Inside BookCon: where literature lovers give hope to the industry

The convention’s throngs of teenagers prove there’s still an appetite for reading, raising spirits of publishers who are starting to realize the importance of fandomLast Saturday and Sunday at the Javits Center, on the far western edge of Manhattan, the newly popular book lovers’ convention, BookCon, presented a scene familiar to fans of all sorts. Attendees crowded into exhibitors’ booths, arms covered in paper wristbands for entry into top events (people had reportedly queued for some of them since before the sun came up). The autograph hall, where hundreds were waiting patiently across dozens of lines, was deafeningly loud. On the main stage, TV celebrities were being interviewed, and the crowd was going wild. (Such crossover luminaries included BJ Novak, Mindy Kaling, Nick Offerman and Jason Segel.) At the entrance, a big, unmissable sign read: “Cosplay is not consent.” For the uninitiated, cosplay – short for “costume play”, where people dress up like favorite characters – is a staple at fan conventions, and the right to dress how you want and not get harassed is a relatively new and welcome addition. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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