China is the Guest of Honor at This Year’s BookExpo America and BookCon

The 2015 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual convention, will host a 500-person delegation from China, including top publishing professionals and internationally acclaimed authors. In addition, there will also be events and panels highlighting the cultural relationship between American and Chinese publishing.

Tor Books will be at BEA and BookCon with a number of panels on the future of sci-fi and fantasy, crowdsourced stories, and more. We’ve also got author signings, giveaways, and other events.

BookExpo America takes place in New York City from May 27th-29th, BookCon May 30th-31st. Find out which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Plus, Tor Books will be present at the Macmillan booth #3056/57. Stop by and say hello!



Something Strange and Deadly author Susan Dennard is participating in the Teen Author Carnival, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Jefferson Market Library (425 Avenue of the Americas)



Irene Gallo, Creative Director at Tor Books and Associate Publisher of, will speak on Best Practices Interaction and Community Engagement, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 1A10

Macmillan Booth Giveaways #3056/57 (no author participation)
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher, 2 p.m.

Macmillan Booth Signings #3056/57
Susan Dennard (Truthwitch), 3-4 p.m.

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings at MWA Booth #2657
Bruce DeSilva (Providence Rag), 3:30-4 p.m.
Leanna Hieber (The Eterna Files), 5-5:30 p.m.

An Evening with Cixin Liu, Hosted by John Scalzi, 6-8:30 p.m., The China Institute Library (125 East 65th St), $10 members/$15 non-members

China’s best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, will be joined by Hugo Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi to discuss the art of sci-fi writing and the English-language publication of Liu’s groundbreaking trilogy The Three-Body Problem. A reception will be held afterwards where the authors will be signing their books, which will be available for sale. Click here to register for the event.



Tor Books: The Next Generation, 10:45-11:15 a.m., Uptown Stage

Tor Books has published quality science fiction and fantasy for thirty-five years by some of the biggest names in genre today! But the Orson Scott Cards and Brandon Sandersons were once new authors themselves. Meet this year’s crop of debut authors and see what makes them tick in a rousing game of “Would You Rather: The SFF Edition” with host, John Scalzi (The End of All Things) and featuring: Ilana C. Myer (Last Song Before Night), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), Lawrence M. Schoen (Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard), and Fran Wilde (Updraft).

Signings at Tor Table #8
Jon Land (Caitlin Strong), 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Del Howison (Midian Unmade), 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lawrence M. Schoen (Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard), 1-2 p.m.
Fran Wilde (Updraft), 1-2 p.m.
Ellen Datlow (The Doll Collection), 2:30-3 p.m. (Table 1 ticketed signing)
Ilana C. Myer (Last Song Before Night), 2-3 p.m.
Seth Dickenson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), 2-3 p.m.
Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Problem), 3-4 p.m.

Horror Writers Association Signings at HWA Booth #2551
Del Howison (Media Unmade), 1-2 p.m.

Macmillan Booth Signings #3056/57
Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky), 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings at MWA Booth #2657
Hilary Davison (Blood Always Tells), 1:45-2:15 p.m.

Macmillan Booth Giveaways #3056/57 (no author participation)
Benefit of the Doubt by Neil Griffith, 3:30 p.m.



Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings at MWA Booth #2657
Hank Philippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl), 2:30-3 p.m.


SATURDAY, MAY 30th Presents: Crowd-Sourced Storytelling, 10:30 a.m., Macmillan Event Space #3139

Three Tor authors, Seth Dickinson, Lawrence M. Schoen & Fran Wilde will incorporate audience suggestions in what is sure to be a hilarious round robin storytelling session. Drawings for prizes will take place throughout the event. Moderated by Mordecai Knode, Marketing and Publicity Manager for



The Big Bad Theory: Tropes and Archetypes of Evil in Science Fiction and Fantasy, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 1A06

Ilana Myer with Scott Westerfeld, David Wellington and Michael Buckley; moderated by Charlie Jane Anders.

Any author can tell you that conflict is key to a good story, and there’s no one readers love to hate more than a compelling antagonist. But in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the “big bad” character can go to all new levels of evilness and depravity—they can be a monstrous zombie, a power-mad tyrant with magical powers, etc. etc. The interesting bit is how authors make a fantastic take on an antagonist feel real—and scary. Let’s face it, Frodo wouldn’t be a hero if it weren’t for Sauron, and Luke Skywalker is nothing without Darth Vader.


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