saturday, October 10         9 am-5 pm
  • OPEN TO PUBLIC      Sunday, October 11           9 am-6 pm
  • OPEN TO PUBLIC      Monday, October 12          9 am-6 pm
  • OPEN TO PUBLIC      Tuesday, October 13          8 am-12 pm
  • MOVE OUT                 Tuesday, October 13         12 pm-3 pm

 *All exhibitors are required to remain open during Book Exhibit open hours. Please do not shut down early!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE regarding Security
Although MESA hires after-hours security, we ask that you be diligent at all times, especially during OPEN hours (as there have been reported thefts during these times) and if you are exhibiting expensive items. As an added measure, please consider covering your booth with cloths and removing rare or expensive items from your booth when the Book Exhibit is closed.

Badge Policy
Badges will get you into all MESA functions. Your booth reservation entitles you to complimentary badges: Non-Profit Table=1 badge; Single Booth=2 badges; Double Booth=3 badges; Triple Booth=4 badges. Rates for additional badges are listed on the Badge Form. The deadline to turn in Badge Forms is Friday, September 11, 2020 - after this date, badges must be purchased on-site at on-site registration rates. Only authorized persons with EXHIBITOR RIBBONS/BADGES are allowed into the Book Exhibit area during Exhibitor move-in day (Agreement of Terms, No. 6).

Exhibitor Staffing

Shared Booths

Please send inquiries to:

Kat Kassanitz
Book Exhibit Coordinator
Middle East Studies Association
1957 E Street NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20052
520-333-2577 ext. 104

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