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.
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.
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
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 Kid) did a fantastic job moderating this all-star panel.
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?