Awesome Con’s Book Fair is our love letter to you, the readers and writers, the storytellers and content creators, the escapists and superfans.

For those who want to celebrate their favorite reads and those who need to satiate their hunger in finding their next one, this is home. Book Fair brings together readers, writers, and publishers for three days of talks, signings, and special events – all in the heart of DC’s biggest pop culture convention!


SOLID STATE BOOKS is downtown Washington DC’s independent bookstore and coffee bar! DC is a city of readers, writers, students, artists, activists, and politicos. Solid State Books is the nexus for all of these diverse groups, engaging the community through our slate of dynamic programming and an unparalleled bookstore experience.

Take advantage of the book lovers at Solid State Books by utilizing their RECOMMENDATION STATION at Awesome Con. Really love a book and what to know what you should read next that’s similar? Just ask!


CERECE RENNIE MURPHY is the national bestselling and award-winning author of ten novels, children’s books, and short stories, including her latest release The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi. In addition, Mrs. Murphy and her son are also working on completing Ellis and The Cloud Kingdom, the 3rd book in the Ellis and the Magic Mirror early reader children’s book series. Mrs. Murphy lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC with her family.  To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, please visit her website at

DAVID LISS is the author of fourteen novels, as well as numerous novellas, short stories, and comics. His previous books include A Conspiracy of Paper, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the 2001 Barry, Macavity, and Edgar Awards. The Coffee Trader (2003) was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the year’s 25 Books to Remember. He is also the author of the middle-grade Randoms series. Many of Liss’s novels are currently being developed for television or film. He has worked on numerous comics projects, including Black Panther and Mystery Men for Marvel, The Spider and Green Hornet for Dynamite, and Angelica Tomorrow.

ELLEN DATLOW has won multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards and has received lifetime achievement awards from several organizations including the World Fantasy and World Horror Associations. She was the fiction editor of OMNI for nearly twenty years, and edited the magazine’s Event Horizon and Sci Fiction, and is currently a genre fiction editor at Her anthologies include Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, the Best Horror of the Year series; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft’s Monsters; Naked City; The Monstrous; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror.

PETER V. BRETT is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold more than three and a half million copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded ManThe Desert SpearThe Daylight WarThe Skull Throne, and The Core.

His new novel, The Desert Prince, is book 1 in the Nightfall Saga, publishing worldwide in August 2021. He lives in Brooklyn.

CONSTANCE SAYERS is the author of A Witch in Time. A finalist for Alternating Current‘s 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, her short stories have appeared in Souvenir and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women as well as The Sky is a Free Country. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She received an MA in English from George Mason University. She lives outside of Washington D.C. Like her character in The Ladies of the Secret Circus, for many years, she was the host of a radio show from midnight to six.

L. PENELOPE is the award-winning author of the Earthsinger Chronicles. The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She hosts the My Imaginary Friends podcast and lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents. Visit her online at:

J. KELLY SKOVRON (writing as Jon Skovron) is the author of The Empire of Storms Trilogy and several young adult novels. Their short stories have appeared in publications such as ChiZine and Baen’s Universe. They live just outside Washington, D.C. with their two sons.


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