On May 22, more than 800 people from across the many sectors of the book business joined Publishers Weekly and the Association of American Literary Agents at NYU’s Kimmel Center in Manhattan for the 2024 U.S. Book Show, for a day’s worth of professional programming. Kicking off the program, at a roundtable, were the CEOs of Abrams, Baker & Taylor, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster, who shared insights on the state of the industry, the present and potential future impact of generative AI, what it takes to nurture talent, and how their companies are tackling pressing challenges during a time of significant transformation.