Attention, Lit Lovers! 7 Things You Definitely Cannot Miss at BookCon 2017

We're counting down the days until BookCon, and our inner nerds can fly free.

ICYMI, BookCon is the perfect place for book worms, the generally literate, and those looking to take their casual fandom of literature to another level..

Now if you're looking to surround yourself with some great books, their writers, and fellow lit-lovers without spending a day on the internet to get tickets– that's why we love BookCon so much.

If you're looking to surround yourself with some great books, their writers, and fellow lit-lovers without spending a day on the internet to get tickets– that's why we love BookCon so much.

At BookCon, there will be panels with people you actually want to see, and way more books than you'll know what to do with― it won't just be about sifting through Funko Pop! toys. 

...Although there probably will still be some Funko Pop! Toys. Full disclosure.

Anyway, we've rounded up some of the coolest things that are on our radars, but you should really check out their website for the full deets.

1. Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray will be at BookCon this year. He co-wrote a romance novel. We're swooning. We won't torture you with more details.

2. Meetups


The best part of any con is making Con Friends. If BookCon is actually your first rodeo, then we'll tell you a li'l bit about Con Friends (and you should check out the First Time Fan Meetup, ya n00b)

Con Friends are every nice drunk girl you've hung out with in a club bathroom in college, combined with every person you've locked eyes with on the train to avoid making eye contact with subway performer passing around their hat.

Half the time, Con Friends stay at con. You'll hang out Saturday, hook up again for the panel you bonded over on Sunday, and in six months, you'll find a contact on your phone called "Captain Hammer" and think "good times." 

BookCon makes these fleeting friendships super easy– just look at their list of official meetups, which range from Bookstagram 'Grammers, to Speed Dating with fellow single lit lovers, to of course, what would a Book Convention be without all the Harry Potter fans hooking up.

3. Real Science, Big Adventure


ICYMI, Bill Nye's recent show on Netflix is LIT. 

The man, the myth, the legend himself will be making an appearance at BookCon, for a panel discussion about his upcoming fiction series for kids, Jack and the Geniuses—described as both a science adventure along with a mystery, so um, basically worth having kids just so you can read them this series. 

That's how parenthood works, right?

He and his co-author, Greg Mone, will be discussing the series at the Main Stage on Sunday, from 11 a.m. from 12 a.m. So don't party too hard the night before!

4. The Merch


We told you there'd be Funko Pop! toys.

If you're anything like us, you're going to want to stumble out of the Javits Center with, like, three tote bags ripping at the seams of books, but you're going to see a Wuthering Heights shirt for sale, and you're not going to be able to resist.

It's okay. TBH, especially if you're buying gifts for friends (and you have more than one friend), books are probably the worst idea, and the cute merch littered around the show floor is the best idea.

The booths we'll be visiting? Definitely Out of Print Clothing. And also Pen America, bc they're totally doing the lord's work. And is it possible to walk by a Strand logo and not stop by? Okay, you better just check out the list. And definitely the exclusives.

5. Krysten Ritter Spotlight


Guys!!! It's Jessica Jones!!!

We're just a tiny bit obsessed with Jessica. Krysten. Okay, okay, she's actually a delight in everything she's ever acted in, which includes Breaking Bad, and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. 

Also, can we just say, her Instagram feed is effing adorable. She has a super cute dog, she's really good at knitting, and okay, we're gonna stop before someone gets scared and gets us banned from this panel.

At Jessica Jones' panel, Krysten Ritter Spotlight, she'll discuss her upcoming debut novel, Bonfire, a psychological suspense thriller that follows a woman confronting her past in the wake of small-town corruption. We're psyched to hear what she has to say, and even more psyched to read the book itself.

After the panel, she'll also be moving to Booth 1921 for autographing.

6. The Handmaid's Tale Panel


In case you slept through high school English, or don't have someone's Hulu login, in the world in which The Handmaid's Tale takes place, women actually aren't allowed to read. So ladies, you probably wouldn't get to hang out at a book convention either. 

TBH, that's really the least of the women's worries in The Handmaid's Tale, which is kicking ass on Hulu right now, and has been inspiring some serious discussion since its publishing in 1987. Seriously, no one does dystopia like Margaret Atwood.

Atwood will be speaking alongside the Hulu adaptation's showrunner, Bruce Miller, for an hour on Saturday at 4:15. Curious about how an oppressive, controlling government could effect your life? Hypothetically, of course? Then this will probably be the one for you.

7. Kevin Hart's Q&A


NGL, Kevin Hart's panel is twice as exciting because of the guy interviewing him– 'The Breakfast Club's' Charlamagne tha God. Hart will discuss his new book I Can't Make This Up, but if you haven't already, you should definitely pick up a copy of Charlamagne's memoir, Black Privilege.

For Kevin Hart's meet and greet, in addition to your BookCon pass, you also need another ticket, so make sure you get on that. The ticket also comes with a copy of I Can't Make This Up.

Don't Miss Out on BookCon 2017 & Get Your Tickets Right Here.

[Feature Image Courtesy Publishing Perspectives] 

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