By Ashley Chan
Everybody knows about Comic Con, Anime Con and PaxPrime, but what about Book Con? Book Con is the sole center of pop culture and storytelling. If you’re a big book fanatic, you should definitely check out this convention. In this event, hundreds of book lovers all around the world gather together and do the things they know the best: buying, talking up, and reading books. Needless to say, it’s every book geek’s fantasy. You’ll even get the privilege to interact with your favorite authors in book signings, live panels, and other events at Book Con.
This year, Book Con was held right here in New York City at the Javits Center. It was a surreal experience; from the large glass domes of the center which felt like a mystical palace, to the nerve popping experiences when getting to meet one of your favorite authors. This convention lasted for two days: Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. Adult tickets were $45-40, and tickets for kids under the age of 12 were $5.
On each day, different activities and different guests were present. On Saturday, the renowned author, John Green and his good friend Nat Wolff had a live panel for Green’s upcoming movie, Paper Towns. Other authors like Marissa Meyer of The Lunar Chronicles, Alexandra Bracken of The Darkest Minds, Rainbow Rowell of Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, and Richelle Mead of The Vampire Academy series and her most recent book Soundless, kindly signed and took pictures with their fans at booth signings. On Sunday, a mix of YouTubers and authors were present; Christine Riccio from PolandbananasBOOKS, E.Lockhart, the author of We Were Liars, Connor Franta, an all time favorite author for teens and adults, James Patterson, Jesse George for jessethereader, and comedian Joey Graceffa.
Book Con is something you definitely should put on your bucket list if you enjoy literature. You don’t even need to be a diehard book-worm. If you’re simply curious, check it out. You can mingle with others, meet new friends, eat the amazing food they sell, or take a tour of the aesthetically appealing building. The next Book Con will take place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.