What to Expect at Star Wars Celebration 2017 from Del Rey

We are just a few weeks away from Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando and we couldn’t be more excited to see all our fantastic fans. Below you’ll find a complete breakdown of everything that we are doing at the con, where to find our authors, and the giveaways and signings we have planned.

Where is the Del Rey Star Wars Booth?

BOOTH #2522, our PRH friends at Random House Audio and DK will be next to us, so come hang out and say hello to everyone.

What is going on at the booth?

Author signings, meet members of the Del Rey team, pick up a Del Rey sampler, books for sale and more fun giveaways. Geek out with us about Star Wars books! There will probably be a few surprises throughout the weekend, and generally the booth is just a hub of fun activity. For more specifics about what will be happening around the show read on below:


Our panels are all taking place as part of the Behind the Scenes stage – W304

Thursday 2:30 pm – 3:30 I’ll Take Droids for $500, Obi-Wan

Test your Star Wars knowledge, competing head-to-head with Chuck Wendig and Timothy Zahn. Narrator Marc Thompson will host and one lucky audience member will have a chance to compete onstage as a contestant!

Friday 4:30 pm – 5:30 Lucasfilm Publishing Writers’ Roundtable

A round table featuring members of the Lucasfilm team and a collection of Star Wars writers from across publishers, including Del Rey authors like Tim Zahn and Delilah S. Dawson.

Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 Del Rey Books, Behind the Scenes

Del Rey has been publishing Star Wars books since 1976. Find out what we have in the works for 2017 and beyond. Join authors Chuck Wendig (Empire’s End), Christie Golden (Inferno Squadron), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn), and Delilah S. Dawson (The Perfect Weapon). Moderator: Elizabeth Schaefer, Senior Editor at Del Rey Books

What are Star Wars University panels?

These are individual author talks. The exact scope and focus is unique to each author, and more information on each session will be available closer to the show. These are great for aspiring writers or anyone else who wants to learn more about the writing process. All the University Writing Workshops are in W300.

Thursday 5:00 pm – 6:00 Star Wars University: Chuck Wendig

Friday 12:30 pm – 1:30 Star Wars University: Delilah Dawson

Friday 2:00 pm – 3:00 Star Wars University: Tim Zahn

Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 Star Wars University: Christie Golden

Sunday 12:30pm – 1:30 Star Wars University: John Jackson Miller


Our signings are split between the Del Rey Booth (2522) and the Barnes & Noble Booth (2022). Why did we split them up? Two locations means we can have more signings, extend signings longer, etc. ALL OF OUR SIGNINGS ARE FREE and many will have free giveaways – like books and posters, but some will not. At all signings we will have copies of books available to buy, which the authors are happy to sign. Or, if you bring your own copy from home they will sign that too! Our authors are cool like that.

Lines for signings will form no sooner than 5-10 minutes before the signing time. We have plenty of giveaways, and we work really hard to manage our lines, so no need to try and line up earlier. We want you to meet your favorite authors just as much as you do!

(Please note: this schedule is subject to change. We suggest checking on social media each day or visiting the booth for the most up to date schedule. Circumstances may require us to move or reschedule a signing, add more signing times, or make other changes)


11:30 am – 12:30 Christie Golden B&N Booth 2022

1 pm – 2 Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022

4 pm – 6:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022


11 am – 12 Chuck Wendig Del Rey Booth 2522

11 am – 1 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022

12:30 pm – 1:30 John Jackson Miller B&N Booth 2022

1:30 pm – 2:30 Christie Golden B&N Booth 2022

3 pm – 4:00 Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022

5:30 pm – 6:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022

5:45 pm – 6:45 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522


11 am – 12:30 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522

2 pm – 4:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022

3 pm – 4 John Jackson Miller Del Rey Booth 2522

4 pm – 5 Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022

5 pm – 6 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522


10:30 am – 11:30 Chuck Wendig, Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522

1 pm – 2 Christie Golden B&N Booth 2022

2:30 pm – 4:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022

Special Swag:

In addition to the poster and book giveaways we have a few special items available at Booth 2522.

Grand Admiral Thrawn Pin:

Our show exclusive pin is included as an extra gift with purchase of the Celebration Edition of Timothy Zahn’s new novel Star Wars: Thrawn ($35). The pin is limited and only available while supplies last. Only available at the Del Rey Booth, but if you buy the book from the B&N booth you will receive a voucher to redeem for a pin at our booth. Limit one pin per customer, even for customers who purchase multiple books. Pin vouchers can only be redeemed at our booth during convention hours.

40th Anniversary Tote Bag:

Spend at least $25 at our booth and receive this awesome tote bag, perfect for hauling around all those great Star Wars books. This offer extends to our friends at Random House Audio and DK, so you can earn the tote by spending money at any of the PRH booths. These totes and this offer is only available at Booth 2522.

And there may be other giveaways throughout the weekend…stop by the booth and find out.

General Tips for the Con:

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Be sure to follow @DelReyStarWars because you never know when we might have a last minute change to the schedule, or special event. Your favorite author may decide to do an unannounced appearance at the booth, or we may find another new giveaway. That’s where you’ll hear about it first.

GRAB A POSTER TUBE! We’re giving away lots of posters, and we know carrying them can be a hassle. Forget about rubber bands, and pick up a poster tube! We suggest one at least 18 inches long. They are cheap and will help make carrying your free and signed posters easier!

SAY HELLO: Seriously, come say hi! The best part about the cons is that we get to hang with fans/readers and talk about Star Wars. We always enjoy putting names/faces with the people we interact with via social media every day. Come geek out with us about books, comics, Rebels, the movies, your favorite theories, RPGs, Thrawn’s return, the greatness of GRAND ADMIRAL RAE SLOANE, and anything else you want to talk about. We’re sending a big crew down to the show, so don’t be shy.