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Here's Everything That's Happening with Epic Reads at BookCon 2018


Here's Everything That's Happening with Epic Reads at BookCon 2018

Here’s Everything That’s Happening with Epic Reads at BookCon 2018
Get ready, New York City…cause this weekend, book nerds everywhere are TAKING OVER. Team Epic Reads will be at BookCon all day on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, and we CANNOT wait to see you all. Prepare to do all the book shimmies because there will be author meet-ups, giveaways, and ALL THE YA THINGS.
First off, did you tune into our #BookConLive Facebook interviews last year?! We had a BLAST interviewing all the amazing YA authors in attendance so naturally, we had to make it happen again this year. We’ve got an exciting line-up of authors so even if you can’t make it to the show this year, you can still get the full book nerd experience by following along with our Q&A’s on Facebook and letting us know what questions you have! We will ask them on your behalf! Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, June 2nd

Sunday, June 3rd

  • 10 AM: Marissa Meyer
  • 11 AM: Lauren Oliver
  • 1 PM: Tomi Adeyemi & Elizabeth Acevedo
  • 1:30 PM: Dhonielle Clayton & Heidi Heilig
  • 3:30 PM: Veronica Roth
  • 5:15 PM: Angie Thomas

OKAY, now let’s get you all the details of what else is happening with us at BookCon…

Epic Reads will be at Booth #2338

…where we’ll be giving away free swag and advance copies of books while supplies last! Stop by for your chance to snag some amazing new reads like:

Not all books will be available at each ARC drop!

Meet authors at the Epic Reads Meet-Ups

…you’ll get to chat with your faves and get your books signed in the HarperCollins lounge next to our booth! These events are not ticketed, so make sure to show up and get in line!!!

Saturday, June 2nd

From 1-2PM, you’ll get to meet Angie Thomas, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Soman Chainani, and Julie Kagawa!

Sunday, June 3rd

From 11-12PM, you’ll get to meet Elizabeth Acevedo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Heidi Heilig, Mackenzi Lee, and Kendare Blake!

Check out the amazing BookCon panels

….seriously, there are some really great ones this year!

Power Moves

  • When is it? Saturday, June 2nd from 11-12 PM
  • Where is it? Main Stage

Mega-hit authors discuss the fierce heroines who occupy the pages of their fan-favorite novels. Power in the female form is a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the page. Join Melissa de la Cruz, Victoria Aveyard (WAR STORM), Tahereh Mafi (A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA), and Kendare Blake (THREE DARK CROWNS series) as they discuss writing narratives about confidence, strength, resilience, and more! Moderated by: Sarah Enni

Social Justice Warriors: Redefining Youthful Rebellion

  • When is it? Saturday, June 2nd from 3-3:45 PM
  • Where is it? 1E10

Each and every day is an opportunity for change. In this panel, YA authors Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), Angie Thomas (THE HATE U GIVE), and Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) join activist DeRay Mckesson (On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope) to explore social justice and positive representation in young adult lit, and how their work redefines our ideas about youth in the resistance. Moderated by: Kwame Alexander


The Real Reel

  • When is it? Sunday, June 3rd from 1:15-2 PM
  • Where is it? 1E10

It’s so exciting to see books come to life on the big screen. How do those pieces come together to give readers what they are craving while satisfying movie-goers? Join Angie Thomas (THE HATE U GIVE), Becky Albertalli (SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA), Soman Chainani (THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD & EVIL series) and Lauren Oliver (BROKEN THINGS) as they chat about their epic tales being turned into fantastic films. Moderated by: Sarah Enni


Re-orientation: LGBTQ Creators of Mass Media, Culture, and the Stories People Want to Read

  • When is it? Sunday, June 3rd from 2:30 – 3:15 PM
  • Where is it? 1E16

This panel features emerging queer voices in romance, YA, science fiction, and mainstream genre to talk about the emergence the LGBTQ+ voice in #ownvoices and mainstream fiction. These authors – Emily Jordan, Damon Suede, Dhonielle Clayton, Harper Miller, Heidi Heilig (FOR A MUSE OF FIRE), Mackenzi Lee (THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS & PIRACY), and Emily Stone – will share how their personal experiences lend themselves to the written page and how their works are resonating with readers across America. Moderated by: Emily Jordan


Yet to Be: Bravery

  • When is it? Sunday, June 3rd from 3 – 3:45 PM
  • Where is it? 1E14

Bravery and fearlessness are not only invaluable in everyday life, but they’re imperative in the writing process as well. This panel boasts accomplished, beloved authors Adam Silvera, Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds, Kody Keplinger, and Stephanie Garber who aren’t afraid to express their true voices. Come learn how they harness their unique perspectives so you too can learn how to overcome fear and trepidations. Moderated by: Jen Doll


Beyond Books

  • When is it? Sunday, June 3rd from 3:30 – 4:15 PM
  • Where is it? 1E16

Slam-poetry, stories ripped from the headlines, YouTube sensations and more! How do these varied media forms serve as fodder for great books? Join authors Tiffany Jackson (MONDAY’S NOT COMING), Zach King (ZACH KING: THE MAGICAL MIX-UP), and Elizabeth Acevedo (THE POET X) as they talk shop! Moderated by: Sarah Enni


Did we mention you can also feel royal af at BookCon? 👑👑👑

On both Saturday and Sunday, you can get a photo taken of yourself sitting on the Three Dark Crowns throne! You’ll also get to declare what kind of royal you’d be too—a poisoner, naturalist, or elemental—so get your best regal poses ready and check it out! It will be in the main lobby…and there will be chances to win fun prizes too ☠️🍃🔥

We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to Team Epic Reads! Come book shimmy with us! 😁

Are you heading to BookCon this year? Hit the comments and let us know!
Plus, follow us on Twitter (@EpicReads and @EpicReadsEvents) and on Instagram (@EpicReads) for event coverage while we’re there!

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