Annual BookExpo and BookCon to Showcase Top Authors in Exclusive Facebook Live Lounge

05/25/2017

A Full Slate of Exclusive, Interactive Interviews on Facebook with Blockbuster Authors Including Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown ,Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon to be streamed from BookExpo and BookCon 2017

NORWALK, CT – May 25, 2017 – For the first time BookExpo and BookCon is bringing book lovers around the globe access to celebrity and author interviews on Facebook Live. As an added bonus for viewers the BookCon interviews will be powered by Epic Reads, the premiere online community for fans of teen books and YA authors. 

Readers and fans who are not able to make it to the show can still be part of the largest book convention in the country and see their favorite personalities in exclusive live streaming interviews. Fans will have a chance to participate in the process by asking their own questions via Facebook comments.

Among the dozens of authors and celebrities who will be interviewed live from ReedPOP’s annual BookExpo and BookCon are: Kwame Alexander, Margaret Atwood, Victoria Aveyard, Matt Bomer, Dan Brown, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Jenny Han, John Hodgman, Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, R.J. Palacio, James Patterson, Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell, R.L. Stine and many more.

Attendees of BookExpo & BookCon can also take advantage of the livestreamed content, enjoying these unique author interviews in between their favorite panels and autographing sessions. The Facebook Live Lounge will be an onsite studio where live interviews will take place with personalities and talent from both BookExpo (June 1st & 2nd) and BookCon (June 3rd & 4th).

“We know that every year there are thousands of people who wish they could be at BookExpo & BookCon, and the Facebook Live Lounge will help us bring them the content they crave right on their own devices,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director for BookCon & BookExpo at ReedPOP. “We are leveraging the increasing popularity of livestreaming to provide readers around the world with exclusive live content, so they can be part of the action and spark a global conversation about their favorite authors.”

"We're thrilled to leverage Facebook Live to give Epic Reads & YA fans access to the excitement of BookCon," said Rosanne Romanello, Associate Director of Publicity at HarperCollins Children’s Books. "Festivals and Cons are where readers get to meet their favorite authors and experience fandom to the maximum degree; it’s great to bring the same all-access, community-first spirit of these events to our digital audience.”

Interviews from BookCon will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Epic Reads Facebook page – Facebook.com/EpicReads as well as on the Facebook pages of the featured authors.

Interviews from BookExpo will be streamed via Facebook at facebook.com/books/ as well as on the Facebook pages of the featured authors.

BookExpo, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, and BookCon, the consumer extension of the show, combine to make the ultimate event destination for the publishing industry and booklovers worldwide. BookExpo is widely known as the leading business event for publishers, booksellers, librarians, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, media, bloggers, rights professionals and movie and television executives who attend to discover new voices, learn about trends shaping the book industry and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. To register or for more information, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.

BookCon is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. The programming slate, tickets and more information can be found at TheBookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

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ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. (www.reedpop.com)

ABOUT EPIC READS
Epic Reads is an online recommendation site for YA books. Each month, over 3 million readers visit Epic Reads via the website, Epic Reads channel on YouTube, and through social channels for book lists, author chats, giveaways, videos, and more.

ReedPOP Contact:
Brian Reinert/Nikki Liberatore
(212) 685-4300
Brian_Reinert@dkcnews.com / Nikki_Liberatore@dkcnews.com

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