|BOOKEXPO AMERICA AND BOOKCON TO FEATURE STAR-STUDDED LINEUP OF|
WORLD'S BEST-SELLING CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS
Celebrated Author Breakfasts, Powerhouse Panels, Autographing Sessions and Nickelodeon Activities, will Provide Nonstop Entertainment for Booksellers and Industry Professionals as well as
Kids and Parents
|Norwalk, CT – May 15, 2014: This year's BookExpo America (BEA), which will combine with the debut ofBookCon , the new consumer event which is being organized by ReedPOP (the organizers of New York Comic Con), will feature an unprecendeted number of the world's most famous and bestselling children's, middle grade and young adult authors. ReedPOP is the world's largest producer of pop culture events and BookExpo America is North America's leading book trade event. BEA's long history of serving the book community for over a century combined with BookCon's unique fan-based approach to programming has set the stage for one of the most significant gathering of kid's authors ever. BEA will be held at the Javits Center in New York City, ; BookCon will also take place at the Javits Center and will be open to the public on .|
will feature BEA's Children's breakfast, an event that has long been considered the highlight of BEA. This years edition will be hosted by Jason Segal with speeches by Mem Fox, Carl Hiaasen and Jeff Kinney. Each author will discuss their forthcoming works, sure to be standouts of the fall publishing season.
BookCon will roll out another star studded kids event on when Jeff Kinney, James Patterson,Rick Riordan, Rachel Renée Russell and Lemony Snicket take the stage together for the first time ever. The panel titled Blockbuster Reads: Meet the Kids Authors That Dazzle will be moderated by Kinney and will give kids, parents and professionals the inside scoop on the inspiration behind the beloved stories and characters from these renowned authors.
In addition, YA sensation Veronica Roth will be joining BookCon for two panels. First for a conversation with author Alex London (Proxy) about her upcoming release FOUR: A Divergent Collection and then as moderator for a panel entitled Dystopian Futures: Are they Science-Fact or Fiction? alongside literary stars Alaya Dawn Johnson (The Summer Prince), Marie Lu (Legend series) and Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die).
BookCon's offerings will be bolstered with a day long program from Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. From , there will be a dedicated Nickelodeon-themed room featuring sneak peeks of new episodes from the network's hit preschool series Dora the Explorer; Peter Rabbit; Bubble Guppies, Wallykazam! and the top-rated preschool series on all televison, PAW Patrol. Additionally, there will be a variety of activities for kids and their families including photo-ops with Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, PAW Patrol and Peter Rabbit costume characters; arts and crafts projects; and a special reading by Fátima Ptacek, the voice of Dora. Ptacek will read "Dora's Big Buddy Race," inspired by Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Nickelodeon's forthcoming educational preschool series featuring the iconic Dora character in new adventures, with new friends and a new interactive curriculum.
BEA and BookCon will host programs that discuss the important issue of diversity in children's books. On BEA will feature a panel titled Where Are All of the People of Color in Children's Books and BookCon will feature a panel The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
"BEA has a long tradition of showcasing both the biggest names in publishing to being the premier launch pad for the newest literary stars," notes Steve Rosato, Show Manager for BookExpo America. "BEA's audience of booksellers and industry professionals depend on BEA to discover titles that will be big movers in the coming season. The Children's Author Breakfast has consistently stood out as one of the most anticipated marquee events at BEA year after year. We are pleased to not only maintain this standard of excellence for the book trade and also bring key issues forward for the industry to focus on, but also to expand the opportunities for authors and publishers to connect directly to readers and fans through the BookCon is a very powerful combination."
Brien McDonald, Show Manager for BookCon adds "I'm thrilled that BookCon has added such fantastic kids and YA content to BEA's stellar line up of guests. BookCon's fan-based approach provides kids and parents the chance to hear and meet some of the inspirational and creative voices that have been so important in their lives."
In addition these celebrated authors will also participate in events over the weekend: Annie Barrows, Jan Brett, Cassandra Clare, Kate DiCamillo, Jon Klassen, Gregory Maguire, Brad Meltzer, R.J. Palacio, Judy Schachner, R.L. Stine, Jack Wang, Rosemary Wells and many more! In addition BEA will include the Middle Grade School Buzz and the YA Buzz sessions which are recognized as key platforms for launching new books and getting the inside story on the books that already have the industry buzzing.
ABOUT REED POP:ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)
ABOUT BOOKEXPO AMERICA:
BookExpo America (BEA) is North America's largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself.
BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).
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