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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: 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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  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

    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: 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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  • 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

    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-go...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    Session

  • The World of Lore, with Aaron Mahnke

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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

    Session

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Book-to-Film

    Jun 03, 2018, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Location: 1E12/1E13/1E14

    Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Jenny Han, and Alexandra Bracken have all had the unique pleasure of seeing their books be adapted for the big and small screens.  ...

    • Language: English

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  • BookCon Team Q&A

    Jun 03, 2018, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Location: 1E07

      We hope that you had an awesome time at BookCon this year! The BookCon Team wants to sit down with you to hear your thoughts on the Show and let you help buil...

    • Language: English

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  • Toxic Male Syndrome

    Jun 03, 2018, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Location: 1E10

    Some guys are just like vampires – fall for them, and they’ll suck the life right out of you.  Luckily, in romance fiction, we can re-cast that stereotype…and s...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • Alice Isn't Dead: Welcome to Night Vale Co-Creator and Bestselling Novelist Joseph Fink

    Jun 03, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Location: Downtown Stage

    Joseph Fink, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale, and co-author of the bestselling novels It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale, will discuss and read from his ...

    • Language: English

    Session

  • How to be a Boss Bride

    Jun 03, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Location: 1E16

    Essence Magazine Senior Editor and international dating & career coach Charreah K. Jackson will host a panel to address whether it’s truly possible to have your...

    • Language: English

    Session

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