Readercon will soon be upon us once more. This year’s iteration takes place from July 7 to 10 at a new location, at the Marriott in Quincy, Massachusetts (just south of Boston).
I’m on programming again this year. The preliminary program schedule is now online; barring any last-minute changes, here is where you’ll find me, at least officially:
Friday, July 8
12:00 PM The Works of Catherynne M. Valente. Jonathan Crowe, Gillian Daniels, Liz Gorinsky (leader), Kathleen Howard. Catherynne Valente has been a professional fortune teller, telemarketer, private tutor, librarian, waitress, bartender, actress, and statistician, but she is best known as a novelist and poet, having published over two dozen novels and poetry collections. She has been nominated for or won every major award in science fiction and fantasy: the Hugo (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), the Nebula (2013, 2014), Locus (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), and the World Fantasy Award (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014). In the Night Garden (2006) won the James Tiptree Jr. Award; The Orphan’s Tales (2006-2007) won the Mythopoeic Award; “The Seven Devils of Central California” won the Rhysling Award (2008); Palimpsest won the Lambda Award (2010). In 2010, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making became the first self-published work to win a major literary award, winning the Andre Norton Award. The sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, was listed by Time Magazine and NPR as one of the ten best books of 2012. The New York Times has called her “an incandescent young star.” Join our panelists in a discussion of her work.
1:00 PM Nonfiction for Fiction Writers. Matthew Cheney, Jonathan Crowe (leader), Keffy Kehrli, Tom Purdom, Rick Wilber. Sometimes we need to do specific research on science, historical events, or perspectives on lives and eras far removed from our own for the stories we want to tell. What are some of the best nonfiction works the panelists have read? Biographies, histories, essays, blog posts, studies or even the backs of cereal boxes: what inspires and informs you? Where do you turn when you need accurate, obscure information?
2:00 PM Welcome to Readercon. Jonathan Crowe, Rose Fox, Emily Wagner. New to Readercon? Not new, but curious about what might be different this year? Our program chair and other Readercon regulars will give you some peeks behind the scenes and suggestions about all the cool not-to-miss stuff. We’re nice. Come hang out.
Three panels in a row: that ought to fry me good. But it also means that I’ll have the rest of the convention to see people, and chat, and attend the rest of the programming. Do say hello: it’s not often I leave my village and emerge into the wider world, so I don’t get many chances to see in person the people I interact with online.