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Book Riot Live Attendee FAQ

We’re just a week away! Which means it’s time to answer all your burning questions. We came up with a lot of potential ones, so let’s get right to it.

Q: How/where/when do I get my badge?
A: Your badge is available for pick-up at the registration/check-in desk at Metropolitan West (635 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036). Please have your confirmation email either printed out or pulled up on your phone! You’ll show your government-issued ID, get checked in, and get your badge, your welcome bag, and (if you ordered one) your t-shirt. If you’re one of the lucky folks who’s getting a water bottle, you’ll get it then as well!

Q: I didn’t get to order a t-shirt, can I still get one?
A: You can! At the Out of Print/Book Riot store on the first floor, they’ll have a variety of sizes available for purchase (along with other fine merchandise).

Q: What about water bottles? Can I buy one?
A: Nope, those were a limited edition item.

Q: What do I pack?
A: Assuming the weather gods look favorably upon us, it should be mid-50s and mostly sunny. Can’t hurt to have an umbrella, though. You might also want to bring an extra tote for the books you’ll get at the convention bookstore, run by WORD.

Q: I pre-ordered books, how do I get those?
A: Head on up to the 2nd floor once doors open and check in with the bookstore, they’ll have your books there for you.

Q: Where will I put my jacket and luggage and stuff?
A: There will be a coat-check, not to worry.

Q: What will I eat? 
A: Thanks to sponsor Andrews McMeel, there will be a coffee and donut hour first thing Saturday and Sunday! Our bookstore will be bringing some snack-foods available for purchase, and there are several good food options very close to the venue — we made you a list.

Q: Can I still get tickets to the parties at the Strand?
A: There are still a few spots left for Friday — get one here!

Q: What other things will I be able to do at Book Riot Live, in addition to attending all those panels?
A: So glad you asked. There will be a zine table for you to contribute to, a Reading Lounge to take a break (and maybe crack open a book) in, and meet-ups in The Commons. You can also get recommendations on what to read next from the Brooklyn Public Library’s excellent BookMatchers!

Q: What exhibitors and vendors will be there?
A: Another excellent question — we’ve got a whole section of the site dedicated to them.

Q: How will the signings work? When are they even?
A: They occur immediately after the panels in most cases, but we’ve got a full schedule of them up on our Sched.org site. You should have received an invite so you can create your customized schedule (and even print it out ahead of time, if you roll that way); if you didn’t get it or you think it got lost in the inter-tubes, let us know and we’ll resend. While we’re here, the signings will work as follows:

Outside books are permitted. Those with multiple books may be asked to wait ’til the end of the line. Non-book items are permitted within reason. Books will be available for sale at the convention bookstore on the 2nd floor, courtesy of WORD.

Q: I am not going to know anyone! How will I find friends?
A: We got you! Head on over to Facebook, where we’ve got an active Book Riot Live event group. Or you can chat with folks on Twitter using the #brlive tag.

Q: You didn’t answer my question, though! How do I find out the answer?
A: If it’s about an evening event, you’re getting a separate email early next week! Otherwise, hit reply and ask — we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Q: How excited are you guys about this??
A: THIS EXCITED.

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