BookCon Announces Virtual Read-A-Thon to Support Booksellers


Though BookCon has been postponed until July 2020, they just announced their first ever Virtual Read-a-Thon! Taking place on their Facebook page on Saturday, April 11 from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 35+ authors will read passages from their books as well as answer questions. Though it’s not required, this all-day online event will invite viewers to make donations to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to assist booksellers and bookstores affected by COVID-19. This organization will use the funds to help with serious medical expenses, eviction prevention, funeral expenses, disaster assistance, domestic violence survival, utility shut-off prevention, unexpected loss of household income, and more. You can donate here!

Here’s a look at the amazing Read-a-Thon line-up (all times EDT):

12 p.m. – Introduction and welcome by BookCon and BINC teams
12:15 p.m. – Lamar Giles (Not So Pure and Simple)
12:30 p.m. – Andrew Eliopulos (The Fascinators)
12:45 p.m. – Kacen Callendar (Felix Ever After)
1 p.m. – Justina Ireland (Deathless Divide)
1:15 p.m. – Justin Reynolds (Early Departures)
1:30 p.m. – Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed (Yes No Maybe So)
1:45 p.m. – Tobly McSmith (Stay Gold)
2 p.m. – Tahereh Mafi (Imagine Me)
2:15 p.m. – Layton Green (Genesis)
2:30 p.m. – Marie Lu (The Kingdom of Back)
2:45 p.m. – Zan Romanoff (Look)
3 p.m. – Melissa de la Cruz (The Queen’s Assassin)
3:15 p.m. – Cameron Lund (The Best Laid Plans)
3:30 p.m. – Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout)
3:45 p.m. – Ransom Riggs (The Conference of the Birds)
4 p.m. – Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil)
4:15 p.m. – Shaun David Hutchinson (The State of Us)
4:30 p.m. – Victoria Aveyard (Broken Throne)
4:45 p.m. – Kelly Yang
5 p.m. – Julian Winter (The Summer of Everything)
5:15 p.m. – Lilah Suzanne (Tack and Jibe)
5:30 p.m. – Makenzie Campbell (Nineteen)
5:45 p.m. – Emily Juniper (A Strangely Wrapped Gift)
6 p.m. – Hannah Templer (Cosmoknights, GLOW)
6:15 p.m. – Nick Tapalansky and Kate Glasheen (A Radical Shift of Gravity)
6:30 p.m. – Adam Silvera (Infinity Son)
6:45 p.m. – Joe Hill (Locke and Key)
7 p.m. – Benjamin Oliver (The Loop)
7:15 p.m. – Jennifer Donnelly (Stepsister)
7:30 p.m. – Claribel Ortega (Ghost Squad)
7:45 p.m. – Ally Carter (Dear Ally)
8 p.m. – Jennifer Nielsen (The Ascendance series)
8:15 p.m. – Lucas Rocha (Where We Go From Here)

In addition to the Read-a-Thon, BookCon also unveiled a Virtual Author Tour that will take place on their Facebook page throughout the spring! This virtual tour will include live author interviews, panel-style discussions with authors and publishers about debut books, and more. Tonight, April 8 at 8 p.m. EDT, will feature a panel called “Giving a Voice to the Voiceless” moderated by Jamilah King (Mother Jones) with panelists Maria Hinojosa (Once I Was You), Bishop Michael Curry (Love is the Way), and Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter). The authors will discuss their new books that give a voice to groups traditionally not heard. You can find the full Virtual Author Tour list here!

Nicole joined Nerds and Beyond in 2019 and is excited to finally get back into writing. As a life-long nerdy fangirl from New Jersey, she loves Supernatural and its fandom as well as anything Wayward, Kings of Con, Lucifer, Wynonna Earp, and the musical Bandstand. She’s constantly listening to Louden Swain, The Station Breaks, Briana Buckmaster, The Avett Brothers, The Mots Nouveaux, or any of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. When she’s not [procrastinating] on Twitter, you can usually find her binging Netflix with her dog, reading fanfic, or daydreaming about being back in Arizona or Disney World!

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