On May 7, ReedPop announced that BookExpo and BookCon are going virtual with a full slate of free online programming to take place on May 26–31, the originally scheduled week of BookExpo and BookCon 2020.
BookExpo Online 2020 will include Children’s and Adult Book & Author Dinners, Buzz Book panels, and spotlights on new graphic novels and picture books. BookExpo will also hold an additional day of programming in July featuring timely content curated with booksellers’ goals in mind.
On Tuesday, May 26, BookExpo Online will kick off with Librarians’ Day, offering a full day of library content. The Adult and Children’s’ Book & Author Dinners will now be presented as evening events to accommodate viewers in different time zones, on Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28, respectively. The 2020 Adult Book & Author Dinner will feature Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse taking the virtual stage for a discussion of their forthcoming works and initiatives, with MSNBC political analyst and SiriusXM radio personality Zerlina Maxwell as host. The Children’s Book & Author Dinner will bring together several of literature’s most esteemed children’s and young adult authors for a lively discussion, including Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia.
BookExpo Buzz Day will take place on Friday, May 29, and offer the Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Editor’s Buzz panels, along with the New Picture Book and New Graphic Novel Showcases. The Editor’s Buzz panels will be presented in an updated format that brings together a discussion between editor and author for each featured title.
BookConline 2020 will offer fans a virtual gathering place to interact with their favorite authors and publishers on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31. The full schedule of events will be announced in the coming days.
BookExpo Online 2020 will also present an additional day of bookseller programming in late July that will include education sessions, speed dating, UnBound content, and publisher showcases. More details and a full schedule of content will be announced in the coming weeks.
All programming for both BookExpo Online and BookConline 2020 is open to the general public and presented free of charge. All BookExpo Online programming will be viewable on the BookExpo Facebook page and all BookConline programming will be viewable on the BookCon Facebook page and BookCon Facebook group.
Visit BookExpoAmerica.com for more information.