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BookExpo & BookCon Go Digital

Today, Reedpop announced that BookExpo and BookCon will be completely digital. The physical events were cancelled due to Ms. Rona and having to quarantine ourselves. But from May 26, to the 31st, there will be a full week of FREE online programs attendees can participate in.

The event director for BookExpo and BookCon, Jenny Martin had this to say, “We know how valuable it is for our community to gather and we felt it was important to reimagine the experiences you look forward to each year at BookExpo and BookCon to fit our current reality. We are excited to bring you BookExpo Online and BookConline this year, two unique digital events that will certainly be one for the books!” 




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There will be all the same programs everyone look forward to. The Buzz Book panels, author dinners, and spotlights on graphic novels and picture books.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The event will kick off with Librarian’s Day  where you’ll be getting a full day of library content.

Wednesday May 27, 2020 & Thursday May 28, 2020

Adult and Children’s Books & Author Dinners will be evening events to help everyone view them regardless of time zones.

The 2020 Adult Book & Author Dinner will be attended by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Carmen Maria Machado, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse. They will be discussing  their upcoming works and initiatives with Zerlina Maxwell, a MSNBC analyst and SiriusXM radio personality as the host.

The Children’s Book & Author Dinner will feature many brilliant children’s and YA authors such as Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia who will discuss and lively conversation.



Friday May 29, 2020

Friday will be Buzz Day, where all the panels will be taking place. The panels offered are the Adult, YA and Middle Grade panels. Buzz Day will also include the New Picture Book and New Graphic Novel revels. The panels will be done in a format so that each author and editor of the works will be able to have a discussion.

BookExpo will  present another day in July for bookseller programs, education, speed dating, publisher showcases and UnBound content.




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Unlike BookExpo which will be taking place over three days, BookCon will only be a two day event, taking over the weekend of May 30 – May 31st.

BookConline 2020 will be full of Q&A sessions, panels and discussions with almost 100 authors, bestselling and those who are making their debuts. Some authors who will be in attendance are Nic Stone, Jenny Han, Zoraida Cordova, Mike Curato, Cassandra Clare; just to name a few.

They will be discussing a number of prevalent topics like the new super heroes, LGBTQ+ characters in literature, social justice, and more. The official schedule will be coming in just a few days.

I’ve never been to BookExpo or BookCon and now that they are online and free, I will be attending everything I can. And we here at Bookstr hope you do to.

For more information and scheduling for either of these events check out their websites,  BOOKEXPO & BOOKCON 


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5 Shakespeare Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart at Parties


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1. His wife was named “Anne Hathaway”

They married in the year 1582, when she was 26 and he was only 18. It was highly speculated that they married because she was pregnant, and that Shakespeare was involved with another woman during this time. Hathaway grew up in Shottery, England, which is a town next to Shakespeare’s Startford-upon-Avon, and she came from a family of farmers. After the birth of her first daughter, Susanna, in 1583, she later went on to give birth to twins Hammet and Judith in 1585. You guessed it-the Catwoman actress parent’s were Shakespeare fans and named their daughter after William Shakespeare’s wife!


2. There’s a conspiracy theory that he didn’t write his own work

Since there’s no evidence that Shakespeare had any type of formal education, some have questioned how one man was capable of such genius, leading some to theorize that “Shakespeare” was just a pseudonym for a collection of different authors. (Most common contenders include rival Christopher Marlowe and Sir Francis Bacon). However, the vast majority historians completely disagree with this theory. Their reasoning is due to lack of evidence that there were any other writers behind his name, and that his work was too consistent to have any other contributors.


3. He coined many terms used today

A master with words and highly influential, Shakespeare is known for inventing and popularizing many words and phrases used commonly today. Examples include “Vanish into thin air” from Othello, “Mum’s the word” from Henry VI, “All of a sudden” from Taming of the Shrew, and “The be all-end all” from Macbeth.


4. He acted in his own plays

Shakespeare was a member of Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an acting company which Shakespeare wrote for. Richard Burbage was the name of the actor who played most of Shakespeare’s lead roles, including Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, and King Lear. However, Shakespeare was more than just a writer, he was a multi talented man who dabbled in acting as well. Roles that scholars have presumed Shakespeare has played were King Duncan in Macbeth, Adam in As You Like It,  and most famously, the Ghost of Hamlet’s father in Hamlet.


5. His son died from the black death

Shakespeare’s only son, Hamnet, tragically died in 1596 at the age of 11, shortly after contracting the bubonic plague. At this time in England, it was very common for parents to lose their children at a young age. It is widely speculated that his death influenced the legendary 1609 play Hamlet, which centers around a man coping with the death of his father. 


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