A Mardi Gras for readers combining book lovers and the Big Easy
LOCATIONS: Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza
and the JW Marriott.
New Orleans, Louisiana
DATES: Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Our fabulous lineup of Guest Authors
(Listed alphabetically, click on their names to be directed to their websites)
Lara Adrian, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Rachel Caine, Kresley Cole, Zoraida Cordova, Cora Carmack, Jay Crownover, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Kami Garcia, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Beverly Jenkins, Sophie Jordan, Laura Kaye, Katie McGarry, Chloe Neill, Jana Oliver, Pamela Palmer, Aprilynne Pike, Kristen Proby, Gena Showalter, Rachel Vincent, Jaye Wells, Sarah Wendell, and Samantha Young .
Never a dull moment at Nola StoryCon with eight great panels to choose from. Win prizes, play fun trivia games, get your burning book or character questions answered, learn about writing or becoming a blogger, and more. Special industry guests: agents Nancy Yost with NYLA and Merrilee Heifetz with Writers House. Special blogger guests: tbd. See Tickets and Event Schedule pages for more information.
Food, Fun and Games
Mix and mingle with the host authors and several guest authors at the Friday night "Sweet Mardi Gras"with custom-made dessert stations. Saturday evening, come hungry for a full buffet dinner followed by games and giveaways at the "Big Easy"event. Special add-on event: Crescent City Brunch on Sunday. Wrap up the festivities with a delicious brunch and special private signing. See Tickets and Event Schedule pages for more information.
Meet your favorite authors, get a copy of their latest books, get your pictures taken, discover new reading favorites and more at the Nola StoryCon mass signing featuring all hosts authors and all guest authors. Signing hosted by Murder By The Book. Open to the public for free from 2pm - 4pm. VIP early access also available. See Tickets and Event Schedule pages for more information.
Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm: “Sweet Mardi Gras.”
For the first hour, enjoy a panel featuring the host authors, with special giveaways and prizes. Afterward, mix and mingle with the host authors and most of the guest authors while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea, and custom-made desserts with a bananas foster station and a strawberry shortcake station. Cash bar also available. Sweet Mardi Gras ticket holders will also receive a complimentary goody bag filled with books and swag, plus a “one hour early access” pass to the signing Saturday afternoon before it is open to the public.
Host authors: Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Kelley Armstrong.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9:00am – 10:00am: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Getting Published But Were Afraid To Ask.
Special industry guests: agents Nancy Yost with NYLA and Merrilee Heifetz with Writers House. Special prizes for this panel only: agent "pitch" sessions for 20 winners with Nancy Yost or Merrilee Heifetz, plus 10 winners will get the first five pages of their manuscript professionally critiqued by an agent from Writers House or an agent from NYLA .
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:00pm: Multiple reader panels encompassing YA, NA, PNR, UF and more. Descriptions, panelists, prizes and more to come .
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Early Pass to Book Fair
Special one-hour early access to book signing for Sweet Mardi Gras, Nola VIP, Big Easy and Nola High Roller ticket holders only.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Book Fair.
Public signing, all levels of ticket holders welcome, plus open to the public for free. No more than 10 “books from home” allowed per person.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm: “Big Easy” event.
From 6:30pm - 8:00pm, experience the Big Easy with a full buffet dinner which includes dessert, coffee and tea plus a cash bar.
8pm – 10pm: Let the good times roll at the After Party, where the host authors and most of the guest authors will keep the fun going with readers by leading games such as "Truth Or Dare", “Marry, Date, Kill”, “Liar’s Game”, “Never Have I Ever” and more. Wear your favorite costume for a chance to win our Best Costume contest. Or, hit the dance floor. Make sure you stay until the end to see if you will be the grand prize winner of a $100.00 Murder By The Book gift card.
ETA: Additional event added due to popular demand!
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am - 3:00pm:
"Crescent City Brunch." Important: This event will be held in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel at 614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130.
From 11:00am – 1:00pm on Sunday, October 2nd, enjoy a delicious brunch while you mingle with your favorite authors (not all Nola StoryCon authors will be attending. See below list* for details.) This full buffet brunch will include tasty traditional delights as well as New Orleans-style treats, plus coffee and tea.
