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Here’s Everything That’s Happening with Epic Reads at BookCon 2019


Here’s Everything That’s Happening with Epic Reads at BookCon 2019

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BookCon weekend is like, one of our holidays. Seriously. Every year, publishers, authors, and thousands of readers gather in New York City to celebrate everything we’ve read, the books to come, and the people who’ve written them all. If you’re going to be at BookCon this year, we want to make sure you get book nerdy the right away!

We’ll be having giveaways at our booth all weekend long, plus special bonus events and panels for you to attend. Check out the full schedule below, and tune in if you can’t make it!!


Epic Reads at BookCon 2019

BOOTH #2046


All Weekend


Facebook Live Interviews

Can’t make it to BookCon? We got you covered! We’ll have special interviews with authors going on all weekend streaming to you LIVE from Facebook. Check out our schedule below and get your questions ready!

Epic Reads LIVE from BookCon!

Epic Reads LIVE from BookCon!


Tote Bag Giveaway

  • Come to Booth #2046—AKA, our booth—to get a brand new Epic Reads tote bag! Supplies are limited, so be sure to swing by starting at 10AM, when doors officially open.

Epic Pride Giveaway

  • We’re kicking off Pride Month with a special Epic Pride giveaway. Come to Booth #2046 each day at 2PM to receive one of our limited edition Epic Pride bandanas!

Advanced Copy Giveaways

We’re giving away eight incredible books this year, and they’ll be split up between giveaways running at 12PM, 1PM, and 4PM. All eight books are listed below, and you can stop by the booth to find out which books will be available at each time slot! And don’t worry if you can’t make it. You can enter to win a special bundle of fall’s biggest YA books right here!




It’s a Red Queen Party!

11AM in the HarperCollins Lounge, next to Booth #2046

  • Rise, Red as the dawn, Scarlet Guard, and celebrate this epic series with one grand sendoff! We’re bidding adieu to this superpowered saga alongside Victoria Aveyard (plus some other secret swag to be revealed), so you know you won’t want to miss it.

Panel: Read with Pride

Time: 11:15AM–11:50AM | Choice Stage

  • In recognition of Pride Month, YA and middle grade authors discuss their latest books with LGBTQ+ characters. Don’t just read, Read with Pride. Attend the panel to receive Read with Pride swag! Featuring Mason Deaver, Molly Ostertag, Bill Konigsberg, Kacen Callender, and moderated by David Levithan.

Panel: Contemporary Fictions and Modern Day Storytellers

Time: 11:30AM–12:15PM | Location: Room 1E16

  • What better time to share your story than today? Taking a look into real stories from our lives allows us a trip into fictions that are deeply relatable. Authors Sarah Dessen, Karyn Parsons, Brittney Morris, Morgan Matson, and Sandhya Menon share their stories and experiences telling them truthfully.

Panel: Epic YA

Time: 3:30PM–4:30PM | Location: Main Stage

  • Your favorite young adult authors across the spectrum are all in one place! Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and Cassandra Clare will dish about their best-selling books and answer all your questions!




Book Nerd Trivia

11AM in the HarperCollins Lounge, next to Booth #2046

  • Think you know all there is about YA? Guess again! Join us, nay, compete against Team Epic Reads in the most high-stakes game of Book Nerd Trivia of the year! You’ll have the chance to win some epic prizes, so we hope you’re up to the task.

Panel: Love is Love

Time: 11:15AM–11:50AM | Location: Choice Stage

  • Whether it’s a rom-com or a fantasy novel, a sci-fi book or a horror novel, the young adult books are still overwhelmingly heteronormative. Join Abdi Nazemian, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Angelo Surmelis, and Kacen Callender as they discuss the need for queer teens to have books that allow them to see themselves as worthy of love, no matter what the genre.

Panel: Your Own Worst Enemy

Time: 2:30PM–3:15PM | Location: 1E10

  • As much as we all try to avoid making mistakes, stories thrive on flawed characters that get in their own way. Join Victoria Aveyard, Maureen Johnson, Tiffany D. Jackson, Swati Teerdhala, and Katy Loutzenhiser as they discuss why their characters are their own worst enemies, how they turn their flaws into strengths that help them find true happiness, and how to keep audiences interested even when they don’t.

Panel: Social Justice Warriors

Time: 3:30PM–4:15PM | Location: 1E14

  • An annual staple of the BookCon program, this year’s Social Justice Warriors panel features four fan-favorite authors whose books all try to help move our culture forward just as much as they try to entertain their readers. Jason Reynolds, Daniel Jose Older, Morgan Parker, Elizabeth Acevedo, Damon Young, and this panel’s moderator, Akilah Hughes, have made hugely successful writing careers by being able to craft captivating stories featuring characters tackling issues of race, gender, and class. Let’s learn how these esteemed authors walk the fine line of writing page-turning stories while addressing the vitally important social issues of today.


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