Book Con 2017

 

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BookCon is another awesome event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs BookExpo, New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Emerald City Comicon, Star Wars Celebration, Penny Arcade Expo and more.  As much as we’d like to have BookCon in Belle’s library, BookCon is held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. The Javits Center is located at 655 West 34th Street.

Purchase tickets here.

Featured Authors

Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper)

Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series)

Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales (a Spider-Man Novel)

Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Kwame Alexander (The Crossover)

Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything)

 

 

 

 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

hateugive_10-10snapIn The Hate U Give, sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer.

As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

Learn more about author Angie Thomas here.

 

 

 

Appearances

 January 27-30, 2017| ABA Winter Institute| Minneapolis, MN

February 28, 2017| 5:00 p.m.| Lemuria Books| Jackson, MS

March 3-4, 2017| North Texas Teen Book Festival| Irving, TX
March 10-11, 2017| JambaLAya Kidlit Festival| New Orleans, LA

March 13, 2017| Busboys &  Poets| Washington, D.C.

March 18, 2017| Maplewood Ideas Festival| Maplewood, NJ

March 19, 2017| Charis Books and More| Atlanta, GA

April 1, 2017| Teen Bookcon| Houston, TX

July 20-22, 2017| Midwest Writers Workshop| Muncie, IN

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of  making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family’s past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction, and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.

 

Appearances

July 24, 2015 |6:00 PM|267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Get your copy here

Appearances

September 9, 2014| 10:30 AM| Politics & Prose Bookstore

September 9, 2014| 7:00 PM| Politics & Prose Bookstore

Worth The Read: Upcoming July and August Books

Football WidowsGame day takes on a whole new meaning when these lonely football wives start playing!

During football season, NFL coaches gear up for war on the gridiron, leaving their wives to fend for themselves. But B. J. Almond has had enough. She is livid when she finds her head coach husband in bed with one of his assistant coaches’ wives. What really sets her off, though, is when she discovers the other wives knew about the affair all along. What better way to get revenge than to air everyone’s dirty laundry in a juicy tell-all book!

B. J. knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s digging up all the dirt. But before she starts writing, she’s running up the score with a lawsuit against her husband and his mistress. Armed with flight records, copies of naughty emails, phone records, and pictures, B. J. isn’t holding back. And neither are the other football wives, who will stop at nothing to keep their shady secrets from going public. (From Publisher)

 

Baggage Claim

Heralded by the press and millions of theatergoers for his eleven wildly popular musical stage plays, five-time NAACP award-winning playwright David E. Talbert leaps onto the publishing scene with his debut novel, a big-hearted story about friendship, family, and the relentless pursuit of love.

Baggage Claim gives you a first-class peek into the wacky world of Montana Moore, a thirty-five-year-old flight attendant with enough baggage from her past relationships to fill an entire Samsonite showroom. Montana is an incurable romantic. A dreamer. The kind of woman who has her head in the clouds while her heart splatters swiftly to the ground.
With her mother having just tied the knot for a record-breaking fourth time and her baby sister, Sheree, rushing to jump the broom, five-time maid of honor Montana is dangerously close to becoming not only the oldest, but the only woman in her entire family never to be married.  Having convinced herself that there’s no way in heaven or hell she’s showing up at her sister’s Christmas Eve engagement party without a prospect of her own, Montana concocts her wildest and most romantically ridiculous plan yet: a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile trek in search of a husband. (From Publisher)

Watch the trailer for the film here.

 

Sunday You Learn How to Box

Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman lives in a boxing ring—a housing project circa 1968—and is fighting “just to get to the end of the round.” Sharing the ring is his mother, Jeanette Stamps, a ferociously stubborn woman battling for her own dreams to be realized; his stepfather, Ben Stamps, the would-be savior, who becomes the sparring partner to them both; and the enigmatic Ray Anthony Robinson, the neighborhood “hoodlum” in purple polyester pants, who sets young Louis’s heart spinning with the first stirrings of sexual longing. (From Publisher)

Learn more about Bil Wright here.