Thursday, November 01, 2007

World Fantasy Convention 2007

I'm off to WFC!

WFC = World Fantasy Convention, an annual conference for mythological and imaginary creatures. Here's the promo video for the event:

Okay, that was actually from "The Life and Times of Juniper Lee" (my all-time favorite, albeit short-lived, TV show -- it's essentially "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" minus the whining). But wouldn't it be awesome if there really was a convention for imaginary characters?

World Fantasy Convention is an annual conference for readers, writers, editors, artists, and others to meet and discuss fantasy literature. This year it's in Sarasota Springs, NY, and as I mentioned in a prior blog post, I will be on programming. (YAY!!!) Here's my schedule:

Saturday 1pm - Panel: There's an Archetype in My Soup!
Much fantasy deliberately employs elements of fairy-tale and myth, often after much scholarly research. But there's still the old argument that if you have to learn an archetype, it isn't one, that these patterns are universal in human storytelling. What is the mythic "buzz" we all know when we see it, even when we have difficulty defining it?
Elizabeth Bunce, Sarah Beth Durst, Mark Ferrari, Margo Lanagan, Tim Powers

Saturday 3pm - Reading: Young Adult Writers
Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Beth Durst, Tiffany Trent

I'll also be signing books at the group autographing session on Friday night from 8-11pm. If you'll be at WFC, please drop by and say hi!

P.S. - For those of you who were looking forward to the next installment of my Northboro School Visit Week of Awesomeness posts, never fear, those will resume tomorrow...

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