Book Expo 2018: John Kerry Takes The Stage To Make America ‘Greater’

by Hannah Means Shannon

Photo credits to Russell Shannon

Book Expo has been running this week in New York City at the Javits Center, an amazing time to wander around the venue in a much quieter atmosphere than a big comic con, and one  in which upcoming books are in the spotlight. Book Expo is a trade show for the publishing industry, catering to librarians, academics, bookstores, and the like, whereas from today through tomorrow (the 2nd and 3rd of June), you can attend Book Con in the same location, open to the public and featuring many notable authors and even a few celebrities. By books, of course we also mean comics and graphic novels!

Both shows are run by ReedPOP, the same organization who bring us New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, C2E2, and many more.

On Friday, June 1st, former Senator and former Secretary of State, as well as former Democratic Presidential candidate, John Kerry took to the Downtown stage to talk about his upcoming Memoir: Every Day Is Extra, that is being released on September 4th, 2018. And while the discussion did cover key aspects of Kerry’s career in the past, many of the questions he fielded dealt with current politics, including his views on the Trump administration. While his tone was diplomatic and measured, as you might expect from someone who has been in public office for over 50 years in various capacities, there was plenty of cheering at his emphasis on how much the world has improved since his childhood, despite challenges, and a reminder that even Trump won’t hold that back. His personal focus “not on making America great again, but on making it greater” got the biggest applause. It was a positive note to end on.

Here’s a photogallery of that memorable event:

     

Photo credits to Russell Shannon

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