ReedPOP Announces BookCon 2018 Initial Lineup featuring Taye Diggs, Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds & More
ReedPOP, the world's leading producer of pop culture events, today unveiled the initial lineup of Authors joining BookCon 2018. Celebrating its fifth edition, the groundbreaking consumer book event will take place on June 2 & 3, 2018 at the Javits Center in New York City. Headlined by bestselling Authors and the world’s hottest Hollywood talent, BookCon brings storytelling to life through a series of Panels, Screenings, Author Q&As, Autographing sessions and more. This year’s BookCon also introduces interactive content including four writing workshops produced in conjunction with Sarah Lawrence College, writing contests and more. Tickets for BookCon 2018 will go on sale November 15 at 12:00 PM EST.
Hollywood stars will once again take the BookCon stage, with actor and singer Taye Diggs (Rent, Empire) joining the lineup with his best friend Shane Evans to promote their upcoming children’s picture book, I Love You More. Social Media star Zach King will showcase his middle grade novel Zach King: The Magical Mix-Up, and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin) will take the stage to discuss My Family Divided, a middle-grade nonfiction work about her experiences as the child of undocumented immigrants.
The initial Guest list for BookCon also includes bestselling Author Angie Thomas, whose debut novel The Hate U Give has spent over 30 weeks on the New York Times’ YA Bestsellers List and will soon be adapted into a feature film starring Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything). Young Adult favorites have joined the lineup as well, including Victoria Aveyard to talk about the latest Red Queen novel War Storm, Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, The Language of Thorns) who will be promoting her upcoming novel King of Scars, Kami Garcia to showcase her new book Broken Beautiful Hearts, Jason Reynolds to discuss Long Way Down, and Marissa Meyer who will be onsite previewing the first book in her much-anticipated superhero series, Renegades. This is only the beginning of the lineup for BookCon 2018 and ReedPOP will continue to add and announce Guests and content up until the Show.
BookCon is designed to appeal to the modern-day book lover with an appreciation for broader pop culture and where these worlds intersect. The event will feature a vibrant Show Floor with the world's most influential publishers including HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Scholastic and many more. In addition to over 250 Exhibitors, the Show Floor will house the Downtown Stage, home to innovative content like Q&As, Trivia and Illustrator events as well as a dedicated Family HQ with family-friendly workshops, activities and photo opportunities throughout the weekend.
"We created BookCon as the ultimate storytelling destination with unique and exciting Guests and programming for all types of readers. There is really nothing else like it. This year we are looking forward to continuing to give Fans access to their favorite Authors, books, films and television series while further broadening our offerings," said Brien McDonald, BookCon Event Director.
Previously, BookCon has included a star-studded roster of bestselling Authors and Celebrities including John Green, Jenny Han, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Margaret Atwood and Kevin Hart, in addition to hundreds of Exhibitors.
BookCon is the consumer extension of BookExpo, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe. It is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influences everything we read, hear and see.
Tickets for BookCon will be available on November 15 at TheBookCon.com. Additional exciting details about BookCon Exhibitors, Guests and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase Tickets, please visit TheBookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).