BookCon, a convention that highlights books and the publishing industry, is returning to New York in 2015 for an expanded two-day event. Running immediately after BookExpo America, the convention will feature “a vibrant show floor with the world’s most influential publishers,” including Macmillan and Penguin Random House.
Young adult authors headlining BookCon in 2015 include Leigh Bardugo (the Grisha trilogy) and Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles). Macmillan’s Fierce Reads author tour will use BookCon as a kick-off point.
BookCon also announced a partnership with grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. The panel on Saturday will feature the best and brightest in science fiction and fantasy, including author Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch). Sunday’s panel will bring together five New York Times bestselling authors for a discussion of children’s literature. This panel will feature the 2014 National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature, Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Sherman Alexie (Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian), Libba Bray (The Diviners), David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing) and Meg Medina (Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass).
More events and guests are to come and will be announced up until the show.
Last year’s BookCon featured long lines and a floor strangely divided between BookCon and BookExpo America. Their line-up of authors was critiqued for not originally featuring a single author of color.