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BookCon: 10 authors to check out at the literary convention

Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New

Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York blog, shows an image he took of a man named Carl February 22, 2013 across the street from Union Square in New York. Photo Credit: Getty Images / STAN HONDA

This year's impressive BookCon lineup boasts a mix of celebrities and some of the hottest emerging storytellers.

From James Patterson and Judy Blume to Khloe Kardashian and Aziz Ansari, authors will be chatting up their tomes at the literary convention at the Javits Center this weekend.

The price of the tickets will be worth it for book lovers who will rejoice over the two day schedule of panels, discussions, and book signings taking place and covering a wide range of topics in the publishing world.

amNewYork has picked out some authors at BookCon that you won't want to miss.

Brandon Stanton, "Humans of New York: Stories"

Known for his Humans of New York blog, Stanton will be speaking about his newest book. "Humans of New York: Stories" includes 100 stories Stanton has never published before, and the interviews and stories are more in depth than those of his first book, which came out in 2013. Sunday

John Green, "Paper Towns"

After the success of Green's sixth novel, "The Fault in Our Stars," and the film adaptation that followed it, the film adaptation of his third novel, "Paper Towns," will be released in July. Green will discuss the film version of his story as a panel member joined by the screenwriter, composer and cast members. Saturday

James Patterson

Legendary mystery writer Patterson will be chatting with fellow genre writers, Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer and Michael Koryta for a discussion on inspiration, writer's block, and other subjects related to their field. Sunday

Mindy Kaling, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)"

Kaling's humorous autobiography tells the story of her life as the child of immigrant parents through her successful career as a comedy writer and actress. She will join in a conversation with BJ Novak, writer and executive producer of "The Office," where Kaling also starred. Saturday

Judy Blume, "In the Unlikely Event"

Judy Blume is a household name due to her highly successful novels for young adults, such as "Tiger Eyes" and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." Blume will be signing copies o her newest work, which is geared toward adults. Sunday

Jody Picoult, "Off the Page"

Picoult's most memorable work is her 2004 novel, "My Sister's Keeper," the movie version of which was released in 2009. Her latest book, "Off the Page," was co-written with her daughter, Samantha van Leer. Picoult and her daughter will be autographing copies of "Off the Page." Sunday

Nick Offerman, "Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers"

Offerman's patriotic personality that shone through while he was portraying Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation" wasn't too off base with his actual persona. In his newest book, which comes on the heels of his autobiography, "Paddle Your Own Canoe," Offerman goes into the details of his love for his favorite American heroes. He will be signing books with fellow writer and comedian John Hodgman from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Saturday

Jennifer Weiner, "All Fall Down"

Weiner's novels have remained on The New York Times bestseller list for years. Her latest novel, "All Fall Down," tells the tale of a suburban mother's addiction to drugs. She will be autographing copies of her book. Sunday

Maria Venegas, "Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter"

Venegas was originally from Mexico, but she moved to the United States at the age 4. "Bulletproof Vest" tells the story of her return to Mexico, during which she starts to understand her father's heritage as well as his violent legacy, the details of which he is finally able to share with her. Venegas will join other authors on a panel that will discuss how they turned their own stories into books. Sunday

Jen Sincero, "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life"

Sincero's witty style puts a twist on traditional self-help literature. Sincero is also a speaker and success coach as well as an author, and her no-nonsense guidance in "You Are a Badass" brings both humor and help to the table. She will join two other young female authors in a discussion about how they got published. Saturday

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