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BookCon Family HQ

Javits Center Show Floor

Looking for something fun to do with your family during the show? Come visit BookCon's Family HQ at the back of the Show Floor. Family HQ will have daily activities like workshops, readings and more geared towards younger fans all weekend long.

BookCon Family HQ
BookCon Family HQ
BookCon Family HQ

Happy Camper: The Scholastic Summer Reading RV

BookCon Family HQ

Don’t miss the Scholastic RV for fun activities for families and kids like crafts, signings, costume character appearances, and more! This summer, the RV has been on the ultimate reading road trip—touring the country with authors, illustrators, and characters!

Check out other stops on the tour here: http://summerroadtrip.scholastic.com/

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip

Hit the road with the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip! And don't forget to sign up online for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, which runs through September 8th. Find out more at www.scholastic.com


The Boxcar Children Maker Stations at Family HQ!

BookCon Family HQ

Celebrate 75 years of the Boxcar Children with Albert Whitman & Company. Visit Family HQ on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm and Sunday from 10:30am to 11:30am to create custom Boxcar Children buttons, bookmarks, crafts, and more! Space is limited to the first 40 Boxcar fans—don’t miss it! Afterward, stop by booth #1913 to find out about exclusive giveaways and everything that’s in store for this very special anniversary!


Additional Events

Our friends at Albert Whitman, Candlewick Press, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan will also be hosting daily events and workshops including drawing classes, photo ops, author readings, and more!

BookCon Family HQ

For a complete schedule of all the activities taking place in Family HQ, please continue to check the BookCon webpage and the Official BookCon Mobile App.

BookCon Family HQ Highlights

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  • In Booth Autographing: John Alex Owen

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 1152

    John Alex Owen, author of the espionage thriller, Schweres Wasser (Heavy Water), will be signing books in Booth #1152 Saturday and Sunday.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Patricia Keeler

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 1666

    Patricia Keeler will be at Booth 1666 to sign books. Time permitting, persons buying books can have a free portrait done by Patricia Keeler. She will sketch boo...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Sandra Elaine Scott and Karlin Housen

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: Booth 1155

    Authors Karlin Housen and Sandra Elaine Scott will be at their booth Be Kind & Joy Filled Books and will have books available for signing

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Billie Kowalewski

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Booth 1560

    Billie Kowalewski will be signing copies of her books Enlightened and her newest title: Divided.

    • Language: English

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  • Fantasy and Sci -Fi Writing Workshop

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Fantasy and sci-fi writers like Patrick Rothfuss and George R.R. Martin are producing some of the most compelling fiction of our time. You’ll focus on how to co...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Fiction Writing Workshop

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Let the prompts guide you! Our own works of fiction are a leap into the unknown and this workshop will combine the art of language with boldness of your imagina...

    • Language: English

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  • Drawing Cute with Katie Cook

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Stop in for a fast and furious and ADORABLE quick-draw session with Katie Cook of My Little Pony and Star Wars fame. Her new book Drawing Cute with Katie Cook r...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: C. Toni Graham

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth 1849

    Author, C. Toni Graham will be available June 2nd and 3rd to sign both editions of purchased books from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Discounts and great book swag offer...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Kristen Martin

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: Booth 1242

    Kristen Martin will be autographing in Booth 1242. A book purchase is required.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Nadine Brandes

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Location: Booth 2348

    Nadine will be signing copies of Fawkes: sixteen-year-old Thomas Fawkes will do anything to keep from turning to stone, even join his father’s Gunpowder Plot to...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Meet-and-Greet: Claire Legrand and Fiction Faction

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Booth #2039

    Hang out at the Sourcebooks booth with YA author Claire Legrand and BookTube stars Natasha Polis (Tashapolis), Hannah Azerang (A Clockwork Reader), Maureen Keav...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Guest Bookselling: Kat Shepherd

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Macmillan Booth 2444

    Meet debut author Kat Shepherd and chat about her favorite books and her upcoming Babysitting Nightmare middle grade series.  Copies of Babysitting Nightmares: ...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Jarret Krosoczka

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Author Jarrett Krosoczka will be in the Scholastic booth signing copies of Jedi Academy

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: D. Ryan Lafferty

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Location: Booth 1153

    D. Ryan Lafferty will be discussing, selling copies of, and singing his book, The Adventurous Tale of Tiara Lee.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Sara Francis

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 1240

    Sara Francis (author of the YA Sci Fi novel "The Isles", children's book series "Adventures of Wobot", and poetry collection "Stardust") will be at the SF Publi...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: J. L. Willow

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: Booth 1133

    Meet teen author J. L. WILLOW signing her debut novel, THE SCAVENGER.   A book purchase is required.

