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BookCon: Amy Poehler, Mario Batali and more

In past years, Book Expo America was an event just for folks in the industry.

This year marks the inaugural year of BookCon, which is open to the public and features tons of authors, including the likes of Jodi Picoult and John Grisham, signing and discussing their work.

Here are four events to check out.

BookCon is at the Javits Center on Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For ticket and schedule info, go to thebookcon.com

Rick Riordan

The “Percy Jackson” author will be joined by
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The “Percy Jackson” author will be joined by fellow kids book authors Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Lemony Snicket and Rachel Renée Russell for “Blockbuster Reads.” (2-3 p.m., Special Events Hall)

Veronica Roth

The author of the wildly-popular “Divergent” trilogy discusses
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The author of the wildly-popular “Divergent” trilogy discusses her new companion book “Four” with author Alex London, writer of the dystopian novel “Proxy.” (11 a.m.-noon, Special Events Hall)

Mario Batali

The celebrity chef will chat about his new
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The celebrity chef will chat about his new cookbook, “America — Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious recipes Celebrating Local Farmers” with Peter Meehan. (10:30-11:30 a.m., Downtown Stage)

Amy Poehler

The “Parks and Recreation” star is joined by
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The “Parks and Recreation” star is joined by comedy legend Martin Short for a sneak preview of their respective upcoming books. (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Special Events Hall)

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