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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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  • 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

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  • We Need Diverse Books™

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: 1E10

    A proud staple of BookCon, We Need Diverse Books continues to give a voice to many of today's most important authors. Come to listen to invaluable viewpoints of...

    • Language: English

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  • Still Not Free: PEN America Celebrates Liu Xia

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Authors, poets, and translators Nick Flynn, Mona Eltahawy, Jeremy Tiang, and Nuar Alsadir will read selections from the poetry of detained Chinese poet Liu Xia,...

    • Language: English

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  • I Read YA

    Jun 03, 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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  • President Bill Clinton & James Patterson / The President Is Missing

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: Main Stage

    The President disappears. The world is in shock.But the reason he's missing is much worse than anyone could imagine.With details only a President could know, an...

    • Language: English

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  • Bookstagram Meet Up at BookCon

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: Goodreads Room: 1E07

    Experience all of the beautiful books on Instagram with the influencers themselves. From online to real life, here you’ll meet up with bookstagrammers and fello...

    • Language: English

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  • I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Please!: an Audiobook Game Show

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    Can you list every Hogwarts professor by magical subject? Identify your favorite YA series by its main character’s voice? Are you a bigger book nerd than your f...

    • Language: English

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  • YOU: From Novel to TV Series

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM, Location: 1E12/1E13/1E14

    Join acclaimed best-selling YOU author Caroline Kepnes, along with television series executive producer/writer Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and series star Penn B...

    • Language: English

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  • MARVEL: From Prose to Panels Co-Presented by New York Comic Con

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

    Writers Rainbow Rowell (Runaways), Charles Soule (Daredevil, Hunt for Wolverine), Brandon T. Snider (Grow Up, Ant-Man!) are joined by Host of Earth’s Mightiest ...

    • Language: English

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  • NaNoWriMo: The Power of Writing with Abandon

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: Goodreads Room: 1E07

    One of the biggest obstacles any writer faces is finishing the first draft of a novel. As Joyce Carol Oates said, "Getting the first draft finished is like push...

    • Language: English

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  • President Bill Clinton and James Patterson Book Signing

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Location: River Pavillion

    SOLD OUT!President Bill Clinton partners with the world’s bestselling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insid...

    • Language: English

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  • Hybrid Publishing – Modern Authors’ Secret to Success

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:45 PM - 1:35 PM, Location: River Pavillion

    Today’s savviest authors are finding real success in hybrid publishing. While indie authors typically make more money in self-publishing, traditional publishing...

    • Language: English

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