THE TERRIBLE TWO PUT
THE CON INTO BOOKCON
We are going to put the con back into BookCon,” Mac Barnett, says of the pranking workshop that he is leading with his fellow expert, or, partner- in-crime, Jory John, today, noon–12:45 p.m., on the Downtown Stage. The two have serious street
cred: they wrote the book on pranking: The Terrible Two ( illustrated by Kevin Cornell), a tale of pranksters who engage in an
epic war of trickery before joining forces to pull off the biggest
prank the town has ever seen. Although the publisher claims
that The Terrible Two is middle-grade fiction, savvy readers
know better: it’s actually based on Barnett’s and John’s real-life experiences—only, like the tagline for Dragnet, the popular 1950s-era television show, declares, “the names have been
changed to protect the innocent.” Or, in this case, the guilty.
Barnett and John promise to make it well worth while for
BookCon attendees to attend their pranking workshop. Not
only do they promise to divulge the exact location of a speak-
easy at Javits this weekend, but they are going to hide $10,000
somewhere in the building and provide meaningful clues dur-
ing the workshop as to where the stash can be found. “We’re
hoping that even though this workshop is being held in New
York and will of course attract locals, that people will fly in from
all over the world just to come to this event,” John says, “We’re
especially looking to recruit people into our secret society of
pranksters,” Barnett adds, explaining that becoming an official
member of the Barnett/John prankster secret society involves
taking the prankster oath, which will be administered to all
who successfully complete the workshop.
The pranking workshop will include an overview of the philosophy behind pranking, readings about literary pranks from
books that Barnett and John will claim to have written themselves, and hands-on exercises. “A lot of people will be leaving
with a lot less money than they came with,” John notes. Asked
if they intend to pick the pockets of attendees, Barnett and
John vehemently deny entertaining such thoughts, pointing
out that the competition for that is too stiff in New York City.
Don’t say that we didn’t warn you. —Claire Kirch ■
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