Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Buzz: USA TODAY Heads to BookCon

by Kelly Lawler)

Move over Comic Con, there's a new fan convention in town.

The last day of BookExpo America, the publishing trade show, will also inaugurate BookCon, an event bringing pop culture and literature together.

BookCon, held in the Javits Center on Saturday and open to the public (there is a charge), will be a day for readers and fans, bringing them closer to the books, authors and pop culture they love.

Here's a sneak peek at the BookCon panels that will be moderated by USA TODAY writers:

Best-selling authors Jodi Picoult, Kathy Reichs and Ruth Reichl will be onstage together with USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer at 11 a.m. in room 1E15. They'll talk about their previous best sellers plus dive into their more recent books, including Picoult's Leaving Time, Reichs' Bones Never Lie and Reichl's Delicious!

Borrowing a perennial Comic Con guest, USA TODAY's Brian Truitt will go one-on-one with comic book legend Stan Lee, who has co-created some of the biggest superheros of all time, from Spider-Man to the X-Men to the Avengers. Lee is venturing into a new kind of storytelling with his children's book Zodiac, out January 2015 from Disney. Like Peter Parker, Lee's new hero is a teenager, a Chinese-American boy who is gifted with powers based on the Chinese Zodiac. The panel is at 11:30 a.m. in room 1E07.

USA TODAY's Lindsay Deutsch will talk to young-adult authors Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments) and Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver) at 1 p.m. in room 1E07. Black and Clare are collaborating on a new book, The Iron Trial: Magesterium, and Stiefvater has just written Sinner, a companion to the Shiver trilogy. The panel will focus on epic stories and creating immersive worlds for readers.

Actor and star of The Princess Bride Cary Elwes is venturing into the world of writing with his new book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. He'll talk to USA TODAY's Carly Mallenbaum about the book, sharing stories from the set of the film at 1 p.m in room 1E15.

Mallenbaum will also chat with actress Danielle Fishel at 2:15 p.m. in room 1E15. She'll discuss her new memoir Normally This Would Be Cause For Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness. The audience get to know the actress behind Topanga in Boy Meets World and the spin-off Girl Meets World.


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