Hello guys! This post was supposed to come out earlier in the week, but I’ve been busy and exhausted. The epicness that was BookCon really wore me out. This year BookCon (and Book Expo) took place June 3rd and 4th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I had such an amazing time though and wanted to share my experience with you.
I’ve decided to break my recap into two parts, because I just had all of the things to say. There will be a link in the bottom to my recap of Sunday. Right now, we’re talking Saturday though. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, because this post is gonna be a long one.
Anyway, onto what I actually did at BookCon.
The worst part of BookCon was definitely waking up so early. The mornings felt so much like work days for me, because I woke up around the same time and rode a similar train into the city. The only difference was that my good friend and fellow book lover Kim was with me and I was armed with an empty suitcase to fill with books.
We planned to arrive at the Javits Center around 8am, which is when the queue lines opened for the Main Stage panels. This is not my first time attending BookCon. I attended both in 2014 and 2015. I remember two years ago that getting wristbands for the Main Stage panels was insane! I wasn’t sure how it was going to be this year. Since they did ticketing for the Autographing Area online, I didn’t think it would be too crazy, but you just never know. We decided to go right when the doors opened to be on the safe side.
Turns out the Main Stage Panel hype has gone way done. You just swiped your badge and were good to go. They even eliminated this on Sunday, because of the low turnout on Saturday. I’m not sure if people were just uninterested in the panels themselves or just had a lot going on at the same time. I know personally that a lot of the things I wanted to do all happened at the same time. It prevented me from attending some really cool panels.
First thing on Kim and I’s schedule for the day was to meet Stephanie Perkins, who was doing an in-booth autographing. She was signing partial galleys of her new book, There’s Someone Inside Your House. I wish it had been the full ARC (they were giving those out the next day), but I’ll take what I can get. Stephanie was super nice and excited to hear that I was really looking forward to the book. She wrote it because she was looking for a fun, teen slasher book to read and found that there were like no books. When in doubt, write you own book. I really related to that as I have the same problem with heist novels, which is one of the reason I plan to write one soon. She told me that I should do it and that it sounded like something her husband would want to read.
After meeting Stephanie Perkins, Kim and I’s next detestation was the Scholastic iReadYA Event with Daniel José Older, Maggie Stiefvater, and Sharon Cameron. Kim and I were both lucky enough to win tickets to this event. We met all three of the authors who signed ARC copies of their newest releases. I’ll talk more about those in my upcoming book haul. We also got a ton of candy at the event and there were these cool displays with the books that you could rearrange and post on your bookstagram. I totally did that, but forgot to upload the picture…whoops.
Then Kim and I split ways. We both had different panels and signings that we planned on going too. Hers started right away, while I had a little more wiggle room with mine. I ended up coming across on a line for the Harlequin Book Bar, which turned out to be really cool. When it was your turn you would walk up to one of the Harlequin staff and talk about the kind of books you like to read, then they would recommend a new book and give you a copy. You could also ask for a specific book if you wanted too. I ended up doing that, mostly because I heard the staff member managing the queue line talk about this awesome book (Arrowood). I do plan on checking out the other books that were recommended to me too. If I can remember them that is…
After that I made my way to the “Find Your Voice Panel,” which was awesome! It was cool hearing some of my favorite contemporary authors talk about their books. Right after that, I attended Jeffrey Tambor’s panel. Jeffrey Tambor is an actor who you may know from Transparent (Maura Pfefferman), Arrested Development (George Sr. and Oscar), The Larry Sanders Show (Hank Kingsley), or a number of other things. He’s been in the industry a long time.
Seeing Tambor was probably the thing I was looking forward to most on Saturday. I am a huge fan of Arrested Development. It is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I think it’s hilarious and George Sr. is one of my favorite characters. That panel was easily the best panel I attended all day. Not only was it cool hearing Jeffrey talk about his new book, but he is just such an interesting person and hilarious. He had the audience cracking up the whole time. He gave us a little tease about Season 4 of Arrested Development by saying that he was excited to see the Bluths tackle this strange new world we’re living in. I’m excited. The panel was also really inspiring because he talked representation in film and TV. He was saying how the only way that we are going to get better representation is if there are more writers, producers, and directors making these stories. While I think he was talking about LGTBQ representation specifically, it really struck a chord in me, because I personally want to see better representation of women and diverse groups in general. It moved me and I left that panel inspired to write and pumped for Season 4 of Arrested Development.
I had a ticket to Jeffrey Tambor’s autographing session, which was right after the panel. I took my time getting over there and tried to figure out what to say. I’m awful at meeting celebrities/people I look up too. I want to have a nice conversation, but I either end up saying nothing or being SUPER awkward. In attempt at not looking like an idiot, I decided that I was going to tell him that I loved Arrested Development and his character work on the show, but also say that his panel was inspiring. It was a solid plan, though I forgot to account for the nerves. When I got up there and met him, I started talking about Arrested Development as planned, but as moved into the next part I could feel myself start to get emotional. When I talk about things that I’m passionate it sometimes happens, but I did not expect it to happen in that moment. My face felt so hot, and my eyes started to get watery. God help me. I started to apologize because I had no idea why I was getting emotional out of nowhere. To which he says something along the lines of, “It’s okay, be emotional.” Which only made me want to cry even more. I tried to hold back the waterworks as much as I could, but tears just started slipping out. SO I BASICALLY CRIED IN FRONT OF JEFFREY TAMBOR! Then of course, as this is happening we pose for a picture.
Jeffrey was super nice and very encouraging. He fist bumped me and told me that I must write. He even wrote it in my copy of his book, which I will forever hear in George Sr’s voice. (Almost in the vain of, “There’s always money in the banana stand!” if know the show)
I wasn’t done being emotional for the day though. On top of winning a ticket for the Scholastic event, I also won a ticket to see Wonder Woman with Leigh Bardugo. They came up with this event because Leigh is coming out with a new YA book about Wonder Woman called Wonder Woman: Warbringer. My friend Kim was able to snag a ticket last minute so we both went immediately after BookCon. It was really cool. Not only was the film good (I cried multiple times throughout). We also saw it with a whole bunch of YA authors that I love. Nicola Yoon, Adam Silvera, Laini Taylor, and so many other people were there. Even Cassandra Clare showed up which was awesome! Seeing the film with these authors and other book lovers only heightened the experience of watching the film. I will be writing a review of the film on my other blog, Becky’s Obsessions, so stay tuned for that.
Overall, day one of BookCon was an emotional roller coaster for me, but in a good way. Honestly, I had such a great time and could not wait for the next day. There was more to do, more people to see, and more books to get.
To read what happened the next day, click here. BookCon Day 2 was much more chill, but I also got to see two people that I’m a big fan of. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post if you follow me there.
Did you attend BookCon on Saturday? If so, let me know what your favorite part of the day was. If you’re a fan of Arrested Development or any of the other cool people I talked about, let’s fangirl down in the comment section.