As their website says, “BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.”
Bookcon 2018 was June 2nd and 3rd, preceded by two days of BookExpo 2018, which is a publishing event featuring the latest in print and digital book publishing. For Booksellers, Librarians, Authors, and specialty retailers.
Both book events from a four-day convention in New York’s Javits Center at West 37th and 11th Avenue in midtown west of Manhattan.
I wore the shirt I got from Out Of Print at last year’s Bookcon, starting me off on the right foot — I love an appropriately themed T shirt for any activity!
The first thing which always grabs me is how big and crowded it is.
One of my favorite parts of the day was meeting Scott Westerfeld and getting a personalized signed copy of his new book “Impostors,” which isn’t even our until September. Even cooler — it’s the first in a four-book series set in the same world as his 2005 scifi young adult series, “Uglies,” which I loved. (“Uglies” was the first of a quartet: “Uglies,” “Pretties,” “Specials,” and a bit of a departure in the same world and timeframe, “Extras.”)
Scholastic has a huge area and was of course celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter. They even had a huge “Muggle Wall,” where everyone could sign their name and write a note about what Harry Potter meant to them.
I met Julia Ember, author of “The Seafarer’s Kiss,” and she signed my book, too. She’s a young adult fantasy author and you should check her out!
Bookcon 2018 was very fun, exhausting, and I met some amazing authors and editors and publishers.
For me, it combines networking with reading — two of my favorite things!
Oh! And of course I bought a T shirt! My new shirt is perfect: it’s blue and says “Complex female character.”
Here are a couple more pictures from Bookcon 2018.