Lauren Spieller, Dahlia Adler, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/25-7/1)

Happy Monday, book nerds! There isn’t too much going on this week but the two events that are happening look fantastic. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep to date with all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, June 26

Launch Event for Your Destination is on the Left by Lauren Spieller at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Lauren Spieller for her debut novel, Your Destination is on the Left. Lauren will be in conversation with fellow author Dahlia Adler (Just Visiting). Free event.

Launching A Thousand Beginnings and Endings at McNally Jackson (7 p.m.)

Join six of the talented authors featured in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, an anthology of Asian myth and legend retellings. Free event.

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Meet Meredith Goldstein & Carolyn Cohagan This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/18-24)

There are only two events happening this week but they’re both going to be great. Check out the schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep to date on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Thursday, June 21

Launch Event for Meredith Goldstein at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Meredith Goldstein as she shares her new novel, Chemistry Lessons. Goldstein will be in conversation with her editor, Elizabeth Entenman. Free event.

Friday, June 22

Launch Event for Time Next by Carolyn Cohagan at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Carolyn Cohagan as she shares her new novel, Time Next, the sequel to Time Zero. Free event.

Marisha Pessl, Adele Griffin, & More In the City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/11-17)

As we get closer to summer vacation events are beginning to wind down, but there are still a number of great events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, June 11

Always Forever Maybe Launch Party at McNally Jackson Books – Prince St. (7 p.m.)

Join author Anica Mrose Rissi for the launch of her new novel Always Forever Maybe. There will be snacks and prosecco for the 21+ crowd. Free event.

Tuesday, June 12

Meet Saundra Mitchell for All Out at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join author/editor Saundra Mitchell as she shares her amazing anthology All Out. She’ll be joined by contributors Dahlia Adler and Kody Keplinger. Free event.

Meet Andrew McCarthy and Adele Griffin at Barnes and Noble 86th & Lexington Ave (7 p.m.)

Join Pretty in Pink actor and author Andrew McCarthy and author Adele Griffin as they discuss their new releases Just Fly Away and Tell Me No Lies. Free event.

Thursday, June 14

Marisha Pessl in Conversation With Melissa Albert at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6-9 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of bestselling author Marisha Pessl’s new novel, Neverworld Wake. She will be in conversation with B&N Teen Blog editor and NYT bestselling author Melissa Albert. Priority seating with purchase of the book at the store.

Andrew McCarthy & Adele Griffin at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join Andrew McCarthy (Just Fly Away) and Adele Griffin (Tell Me No Lies) as they discuss their new novels. Free event.

Saturday, June 16

Great Middle Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Come to Books of Wonder Uptown for a great middle grade panel featuring Mary Winn Heider (The Mortification of Fovea Munson), Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Every Shiny Thing), Melissa Sarno (Just Under the Clouds), and Barbara Dee (Everything I Know About You). The authors will be in conversation with author Coe Booth. Free event.

Morgan Matson, Brandy Colbert, & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 6/4-6/10)

Were there authors you missed at BookCon? Never fear! This week is packed with author events that’ll make you feel like BookCon is still going on. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates on the bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, June 4

Launch Party for Mayfly by Jeff Sweat at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Jeff Sweat as he introduces his debut futuristic thriller, Mayfly. Free event.

Tuesday, June 5

Launching Morgan Matson’s Save the Date at McNally Jackson Books – Prince Street (6 p.m.)

Meet Morgan Matson as she celebrates the release of her latest novel, Save the Date. Though books will already be pre-signed you can meet and chat with Morgan and get your books personalized. Free event.

Launch Event for Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Join Kristina Perez and fellow authors, Heidi Heilig (The Ship Beyond Time) and Elizabeth Lim (Reflection), as they celebrate the release of Perez’s novel, Sweet Black Waves. Free event.

A Reading And Q&A With Brandy Colbert at The Langston Hughes House (7-9 p.m.)

Join award-winning author Brandy Colbert for a reading of her new novel, Finding Yvonne, followed by a Q&A. Free event.

Thursday, June 7

Epic Reads Summer Meet-Up at Astoria Bookshop (6:30 p.m.)

