2019 D23 Expo announces animation programming: ‘Frozen 2,’ ‘Onward,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and more

June 25, 2019
D23 Expo

"The Simpsons" “The Simpsons” (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox Television)

The following is a combination of press releases from  D23:

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) are gearing up for an exciting weekend of announcements and presentations—sharing never-before-seen footage—plus interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways for 2019’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

This year, Pixar and WDAS will join forces with Disney’s live-action team, creating a thrilling Walt Disney Studios slate presentation that promises to wow Disney fans in Hall D23 with new announcements, surprise talent appearances, and sneak peeks of select scenes from the films.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., Hall D23

As a part of The Walt Disney Studios presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter will present never-before-seen footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice talent from the studios’ upcoming slate of animated films. Fans will get new looks at WDAS’ highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning feature film Frozen when directors Chris Buck, Lee, and producer Peter Del Vecho reveal new details about Frozen 2. Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae will introduce fans to the characters in Pixar’s upcoming original feature film Onward, while Docter and producer Dana Murray share details about next summer’s original feature Soul. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

SHOW FLOOR
August 23–25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

On the show floor, the two studios will once again team up for an immersive animation experience at D23 Expo. The studios’ upcoming slate of films, which include WDAS’ much-anticipated Frozen 2 and Pixar’s brand-new original feature film Onward, will be highlighted, including opportunities to meet the teams behind the movies and autograph signings of exclusive art and promotional item giveaways.

Pixar Animation Studios will also introduce fans to a real-life version of Guinevere, the van from their upcoming film Onward. Decked out with crescent moon windows and a “Pegacorn” (part Pegasus, part unicorn) painted on her sides, Guinevere will offer guests a taste of the adventure that two teenage elf brothers will embark upon in the movie.

ANIMATION PANELS

Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m., D23 Expo Arena.
The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration! – Presented by H2O+
Fans of the classic film are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid, recognized around the world as one of the greatest animated films of all time. Hosted by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson, it will be an unforgettable “Under the Sea” celebration.

Sunday, August 25, 12 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy
Fans will discover what it’s like to hold Disney history in their hands in this informative panel. The talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) preserves millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. Attendees will learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Sunday, August 25, 4 p.m., Stage 28.
World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit
In this exciting panel, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut Short Circuit, an experimental short film program that will debut in Spring 2020 on Disney+. Talented artists and filmmakers will share their films for the first time anywhere and give behind-the-scenes insights.

The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, “The Simpsons,” makes its first appearance at D23 Expo. Get insight on the upcoming all-new season in a lively panel Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena with Creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike B. Anderson, and stars Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith. Expect lots of surprises, including an exclusive Simpsons collectible item for everyone in attendance.

“The Simpsons” exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Recently finishing its historic 30th season, “The Simpsons” has won 33 Emmy® Awards, 34 Annie Awards, 9 Environmental Media Awards, 7 People’s Choice Awards and 12 Writers Guild of America Awards including the 2019 Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Award.   It was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.” The Simpsons Movie was a hit feature film, the mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of “Springfield,” and the show was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine and called the “Best TV Show Ever” by Vulture in 2016.

During the D23 Expo, “The Simpsons” fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Bart, Lisa, and the rest of The Simpsons family on the convention floor. A few lucky fans will even get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Matt Groening and the rest of the panelists during a one-hour autograph signing session of an exclusive “The Simpsons” mini-poster following the panel.

About “The Simpsons”

“The Simpsons” is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Visit “The Simpsons” website at SimpsonsWorld.com. “Like” the series on Facebook at facebook.com/TheSimpsons, and follow Homer Simpson @HomerJSimpson and @TheSimpsons on Twitter. Join the conversation using #thesimpsons and follow The Simpsons on Instagram @TheSimpsons.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, and the upcoming Frozen 2, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2019.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative, and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, Inside Out, Coco, Incredibles 2, and this summer’s must-see feature film Toy Story 4. Its movies have won 36 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Onward, Pixar’s 22nd feature, will open in theaters on March 6, 2020.

