Book Con 2014

So I seemed to have forgotten about my blog here, due to the awesomeness that comes from having a full time job, going to Book conventions, and packing up my life. Coming up will be the books read from March-May. Let’s talk about Book Con!

Empty Book Con 2014 This was my first experience for BEA so I signed up for the Saturday event. This turned out to be a mistake. BEA changed it so now they have a special day for non-professionals called Book Con (which is crap because I am a librarian). The exhibit floor was very poor if you were looking for free books (I was), but the saving grace from the Con was the panels. I attended AWESOME Panels.

Graphic Novel Panel:

This was pretty good for people just getting interested in graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile and Drama, was one of the people on the panel. Nothing outstanding happened in the panel, but you could tell that each of them were excited about the topic and had a lot to share on the world of graphic novels.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee Zodiac

Stan Lee had a panel at Book Con to promote his new juvenile fiction book called Zodiac. The book features a young male protagonist that has the ability to go through various powers connected to the Chinese Zodiac. Stan Lee was hilarious and his panel was actually really interesting. He talked about getting into publishing and how he moved up in the company. At the end of the panel they gave everyone a sneak preview of his new novel and each copy was signed! Great panel!

Epic Reads with 3 YA authors:

This featured 3 popular YA authors, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Cassandra Clare. I will admit that I really wanted to go to this panel for Maggie Stiefvater and Holly Black. Holly Black was one of my favorite authors when I was a teen (oh so many years ago) and Maggie Stiefvater blew me away with her Raven Boy series and The Scorpio Races. Out of the three authors Maggie Stiefvater really had the most clever and charming personality on the table. Cassandra Clare seemed

Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater

Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater

really gracious with her fans and Holly Black seems extremely dedicated to her writing. All the people who attended the panel walked away with ARCs of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s new collaborative novel and Maggie Stiefvater’s companion book to her Shiver series.

 

Dystopia:

The dystopia panel was moderated by Veronia Roth, author of Divergent series, and had three YA authors, Danielle Paige, Marie Lu, and Alaya Johnson. They IMG_1515talked about world building, characters, and their individual works. I must say that after hearing Marie Lu talk about her Legend series I was motivated to finally finish the last two books (and I was blown away). I had already read Danielle Paige’s book, Dorothy Must Die, (good but a bit unsatisfying at the end) and ordered Alaya Johnson’s book The Summer Prince (should be here soon).

Overall the Stan Lee and Epic Reads were the best panels, but they were all great. Way, way better than the exhibit hall. I have learned my lesson for next year, go to the Friday sessions instead of the “Book Con”.