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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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  • Fantasy and Sci -Fi Writing Workshop

    Jun 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: River Pavillion

    Fantasy and sci-fi writers like Patrick Rothfuss and George R.R. Martin are producing some of the most compelling fiction of our time. You’ll focus on how to co...

    • Language: English

  • 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

  • Porochista Khakpour, Joseph Azam, and Novuyo Tshuma Autographing

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: Autographing Area

    All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookC...

    • Language: English

  • 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

  • Mari Andrew Meet-and-Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: 1E03

    Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew) started doodling when she worked at a bakery—and she took some license with the display case labels. When customers noticed and bega...

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Time Traveling Fantasies

    Jun 02, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: 1E10

    Bending the space / time continuum isn’t an easy thing to do. It’s no surprise that we are drawn to the vast possibilities that can escape from the cracks and f...

    • Language: English

  • Defying Borders: Erika Sánchez, 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

  • 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

  • Love Them More: Taye Diggs and Shane Evans

    Jun 02, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM, Location: 1E10

    Taye Diggs, the well-loved actor known for his roles in Empire, Rent, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back has collaborated with his childhood best friend, Shane ...

    • 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

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

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    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

  • Diane Guerrero Meet-and-Greet

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet Diane Guerrero and take a selfie with her! This meet-and-greet is first-come first-served.  Diane Guerrero, star of The Orange Is The New Black and Su...

    • Language: English

  • Tor Presents: #FearlessWomen in Tor Science Fiction and Fantasy

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

    Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction. With #FearlessWomen Tor Books is excited to highlight the characters and authors who are creating new b...

    • 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

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

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:15 PM - 3:15 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • One on One with Abbi Jacobson

    Jun 02, 2018, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM, Location: 1E12/1E13/1E14

    Abbi Jacobson is an American comedian, writer, actor, illustrator, and New York Times-bestselling author of her illustrated book, Carry This Book. Trained at Up...

    • Language: English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • All Ages Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writing Workshop

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

    Are you obsessed with the fae in A Court of Thorns and Roses? Have you thought about what it would be like if life was more like a video game in Ready Player On...

    • 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

  • 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

  • Middle Grade Blowout!

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM, Location: 1E14

    This middle grade mega panel features beloved best-selling authors and a new emerging voice. Join Renée Russell, creator of the Dork Diaries series and The Misa...

    • Language: English

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tor Teen: Voices In and Out of This World

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    Tor Teen knows #nobounds, publishing young adult fiction across a variety of genres. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2018, Tor is thrilled that its editors ...

    • Language: English

  • All Impractical Jokes Aside with James Murray

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 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

  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

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

    Today is going to be a good day and here's why ... the creative minds behind the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are coming to BookCon! When a lette...

    • Language: English

  • Books + YouTube = BookTube

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:25 PM - 1:05 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Once again BookCon brings you some of your favorite fangirls/boys with whom you can fawn over your favorite new books. Please welcome BookTube sensations Sasha ...

    • Language: English

  • Zach King Meet-and-Greet

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Location: 1E03

    Come meet Zach King at BookCon! Purchase a copy of ZACH KING: THE MAGICAL MIX-UP signed and take a photo with Zach! Zach King is a twenty-six-year-old filmmaker...

    • Language: English

  • NaNoWriMo: The Power of Writing with Abandon

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fierce and Fabulous: Find Your Inner Beyoncé!

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

    Four major players of the YA genre, all bestsellers and teen favorites, come together to discuss the joys of and power in crafting stories featuring strong fema...

    • Language: English

  • 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-go...

    • 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

  • 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

  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Meet & Greet

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM, Location: 1E03

    Today is going to be a good day and here's why ... the creative minds behind the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen are coming to BookCon! When a lette...

    • Language: English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Yet-to-Be: Bravery

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Location: 1E12/1E13/1E14

    Bravery and fearlessness are not only invaluable in everyday life, but they're imperative in the writing process as well.  This panel boasts accomplished, belov...

    • Language: English

  • Jeff Kinney Live

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is the world-wide bestselling series is based on middle-schooler, Greg Heffley and his hilarious adventure with h...

    • Language: English

  • Beyond Books

    Jun 03, 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM, Location: 1E16

    Slam-poetry, stories ripped from the headlines, Youtube sensations and more! How do these varied media forms serve as fodder for great books? Join authors Tiffa...

    • Language: English

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