About D23 Expo 2019

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

2019 D23 Expo: Disney announces music programming, meet-and-greets with talent

June 20, 2019

The following is a combination of press releases from D23:

Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2019 with a pop-up store on the show floor. Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers. Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel and Lucasfilm, vinyl albums, die-cut picture disc vinyl, cassettes, Crosley turntables, cassette players, posters, and more. Additionally, visitors to Disney Music Emporium will be able to pre-order the Matthew Morrison Disney album.

In addition to the 23 new offerings available at D23 Expo 2019, 10 titles are first-to-market, including Avengers: Endgame (12” picture disc), Aladdin: The Songs (vinyl album), “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (12” vinyl single from The Lion King), “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite” (12” picture disc),  “Married Life”/”Carl Goes Up” (12” vinyl from Up), The Princess and the Frog: The Songs (12” picture disc), and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (12” single from Fantasia).

Album signings at the Disney Music Emporium shop include Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning composer and Disney Legend Randy Newman (Toy Story films, Thee Princess and the Frog, Cars films); composer Tyler Bates (Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1); actor Anthony Gonzalez (voice of Miguel from Coco); singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer Matthew Morrison (Glee); plus Hollywood Records artist JD McCrary (voice of young Simba in The Lion King). Scheduled artists subject to change.   Randy Thornton, Disney Music Group’s Supervising Producer and Music Historian, will present “Great Moments with Walt Disney,” on Friday, August 23, at the Archives Stage from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Grammy-winning producer will present audio recordings of Walt Disney as he recalls developing the first cartoon with synchronized sound, creating Disney’s first hit song, and meeting Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

About Disney Music Group and Disney Music Emporium

Disney Music Group is home to Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Disney Music Publishing, Buena Vista Records, and Disney Concerts. The labels’ genre-spanning rosters include (Grammy nominated) Demi Lovato, Queen (in the U.S.), Sofia Carson, ZZ Ward, Breaking Benjamin, Bea Miller, Sabrina Carpenter, Joywave, morgxn, Tini Stoessel, Dreamers, JD McCrary, and more. DMG also releases family music and film and television soundtracks such as the chart-topping Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast, Descendants, Oscar-winning Coco and Moana soundtracks, and the Oscar and Grammy-winning Frozen soundtrack. Recent releases include Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, and Captain Marvel. Upcoming soundtracks include The Lion King, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Frozen 2. DMG has a rich catalog with a lasting legacy that has impacted pop culture globally, including music from films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Star Wars, artists like Annette Funicello, and beloved classics like “It’s a Small World.” Disney Concerts licenses and produces hundreds of shows around the world, including Star Wars in Concert, Disney On Classic, Beauty and the Beast, Soy Luna, and many more.

Honoring the continuing legacy of the Disney music catalog, Disney Music Emporium (DME) is the destination for collectible Disney music products. For more information and product offerings, visit DME at www.disneymusicemporium.com.

To stream classic Disney hits, please visit:  http://disneymusic.co/DisneyHits

“DuckTales” (Image courtesy of Disney Channel)

Kids, tweens, and families can meet their favorite Disney Channel and Disney Junior stars during three fun-filled days at D23 Expo 2019, the ultimate Disney fan event, taking place FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. With special appearances scheduled daily, fans are invited to stop by the Walt Disney Television booth on the Expo show floor to meet and take pictures with some of their favorite stars from hit Disney Channel series and movies. Popular Disney Junior characters Fancy Nancy and Vampirina will also be on hand to greet young fans over all three days. In addition, the schedule features a Q&A session, including a special appearance by the world’s most famous amphibian, Kermit the Frog, as he joins the creators and voices behind Disney Television Animation’s hit series “Amphibia” and “Big City Greens,” taking place at Stage 28 on Saturday, August 24.

A limited-edition collection of T-shirts from classic Disney Channel favorites, including “High School Musical,” “Hannah Montana,” and “Camp Rock,” among others, will be available for purchase exclusively to D23 Expo attendees in the Walt Disney Television booth.

On FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, fans can meet the young stars of “Raven’s Home” and the cast of Disney Channel’s newest series “Just Roll With It. ”

On SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, fans are invited to hop over to Stage 28 where “Amphibia” stars Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Amanda Leighton, and Justin Felbinger and series  creator/executive producer Matt Braly will join “Big City Greens” cast members Marieve Herington and Bob Joles, and creators/executive producers Chris and Shane Houghton for a lively Q&A session featuring the one-and-only Kermit the Frog. Cast members from Disney’s Emmy® Award-nominated “DuckTales” and hit Disney Channel series “Sydney to the Max” and “Coop & Cami Ask the World” will be on hand to meet fans and take pictures in the Walt Disney Television booth.

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, fans can meet the stars of Disney’s Emmy® Award-nominated “Big Hero 6 The Series,” based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning feature film, as well as cast members from the Disney Channel Original Movie “Zombie” and fan-favorite Disney Channel series “Bunk’d”

Following is the full schedule* of stars making special appearances in the Walt Disney Television booth throughout the weekend:

Friday, August 23
“Just Roll With It” stars

9 a.m.  Fancy Nancy character appearance

10 a.m.  Vampirina character appearance

12 p.m.  “Just Roll With It” stars Suzi Barrett, Tobie Windham, Ramon Reed, and Kaylin Hayman

3 p.m.  “Raven’s Home” stars Navia Robinson, Issac Ryan Brown, Jason Maybaum, and Sky Katz

Saturday, August 24
“Coop & Cami Ask the World” stars

9 a.m.  “Vampirina” character appearance

10 a.m.  “Fancy Nancy” character appearance11 a.m. “Sydney to the Max” stars Ruth Righi, Ava Kolker, Jackson Dollinger, and Christian J. Simon

12 p.m.  “Coop & Cami Ask the World” stars Dakota Lotus, Ruby Rose Turner, Olivia Sanabia, Albert Tsai, Paxton Booth, and Rebecca Metz

5 p.m.  “DuckTales” stars Bobby Moynihan and Toks Olagundoye

Sunday, August 25 

“Bunk’d stars”

9 a.m.  “Big Hero 6 The Series” stars Genesis Rodriguez and Brooks Wheelan

10 a.m.  “Zombies” stars Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell, and Carla Jeffery

1 p.m.  “Bunk’d: stars Miranda May, Mallory James Mahoney,  Raphael Alejandro, Will Buie Jr., Shelby Simmons, Scarlett Estevez, and Israel Johnson

3 p.m.  Vampirina character appearance

4 p.m.  Fancy Nancy character appearance

*Schedule subject to change.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.

About D23 Expo 2019

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23 The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

2017 BookExpo: Hillary Clinton is a headlining speaker

May 10, 2017

by Carla Hay

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/MSNBC)

Hillary Rodham Clinton will make a speaking appearance during BookExpo at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on June 1, 2017. This year’s BookExpo, a trade event for people in the book industry,  will take place May 31 to June 2 at the same location. The fourth annual BookCon, a fan event for book consumers, will also be held at the Javis Convention Center on June 3 and June 4, 2017. Both events are produced by ReedPOP.

Clinton’s speaking engagement is billed as “An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and will take place on BookExpo’s Main Stage from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Clinton’s appearance will be a separately ticketed event with limited availability open to registered BookExpo attendees only. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

After serving as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State (from 2009 to 2013), Clinton authored the 2014 bestselling memoir “Hard Choices.” In 2016, she became the first woman to be nominated for U.S. president by a major political party. Prior to being Secretary of State, Clinton was a U.S. Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton is also the author of 2016’s “Stronger Together: A Blueprint for America’s Future” (which she co-authored with Tim Kaine) and the 1996 bestseller “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.” Her next book (title to be announced) will be published by Simon & Schuster in September 2017.

As previously reported, BookExpo 2017 has also lined up superstar author Stephen King, who will appear for the first time at the event. King will be part of the Adult Book & Author Breakfast on June 1.

 

2017 CatCon: talent lineup and ticket details announced

May 1, 2017

CatCon

Lil Bub (Photo courtesy of IAmLilBub)

The following is a press release from CatCon:

Tickets go on sale May 2 for CatCon, the only cat-centric, pop culture convention in the world. Tickets can be purchased at catconworldwide.com.

