This weekend in New York City is BookCon, the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.
Storytelling and pop culture collide as both consumers and brands experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see.
The show features interactive, forward thinking content including Q+A’s with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more.
Appearing throughout the show is writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
Signing Schedule, Booth 3065
Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.
11:00 – 12:00 Julian Voloj
2:00 – 3:00 Julian Voloj
4:00 – 5:00 Julian Voloj
11:00-12:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez
1:00-2:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez
For more details, visit thebookcon.com