Summer Book Conventions: El recaps BookExpo America & BookCon 2018!

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Better late than never, eh?

This year I attended the final day of BookExpo America (BEA) and the two days of BookCon, which took place from June 1-3 in New York City.

This is book-lovers’ paradise– a massive convention hall filled with publishers. And most of them are really eager to sell (or give away) their upcoming releases.

But before I get to the exciting part– the ARCs, of course! (and maybe a giveaway of my own…?)– I want to share some of my experiences from the Cons.

Check it out. And don’t forget to read to the end of the post, where you might find some awesome surprises.

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Looking Ahead: San Diego Comic Con + All Things Queer!

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By the time you read this, San Diego Comic Con will just be getting underway. The convention is one of the biggest in the world, and a must for fans of the geeky– comic books, video games, TV, movies, and more are on display over the four (and a half) day convention.

It’s also an oasis for queer geeks, and the convention has grown over the last few years to be more diverse and inclusive. This year’s SDCC will have several fantastic panels focusing on queer culture and characters in media, so we wanted to take a few minutes to highlight those.

We’ll also have two Just Love bloggers at the Con– El and DMac are on duty, and we plan to report back with the hottest upcoming books, shows and movies… and maybe a few super awesome interviews! We also have our top three “must see” items for the con.

So check it out!

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DMac Recaps the LA Times Festival of Books and YallWest

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Summer is Book Convention Season, and the Just Love team is out and about! (We’re also all traveling, so apologies for the delays on getting these recaps up. –el)

I had the busiest few weeks thanks to these two events, but it was so worth it to go! Sorry in advance for the wonky picture quality. It was SUPER sunny for both events and my phone camera is already not the best, but I did what I could.

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Interview with Rick Riordan (Plus a “Rick Riordan Presents” Giveaway!)

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Recent years have seen an incredible shift in publishing towards greater inclusivity and diversity, and at the forefront of that push has been author Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and Magnus Chase series. These books may be targeted for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers, but the stories– which follow teenagers as they interact with mythological gods– are rich with people of color, queer characters, neurodiversity, and more! These are truly books for readers of all ages.

We’re thrilled today to welcome Rick Riordan to our site to talk about the origins of Percy Jackson, the debate about what’s ‘appropriate’ in MG/YA books, and much more!

Thank you, Rick, for joining us today!

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El Goes to FlameCon!

Apologies, a gitch in our blog’s media library means all of my images for this post have gone missing! Please be patient while I attempt to find the backups and re-upload them.

This past weekend (August 19-20) was Flame Con, the annual queer comic con held in Brooklyn, NY! This was my second year attending, and I’m honestly so excited to see how much it’s grown! 2017 brought more attendees, more artists, and more fascinating panels, turning this into the queerest and most amazing weekend of my year!

Flame Con is a must-attend for any fan of queer comics and art, so I’d love to give you a tiny glimpse into the con itself and the fantastic time that I had there… and hopefully help convince you to join me in NYC in 2018!

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El Goes to Comic Con! (and gives away some of the books she got.)

A few weeks ago, I attended San Diego Comic Con for… oh, the eleventh year? Something like that. In some ways, I feel like a stereotypical old lady, shakin’ my cane and reminiscing about “back in the old days”. SDCC has evolved pretty drastically since I started attending, for better or worse, but that means every year is a new adventure! And this year I was joined for two days by JL’s very own DMac, who went on many Book Related AdventuresTM with me!

Here’s a broad overview of What I Did At Comic Con. More is to come, including some pretty damn cool surprises.

(And oh, by the way, I’m giving away some SDCC swag at the end. Y’know, if you’re into that sort of thing. AKA FREE BOOKS.)

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DMac Goes to Comic Con

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DMac Goes to San Diego Comic Con

… well, two days worth of Comic Con, but that was more than I had planned on so I was STOKED! Thanks to El, I got to attend for Wednesday and Saturday at the con, but I went in woefully under-prepared. Luckily El is a con expert, and she helped me get the most of my days (re: books/swag).

Technically I wasn’t there as part of the blog, but I still wanted to help El do some stuff for the site. I was able to get some good book information for Just Love, and snag some ARCs to read for my personal book review blog. I love to read, so this wasn’t a chore. I would have been all up in the book section even if I didn’t write for Just Love. Books are awesome!

I was only there for two days so I’m just going to break this post down by day instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

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ARC Giveaway!

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I went to BEA and BookCon at the beginning of June, and was lucky enough to pick up some *highly* anticipated ARCs! And now I’m looking to get some of these ARCs to a few lucky readers… where they belong! This contest is now closed (winners announced below), but please do check out these three amazing upcoming releases!

That’s right, I’m giving away one copy each of–

  • All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater [signed!]
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon, by Katherine Locke [signed!]
  • Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody

(Please note that the Stiefvater ARC is not queer lit. I’m including it because the author’s previous series, The Raven Cycle, does have two queer characters in it.)

Curious to know more about these books? Check ’em out:

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Convention Recap: BookExpo America & BookCon 2017

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[This post is just an overview of my time at BEA and BookCon. More detailed posts may be coming in the next few weeks.]

This year I attended BookExpo America (BEA) and BookCon, both located here in New York City. BEA is the professional convention, for book industry folks to connect, librarians and educators to explore upcoming releases, and authors and publishers to promote their new titles. BookCon, which runs the Saturday-Sunday after BEA, is intended for readers; it’s heavily YA-focused, and brings in thousands of fans to meet authors and snatch up exciting ARCs.

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