BookCon 2015: Saturday in Photos

If you follow along with BiblioSmiles on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have seen my flurry of photo posts from last weekend’s BookCon. Gabriele and I attended both days, and we met up with Alyson on Saturday, as well as the lovely Sara of Sincerely, Sara (who wrote a guest post for us here)!

It was wonderful to be back at The BookCon again this year – and for two days this time! This Javits Center event certainly rivaled any comic convention (like ReedPOP’s Comic Con!) in terms of levels of enthusiasm. From the older crowd, to the younger crowd, to the hordes of 20-somethings like me, there was something for everyone at BookCon.

And while some of my friends and other people I encountered had problems with lines or wrong information, I do believe the ReedPOP staff handled the crowds pretty well for such a massive event.  Especially when you consider the monster turn-out of young kids and their families that showed up for Khloe Kardashian and the Youtube stars on Sunday. But before I get to that, how about I show you some snaps from our Saturday adventure? Check back tomorrow for Sunday’s photos!

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We got to the Javits Center around 9:15 and picked up our BookBub lanyards and Epic Reads tote bags!  I adore this tote. I also adore the young woman who did not mind taking a photo of our over-eager faces on this line, where we were waiting to get wristbands for the Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak discussion at 11 AM, the panel that would kick-off BookCon 2015.

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We did get the wrist bands, by the way!  This is the only time on Saturday that I experienced any disorganization from the staff, but I guess that’s to be expected for the first go-around. Alyson was given some wrong information regarding where she should be waiting on a line to buy a Rainbow Rowell book, which prevented her from attending the autographing session. Next year, I think lines should be more clearly marked, or there should be more staff nearby during the morning rush to buy.

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Before getting on line for the Mindy Kaling panel, Gaby and I rushed upstairs to the show floor to meet Nicola Yoon and pick up autographed copies of her debut, Everything, Everything.  The book releases on September 1st and I’ve heard nothing but good things from authors and fellow reviewers.  I can’t wait to dive in! Because of this detour, we didn’t get great seats in the Special Events Hall (read: we were seated behind a column), but that didn’t stop us from loving the conversation between Kaling and Novak.  They have such a wonderful rapport, and we giggled pretty much the entire time.  The audience was excited to learn that Kaling and Novak are working on a book together, although it’s still in its early planning stages. The conversation focused on Kaling’s second book, Why Not Me?, which is set to release this September.  The book promises to be charming, thoughtful, and very funny.

Gaby shows off the sample of Kaling's new book, and the adorable Mindy pin, that we received at the panel!

Gaby shows off the sample of Kaling’s new book, and the adorable Mindy pin, that we received at the panel!

After a quick lunch in the cafeteria, where we finally met up with Alyson and Sara, we decided to wander the show floor. I’ll let these photos speak for themselves:

 

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In the afternoon we all attended a panel featuring best-selling author Rainbow Rowell and Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr. I’m especially glad that Alyson got to see Rowell after the whole book-buying thing didn’t work out! The panel was inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny.  It always makes me so happy to see authors who are enthusiastic about their work and warm towards their fans.

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Before heading home, we attended a panel on the creative journey.  Hearing Elle Luna, an artist and the author of the now-Internet-famous “The Crossroads of Should and Must” piece on Medium (here), was so exciting. She made the creative journey feel real and possible.

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Austin Kleon, author of STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (one of my favorites!), gets bonus points for using photos of Don Draper on the Mad Men finale to illustrate “the comic panel of creativity.”

BookCon Day 1 was tiring, and I may have been dehydrated at the end of the day, but I had so much fun! And what convention post is complete without a photo of the swag haul?

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Come back tomorrow to see my photos from Day 2!  Were you at BookCon?  What was your favorite part?  If you weren’t able to go: have you been to any cool book events lately?  Look around your town – at libraries or bookstores – there’s sure to be something cool going on!

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and you can visit her new writing website here.  Tweet @daniellevillano.

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