BookCon is only five days away, five! I feel both excited and not prepared at the same time. So, to get more prepared, I thought I would put together a list of all the BookCon schedules I could find. I had a feeling that this list would be helpful for anyone else attending BookCon, so I decided to share my list with you all.
This list is mainly filled with the publishers schedules I could find. I will be updating this list as more information becomes available. Also, I know that the BookCon website is pretty up to date. If you don’t see something here that you are looking for, I highly recommend checking out their website.
If you see that I’ve missed something, please let me know down in the comment section below so that I can add it to the list.
Also, if you’re looking for some tips and tricks for BookCon, I made a whole video on my BookTube channel dedicated for it.
Are you super pumped for BookCon? Tell me about the thing that you’re most looking forward to! For me, it might be the Dear Evan Hansen Panel because I’m currently obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen. I’m also hoping to attend some of the writing panels, because those are new and appeal to me.
P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I will answer to the best of my ability. Fair warning, even though I’ve been to BookCon four times, I’m no expert.
Hello again. If you’re here you’ve most likely come from my recap of BookCon Day 1. If you haven’t read that post click here. I talk about all the cool, fun things I did on Saturday, the first day of BookCon. If you don’t care to read it that’s cool too.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk day 2.
Thankfully, my schedule was not as jam packed as it was on Saturday. This gave me more time to explore the show floor and a little more freedom with my time. On the schedule that I made, I put down everything that I could possibly want to do at any given time. As there were less things I really wanted to do, I could see where the day led me.
The first big thing I did, aside from grabbing a beach towel at Penguin and an ARC from Harlequin, was see Bill Nye the Science Guy.
I’m in my mid twenties, so if you’re younger than me Bill Nye might not have had the same impact on your elementary school/middle school science classes. However, he was a staple in mine. So much so that whenever someone mentions his name I have to break out into the iconic theme song. He was at BookCon promoting his new children’s series Jack and the Geniuses. He co-wrote this series with Gregory Mone. Gregory interviewed Bill and they talked about this series came about.
I must say, the story about how the two authors met is crazy. Basically, Gregory happened to run into Bill at this random coffee shop. He was a fan of Bill’s and went up to him to say so. The two got to talking and Bill mentioned that he was trying to take up surfing as a hobby. Gregory also surfed and invited Bill to go surfing with him and his buddies the next day. He didn’t think that Bill would show, it just fit the conversation. However, Bill did show and surfed with them the next day. Now the two of them have a children’s series together.
I hadn’t heard of this series before and I don’t read a ton of children’s/middle grade, but after hearing the two authors talk about the series I definitely want to pick it up. It follows these three orphans Jack, Ava, and Matt. Ava and Matt are geniuses, which sometimes makes life difficult for Jack. They try to spy on Dr. Hank Witherspoon who is one of the world’s leading scientists, and loosely based of Bill Nye himself, but end up working for him. Their first adventure takes them to a science competition in Antarctica where everything isn’t as it seems. What is really cool about this series is that it features real-world science so a lot of the things that happen could happen in real life. Bill stated that he wanted to create a series similar to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for kids today.
Hearing Bill Nye speak was awesome and he is such an interesting person. He is also hilarious! Kim, my friend, and I were laughing non-stop. I also learned a few new things. For example, did you know that learning algebra is actually super important? Not only is it fundamental for understanding most sciences and high level maths, but it also helps develop your critical thinking skills. Algebra was something that I was good at in school, but I didn’t think I would ever use it in what I wanted to do. While I may not use algebra every day, it has made me an excellent critical thinker. Enough random facts, back to BookCon.
The next big thing I did was attend the “Write Here, Write Now” panel that featured E. Lockhart, Jennifer E. Smith, Adam Silvera, and Leigh Bardugo. Kim convinced me to come, and since there was no hope for me to get into line this signing I wanted to go to, I tagged along with her. I must say I was really glad that I went, because all of these authors were really cool people. I enjoyed hearing about their new books and a bit about their writing process. It only made me more excited to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer, They Both Die at the End, Windfall, and Genuine Fraud.
After that, I headed to probably my most anticipated panel of the weekend which was Ryan Higa’s panel. I love Ryan and he is one of my favorite YouTubers! What I’ve always liked about him is that he kind of just does his own thing and makes the videos that he wants to make. It is admirable in a world where a lot of people make content just for views.
He just came out with a new book entitled How to Write Good. He got inspired to write one after seeing the response he got from his “Draw My Life”video. I was super excited when I found out he was going to BookCon. It’s always cool to see someone who you see on the screen in real life and this was no different. I had a great time listening to him talk and can’t wait to read his book.
Also, he teased that he and the BGA guys are working on another project which I’m so excited about. BGA is something that I didn’t know I needed in my life. I’ve definitely watched “Who’s it Gonna Be” more times than I can count…It sounded like they were in the early stages of the project, so who knows when the video will actually come out.
Those were the three main things I did on Sunday. I met up with Kim after Ryan’s panel, and we just walked around the floor. If you ever go to BookCon in the future and go to the last day, make sure you stick around until the end! Publishers start giving away things like crazy and also lower the prices of some of their new books because they want to get rid of them. Needless to say Kim and I picked up some good deals.
We also finally did one of the photo booths together. I separately did one by myself on Saturday, which let me tell you was an awkward experience. The only reason I did it Saturday is because a staff member told me I should come take a picture. I was sucked into it, and now have an awkward set of photos with just me lol.
The only downside about doing most of my show flooring on Day 2 is that by then most people had figured out the ARC drops and it was harder to get things than the first day. But I really can’t complain because I ended up with some cool ARCs that I can’t wait to talk about. Stay tuned for my BookCon haul.
Overall, I had such an amazing time at BookCon. I loved going to all of the panels and seeing all of the booths. I cannot wait for next year’s event, which is taking place next June at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.
If you’ve read both of these long ass posts, let me know down in the comments. You’re a real hero if you stuck around for all of my BookCon ranting. Also let me know if you attended BookCon and what your favorite thing was. Feel free to gush about anything that I talked about as well. Would love to hear from you!
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.