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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 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

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  • 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

    Session

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    Session

  • 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

  • In Booth Autographing: Sandhya Menon

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1738/1739

    New York Times bestselling author Sandhya Menon will be signing copies of  her just released FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE, and WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI in the Simon & Sc...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • 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

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  • BookTuber Meet & Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet and take a picture with BookTubers Natahsa Polis, Sasha Alsberg, Brandon Hoang, Emma Giardano, Ariel Bissett, and Hannah Azerang!  Please note, this ...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: AJ Dudley

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth #1562

    Signing copies of The Feather. Book purchase required.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Kiersten White

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: S&S Booth #1738/1739

    Get a FIRST LOOK at SLAYER, a new series coming in 2019 that is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Gale Galligan

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Author Gale Galligan  will be in the Scholastic booth to sign copies of Baby-sitters Club Graphix #5 

    • Language: English

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  • Sadie by Courtney Summers: Live Podcast Performance and Author Q&A

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: River Pavillion

    Courtney Summer’s gripping new novel is the story of a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind. Get...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Ice Cream Social Author Meet & Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Location: S&S Booth #1738/1739

    Meet New York Times bestselling authors Morgan Matson, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian in the Simon & Schuster Booth.   Cool down with an ice cream treat,  grab so...

    • Language: English

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  • Diversity in Graphic Novels

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

    Organized by Diamond Comic Distributors, this year's annual Diversity in Graphic Novels panel features fan favorites Leslie Hung (artist for Snotgirl), Tee Fran...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Prose of Cons

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Authors Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman will be in the Scholastic booth to sign copies of The Pros of Cons.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Social Justice Warriors: Redefining Youthful Rebellion

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Location: 1E10

    Each and every day is an opportunity for change. In this panel, YA authors Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), and Jacqueline Woodso...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Amandla Stenberg and Alexandra Bracken discuss 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: Goodreads Room: 1E07

    Check out the Goodreads Meet Up Room featuring 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds (Javits Room 1E07) Saturday at 3:30pm to catch bestselling author Alexandra ...

    • Language: English

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  • Wonder Women: Kid Lit Stars Pack Power in Prose

    Jun 02, 2018, 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: 1E16

    This panel showcases five powerhouse kid lit authors– Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, Meg Medina, T.R. Simon, and Jessica Spotswood –on one stage to discuss stron...

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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  • Diverse Voices in Mystery

    Jun 02, 2018, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Countless literary detectives have been portrayed as older white men in trench coats—but that image is neither realistic nor representative of the real world. T...

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Women of Mystery and Thriller

    Jun 02, 2018, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM, Location: 1E10

    There’s a long history of women in mystery from Agatha Christie onward, but the thriller world has tended to be more male-dominated.  Come hear these fierce wom...

    • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: AJ Dudley

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth #1562

    Signing copies of The Feather. Book purchase required.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Authors Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins will be in the Scholastic booth to sign copies of Upside-Down Magic and Whatever After 

    • Language: English

    Session

  • The Real Reel

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    It’s so exciting to see books come to life on the big screen. How do those pieces come together to give readers what they are craving while satisfying movie-goe...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Romance and the Resistance

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    “Romance fans have long loved the genre for its unapologetic celebration of female power and sexuality. Now, more and more writers are beginning to consider the...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • In Booth Autographing: Victoria Schwab

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Location: Scholastic Booth

    Author Victoria Schwab will be in the Scholastic booth to sign copies of City of Ghosts.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • The World of Lore, with Aaron Mahnke

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM, Location: 1E14

    Join Aaron Mahnke, creator, producer, and host of the hit podcast LORE, as he discusses his research, writing, love of storytelling, and The World of Lore book ...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • PBS: The Great American Read

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM, Location: Main Stage

    The Great Gatsby vs. The Catcher and the Rye. Harry Potter vs. To Kill a Mockingbird. Gone With The Wind vs. The Joy Luck Club. PBS is launching The Great Ame...

    • Language: English

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  • Bringing Real Life into Fantasy Worlds

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    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

    Session

  • RE-orientation: LGBTQ Creators of Mass Media, Culture and the Stories People Want to Read

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    Mass-market publishing can’t seem to quit the straight, stale, male, and pale. As the entertainment landscape evolves and expands, where do LGBTQIA writers fit ...

    • Language: English

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  • Wattpad4

    Jun 03, 2018, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    The Wattpad4 is a group of six agented and/or published authors that have amassed a huge following of devoted fans. They host a weekly Twitter chat using the ha...

    • Language: English

    Session

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