Star Wars Celebration Europe: Star Wars Publishing Panel Recap


The Star Wars Publishing panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe revealed new books and visual guides for Rogue One and young readers.

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The Star Wars Publishing panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe this morning provided a glimpse of some of the offerings coming from the various Lucasfilm publishing imprints later this year (via live blog). Visual guides and children’s series were the most populous, followed by the novels Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno and Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, and new Star Wars Insider short stories. A comprehensive compilation of Star Wars concept artist legend Ralph McQuarrie’s original designs for the franchise’s visual aesthetic is also on the way.

Below is a full list of all the books announced during the panel.

  • Star Wars picture books for older children. One of them, by middle grade author Jason Fry, is based on Fry’s Star Wars middle grade book, Weapon of a Jedi, about Luke Skywalker. Books about Leia and Poe Dameron are also on the way.
  • Fry also wrote Star Wars: Paint By Numbers, which is described as a coloring book for older fans.


  • A Ralph McQuarrie two-volume concept art set.
  • Galactic Atlas, featuring 600-700 illustrations. The concept behind the book, says live blog, is that the maps within the atlas were drawn by an Ithorian artist and have just been discovered and compiled.
  • From DK Publishing: Complete Locations, which will feature in-depth cross-section drawings of locations from The Force Awakens, The Phantom Menace, and more; Year by Year, which covers every single Star Wars event in the real world, be it a book release or a Star Wars Celebration; Darth Vader, Rebel Hunter, a young reader’s book; and Vile Villains, a sticker book featuring your favorite Star Wars villains.
  • From Star Wars Insider: Four new short stories are planned for the end of 2016 and into 2017. The first is Blade Squadron: Kuat, written by Mark Williams and Dave Williams and illustrated by Chris Trevas. Kuat will appear in Insider #168 in September and will tie into Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars novel, Aftermath: Life Debt. The second story is Turning Point by Jason Hugh, set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. It will debut in issue #169. Voices of the Empire, written by Mur Laffert and illustrated by Jason Chan, is coming in issue #170 and will tie into Rogue One. Finally, Blade Squadron: Jakku by the same writers and illustrator as Kuat will be included in issue #171 and will tie into Chuck Wendig’s Empire’s End, the final book in the Aftermath trilogy.


  • For younger audiences: Ahsoka, a YA novel following the Togruta former Jedi from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, by E.K. Johnston; Jedi Academy: A New Game, a humorous middle grade book; activity books and young readers; and more installments in the Star Wars Golden Books series.
  • From Egmont UK: More Adventures in Wild Space books, a series for middle grade readers which you can purchase here in the U.S. through third parties on Amazon.


  • Finally, a roster of Rogue One books were announced. Rogue One: Catalyst is a novel from Del Rey by James Luceno (Darth Plagueis, Tarkin) and will directly into the spinoff film. Next comes the Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide; a sticker book; a book called Profiles and Posters; and a Make Your Own X-wing book.

That’s all from the Star Wars Publishing panel at SWCE. If you were hoping for more adult Star Wars book announcements, don’t give up hope: San Diego Comic Con, which takes place next weekend, has scheduled their own Star Wars books panel in which Del Rey may reveal their plans for books in late 2016, early 2017.

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Keep checking Dork Side for more Star Wars Celebration panel recaps throughout the weekend.