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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:

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

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.

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  • Defying Borders: Erika Sanchez, Diane Guerrero, Thi Bui, Tommy Orange, and Sara Farizan

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    Whether a child is a first- or second-generation American, or simply from a group of traditionally disenfranchised citizens, there are countless cultural and et...

    • Language: English

  • Marching Along with Congressman John Lewis

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    First you march, then you run. From the #1 bestselling, award winning authors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin comes their next groundbreaking graphic novel – Run – ...

    • Language: English

  • Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, editor of the recently released collection The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and himself a refug...

    • Language: English

  • Nico Tortorella: All Of It Is You

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Nico Tortorella is an actor, seeker, podcast host, and dedicated champion of the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently starring in the hit series Younger, and previousl...

    • Language: English

  • Come Meet StacyPlays at BookCon!

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet StacyPlays at BookCon! Get a copy of WILD RESCUERS: GUARDIANS OF THE TAIGA signed and take a photo with Stacy! Stacy Hinojosa, better known as StacyPl...

    • Language: English

  • Spotlight on Diane Guerrero

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Though Diane Guerrero, star of The Orange Is The New Black and Superior Donuts on CBS, is a recognizable celebrity, she's also a passionate advocate for immigra...

    • Language: English

  • Into the Booth: A Glimpse into the World of Audiobooks

    Jun 02, 2018, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    Catch a glimpse into the world of audiobooks and how they get made with a panel of dynamic audiobook narrators. Moderated by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and...

    • Language: English

  • The Poetry Connection: Stories from Today’s Most Popular Poets

    Jun 02, 2018, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Some of the most wished-for books in stores right now are by the poets in this panel. Their books are visceral and truthful, broaching everything from love, to ...

    • Language: English

  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

    Jun 03, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Is it possible to write freely about other people without exploiting them? Is there a difference between factual and essential truth? How do we find a coherent ...

    • Language: English

  • All Impractical Jokes Aside with James Murray

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM, Location: Downtown Stage

    You know him as a Murr, of truTV’s Impractical Jokers. But there’s more to this Joker than meets the eye: when he isn’t filming his TV show or touring sold out ...

    • Language: English

  • Bringing Real Life into Fantasy Worlds

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    The adage of ‘write what you know’ applies to authors of all ages, genres, and levels of experience. In this unique panel, acclaimed authors Jeff Giles, Daniell...

    • Language: English

  • Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World's Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter, Izzy Ezagui

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    BookCon readers interested in inspirational true stories and young adults who've overcome adversity, struggle with challenges, or living with disabilities shoul...

    • Language: English

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