Dwarf & Giant on Location: BOOK CON 2016, CHICAGO
  On Location    May 26, 2016     Sarah Parker-Lee


I spent the weekend at the little Con that could – Book Con 2016. It’s the public part of Book Expo America, or BEA. Professional authors, publishers, book sellers, book buyers, etc. come together to share must-read books that are coming soon and figure out what reading trends to anticipate next. There are panels with authors from all genres and a showroom full of major, indie, and niche publishers, with their books for sale and for free (FREE BOOKS!!!), plus lots of merchandise for book lovers. Also, free totes: tote bags, tote pouches, wine totes, totes totes… So many totes.


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For me, the best thing was how easy Book Con was. The lines were practically non-existent. I didn’t feel rushed. I saw every panel and booth I wanted to see. Each panel was entertaining, informative, inspiring, and fed my soul as both a writer and a reader. If you love reading and/or writing books and graphic novels, you totes need to check out Book Con.

Now, here’s some “coming soon” news I heard at Book Con that’s got me all a-flutter:

  • Pierce Brown is starting a new trilogy, beginning with Iron Gold, which takes place ten years after Morning Star and is told from the perspective of several characters we’ve come to know and love in the Red Rising Trilogy, including Sevro.
  • The final book in Justin Cronin’s Passages trilogy, The City of Mirrors, comes out this September. Up next, he’s starting a new project he can’t talk about yet. Hush hush! Follow him for news and updates.
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Justin Cronin

  • Book three of Scott Sigler’s Generations trilogy, Alone, comes out March 2017. He’s also part of the newly announced “Aliens: Bug Hunt” anthology (Titan Books, 2017), where he’s contributed a story from the Xenomorph’s point of view.
  • Naomi Novik’s long-awaited League of Dragons, the final book of the Temeraire series, comes out June 2016. That’s next month, people! She’s re-telling Rumplestiltskin for Saga Press’s “The Starlit Wood” anthology, and is working on a graphic novel and short story compilation inspired by Temeraire fan art. Her novel, Uprooted, just won a Nebula Award.
  • Sarah J. Maas brings us the next book in her Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms, this September.
  • The prologue for Laini Taylor’s new book, Strange the Dreamer, is here. The book comes out September 2016.

Stay tuned for another post with some advice for writers from, and some trivia about, these authors!


Sarah Parker-Lee is managing co-editor of Kite Tales, reviews books for Dwarf+Giant, & writes for non-profits fighting injustice all over the interwebs. She also writes YA alt. history & sci-fi. Her humor blog, Dogs and Zombies: A Dog’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, shambles towards your tasty brains Summer-ish 2016. Twitterings: @SarahSoNovel


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