Here are our picks for the must-see panels at BookCon today.
“Middle Grade Blowout”
10:30–11:15 a.m.// Room 1E14
Rachel Renée Russell (Dork Diaries), R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Evangeline Lily (The Squickerwonkers), and Alyssa Milano (Project Middle School).
“Hulu presents The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3”
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. // 1E10
Talent from the upcoming third season of the hit Hulu show offer a sneak peek.
“John Cena Reads Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla”
10:45–11:15 a.m. // Family HQ
Wrestler, rapper, and author Cena reads his new picture book.
“Spotlight on Cassandra Clare”
11 a.m.–noon // Main Stage
Cassandra Clare is in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s David Canfield.
The Subtle Art of Giving a T*lk
11:15–11:50 a.m. // Downtown Stage
Blogger-turned-bestselling author Mark Manson talks about his smash hit The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.
“Read with Pride”
11:15–11:50 a.m. // Choice Stage
In recognition of Pride Month, YA and middle grade authors Kheryn Callender, Mason Deaver, and Bill Konigsberg discuss their latest books with LGBTQ+ characters.
“Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son”
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. // Room 1E14
Bestselling author Rowell discusses her highly anticipated new book.
Noon–12:35 p.m. // Choice Stage
Find out what George R.R. Martin and Game of Thrones can teach us about modern war and the fate of our world.
“New York Times Best-Selling YA Authors Discuss DC Ink!”
12:30–1:15 p.m // Room 1E10
Authors from DC Comics’s new YA imprint discuss their books.
“E.L. James Spotlight”
12:30–1:30 p.m. // Main Stage
Superstar E.L. James discusses her new book, The Mister.
“Neil Patrick Harris and Eva Chen in Conversation”
12:45–1:20 p.m. // Downtown Stage
Multimedia stars and children’s book authors Neil Patrick Harris and Eva Chen share the stage to discuss their books, kids, and life.
“Leigh Bardugo in Conversation with Jeff VanderMeer”
12:45–1:30 p.m. // Room 1E14
Worldbuilders Leigh Bardugo and Jeff VanderMeer discuss their craft and their latest books.
“The Very Best in Middle Grade: Soman Chainani, Meg Medina, Raina Telgemeier, and Tracey Baptiste”
1:30– 2:05 p.m. // Choice Stage
Authors talk about the ins and outs of writing their bestselling middle grade books.
“Sharing the Past with Tegan & Sara”
1:30–2:05 p.m. // Downtown Stage
Sara Quin and Tegan Quin, twins and singer/songwriters of the indie pop duo Tegan & Sara, discuss their new book, High School.
“Must Read YA Graphic Novels”
1:45–2:30 p.m. // Room1E14
Join some of YA’s biggest names for a discussion about graphic novels for teens and teens-at-heart.
“John Cena: One on One”
2–3 p.m. // Main Stage
Global superstar John Cena goes one-on-one with BookCon.
“Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler Present Cursed”
2:30–3:15 p.m. // Room 1E16
The Lady of the Lake finds her voice in Cursed, a cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur—soon to be an original Netflix series.
“Book-to-Screen: Eoin Colfer, Nicola Yoon, Alafair Burke, and David Levithan”
2:45–3:30 p.m. // Room 1E14
With or without popcorn, come listen to four authors chat about adapting their stories for the screen.
“Epic YA: Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Reynolds, Julie Murphy, and Cassandra Clare”
3:30–4:30 p.m. // Main Stage
YA authors get together on one stage.
Oh! The Horror!
3:30–4:15 p.m. // Room 1E10
Joe Hill, James Murray, and Paul Tremblay talk about scaring and being scared.
For complete event listings, visit bookcon.com.