Aziz Ansari to Appear at Second Annual BookCon

Mar 31, 2015

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“Parks and Recreation” Star to Unveil the Inside Story of His Upcoming Book Modern Romance at BookCon 2015

NORWALK, CT – March 31, 2015 – Today, ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events and team behind BookCon, announced that actor and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari will take the stage to discuss his new book in the Special Events Hall at BookCon on Saturday, May 30 at 4:15 PM. He will join the current star-studded BookCon roster of bestselling authors and Hollywood heavyweights including Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Nick Offerman, John Hodgman, Taye Diggs, Rainbow Rowell, Mamrie Hart, Jacqueline Woodson and David Levithan, with more exciting guests to be announced in the coming months.

BookCon will mark the first time Ansari will discuss his book debut Modern Romance (Penguin Press; on-sale June 16) live on stage. For years, Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with Eric Klinenberg, a professor of sociology at NYU and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere throughout the world. The duo analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They also enlisted the world’s leading social scientists and the result is unlike any social science or humor book ever! In Modern Romance, Ansari deftly combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give an unforgettable tour of the new romantic world.

“Ansari’s performances on both the screen and stage show that he’s a comedic genius and now Modern Romance will showcase his abilities as an author,” said Brien McDonald, Show Manager of BookCon. “To hear him tell the story behind his first book and discuss the unique research process it’s built on will show fans a new side of one of their favorite personalities.”

Aziz Ansari is a stand-up comedian and an actor. He recently completed his fourth major stand-up tour and released the special “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden,” which premiered on Netflix in March 2015. He starred as Tom Haverford on the Emmy-nominated comedy Parks and Recreation. He has appeared in several films as well, including This Is the End, Funny People and 30 Minutes or Less.

Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at NYU. He’s the author of Going Solo (Penguin Press) and has contributed to The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and This American Life.

As an original consumer extension of BookExpo America (May 27-29 at the Javits Center), BookCon has unprecedented access to the world's most accomplished authors and most influential publishing houses.  BookCon is designed to appeal to the modern-day book lover with an appreciation for broader pop culture and where these worlds intersect. BookCon will feature a vibrant Show Floor with the world's most influential publishers including ABRAMS, Chronicle Books, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster and many more. In addition to over 250 exhibitors, the Show Floor will house the Downtown Stage, home to innovative content featuring Q&As, Trivia and Illustrator events.

Tickets for BookCon are now on sale. Additional exciting details about BookCon exhibitors, guests and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.TheBookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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