Reasons to get excited about this spring’s first annual BookCon, which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, uh, actual books:
1. Panel headliners include Amy Poehler, Martin Short, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, and Cassandra Clare.
2. EW can exclusively announce that Tina Fey and Jason Bateman will also headline a panel, which will serve as BookCon’s kickoff celebration.
3. Tina Fey!!!
The 30 Rock creator and Arrested Development star will launch BookCon’s festivities by discussing their work in This Is Where I Leave You, an upcoming film by Shawn Levy based on Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling 2009 novel. The hour-long event will also feature Levy and Tropper – who adapted his own novel for the big screen – as well as a sneak-peek of the film and moderation from EW’s own Anthony Breznican. Afterwards, a limited number of special ticket-holders will get access to an intimate happy-hour event, where they’ll rub elbows with high-profile authors and maybe even enjoy a little Evening Cheese with Fey herself.
This Is Where I Leave You follows four siblings – Bateman, Fey, House of Cards’s Corey Stoll, and Girls’s Adam Driver – who return to their childhood home to observe the Jewish rite of shiva after their gruff father passes away. Over the course of one week, family secrets are revealed, long-buried grudges are forced to the surface… and several pounds of cold cuts are consumed. (No wonder Liz Lemon’s on board.)
The kickoff panel is scheduled for the eve of BookCon, May 30, at the Special Events Hall of New York City’s Javits Center. For more info and to purchase tickets – including a special VIP package that includes a signed copy of Tropper’s novel and access to BookCon on Saturday, May 31 – visit BookCon’s website.