From 1:30pm – 3:00pm, join the authors for a special private signing for Crescent City ticket holders only. Signing hosted by Murder By The Book. This is the final event for Nola StoryCon.
*Current list of confirmed authors for Crescent City Brunch: Host Authors: Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Special Guest: Charlaine Harris. Guest Authors: Lara Adrian, Jeanette Battista, Jenna Black, Rachel Caine, Cora Carmack, Zoraida Cordova, Kimberly Derting, Sonali Dev, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Beverly Jenkins, Sophie Jordan, Laura Kaye, Katie McGarry, Chloe Neill, Pamela Palmer, Aprilynne Pike, Kristen Proby, and Jaye Wells.
Tickets go on sale at 12:01 am EST on 10/15/15. To purchase, go here.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 2pm – 4pm.
- Access to the general book signing.
- Preferential placement in line ahead of general public. Note: Does NOT include 1-hour early access.
- See 30+ bestselling & award-winning authors
- Bring up to 10 "from home" books per attendee to be signed
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 9am – 4pm.
- Includes all reader and aspiring author panels on Saturday morning, with giveaways at each panel.
- Chance at winning special prize of a pitch session and/or a critique at the Aspiring Author panel.
- One hour early access to the signing on Saturday before it is open to the public.
Sweet Mardi Gras
Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 7pm – 9:30 pm.
- Panel featuring host authors, with special prizes and giveaways, followed by mixer with custom desserts and drinks while chatting with host authors and most guest authors.
- Complimentary goody bag filled with books and swag.
- One hour early access pass to the signing Saturday afternoon before it is open to the public.
The Big Easy
All day access for Saturday October 1st, 2016.
- Includes all “Nola VIP” panels
- One hour early “Nola VIP access” to the signing before it is open to the public.
- A full buffet dinner including dessert.
- The After Party, with games, dancing, Best Costume contest and more.
- Chance to be a Grand Prize winner of a $100.00 Murder By The Book gift card.
Nola High Roller
Includes ALL Nola StoryCon events on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st 2016.
Friday: Sweet Mardi Gras featuring host author panel with special prizes, followed by mixer with custom dessert stations & mingling with host authors and several guest authors.
Complimentary goody bag filled with books and swag.
Saturday: All “Nola VIP” panels. One hour early “Nola VIP access” to the signing before it is open to the public. Full buffet dinner & dessert. After Party with games, costume contest, dancing, more.
Chance to be a Grand Prize winner of a $100.00 Murder By The Book gift card.
Crescent City Brunch
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
- This event will be held in the Marriott Hotel ballroom at 614 Canal Street.
- Enjoy a delicious brunch while you mingle with your favorite authors (not all Nola StoryCon authors will be attending. See Event Schedule page for list of authors.)
- Afterward, join the authors for a special private signing for Crescent City ticket holders only.
For Friday and Saturday events, go to the Wyndham Garden Baronne at:
201 Baronne Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
For Sunday events, go to our overflow hotel, the JW Marriott at:
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Note: Our room block at the Wyndham hotel is SOLD OUT . However, rooms ARE still available at our overflow hotel, the JW Marriot. To get the discounted room rate of $199 per night, book your reservation from THIS LINK only.
Want to make sure the book you must have isn't sold out at the convention? Order or pre-order your copy from Murder By The Books and specify that it is to be signed at Nola StoryCon.
Can't make it to Nola StoryCon but you would still like signed copies of your favorite books by your favorite authors? Go to Murder By The Books and reserve your copies, specifying that they are for Nola StoryCon. Murder By The Books will ensure that they get signed during Nola StoryCon and then shipped to you.
Join the host authors as they explore New Orleans with Jeffrey from Strange True Tours. If you want to join the authors during one of their tours, here is where you can find them:
Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 5pm – 6:30pm: Haunts and History with Kelley Armstrong and Jennifer L. Armentrout. SOLD OUT.
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 5pm – 6:30pm: “Naughty Nola” with Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. SOLD OUT.
Sunday, mid-morning: “Magic, Mayhem & Marie Laveau” with Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews. SOLD OUT.
Note: tour tickets need to be purchased directly from Strange True Tours and are NOT included with any Nola StoryCon tickets. Spacing is limited to approximately 16 people per tour, so don't miss out. Reserve your spot today.