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Book Riot Live Evening Event FAQ

Hello, you lovely ticket-holders you! If you’re getting this email it’s because you’ve got a spot at one of our evening events for Book Riot Live. We thought you might have some additional questions not covered by the Attendee FAQ, and here are our answers!

First, an update for Friday ticket-holders: Due to another change in her filming schedule, Phoebe Robinson will be unable to join us. While we’re bummed, we’re still going to talk about and celebrate her book because that’s how much we love it!

Q: I have a ticket for an evening event at the Strand, how does that work?
A: So glad you asked! Here are the details for each event.

On Friday evening, the event will start at 7pm, and you can arrive any time between 6:30pm and 7pm to grab your seat. Enter via the main entrance of the Strand and head to the 3rd floor for the Rare Book Room; you’ll give your name to be checked off the list and get your gift card. Please do also have your ID out, as this event is 21 and up!

On Saturday evening, the doors will open at 7pm, so don’t show up too early! Enter via the smaller entrance at 826 Broadway, where you’ll take the elevator to the Rare Book Room. In addition to the Book Riot staff, there will be guest authors stopping by, and books will be available for sale!

Q: Which authors will be at Saturday evening’s event?
A: It’s a surprise!

Q: Will there be authors’ books available for purchase, and will they sign them?
A: Absolutely!

Q: What is the dress code?
A: Party casual for both which, in Book Riot terms, means wear your preferred party attire. Dress? Great! T-shirt and jeans? Also great!

Q: Can I get a ticket for my friend/coworker/relative/new best friend at the door?
A: The Saturday event is sold out; there may still be spots available on Friday but we recommend buying ahead.

Q: I can’t make it anymore, can I get a refund?
A: Afraid not; refunds are no longer available, and transfers needed to be completed 72 hours in advance of the event.

Q: Is it going to be great?

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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 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??

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Press Passes Available to Book Riot Live

Book Riot Live 2016 is a two-day convention celebrating books and the reading life, attended by the most enthusiastic readers we’ve had the pleasure to encounter. It will take place on November 12 & 13 at Metropolitan West in New York City, and we’d love for you to join us! We’re pleased to offer up to 2 (two) press passes to your publication.

2015’s Book Riot Live was a smash success with both fans and speakers. There were more than a thousand attendees across two days, and speakers included bestselling authors Margaret Atwood, N.K. Jemisin, Alexander Chee, and Daniel José Older. Check out some of the responses to Book Riot Live 2015.

Unlike many other literary events our programming is cross-genre, with fiction and non-fiction writers from all corners of the book world paired together to discuss their craft, talk about the issues facing publishing, compete for the crown in Nerd Jeopardy, and more. Not sure what that looks like? Visit the Schedule page, where you can see our the full program. Our 2016 speaker line-up includes Walter Mosley, Mara Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Valentine De Landro, and Sara Farizan among many others; the full speaker list is available here.

If you would like to cover Book Riot Live, please email events director Jenn Northington at, and registration details will be sent along. Thanks for considering, and hope to see you in November!

About Riot New Media Group, Inc:

Riot New Media Group, founded in 2011, creates communities dedicated to the idea that content around fandoms should be just as diverse as the fans are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our contributors are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review, and we believe that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both. RNMG reaches 11MM monthly unique visitors through,, and the


Celebrating Books and the Reading Life:

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VIP Update: Introducing The Commons at Book Riot Live

One of the (many) reasons you’re coming to Book Riot Live is to meet your bookternet friends in person — so we decided to make it easier! Introducing The Commons, an area at Book Riot Live dedicated to meet-ups arranged by you.

We’re delighted to announce that our first scheduled meet-up in the commons is a Litsy Bookswap. Get the full details and plan your own right here.
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Programming for the November 12 – 13 reader convention is available at

(Brooklyn, NY) Book Riot Live, a reader-favorite convention celebrating books and the reading life, takes place on November 12 and 13 at Metropolitan West in New York City and will feature authors, publishing professionals, and other personalities who showcase the diversity of talent in the books and comics world.

Festivities will commence on Friday, November 11, 7:00pm at The Strand’s Rare Book Room where Diane McMartin, Certified Sommelier and author of THIS CALLS FOR A DRINK! will pair books with hand-selected wine.

Programming, which includes panels, games, and live podcast recordings, will begin on Saturday, November 12 at 9:30am and continue throughout Sunday, November 13. Walter Mosley and Mara Wilson, who have told stories on stages, screens, and the page, will be in conversation about their experiences, the pros and cons of different mediums, and more. Ken Liu will join other creators to discuss how they discovered their creative voice, and Sara Farizan will take on Mara Wilson and Mark Oshiro (returning champion) in Nerd Jeopardy.

