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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  • In Booth Autographing: Julia Ember

    Jun 02, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth 1238

    Young Adult Fantasy author Julia Ember shares and signs a free sneak preview of her high seas adventure, THE NAVIGATOR'S TOUCH, the companion novel to her 2016 ...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Sophia Elaine Hanson

    Jun 03, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 2431

    Sophia will be signing at the booth all day June 3rd and 4th! All books purchased will be signed on request!

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Rachel Hollis

    Jun 03, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, Location: Booth 2539

    Rachel Hollis will be signing free copies of GIRL WASH YOUR FACE.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Kristen Martin

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Location: Booth 1242

    Kristen Martin will be autographing in Booth 1242. A book purchase is required.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: C. Toni Graham

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth 1849

    Author, C. Toni Graham will be signing both editions released in the Crossroads books series. Bring your copy or plan to purchase onsite. Excellent discount off...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Sarah Morgan

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Booth 2539

    Sarah Morgan will be signing free copies of HOLIDAY IN THE HAMPTONS.

    • Language: English

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  • Meet Dog Man!

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Come meet crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Sara Francis

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 1240

    Sara Francis (author of the YA Sci Fi novel "The Isles", children's book series "Adventures of Wobot", and poetry collection "Stardust") will be at the SF Publi...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Creative Adventures in Cursive

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Location: Booth 1613

    Writing is cooler in cursive, and Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity.

    • 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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  • Booksplosion Meet & Greet

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Location: Room 1E03

    Now's your chance to meet the BookTubers favorites of Booksplosions, Christine Riccio (PolandBananasBooks), Jesse George (JesseTheReader) and Kat O'Keeffe (Katy...

    • Language: English

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  • Rainbow Rowell Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Jessica Spotswood

    Jun 03, 2018, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Location: Booth 2021

    Jessica Spotswood will be signing paperback copies of A Tyranny of Petticoats. The first 50 copies are free. After that discounted books are available to purcha...

    • 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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  • 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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Greg Pak

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: Booth #2045

    Come meet comic book writer Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Planet Hulk, Totally Awesome Hulk) at the New York Comic Con Booth #2045. Items will be available for purch...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Jude Sierra

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1238

    Acclaimed author Jude Sierra (Kirkus Reviews Best of 2016 for IDLEWILD; Publishers Weekly starred review for WHAT IT TAKES) signs copies of A TINY PIECE OF SOME...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Jamie Brenner

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1938/1939

    Jamie Brenner will be signing free copies of THE FOREVER SUMMER in Booth 1938/1939.

    • Language: English

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  • How I Resist Postcard Writing Party

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Macmillan MR2456

    Join Maureen Johnson, Hebh Jamal, and other How I Resist contributors for roundtable discussions about activism and hope.  Free postcards from Protest Postcards...

    • Language: English

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  • Make Tuffytastic Puppets with Tuffy Tiger!

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Cute, Clever, and almost 5 Tuffy is an adorable friend exploring the world around us through music and imagination.  Today you can make your very own Tuffytasti...

    • 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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  • In Booth Autographing: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Location: Booth 1911

    USA Today bestselling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith will sign copies of Hell Divers III: Deliverance (Hell Divers Trilogy, Book 3).

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Autumn Miles

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1603

    Join syndicated radio host and speaker, Autumn Miles, as she signs I Am Rahab, her newest book that offers hope to readers who discount their worth and dismiss ...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Dan Zanes

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Location: Booth 1613

    Musical performance and signed posters! In Dan Zanes' Family Treasury of Roots Music, the Grammy Award-winning children's artist presents a huge collection of f...

    • Language: English

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  • Danielle Paige Autographing

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

    Session

  • Izzy Ezagui Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 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

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  • Marissa Meyer Autographing - Sunday

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

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  • Veronica Roth Autographing

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

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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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  • Rebecca Roanhorse Autographing

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

    Session

  • Tomi Adeyemi Autographing - Sunday

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

    Session

  • Anna-Marie McLemore Autographing

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

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  • Tracey Baptiste and Zoraida Córdova Autographing

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

    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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Dav Pilkey

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: Booth 1538

    Dav Pilkey will be signing hardcover copies of Dog Man #4 while supplies last in the Scholastic Booth (#1538)! No book purchase required.

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing : Melissa Albert

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Location: Macmillan Booth 2444

    New York Times bestselling author Melissa Albert will be signing The Hazel Wood, books available for purchase.  Tickets available at 10AM in booth 2444-2445, mu...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Dhonielle Clayton

    Jun 03, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Location: Booth 1921

    Dhonielle Clayton will be signing copies of The Belles. In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind...

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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  • Daniel José Older Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, 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

    Session

  • John August Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, 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

    Session

  • Rachel Renee Russell Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, 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

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  • 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! Dear Evan Han...

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Lauren Oliver

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM, Location: Ampersand Booth 1923

    Join us for an autograph signing Lauren Oliver, author of BEFORE I FALL, in the Ampersand booth! You’ll receive a commemorative card for her new Ampersand chann...

    • 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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  • A.C. Gaughen Autographing

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

    Session

  • Jeff Giles Autographing

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

    Session

  • James Murray Autographing

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

    Session

  • Laini Taylor Autographing

    Jun 03, 2018, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, 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

    Session

  • 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

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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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  • 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

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  • In Booth Autographing: Ronald Wimberly

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Location: Booth #2045

    Come meet comic book writer Ronald Wimberly (LAAB, Prince of Cats, Black History in It’s Own Words) at the New York Comic Con Booth #2045. Items will be availab...

    • Language: English

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  • In Booth Autographing: Scott Westerfeld

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Booth 2539

    Scott Westerfeld will be signing free copies of IMPOSTERS.

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Intro to Spells for Young Witches and Wizards

    Jun 03, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Location: Family HQ:Booth 1061

    Our magic instructors will teach introductory lessons in spells to prepare students before they get their magic school letters or to help improve their marks at...

    • Language: English

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  • 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

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