When an opportunity comes your way such as attending the 2017 Book Con held at the New York City Javitzs Center, it’s best to jump on it. And that’s what I did. I usually plan things out and have my ducks in a row before I make a financial decision but registering for the Book Con was one of the best last minute decisions I ever made.
What started in 2014 as a regular meet and greet for authors and readers, has been one of the biggest and best conventions where you now get to meet and hear from famous authors and see new exhibitors and vendors. There were keynote speakers such as Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything) and Kwame Alexander (The Crossover) giving you information on transforming a best seller into a movie and successes, struggles, and upcoming young adult comic projects. You also meet publishing companies like Harper Collins, Macmillan, Scholastic and others for those of us who want to know what the next book is coming from our favorite author.
This year the Book Con featured comedian/actor Kevin Hart debuting his first book I Can’t Make This Stuff Up. Guest had an open question and answering with Kevin Hart as he talked about his book.
Other famous authors who graced the stage of the Javitz’s were Marissa Meyer author of the Lunar Chronicles and her upcoming book (which I can’t wait to get a hold of) Renegades Laini Taylor author of Strange the Dreamer. The two sci-fi authors held a game of truth or dare for the audience as they spoke about the worlds and characters of their books. They also reunited at a panel on magic and power.
Danielle Page and Christine Ancola helped writers find an easier more fun way to create their worlds. Of course, what would a Book Con be like without a Wimpy Kid gracing the stage? That’s right Jeffrey Kinney author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was also amongst the authors speaking that day.
Kinney took the audience by entering the stage after a quick video of all the wonderful places he visited while touring for his books. He then continued to show the mainly tween filled audience pictures of his original journals that contained what inspired the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
The wonderful thing about going to a book con and sitting in on the mini-panels is the personal interaction the audience can have with the keynote speaker. Kinney did that with such ease and relation to his young audience by playing a ‘guess which character’ game with them on a projection screen. Kinney would draw a line or two and ask the audience who is the character. He did this to show how we as readers can after a while recognize our favorite character by the slightest drawing.
Kinney was just the beginning of the day. Of course one of the main reasons for coming to a Book Con is to see your favorite author and have a book signing for them. It’s like getting an autograph from your favorite singer or tv acator.Book signing was done throughout the entire Javitz where lines wrapped around wrapped lines and onlookers sneaked a snapshot of the author as they passed by.
Authors were not only signing books and taking pictures but they also spoke about various topics like:
- What it takes to build your character
- Bringing the romance out of your book and
- How to create worlds.
Attendees filled the rooms as they listened and lined up for question and answering.
The event was a relaxing, awe inspiring way to spend a weekend. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and resonating in the atmosphere of a fictional Hogwart, dragon, detectives, young lovers, adventurers and of course bunnies, teddy bears, and fairy dust.
Were you at the Book Con? What was your favorite part?
The next Book Con is June 2-3 2018. I will keep you updated as to the events speakers as book signings. I can’t wait to see you there.