 Both human and feline celebrities and influencers will be on hand for the event taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, August 12 and 13, including Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries”), Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB, Moshow the Cat Rapper, Cats of Instagram, Julie Newmar (“Batman’s” Catwoman), Pudge the Cat, Nala Cat, Kitten Lady, Aaron Benitez (‘Aaron’s Animals’), Jonathan Zurbel (‘Catstradamus’), Michael Nielsen (‘Monty Boy’), Oskar the Blind Cat, Simone Tipton (‘Doc’), White Coffee Cat, and Luna Rose. More to be announced.

Seminars for this year’s show include: They Put the Special in Special Needs, The Furrocious Fashion Face-Off, CatCon Video Festival presented by The Pet Collective, Kitten Lady Tells All presented by ASPCA, Men and Cats: a Love Story, and The CatCon Awards, presented by the Maker of Frontline Gold.

CatCon 2017 is presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish. Additional sponsors include: Frontline Gold for Cats, The Pet Collective, BuzzFeed, ASPCA, ModCloth, Blue Buffalo, VIP Petcare, World’s Best Cat Litter, Litter Robot, Sleepypod, and Petsafe.

CatCon 2017 Info:
Dates
: Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Hours: Saturday, 9AM- 5PM; Sunday, 10AM – 5PM
Tickets: $30 per day for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free

August 1, 2018 UPDATE: On Sunday, August 13 at 3:00 PM, the 1st Annual CatCon Awards, presented by the Maker of FRONTLINE® Gold will be held. Hosted by Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica” and “Lucifer”), winners will be honored in such categories such as Freshest Loaf and Biggest Newcomer.  Plus, actor and animal activist Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries”) will present Kitty Lady Hannah Shaw with the Advocate of the Year Award.

Current list of talent  includes: Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galatica”), Gilles Marini (“Switched at Birth,” Sex and the City), Julie Newmar (Catwoman from “Batman”), Hannah Shaw (“Kitten Lady”), Addison Riecke (“The Beguiled”), Nickelodeon’s Lizzy Greene, model Tess HollidayLil BubAaron BenitezPrince Michael, and Phil (“Aaron’s Animals”),  Moshow the Cat Rapper with Ravioli, Cats of Instagram, Pudge the Cat, Nala Cat along with siblings White Coffee and Luna, Oskar the Blind Cat and his dad Mick, Chris Poole (“Cole and Marmalade”), Jonathan Zurbel (“Catstradamus”), Michael Nielsen (“Monty Boy”), Scott Stulen (Internet Cat Video Fest), Angie Bailey, (‘Texts from Mittens’), Kate Benjamin (“Catification”),  Rachel DeMita (TV host), Simone Tipton (“Doc”), Dr. Paul Koudounaris and more to be announced.

2017 BookCon: Kevin Hart set to do a Q&A and meet-and-greet

April 20, 2017

by Carla Hay

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart (Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo)

Superstar comedian Kevin Hart will make his first BookCon appearance at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on June 1, 2017. he fourth annual BookCon, a fan event for book consumers, will also be held at the Javis Convention Center on June 3 and June 4, 2017.  The event follows BookExpo, a trade event for people in the book industry,  that will take place May 31 to June 2 at the same location. Both events are produced by ReedPOP.

According to a press release, Hart will do a meet-and-greet session with fans, as well as a Q&A discussion with radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of “The Breakfast Club.” These two events, only available to BookCon ticketholders, will each require a separately purchased ticket, which includes Hart’s book “I Can’t Make This Up,” which Atria Books will publish on June 6, 2017.

Charlamagne Tha God will be also be at BookCon to promote his new book “Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It.” Other celebrities announced for BookCon appearances this year include Chelsea Clinton, Bill Nye, Dan Brown, Mayim Bialik, Chad Michael Murray, Krysten Ritter and Matt Bomer.

