Hi! I’m at Boskone next weekend!
Panel/Signing/Reading details follow:
2/13 7 PM
ANGELS DEMONS AND SAINTS
Religion has always played a strong role in fantasy, and we’ve seen an influx of fiction that specifically features characters that have been touched by higher powers — especially in today’s urban fantasy. What role do these characters play within the story? How do we see these roles changing or morphing into something new? Why do we keep coming back to these types of characters? And what are some examples of stories that use these characters especially well?
2/13 9 PM
WRITING FOR TEENS VS ADULTS
With so much crossover, is there a difference anymore? And where does middle-grade fiction fit? Editors and authors discuss.
2/14 10 AM
KIDLIT: GREAT SPEC FIC FOR YOUNG READERS
There’s some pretty spectacular speculative fiction available for children these days. What’s behind the ongoing boom? Panelists talk causes and trends, while plugging their favorite authors and stories — including some that grownups could also learn to love.
2/14 2 PM
PG-13: VIOLENCE, SEX, AND TEEN READERS
When writing for teens or choosing books for young adults to read, is there a PG-13 line that needs to be drawn? Is there more violence and sex in YA books today? Or have we just become more aware of it? How does a writer address difficult or sensitive topics without going too far? Panelists discuss danger zones within YA fiction.
2/14 4 PM
Signing (Hillary Monahan)
2/15 11 AM
THE FAIRYTALE PRINCESS, CIRCA 2011
Before Disney appropriated Snow White, Jasmine, Aurora, and the rest of the “princess clique, ” these were characters who presumably served a deeper purpose in structuring the fables of bygone years. What parts do they play for today’s children? What meaning might these reminders of a fairytale feudal past still hold a hundred years from now?
2/15 1:30 PM
Readings from MARY: Unleashed and my Eva Darrows title THE AWESOME.