Book Con: Sunday, June 4, 2017


I’ll Take Audiobooks for $400, Please!: an Audience vs. Author Game Show I’ll Take Audiobooks for $400, Please!: an Audience vs. Author Game Show

Jun 04, 2017, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 1E10

Test your bookish knowledge, competing head-to-head with Sarah Dessen (Once and For All), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), VE Schwab (A Conjuring of Light), and Kami Garcia (The Lovely Reckless) in categories like “Whose Voice Is It, Anyway?,” “Fantasy Worlds” and “Spotted at BookCon” and more, using audio clips from a wide variety of popular audiobooks. Are you a bigger book nerd than your favorite authors? Four lucky audience members will be recruited to join the fun onstage, hosted by Holly Black (The Cruel Prince). All attendees will receive a pair of earbuds and three free audiobook downloads!

This was a fun panel. It wasn’t really the authors verses the audience. More like an author teamed up with a member of the audience. They were chosen by being the first to answer a question about the author correctly.

The rest of the game was played much like Jeopardy!, and they even had to answer in the form a question.
Many of the clues were easy as they were from current and/or popular books, and the narrators sampled were some famous voices.

The blone girl who was on Kami Garcia’s team was exceptionally good. She had a extensive knowledge about books and authors. She was also really fast at buzzing in.

Authors Left to right: Nicola Yoon, VE Schwab, Kami Garcia,  Sarah Dessen, and Holly Black.


After the panel my sister and I had lunch. Then we met up with Jenn from Australia. We roamed the Exhibit Hall.
There was madness at the Random House booth. There was a ticket giveaway for Leigh Bardugo, who wrote a book about Wonder Woman.

We saw a giant, disorganized crowd surrounding the booth and they had their hands in the air. We later found out that they started giving out the tickets randomly. People who had been waiting on a queue were livid, as they waited for quite a while only to miss out on a ticket to a random selection process.

Jenn, my sister and I observed this from afar. Then we moved on to see other things on the show floor. Many smaller booths were empty and abandoned. I guess after Book Expo they packed up and left? But then it left so much empty space that could have been used for the big publishers. Like the overcrowding at Random House.

We took a photo at the photo booth. We also went to Book Beau, which I heard about from another friend named Jenn. I purchased one for her and one for me, both a London print design. It’s basically a pouch for your book so it doesn’t get dirty or bent in your bag. It fits paperbacks and smaller hardcovers.

We also saw this cool display from Green Peace. It was to promote books protecting free speech and forests by printing on paper from responsible sources that respect the forest, it’s people and wildlife.





My sister and I then split with Jenn to go to the queue room for our next panel. While waiting in the queue room the Book Con staff came in a with three boxes of Krysten Ritter’s book Bonfire. That was a treat because I wanted an ARC of her book but didn’t want to go to her signing or her panel. I wanted to stay away from those crowds.

Jenn messaged me that she got one too. They were also handing them out where ever she had gone to.

Cult Classic Throwdown: Science Fiction and Fantasy in Film, Lit, and Pop Culture
Jun 04, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 1E16
Join a panel of science fiction and fantasy authors and bloggers as they discuss the best—and worst—of genre tropes, from muscle-brained berserker barbarians to aliens bedecked in bad prosthetics, authors Sarah Beth Durst, S.A. Chakraborty, Jordanna Max Brodsky, and Michael Johnston, along with bloggers Jenn Northington and Swapna Krishna, will discuss what makes tropes works, what doesn’t, and what they hope to see in SFF across all forms of media. In addition to the panel discussion, brief clips from some of the most trope-tacular movies will be shown, and attendees will play SFF Trope Bingo for a chance to win prizes, including an Alamo Drafthouse gift certificate.



This was a good, fun time. The panel discussed their most liked and disliked tropes, as well as the tropes they use in their writing.
Then we watched some really cheesy cult classics to mark off the tropes on our Bingo cards. The first 2 people to get BINGO would get a prize.


At the end of the panel they gave out some of the authors’ books at the door. This became a disorganized crowd. It was an unsafe fire hazard. What the staff should have done was either let us out row by row, or had different tables set up at different exits to distribute the books in an orderly fashion.

After the panel we met up with Jenn and with our cousins. Our cousins said the autograph table for Chelsea Clinton was a mess and that her secret service was rude. They didn’t go to her signing, they were just in the vicinity.
But they did get to meet R.L. Stein and he served cake to celebrate the birthday of a Goosebumps character’s birthday… or something. There was cake. That’s the point.

Sundays books:
My BookBeau.
ARC 11/17 – Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Panel Give Away: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas 1) by Zoraida Córdova
Panel Give Away: The Immortals (Olympus Bound 1) by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Panel Give Away: The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia 1) by Sarah Beth Durst




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