“Book Riot Live is an event designed to bring together readers with their favorite — or soon-to-be-favorite — creators. There are so many artists and writers doing incredible work across so many genres, and this is our opportunity to bring them together under the same roof,” said Events Director Jenn Northington. “Book Riot Live is an extension of Book Riot’s commitment to inclusive coverage of books, reading, and comics; as always, our goal is to surprise and delight readers from all walks of life.”

The second Book Riot Live will repeat favorite features from last year including a bean bag chair-filled reading lounge, personalized reading recommendations by staff from the Brooklyn Public Library, and a live recording of the popular All the Books! podcast hosted by “well-readheads” Liberty Hardy and Rebecca Schinsky.

Book Riot Live 2016 will be held at Metropolitan West, 639 West 46th Street, New York, NY. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the door. Tickets for the full weekend are $169, and single-day tickets are $89. Press passes are available upon request by emailing

About Riot New Media Group, Inc:

Riot New Media Group, founded in 2011, creates communities dedicated to the idea that content around fandoms should be just as diverse as the fans are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our contributors are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review, and we believe that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both. RNMG reaches 11MM monthly unique visitors through Book Riot, Book Riot Comics, and the Riot Ad Network.

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Book Riot Live VIP Update: Sched Invites Are Sent!

Hello, VIP ticket holders! As you know, one of your biggest perks is getting early access to RSVP for panels — and your chance is now. Check your inboxes for a separate invite from Sched, our platform for personalizing your Book Riot Live schedule. There you’ll be able to start adding panels to your list and get your name in for our two limited-seating sessions! Other attendees will be added on October 17, but until then it’s all yours.

The email will look like this (especially if your name is Alex):

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As always, if you have any questions, just let us know. Happy planning, and we’ll see you in 37 days!

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Get Your Book Riot Live T-Shirts!

It’s only 44 days till Book Riot Live! Which means that we’ve got to start printing this year’s t-shirts. You’ve got until this Friday, September 30th to pre-order yours, in our super-comfy unisex crewneck.

Other things you can (and should!) preorder:
– Your favorite speaker’s books, from conference bookstore WORD!
– A Book Riot Live 2016 water bottle — hydration for all.
– Your ticket to Booze & Books at the Strand, which includes drinks and a $15 gift card. Certified sommelier Diane McMartin will be pairing wines with speakers’ books, and will you just look at the selected authors!?

See you in November!

Book Riot Live is sponsored by Bookwitty and Unbound Worlds

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VIP Update: More Reveals, More Awesome

You heard it here first: the line-ups are finalized for Nerd Jeopardy and Friday evening’s Books & Booze pairing!

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Mark Oshiro will be returning to defend his Nerd Jeopardy crown. His opposition this year? Sara Farizan and Mara Wilson, and Ryan Chapman returns as Trivia Master. Place your bets now!

And on Friday evening, Diane McMartin will be revealing her pairings for the books of Alyssa Cole, Ayize Jama-Everett, Phoebe Robinson, and Tara Clancy. There are still some tickets left, which include drinks and a $15 gift card to the Strand — do not miss!

You’re the first folks who will get access to to RSVP and get your spot in limited-seating panels, and that invite will be winging its way to you in early October. In the meantime, don’t forget to preorder books from WORD, our conference bookstore, and use coupon code VIPBRL2016 for a discount!

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VIP Update: Schedule Reveal and Books Books Books!

Hello, VIP ticket holders. As promised, you’re getting the first look at the programming for Book Riot Live 2016, and we are SO EXCITED to be sharing it with you. Seriously, all of the muppet arms are happening! Which is making typing kind of hard! I will have to let last year’s cheering squad do it for me!animated GIF of people from Book Riot Live 2016 cheering

Please feast your eyes upon … drumroll please …. the Schedule page! Wherein you shall find details about this year’s podcasts and discussions about humor, writing craft, making change, and more. This is just the tip of the programming iceberg, so stay tuned: same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

But wait, there’s more. Our partner bookstore WORD has been kind enough to set up convention pre-orders, which means you can have books set aside for you to pick up at Book Riot Live. No more agonizing over how you’ll pack them all into your suitcase! They’ve also agreed to give you a special discount, so use code VIPBRL2016 when you’re checking out — and don’t forget to note that these are for pick-up at Book Riot Live 2016.

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Reminder to the Class of 15

Book Riot Live 2015 was a blast — and we’re planning on making 2016 even better. We hope you’ll join us again, because we couldn’t have done it without you!

There are just a few days left for our returning-attendee discount. Take $30 off your weekend pass or $15 off your day pass, through July 31, with coupon code CLASSOF15. See you in November!

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