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

Scott A. Rosenberg