    • Language: English

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  • Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, Jessica Spotswood, Meg Medina, T.R. Simon Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Iain S. Thomas, Nikita Gill, and K.Y. Robinson Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Cyrus Parker and Trista Mateer Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Natasha Ngan

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Booth 1938/1939

    Natasha Ngan will be signing free copies of Girls of Paper and Fire in Booth 1938/1939.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Alexandra Bracken

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Booth 1921

    Alexandra Bracken will be signing copies of The Darkest Minds Move Tie-In edition. Book one in the blockbuster Darkest Minds series—now with key art from the m...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Caitlin Seal

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Booth 2006

    Debut author Caitlin Seal will sign galleys of Book #1 in her new YA fantasy series, TWICE DEAD.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Rachel Hollis

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Booth 2347

    Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thous...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Shannon Burns

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1613

    Badass Braids in the booth with the author. Free braid with purchase, 1-2 stylists plus author will be styling. In Badass Braids she shows you how to transform ...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Erika Sánchez Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Sara Farizan Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Porochista Khakpour, Joseph Azam, and Novuyo Tshuma Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • When Reality is Stranger than Fiction

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM, Location: 1E10

    How do thriller writers, known for creating high-concept plots which stretch reader imagination, compete with the modern day, 24-hour news cycle?   We live in a...

    • Language: English

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  • Spotlight on P.C. and Kristin Cast

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Downtown Stage

    This mother-daughter duo takes the stage together. #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour ...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Dangerous Characters and Dangerous Themes: Facing the True Danger in Novels

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: 1E14

    Whether it be vampires, assassins, or something completely outside the realm of possibility, one thing that drives us to good writing is the thrill of danger an...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Mari Andrew Meet-and-Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: 1E03

    Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew) started doodling when she worked at a bakery—and she took some license with the display case labels. When customers noticed and bega...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Stanning Up: Channeling Fandom into Original Fiction

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: 1E16

    Booklovers, today we stan for fandom itself! From Sherlock Holmes to Harry Potter, and everything in between, fandom plays a huge role in the lives of readers—a...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Ivan Brandon

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth #2045

    Come meet comic book writer Ivan Brandon (Drifter, VS, Black Cloud) at the New York Comic Con Booth #2045. Items will be available for purchase or you can bring...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Learn to Draw with Master Artist and YouTuber Mark Crilley - 2.9 Million Subscribers!

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Stop by for a drawing demonstration with expert artist Mark Crilley whose bestselling publications include the Akiko comic series, the Mastering Manga series, a...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Octavia Bradley

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Location: Booth 1252

    Octavia Bradley will be autographing in Booth 1252. A book purchase is required.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Tom Willinsky & Jen Sternick

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1238

    Tom Willinsky & Jen Sternick sign their YA debut, SNOWSISTERS, about two young women, thrown together as roommates at a week-long writing conference, who discov...

    • Language: English

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  • Selfies & Iced Coffee Author Meet & Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: S&S Booth #1738/1739

    Meet New York Times bestselling authors Mary H. K. Choi and Sandhya Menon in the  Simon & Schuster Booth.   Cool down with some delicious ice coffee, grab some ...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Guest Bookseller: Charlie Jane Anders

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Macmillan Booth 2444

    Meet bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders and chat about her top book picks and All the Birds in the Sky, now out in paperback!

    • Language: English

    Session

  • I Read YA

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: MR1875

    The Scholastic Meeting Room will once again become the destination for YA books, authors, and activities. This event is free and open to all. Share your voice a...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Michael D. Lackey

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1558

    Michael D. Lackey will be signing copies of The Bad Seed: Battle For The Heavens. A book purchase is required.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Taye Diggs, Shane Evans Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Charlie Jane Anders

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Macmillan Booth 2444

    Meet bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders and chat about her top book picks and All the Birds in the Sky.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • The Ultimate Guide on Turning Your Manuscript into a Published Success

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Whether you’ve got a finished manuscript, or merely an inkling for a best seller, navigating the world of self-publishing can seem like a daunting task. However...

    • Language: English

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  • Horror! Thrills! Murder! Oh My!

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Readers beware! Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), Kara Thomas (The Cheerleaders), and Marisha Pessl (Neverworld Wake) discuss the cra...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Power Moves: Victoria Aveyard, Kendare Blake, Tahereh Mafi, and Melissa De La Cruz

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Main Stage

    Mega-hit authors discuss the fierce heroines who occupy the pages of their fan-favorite novels. Power in the female form is a force to be reckoned with, both on...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Angel Livas

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: Booth 1256

    Pick-up your signed copy of "Brand Reppin' 101" to learn practical skills (that you can literally implement today) to help you build your brand. Author, ANGEL L...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • P.C. and Kristin Cast Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

    Session

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