Join authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Tiffany D. Jackson (Monday’s Not Coming), Anica Mrose Rissi (Always Forever Maybe), Robyn Schneider (Invisible Ghosts), and Joelle Charbonneau (Eden Conquered) for a fun round-table discussion. Purchase of any of the authors’ new books is required to participate.

Friday, June 8

The Belles and Brujas Tour at Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (7 p.m.)

Authors Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born) and Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles) will be in conversation with Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess) and Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night). Free event.

Saturday, June 9

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Paul Noth (How to Sell Your Family to Aliens), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot Escapes), Gordon Korman (Whatshisface), Camille DeAngelis (The Boy From Tomorrow), Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Book of Boy), and Julie Berry (The Emperor’s Ostrich) for a middle grade event you won’t forget. Free event.

Meet Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet authors Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White for their new book, Time Tracers: The Stolen Summers. Free event.

Sunday, June 10

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Join Jeanne Birdsall as she introducers her novel, The Penderwicks at Last. Free event.

Kate Messner and Friends Talk Middle Grade at McNally Jackson – Williamsburg (4 p.m.)

Celebrate middle grade fiction with five exceptional authors. Free event.

BookCon & More Events Happening This Week (YA Book Events NYC 5/28-6/3)

Happy Book Expo/Book Con week! All the authors are town this week for the big event, but there are also some other events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep updated on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, May 29

Blogbound Con at Jefferson Market Library (5-8 p.m.)

Join authors and bloggers as they come together to discuss issues relating to kidlit and YA blogging. Free event. Sign up here.

Launch Event for Front Desk by Kelly Yang at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Come meet Kelly Yang as she introduces her novel, Front Desk, and answers questions from the audience. Free event.

Friday, June 1

Marie Lu & Friends Author Panel at B&N Union Square (6 p.m.)

Marie Lu will be on an amazing panel with Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Ransom Riggs, and Melissa de la Cruz, moderated by Mashable’s MJ Franklin. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with book purchase beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Saturday, June 2

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $35 online; $45 onsite.

David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera at B&N Union Square (6:30 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of David Arnold’s new novel, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, with Arnold, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of at least one of the featured titles beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Sunday, June 3

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $30 online; $40 onsite.

Tiffany Jackson & More In The City This Week (YA Book Events NYC 5/21-5/27)

Happy Monday, book nerds! There are two great events happening this week so check out the full schedule below for all the details and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to get regular updates about the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, May 22

Mark Oshiro + Tiffany Jackson at The Strand (7-8 p.m.)

Meet debut author Mark Oshiro and Allegedly author Tiffany Jackson as they celebrate the release of their new books, Anger is a Gift and Monday’s Not Coming. They will be joined by NYT bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton. Event admission is $15.

Saturday, May 26

Celia C. Pérez in Conversation with Shelley Diaz at Cafe con Libros, BK (6-8 p.m.)

Come to Cafe con Libros for an intimate conversation with Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), and Shelley Diaz, the School Library Journal’s Reviews Team Manager. Admission is $5.

Everything I Wish I Knew Before My First BookCon

BookCon is quickly approaching and I’m so incredibly excited. This will be my third BookCon and I’m so ready to meet authors, get free books, and see all the panels. Although I feel confident about attending the con this year, my first year I didn’t really know what to expect. So if this is your first BookCon here’s some things I wish I’d known before my first BookCon.

1. Wear Comfortable Shoes

While I didn’t wear heels to BookCon, I also didn’t wear the most comfortable shoes and my feet hated me by the end of the day. My recommendation is to wearing running/athletic shoes. I’ll be wearing my Nikes.

2. Bring Snacks

Most likely you’ll be running from one panel to the next and stopping for food will seem like a detour you don’t have time for. Plus, the food at BookCon is typically expensive. So make sure to pack up snacks. I’m talking dry cereal, granola bars, a sandwich, and make sure you have a water bottle. You’ll want to stay hydrated.

