Bookish’s Guide to BookCon 2018: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, and More

Bookish’s Guide to BookCon 2018: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, and More

BookCon is a celebration of all things bookish. There are author signings, panel discussions, giveaways, free books, and so much more. For book lovers, attending BookCon is like winning the Hogwarts House Cup. 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, we’ve got you covered.

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

Find Bookish!
Don’t miss your chance to be bookish at this year’s BookCon. The Bookish and BookishFirst team will be located at booth 2215, and all day long we’ll be giving readers the chance to spin our prize wheel and win free books, sunglasses, and other literary goodies (check our Instagram in the coming weeks for some sneak peeks!).

Meet Hank Green’s Creation
Rumor has it that one of the Carls from Hank Green’s novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing will be making an appearance. If you’re hankering for a face-to-face encounter with a massive and mysterious sculpture named Carl, then you’re in luck!

Volunteer with OwlCrate
Who doesn’t love OwlCrate? This subscription box service always gives away incredible goodies during BookCon, and this year they’re offering select readers free passes to BookCon in exchange for volunteering at the OwlCrate booth. If you want a behind-the-scenes BookCon experience, look no further.

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 twelve buzzy titles that we recommend grabbing while you’re there:

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Family Trust by Kathy Wang

 

Panels
The Magic of World Building
Worldbuilding, done well, is nothing short of magical. Learn about how some of the authors at the top of the genre, including Renée Ahdieh (Smoke in the Sun), Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates), Scott Westerfeld (Impostors), Marie Lu (Wildcard), Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars), and Sarah Enni (Tell Me Everything) approach this crucial aspect of storytelling.

Bonus: Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir will be autographing on Saturday. Marie Lu and Renée Ahdieh will be autographing on Saturday and Sunday.

Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in Science Fiction and Fantasy
For sci-fi and fantasy fans who are interested in books that tackle identity, there’s no better panel to attend this year. Readers will hear from Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), SL Huang (Zero Sum Game), and V. E. Schwab (City of Ghosts) in a conversation moderated by Kayti Burt.

Bonus: Charlie Jane Anders will be autographing on Saturday. V. E. Schwab will be autographing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Social Justice Warriors: Redefining Youthful Rebellion
Readers who are passionate about changing the world around them will be inspired by this panel featuring DeRay Mckesson (On the Other Side of Freedom), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Jacqueline Woodson (Harbor Me), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), and moderated by Kwame Alexander (Rebound).

Bonus: Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson will be autographing on Saturday. Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas will be autographing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Diverse Voices in Mystery
In this panel featuring Walter Mosley (Down the River Unto the Sea), Kellye Garrett (Hollywood Homicide), Joe Ide (Righteous), and Raymond Villareal (A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising), readers will listen to authors’ perspectives on bringing more diversity to the mystery genre.

Bonus: Walter Mosley and Joe Ide will be autographing on Saturday.

Writing Workshop
Being around so many books and writers is sure to spark some novel ideas in attendees. Tap into that with a Saturday Fiction Writing Workshop or a Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writing Workshop, both designed for participants 17 and older. Don’t forget your special ticket!

Signings
The best part of BookCon is getting the chance to meet the authors who have helped to shape our lives. Here are just a few of the authors the Bookish team is most excited to meet (excluding the authors whose signings are mentioned beneath their panels above):

Holly Black (author of The Wicked King)

Porochista Khakpour (author of Sick)

Tahereh Mafi (author of A Very Large Expanse of Sea)

Naomi Novik (author of Spinning Silver)

Tomi Adeyemi (author of Children of Blood and Bone)
Tomi Adeyemi is also signing on Sunday.

Don’t forget that some author signings require a ticket. Check the full list here.

 

Panels
I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Please!: An Audiobook Game Show
Put your fandom knowledge to the test! Audience members will be selected to go head-to-head against authors Kiersten White (The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), Nic Stone (Dear Martin), Renée Ahdieh (Smoke in the Sun), and Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates) in a bookish game show!

Bonus: Kiersten White, Nic Stone, and Renée Ahdieh will be autographing on Sunday, and Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh will be autographing on Saturday!

NaNoWriMo: The Power of Writing with Abandon
Are you a reader who dreams of becoming a writer? Marissa Meyer (Renegades), Kami Garcia (Broken Beautiful Hearts), Danielle Paige (Stealing Snow), and Susan Dennard (Sightwitch) will be talking about participating in National Novel Writing Month.

Bonus: Marissa Meyer, Danielle Paige, Susan Dennard will be autographing on Sunday, and Kami Garcia and Marissa Meyer will be autographing on Saturday!

The Real Reel
Bookworms who double as movie buffs will want to be front and center for this panel on adapting books for the big screen, featuring Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Becky Albertalli (What If It’s Us), Soman Chainani (The School of Good and Evil), and Lauren Oliver (Broken Things).

Bonus: Becky Albertalli, Soman Chainani, and Lauren Oliver will be autographing on Sunday, and Angie Thomas will be autographing both days!

Romance and the Resistance
If you’re looking for an empowering feminist panel, you won’t want to miss this discussion between romance authors Sarah MacLean (Wicked and the Wallflower), K.M. Jackson (The Betting Vow), Aya de León (The Accidental Mistress), and Roni Loren (The One You Can’t Forget).

Writing Workshop
BookCon is sure to creatively inspire you, making it the perfect time to participate in a writing workshop! Sunday’s workshops focus on either Creative Nonfiction (for participants who are 17+) or Fantasy and Sci-Fi (for participants of all ages). You have to get a special ticket to join the workshops, so if you’re interested pick it up ASAP.

Signings
The best part of BookCon is getting the chance to meet the authors who have helped to shape our lives. Here are just a few of the ones the Bookish team is most excited to meet (excluding the authors whose signings are mentioned beneath their panels above):

Elizabeth Acevedo (author of The Poet X)

Dhonielle Clayton (author of The Belles)

Anna-Marie McLemore (author of Blanca & Roja)

Rainbow Rowell (author of Runaways)

Adam Silvera (author of What If It’s Us)

Don’t forget that some author signings require a ticket. Check the full list here.

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