Bookish’s Guide to BookCon 2019: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, and More

Bookish’s Guide to BookCon 2019: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, and More

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BookCon

Summer is nearly here and you know what that means: It’s time for BookCon! BookCon is an annual celebration of all things bookish. There are author signings, panel discussions, swag giveaways, free books, and so much more. It’s a time to connect with fellow bookworms, meet your favorite authors, and discover new books. The excitement can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together a list of all of BookCon’s can’t-miss events. If you’re wondering what to do at BookCon, look no further. Once you’ve planned out your schedule, check out our BookCon survival guide for tips on having the best BookCon ever!

Find Bookish!
Don’t miss your chance to be bookish at this year’s BookCon. The Bookish team will be hanging out at booth 1348. We’ll have photo ops, collectable buttons, BookishFirst points to win, and more!


Visit UnBound

This year BookCon is launching UnBound, an entire section of the show floor dedicated to merch inspired by your favorite books. You’ll definitely want to stop in to snag some literary goodies. We recommend dropping by a few of our favorites: Book Beau, Jordandene, and TopatoCo!

Snag Galleys
One of the best perks of attending BookCon is coming home with a tote bag full of galleys (or advance reading copies). Here are 15 buzzy titles that we recommend grabbing while you’re there:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Slay by Brittney Morris
Akin by Emma Donoghue
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

 

Click the author names to see what other panels and signings your favorite writers have planned for the weekend!

Panels
Leigh Bardugo in Conversation with Jeff VanderMeer
Saturday afternoon is sure to be unforgettable for the readers who sit in on this conversation between fantasy icons Leigh Bardugo and Jeff VanderMeer.

Unleash Your Creative Superpowers with National Novel Writing Month
End your day with some writing inspiration from Grant Faulkner, Jasmine Guillory, Danielle Paige, Susan Dennard, and Alexis Daria.

Hulu Presents…
There are two Hulu panels on Saturday that adaptation-loving bookworms won’t want to miss. The first gives readers a sneak peek at season three of The Handmaid’s Tale and the second offers a look at John Green’s Looking for Alaska.

Read With Pride
Kick off your Pride Month celebrations with authors Bill Konigsberg, Mason Deaver, Kacen Callender, and David Levithan in their discussion of young adult and middle grade books with LGBTQ+ characters.

The New American Experience
What does it mean to be an American? Authors Jean Kwok, Shilpi Somaya, Raakhee Mirchandani, and Alisha Rai gather with moderator Mackenzie Dawson to share how their families’ experiences in the U.S. shaped their lives and their novels.

Signings
Meeting authors is one of the highlights of attending BookCon. Many signings are ticketed in advance, but below we’ve rounded up a handful of in-booth signings that we’re excited about:

V.E. Schwab
Sarah Gailey
Rainbow Rowell
Kerri Maniscalco and Natasha Ngan
Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier, and Gale Galligan

Don’t forget that some author signings require book purchase and/or a ticket picked up from the booth where they’ll be signing.

 

Click the author names to see what other panels and signings your favorite writers have planned for the weekend!

Panels
Suffragettes, Sex Positivity, and Smashing the Patriarchy: Historical Romance as a Powerful Political Text
Do you believe romance and resistance go hand-in-hand? Then this is the panel for you. Bookish fave Sarah MacLean moderates Tessa Dare, Vanessa Riley, Scarlett Peckham, Ursula Renee, Julia London, and Sabrina Jeffries in a discussion on the modern relevance of historical romance.

I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Please!: An Audiobook Game Show
Prepare to put your geeky knowledge to the test. A few lucky readers will be brought onstage to battle against authors Ally Condie, Nic Stone, and Arvin Ahmadi in a game moderated by audiobook narrator Marc Thompson.

The Future of the Online Book Community
This panel brings booktubers, bookstagrammers, and book bloggers together to talk about the evolution of the online book community and where it may take readers next. Find out what Christina Marie, Olivia Páez, Jamie, and Spencer have to say.

To All the BookCons I’ve Loved Before
Beloved author Jenny Han sits down with Eva Chen to talk about book adaptations, fashion, and the Netflix sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

A Mashup of Time, Space, and Media: N.K. Jemisin and Rebecca Roanhorse on Creating and Adapting Speculative Fiction
SFF fans will not want to miss this one: Authors N.K. Jemisin and Rebecca Roanhorse sit down to discuss the way history inspires the worlds created in science fiction and fantasy books, movies, and more.

Meetup
BookTube and Bookstagram Meetup
Wrap up the weekend by connecting with your fellow book bloggers, bookstagrammers, and booktubers! Attendees currently include Ashley Nguyen, Emma Giordano, Sasha Alsberg, and more!

Signings
Meeting authors is one of the highlights of attending BookCon. Many signings are ticketed in advance, but below we’ve rounded up a handful of in-booth signings that we’re excited about:

Mark Oshiro
Susan Dennard
Charlie Jane Anders

Don’t forget that some author signings require book purchase and/or a ticket picked up from the booth where they’ll be signing.

BookCon only lasts for two days, but bookworms can get the party started early with these two special events taking place on May 29. Plus, many local bookstores host signings and events while authors are in town. Be sure to check their websites for event listings!

Blogbound
Book bloggers interested in growing their brand or breaking into publishing will love this day spent with authors and publishing professionals. Panels cover Instagram, community growth, writing, and more!

IRL Dinner: Why Not YA?
Join National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo for a night of delicious food followed by a reading and signing of her new book With the Fire on High.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of Bookish.com, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.

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  1. hi! I’m super excited for BookCon and to visit the Bookish booth! I was just wondering – is there a list of when/where these ARCs are dropping?? I am dying to get my hands on them! Thanks :)

    • Hi Katie! I would recommend checking the publisher’s schedules for BookCon for times and locations for specific ARC drops.

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