Posts Tagged ‘convention’

C2E2 Schedule

I’m heading over to the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on Friday, April 24th! And for you lucky folks who will be able to attend my Regency panel, an added bonus: a limited number of invitations to the book release party for Of Noble Family, hosted at an off-site location by Tor. Presents Creating Diverse Characters
2:45pm-3:45pm, Room S403
“ presents a diverse array of Novelists, Playwrights, Editors and Comics Authors who have crafted equally diverse characters across those mediums.”

I’ll be appearing with Babs Tarr, Wesley Chu, Michi Trota, Gabrial Canada, Professor Turtel Onli and Danny Bernardo.

Get Regency with Mary Robinette Kowal!
4pm-5pm, Room S403
“Celebrate all things regency with Author/Puppeteer, Mary Robinette Kowal! This month the fifth and final book in the Glamourist Histories, Valour and Vanity, goes on sale and we want you to celebrate with us! Come dressed in your best regency attire for a fashion show and costume contest; authentic costume, steampunk, anime or Darth Vader in waist coat and ruffles, we want to see you strut your stuff!”

If you’re able to come to this panel, you’ll receive an invitation for two to the off-site publication party, hosted by Tor.

Autographing Session
5:15pm-6:15pm, Autograph Table 16
Come by and say hello! There will be books available for purchase by the signing area as well.

I’m at World Fantasy. See you here?

And I’m off! Again! I’m in San Diego for World Fantasy, where I hope I will see some of you. My travel down was reasonable smooth, aside from a bizarre period of sitting on the tarmac because the North runway was closed. I don’t know why.

Here’s my schedule!

Friday 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Town and Country/San Diego: Autograph Session

This is a WFC tradition for all authors, artists, and editors attending the convention. Everyone is invited to participate in this very informal event.  Tent cards will be available outside the room. Get your card, find a seat, and make yourself comfortable.  Refreshments and a no-host bar will be provided in the foyer.

Saturday 8pm Pacific 1: Out of the Broom Closet: Integrating Magicians and Fantastic Creatures into Society.

Most stories have vampires, werewolves, witches and other supernatural entities hiding within the greater society. But more and more look at them as just another facet of modern society. How does that change them as characters? How does it change human society? What does it add to the plot, in addition to the obvious possible social commentary?

S. G. Browne, Mette Harrison (M), Leanna Renee Hieber, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rebecca Rowe

Will I see you in San Diego?

On the train to Surrey, B.C.

I’m sitting on the train on my way up to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Canada. Why the train?

I’ve finished a short story, had breakfast, strolled, and am enjoying a beautiful view out my window. I love the train SO much. Of course, in Seattle, I’ll have to switch to a bus for the last part of the trip, but it’s a fairly comfy bus.

In any event, if you are going to be at the SiWC, I’d love to say hello. If you aren’t attending the conference, but are in the area, the Saturday evening Bookfair is open to the public and there are lots of amazing authors signing.

Friday night, I’m the keynote speaker at the banquet and will be doing a short talk on “How a Life in Theater Prepared Me for Rejection.”

I hope to see some of you there.

Author Guest of Honor at JordanCon IV

From April 20-22, 2012, I’ll be attending JordanCon IV: “Car’a’con” in Roswell, Georgia as the author Guest of Honor.  Also there will be Artist Guest of Honor, Sam Weber, and Toastmaster, Melissa S. Graib Dombrowski.  JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features four tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers Hall, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic.

I’m very much looking forward to attending this.

JordanCon Artist Guest of Honor Sam Weber was born in Alaska, and grew up in Deep River Ontario, Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, he moved to New York to pursue illustration and attend graduate school at The School of Visual Arts. His studio is in Brooklyn. Sam is married to Jillian Tamaki. You can visit him at

JordanCon Toastmaster Melissa S. Craib Dombrowski founded – a social organization dedicated to realizing the idea of “Aes Sedai” in real life through service and fundraising – and has served as its CEO for over a decade. This international fellowship holds several functions and fundraisers throughout the year for non-profit organizations (including Heifer International and Doctors Without Borders) and is the home of Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship for College undergraduates. A dedicated “Wheel of Time” fan, she has served as a consultant on several related projects including cover art for the Starscape Young Adult edition of WOT and the graphic novel adaptation of “New Spring.”

My Readercon 2011 schedule

I’m heading to Readercon this month, which is one of my favorite conventions.  Here’s my schedule.  I’ll have the tiny puppet show and the Shades and Glamour game cards with me.

Thursday July 14

  • 8:00 PM F    Mastering the Puppets. Erik Amundsen, Gwendolyn Clare, John Crowley, Mary Robinette Kowal (leader), Barry N. Malzberg.Catherynne M. Valente uses the phrase “touching the puppets” as critical shorthand for protagonists–and, by extension, stories–interacting with fantastical elements rather than merely coexisting with them. Copious puppet-touching creates an inherently speculative story (e.g. City of Saints and Madmen), but plenty of stories with speculative settings succeed despite leaving the puppets relatively untouched (e.g. Star Wars, in which the droids could be people and the lightsabers could be swords without changing the story at all). What makes those stories work for speculative fiction audiences? What are the advantages and disadvantages to touching the puppets, and what drives an author to go one way or the other?