2017 BookExpo: Stephen King to make his first appearance at the event

February 17, 2017

Stephen King
Stephen King (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC)

The following is a press release from BookExpo:

One of the most sought-after events at ReedPOP’s BookExpo each year, the 2017 Adult Book & Author Breakfast is shaping up to be the forum’s most exciting yet with the first-ever BookExpo appearance by best-selling novelist Stephen King (“Misery,” “11/22/63,” “On Writing”). Joined by Owen King, his son and co-author of the upcoming novel “Sleeping Beauties,” the pair will offer a special introduction to the breakfast, “Prologue by Stephen King & Owen King.” Following their introduction, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings (Whitney, 2 Broke Girls co-creator) will take the BookExpo stage to host the event and discuss her upcoming memoir, “I’m Fine… And Other Lies. She will be joined by Captain Scott Kelly” (“Endurance: My Year in Space”), Kenya Barris (“This is Basic Sh*t”), Jesmyn Ward (“Sing, Unburied, Sing”) and Claire Messud (“The Burning Girl: A Novel”), all of whom will speak about their upcoming releases and the inspiration behind their writing.

Taking place Thursday, June 1, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, the Adult Book & Author Breakfast is one of the many events at BookExpo highlighting the hundreds of authors who participate in the show. This year’s breakfast will bring together some of the industry’s leading voices in adult literature from a diverse group of backgrounds for an insightful and lively discussion. The event’s host, Whitney Cummings, is an acclaimed comedian and actress best known for starring in and creating the sitcom Whitney and co-creating the hit TV series “2 Broke Girls,” which is currently airing its 6th season on CBS. She most recently starred in the stand-up comedy special “I’m Your Girlfriend” on HBO.

She will play host to some of the most anticipated authors of the day. Celebrated astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and the world record holder for the number of consecutive days spent in space, will discuss his upcoming memoir, “Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.”

Kenya Barris, debuting his personal collection of humorous essays, “This is Basic Sh*t,” is a writer, producer and creator of numerous television series including ABC’s “Black-ish,” a sitcom that has been lauded for its ability to address some of today’s most controversial issues in an intelligent, thoughtful and humorous way.

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” author Jesmyn Ward, the winner of the National Book Award and the Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University, has received much praise for her previous works, “Salvage the Bones” and “Where the Line Bleeds.”

Claire Messud, an acclaimed novelist whose books include the best seller “The Emperor’s Children” (2006), will debut her latest work, “The Burning Girl: A Novel.” Her many honors include Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and she currently teaches fiction writing at Harvard University. Past breakfast speakers have included Faith Salie, Chelsea Handler, Sebastian Junger and Brandon Stanton.

A master of horror and suspense, Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, most of them worldwide bestsellers. His son, Owen King, is following in his father’s footsteps as author of the novel “Double Feature” and “We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories,” and the co-author of the graphic novel “Intro to Alien Invasion. Sleeping Beauties” is the first father/son collaboration for the Kings.

This year’s breakfast will also feature an updated, more interactive format that will showcase more authors than ever before, giving the audience a unique experience to hear the speakers engage with one another and field questions from the audience. Thursday’s Adult Book & Author Breakfast will be followed by the highly-anticipated Children’s Book & Author Breakfast on Friday morning.

“Our Adult Book & Author Breakfast is always a highlight of the show, drawing over a thousand attendees interested in discovering new books and engaging with some of the most prominent authors in literature today. It will be a truly memorable morning,” said Brien McDonald, Event Director for BookExpo. “This event is just one of many at BookExpo this year that furthers our mission to use books as a unifying platform and a place where all voices can be heard. We are working to showcase throughout BookExpo a diverse range of authors who can each offer a unique perspective on both literature and the world around us.”

Full program information can be found below:

THURSDAY, JUNE 1
8:00AM – 9:30AM ADULT BOOK & AUTHOR BREAKFAST (Main Stage)

The Thursday morning breakfast will feature Scott Kelly author of Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House); Kenya Barris, author of This is Basic Sh*t (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group); Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner); and Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.). Actress and Comedian Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine…And Other Lies (Putnam / Penguin Random House), will host. The breakfast will open with a Prologue from Stephen and Owen King, co-authors of Sleeping Beauties (Scribner).

BookExpo, North America’s largest gathering of book industry professionals from around the globe, and BookCon, the consumer extension of the show, combine to make the ultimate event destination for the publishing industry and booklovers worldwide. BookExpo is widely known as the leading business event for publishers, booksellers, librarians, digital content creators, traditional and self-published authors, media, bloggers, rights professionals and movie and television executives who attend to discover new voices, learn about trends shaping the book industry and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BookCon is the ultimate fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide – offering fans unprecedented access to authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.

To register or for more information, please visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.