Better Late than Never: BEA/BookCon 2014 Recap

Here’s a roundup of panels and signings I attended at this year’s BookCon (formerly called BEA’s Power Reader Day) at the Javits Center in New York City.

IMG_0764John Grisham in Conversation with Carl Hiaasen

These two were great!  Florida crime novelist Carl Hiaasen (left) was hilarious, and I especially loved hearing about all the inventive ways he and John Grisham (right) come up with character names! Attendees received an ARC of Skink: No Surrender by Hiaasen as well as A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row by Grisham.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of A Time to Kill.  Sycamore Row is that novel’s follow-up.

IMG_0781Cary Elwes

The line to meet Cary Elwes was too long for me, but I was still able to see him signing copies of his new book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.

I also headed over to the Horror Writers Association to pick up a free copy of The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six and get it signed by editor Ellen Datlow.


Amy Poehler in Conversation with Martin Short

Amy Poehler discussed her upcoming memoir Yes Pleaseand told a few funny stories along the way.  Martin Short, who also has an upcoming memoir, was equally hilarious if not more so.


Blockbuster Reads: Meet the Kids Authors that Dazzle

Left to right: Jeff Kinney, Rick Riordan, Rachel Renee Russell, James Patterson, and Lemony Snicket

Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kiddid a fantastic job moderating this all-star panel.


Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Rachel Renne Russell (Dork Diaries) laugh it up.


James Patterson (left), known for both his adult thrillers (Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, etc.) and kids’ series (Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, and more), was insightful and interesting.  But perhaps the most memorable panelist was Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), whose dry wit had the crowd roaring with laughter.  Did you know he also writes novels for adults as Daniel Handler?

This event was the perfect way to wrap up my day at BookCon.  Overall, I had a great time.  Stay in the loop for next year’s BookCon through their website, Twitter, and Facebook.



About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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