Friday July 15

  • 11:00 AM Vin.    Kaffeeklatsch. Ellen Klages, Mary Robinette Kowal.
  • 2:00 PM NH    “Until Forgiveness Comes” group reading. K. Tempest Bradford, Jim Freund, Andrea Hairston, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ellen Kushner, Pan Morigan. A live performance of the radio play based on K. Tempest Bradford’s story “Until Forgiveness Comes.”
  • 4:00 PM ME    Vocal Performance for Writers. Jim Freund, Andrea Hairston, Mary Robinette Kowal, Pan Morigan. This two-hour workshop will cover a wide variety of tips and techniques for writers who read aloud, speak on panels, record podcasts, and otherwise use their voices. Full-body warm-ups will help free your voice for vocal exercises. We’ll also share suggestions for choosing a text, coping with different kinds of amplification and recording equipment, and preparing for interviews and Q&As.

Saturday July 16

  • 1:30 PM NH    Reading. Mary Robinette Kowal. Kowal reads from a work not yet selected.
  • 8:00 PM F    The 25th Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition. Mike Allen, Craig Shaw Gardner (leader), Mary Robinette Kowal, Yves Meynard, Eric M. Van (moderator). Our traditional evening entertainment, named in memory of the pseudonym and alter ego of Jonathan Herovit of Barry N. Malzberg’s Herovit’s World. Here’s how it works: Ringleader Craig Shaw Gardner reads a passage of unidentified but genuine, published, bad sf, fantasy, or horror prose, which has been truncated in mid-sentence. Each of our panelists then reads an ending for the passage. One ending is the real one; the others are impostors. None of the players knows who wrote any passage other than their own, except for co-ringleader Eric M. Van, who gets to play God as a reward for the truly onerous duty of unearthing these gems. Craig then asks for the audience vote on the authenticity of each passage (recapping each in turn by quoting a pithy phrase or three from them), and the Ace Readercon Joint Census Team counts up each show of hands faster than you can say “Twinkies of Terror.” Eric then reveals the truth. Each contestant receives a point for each audience member they fooled, while the audience collectively scores a point for everyone who spots the real answer. As a rule, the audience finishes third or fourth. Warning: the Sturgeon General has determined that this trash is hazardous to your health; i.e., if it hurts to laugh, you’re in big trouble.

Sunday July 17

  • 12:00 PM F    A Fate Worse than Death: Narrative Treatment of Permanent Physical Harm. John Crowley, Glenn Grant, Mary Robinette Kowal, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Alicia Verlager (leader). Cinderella’s sisters cut off parts of their feet. Rapunzel’s prince loses his eyes to a thorn bush. But in present-day fantasy, it seems less shocking to kill a character than to significantly and permanently damage their physical form; witness the thousands of deaths in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series that don’t get nearly as much airtime as one character losing a hand. What changed–for storytellers, and for audiences? How does this fit in with our culture’s mainstream acceptance of violence alongside an obsession with youth and physical perfection? As medical advances help people survive and thrive after drastic injuries, will there be more stories that explore these topics?


Baycon: Day 2

Technically, Friday was the first day of the con but since I got here on Thursday it feels like Day 2 for me.

We started with the opening ceremonies which were short and simple. The various GoH’s introduced themselves and said, “hello” to the audience. Martin Young, the Toastmaster, gave me the straight line of asking if things ever went wrong in puppetry, so I told the Sleeping Beauty story.

Sandra Tayler is in town and rooming with me. She is a delight to hang out with.  By the way, I highly recommend having someone like Sandra with you when you GoH to act as a safety net.

From the Opening Ceremonies it was off to Getting Published Today with Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, and Susan Krinard.  Oddly we were all Tor authors whose surnames began with the letter K.  It was a fun conversation although at one point I remarked that we were a self-heckling panel.  The key takeaway I think from that is that if you want to get published you have to have a good manuscript and do your research.

Between panels Sandra and I hung out in the bar area with John Picacio, Chris Garcia, Jeremy Llassen, and a roving cast of others. Funny conversations including a whole host of innocent sentences parents should not say about their children without risking jail time if they are heard out of context.

In the evening we went to the Meet the Guests reception which was good clean fun. I need to give a shout out to Tobi Schneider, guest liaison, who is doing a fantastic job of making us all feel welcome.

After the reception, I indulged in my guilty pleasure and went to the Regency Ball. I brought an extra dress and managed to talk Sandra into going. Man, some of those dances are really fast. At one point, I lost a shoe. I felt very much like Cinderella.

