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    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    The Baltimore Book Festival and me

    For the second year in a row, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has invited me to participate in the Baltimore Book Festival, September 24-26. *user rubs hands in anticipation and utters a muted "Mwahahaha!" then looks around guiltily and hopes no one saw*
    This year, you can find me in the SFWA tent for two full hours on Friday afternoon (September 24). My schedule is:

    4 PM
    Find your new favorite author
    Four writers, one hour. Prepare to be surprised and intrigued. Readers: Anatoly Belilovsky, Robin Wyatt Dunn, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward

    5 PM
    When sci-fi and fantasy get sexy
    It's not all ray guns and unicorns... join our writers to talk about the hotter side of science fiction and fantasy. Panelists: Kelly Harmon, Carmen Maria Machado, Emmie Mears, KM Szpara, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)

    Not only will these panels give you a chance to sample the wit and works of some great authors, you'll get to hear me read a bit from "Cooking up a Storm" from Tales from the Vatican Vaults, which is only available in the UK--or in the few places I happen to be speaking. It's gonna be fun. Looking forward to meeting you there!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    My Dragon Con Schedule, 2015 Edition

    It's that time again--Dragon Con time. Starting this afternoon, Greg and Pumba will be on their own for the better part of a week, and I'll be working panels and catching up with friends at the world's number one summer camp for wayward adults. If you're going to be there, too, I hope you'll join me at one of my panels:

    Title: And, That's the Truth!
    Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt
    Panelists: Mike Bara, Michelle Belanger, Dr. Bob Blackwood, Mike Faber, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)
    Description: How to build a career, or supplement your fiction career, writing non-fiction.

    Title: Broad Universe Reading
    Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt
    Panelists: Trisha Wooldridge, Gail Martin, Kathryn Hinds, Jean Marie Ward and more
    Description: The ladies of Broad Universe read snippets from their work.

    Title: Navigating the Media/Online Frenzy
    Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt
    Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Tom Merritt, Michael Z. Williamson, Mike Faber, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)
    Description: What else is out there besides Facebook? How to generate "buzz" about a book to promote sales.

    Title: The Source: Folklore & Mythology in UF
    Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Chastain ED - Westin
    Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jean Marie Ward, Jonathan Maberry, Valerie Hampton, Samantha Sommersby
    Description: Urban fantasy is rooted in age-old myth, legend, and folklore. Authors discuss influences.

    Title: Showcase: Todd McCaffrey
    Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt (Length: 1)
    Description: Todd McCaffrey discusses his life and work with Jean Marie Ward (Moderator) and answers questions from the audience.

    Title: Win, Lose, or Draw, SF Style
    Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B - Hyatt (Length: 1)
    MC: Jean Marie Ward
    Description: The game of drawing & guessing returns to the Lit track. Prizes & glory!

    But even though I'll be away from my keyboard for the next week, you can still participate the great Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter for two (count 'em) new anthologies, Alien Artifacts and Were- featuring authors like Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Phyllis Ames, Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, David Farland/Dave Wolverton, C.S. Friedman, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Katharine Kerr, Gini Koch, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Gail and Larry N. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna and me. Click here for the details on two of the best anthologies you'll read in 2016. The Kickstarter will be ending just about the time I return, so don't miss out!