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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Power Moves: Veronica Roth, 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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

    Science fiction and fantasy is about invention and change but is rooted in the real: in people and often in struggle. Charlie Jane Anders, (All the Birds in the...

    • Language: English

  • The Magic of World Building: Renée Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Scott Westerfeld, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu

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

    What makes a world complete? It’s not easy to write with such little foundation. But Authors Renée Ahdieh (Smoke in the Sun), Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates...

    • Language: English

  • Cassandra Clare : The Dark Artifices

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM, Location: Main Stage

    Join Cassandra Clare, the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mo...

    • Language: English

  • Tor Presents: Fearless Women in Tor Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM, Location: 1E10

    Science fiction and fantasy authors continue to be on the forefront of crafting incredible strong female characters and their unique stories. Characters that ma...

    • 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

  • Lumberjanes to the Max!

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! Based on the bestselling, cult-favorite graphic novels, the Lumbe...

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Magic and Power: Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Brandon Sanderson, Marissa Meyer, Tomi Adeyemi

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Location: Main Stage

    Magic and power are two elements that make fantasy thrive. That power can be seen on the battlefield or within the lies that characters tell themselves that man...

    • 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

  • Booksplosion is Back!

    Jun 02, 2018, 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM, Location: 1E14

    They're baaack... Back by popular demand and with hundreds of thousands of followers, BookTube favorites Christine Riccio (PolandBananasBooks), Jesse George (Je...

    • 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

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