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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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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Novel Suspects: David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Walter Mosley, Brad Meltzer, Megan Abbott

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Location: 1E14

    David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Walter Mosley are some of the biggest and most enduring voices in the mystery thriller world. From Amos Decker t...

    • Language: English


  • Wonder Women: Kid Lit Stars Pack Power in Prose

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    This panel brings to you four powerhouse kid lit authors– Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, Meg Medina, and Jessica Spotswood –on one stage to discuss strong girls ...

    • Language: English


  • Chuck Palahniuk: One on One

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: 1E14

    People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorizing its directives. T...

    • Language: English


  • Heartthrobs Unite! Romance Writing Comes to Life

    Jun 02, 2018, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Location: 1E10

    The best in romance writing join forces to puppeteer the heartstrings on each and every one of us. Be ready to fall in love all over again when you hear Kami Ga...

    • 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


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