Reasons to get excited about this spring’s first annual BookCon, which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, uh, actual books:
1. Panel headliners include Amy Poehler, Martin Short, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, and Cassandra Clare.
2. EW can exclusively announce that Tina Fey and Jason Bateman will also headline a panel, which will serve as BookCon’s kickoff celebration.
3. Tina Fey!!!
The 30 Rock creator and Arrested Development star will launch BookCon’s festivities by discussing their work in This Is Where I Leave You, an upcoming film by Shawn Levy based on Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling 2009 novel. The hour-long event will also feature Levy and Tropper - who adapted his own novel for the big screen - as well as a sneak-peek of the film and moderation from EW’s own Anthony Breznican. Afterwards, a limited number of special ticket-holders will get access to an intimate happy-hour event, where they’ll rub elbows with high-profile authors and maybe even enjoy a little Evening Cheese with Fey herself.
This Is Where I Leave You follows four siblings - Bateman, Fey, House of Cards ‘s Corey Stoll, and Girls ‘s Adam Driver - who return to their childhood home to observe the Jewish rite of shiva after their gruff father passes away. Over the course of one week, family secrets are revealed, long-buried grudges are forced to the surface… and several pounds of cold cuts are consumed. (No wonder Liz Lemon’s on board.)