3. You Don’t Have To Accept Everything

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One of the best things about BookCon is all the free things you get. People will be shoving swag and books into your face at all times. Last year, I somehow ended up with two copies of the same book. Thus, you will feel like you should take everything that’s being given to you. It’s free, right? Except then you’ll find your bag filled with things you’ll have to figure out how to get home and when you get home you’ll realize you don’t even want half that stuff. So don’t be afraid to say no or walk away from something. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to take it.

4. Plan Out Your Schedule Ahead of Time

BookCon has an app that you absolutely should use. On the app you can go through the schedule for the entire weekend and add the panels and autographings you want to attend to your own personal schedule. It’s easy way to see what things you want to go to and make sure you don’t have anything overlapping. You should also get a good look at the map. If you have an autographing in the Autographing Area at 12 p.m. but you want to make a panel that’s happening on the lower level at 1 p.m. you should know that in advance (although I’ll tell you right now, you’re not going to make it).

It’s much easier to actually get to everything you want to go to if you already have a game plan in mind. Additionally, by planning out your schedule you’ll be able to prioritize what you really want to go to so if you do have to choose between two things, you’ll already know which one is most important.

5. Get Your Autographing Tickets Ahead of Time

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If an author is doing a signing “In Booth,” this means the publisher is hosting it at their booth and you don’t need an advance ticket for that. However, if the signing is happening in the Autographing Area you will need a ticket. Thankfully, the set up is much better than it was at my first BookCon and now you can get your tickets for the autographing ahead of time online.

The way it works is on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. EDT you will be able to use your badge number or confirmation number to get tickets to two author signings per day. These tickets go extremely fast so this is another instance where it’s best to know ahead of time who you want to see and have your badge/confirmation number ready to just copy and paste into the site. Additionally, it’s also good to check and see if the author your going to see requires a book purchase for the signing. Though you’ll most likely be able to pay with credit card, it’s always good to have cash just in case.

6. Find a Line Buddy

The lines at BookCon are LONG! They just are. There’s really no good way to get around it, except to have a line buddy. I’ve found that standing in line goes way faster if you have someone to stand with you. Additionally, if you’ve got a panel that doesn’t end until 1 p.m. and the in booth signing that you want to go to begins at 1 p.m. that’s when a line buddy can be a life saver because they can save your spot in line while you run to meet them. The only possible problem with this is many lines will give out tickets in the line before the signing begins and if you’re not there to get the ticket it doesn’t matter when you join the line, you’re not going into the signing.

7. Bring a Phone Charger

If you stick around for BookCon all day your phone will probably die. Between texting your friends about your location and taking pics with your favorite authors, your phone battery will get a lot of good use. That’s why you need to have a phone charger, preferably a portable one so you’re not tied to a wall outlet wasting time charging instead of having fun around the Con. If you’re like me and are attached to your phone on a regular day, I’d even recommend bringing two chargers.

8. Use a Backpack

You’re not allowed to bring a bag with wheels to BookCon for security reasons but you can bring a backpack. And you should. Unless you actually turn down every single thing that’s offered to you, you will leave BookCon with a ton of stuff. You will get tote bags, posters, ARCs, bookmarks, pens, notebooks, pouches, and who knows what else. You won’t only want some place to put all this stuff, you’ll need it. Trust me, it’s way easier to carry stuff in a backpack then in a tote bag or your pockets. And I’m not talking about those cute little tiny backpacks you’d see at Coachella, I’m talking about a Jansport, like you’d use for school.

9. Don’t Forget to Have Fun

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Honestly, BookCon can be crazy and even a little stressful. You might miss out on getting that ARC you were dying for or find out your favorite author’s signing is already full and you just missed it. But don’t let something small ruin your whole BookCon. Yes, getting free stuff and meeting your fave author is amazing. But you know what’s also amazing? Spending a whole weekend with a bunch of people who love the same things you do. Make friends with the people you’re stuck on line with. Take a break from running from panel to panel and actually just walk around the showroom floor. BookCon only happens once a year and it’s supposed to be fun, so if it’s not feeling fun take a second and figure out what could make your day better. And enjoy it.

Got any questions about BookCon? Leave them in the comments below! Can’t wait to see you all there!