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BookExpo and BookCon are ON

BookExpo and BookCon are on again! Online, that is.

At one point, both had been postponed from late May to late July. But because things still feel unstable and unsafe, organizers decided to move to a virtual format in order to ensure access to the popular events.


Book Expo is now from May 26-29, and will be presented on  BookExpo Facebook 

You can find the current schedule here. The children’s book event is now a Thursday night DINNER, with a panel featuring much loved middle-grade author Judy Blume, along with Misty Copeland, Raj Haldar, Marie Lu, Kwame Mbalia, and Natalie Portman.


BookCon Online will be May 30 and 31, presented on the BookCon Facebook page. Here’s the current schedule–it looks amazing.

BOTH events will be free and open to the public. Be sure to “like” both of those Facebook pages, so that you can access their programming!

Organizers said an additional day will be added in July, with programming focused on booksellers.


Everywhere Book Fest

Coming to a screen near you … via YouTube … it’s the Everywhere Book Fest: a virtual gathering of kidlit authors, illustrators, and books.

Everywhere Book Fest

The idea: in a time when we can’t go out to find the book, let’s bring the book to the reader. The schedule for the two-day event features live and pre-recorded sessions on such topics as sibling stories, writing #HERstory, and Magic vs. Science.

The beauty of this event is that even if you can’t catch it live, you can still go back to YouTube to watch the sessions on demand. SO … for those of you still supplementing asynchronous school activities … check it out. And for those of you who just love good kidlit discussions or want to get ideas for new books to read…check it out!


#AuthorsTakeAction Clark

#AuthorsTakeAction is a new Twitter hashtag encouraging readers to maintain social distance, act responsibly, and keep reading while they stay home. Author Padma Venkatraman is spearheading the effort; for more on the origin story, including the brainstorming from author Aida Salazar that started the whole thing,  see Padma’s website.

It’s easy:

  1. Grab one (or more) of your books – like Mixed-Up Files contributor Samantha Clark in the picture below)
  2. Write #AuthorsTakeAction on a sticky note and put it on your book
  3. Write another message – be thoughtful — encouraging social distancing. You can use a new post it for this or use the first post it – whatever works. You can also encourage reading, but be sure to include the theme of social distancing.
  4. Take a selfie with the books and post-its and post on Twitter with the hashtag #AuthorsTakeAction

(Want to read more from author Aidia Salazar ? Read this post)

Venkatraman urged hashtag contributors to stay on message: encourage social distancing. “I just ask that you remember to take time to compose the message with care, keeping in mind your audience kids/teens/young adults (or teachers or librarians who connect with kids).”

#AuthorsTakeAction Faruqi

Photo from former Mixed-Up Files contributor Saadia Faruqi

I just ask that you remember to take time to compose the message with care, keeping in mind your audience kids/teens/youngadults (or teachers or librarians who connect with kids).

Photo from Mixed-Up Files contributor/author Samantha Clark

#AuthorsTakeAction Shovan

Photo from author Laura Shovan