BookExpo America, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, is moving to Chicago this year – and it’s taking BookCon with it.
BookCon is a ComicCon-esque conference that connects publishers and authors with hoards of adoring readers, with a floor of booths accompanied by panels and signings throughout the day. The names of several attending authors at the 2016 show have already been announced, including Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles) and Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries).
“I can’t wait to get back to BookCon. It’s like a huge party for book lovers and there’s no better place to connect with readers,” said Bardugo in a press release.
With only one person of color announced among the half-dozen white authors attending, some bloggers are already raising eyebrows – and rightfully so, with BookCon’s history. BookCon has been successful in terms of getting people to attend – last year’s show in New York City drew over 18,000 readers – but BookCon has continued to come under heavy fire since it’s inauguration in 2014. The first year featured almost no people of color and outrage forced the convention to partner with WeNeedDiverseBooks and shove a last-minute panel on inclusive literature into their schedule.
Last year, they continued their partnership with WeNeedDiverseBooks, but the representation still wasn’t as inclusive as it should have been, including a gaff where a panel about the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns featured only one woman on stage: the moderator.
BookCon will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago on May 14, 2016. Tickets go on sale on November 12.