Here’s where you can find me today (Saturday)

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in room: San Tomas
Growing Artisticially Through Crisis

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in room: Bayshore East and West
Puppetry Workshop
(Note: I will have the pencil-necked little weasel, and John Scalzi’s Papa Fuzzy puppet with me)

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in room: Winchester
$5, a Dead Fish, and a Time Machine

5:30 to 7:00 PM in room: Central

By the way, if I’m not in a panel, the bar is a good bet on where to find me.

BayCon Day 1

I’m at BayCon and I have to say they are treating me very nicely. Fresh fruit in my room. Dark chocolate.  Mmm… Yesterday was lowkey. Tobi Schneider met me at the train station and took me around to get me oriented. I saw John Picacio, Artist GoH last night and we caught up.

I also met Bobbie DuFault, the Fan GoH.  She’s from Seattle so we were both wondering about the bright light in the sky. Thank heavens today is overcast.  That other thing was just unnatural.

Today I’ll be at:

2:00 PM to  2:30 PM in room: Winchester
Opening Ceremonies

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in room: Lawrence
Getting Published Today

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM in room: Grand Ballroom E & F
Meet-the-Guests Reception

I’m also planning to head to the Regency dance after the Meet-the-Guests reception, although that might involve going back to my room to change.  Meanwhile, my plan is to hang in the bar area and chat with anyone who wanders by.

Wander by?


Norwescon 2011 schedule

I’m heading up to Norwescon tomorrow via train and am very much looking forward to it.  If you are looking for me, here are some of the places to find me. Who else is going?


6pm, Cascade 7
Tips for Writers on Giving a Good Reading

Mary Robinette Kowal offers a workshop filled with tips for writers, readers, and public speakers on how to give a good reading. She’ll discuss how to select the scene, the number of characters, language, and give other pointers that make writers better readers. Continue reading ›

Home from Radcon

I’m home safely from Radcon.  It was a fun con and I get to see a lot of people I like. As a bonus, my 5:45 am train was delayed. Normally, one does not count a delay as a bonus, but since Amtrak let me know the day before that it was running behind schedule, it meant that I got to sleep in.

I got up, had breakfast with some folks, and then headed to the train station. I managed to get about 3000 words written on the trip back and wrap a chapter. That’s a nice feeling.

Tomorrow… Tomorrow, Rob and I are going on vacation.


I’m at RadCon! This is my first time and so far it looks like it will be a load of fun. Lots of people that I know and like, which is always good.  I got in tonight, but am really only here tomorrow.

Here’s my schedule.

  • 9:00 The Healthy Hero — Emerald
  • 10:00 SFWA Regional Meeting — Sage
  • 13:00 The Muddle in the Middle — Ruby
  • 17:00 What Writers Mean — Ruby

In travel news, because I know you are curious, I took the train. We left on time and had a delay waiting for a freight train to pass just outside of Pasco. I think we got in about forty-five minutes late.  I don’t mind train delays because I can get up and walk around. I also got a lot of writing done. Yay.

The bonus was that Amtrak stays at the Red Lion so I was able to catch a ride with the shuttle from the train station instead of needing to find my own way.  that makes life easier, eh?  I think that balances out the late arrival so travel karma wise, this worked out even.

My Orycon 2010 schedule

Orycon 32 is this weekend and I’m looking forward to it.  Here is my schedule for the con.  I hope to see you there.


4:00:pm — The physics of magic
Writers often talk about magic systems and magic having a cost. It’s fantasy–can’t you do anything you want? Should magic hold to a law of conservation of energy? The nuts and bolts of magic in fantasy, and what readers want or don’t want to see.
Joan Gaustad, (*)Mary Robinette Kowal, Devon Monk, Deborah J. Ross

7:00:pm — Reading

I’ll be reading from Shades of Milk and Honey and performing the shadow play, “The Broken Bridge” from Chapter 10.


10:00 am — SFWA Regional Business meeting

12:00:pm — Writing the Other: Races and Cultures

Speculative fiction often takes steps toward being more egalitarian, but there are still huge challenges ahead. Issues of appropriation, respect, stereotypes, and taking chances. How to get educated and still write naturally and from the heart.
(*)Nisi Shawl, Donna McMahon, Rory Miller, Mary Robinette Kowal, Craig Laurance Gidney

2:00:pm — Women role models in science fiction

Are there any good female role models in science fiction? Or are they still relegated to being damsels in distress? A discussion of both weak and strong female science fiction characters across all media.
Stoney Compton, Deborah J. Ross, Steve Perry, (*)Mary Robinette Kowal Continue reading ›

Back in Portland from Dragon*Con and Tennessee

Once again, my body is on random time. I’ve just returned from the trip to Atlanta and Tennessee and wasn’t there quite long enough — or rather — I didn’t have quite enough of a regular sleep cycle to have truly gotten on East Coast time but neither am I acclimated to West Coast at this point.

The trip home was entirely uneventful aside from finishing the ABM of Howard Jones’s novel The Desert of Souls. It’s a fast read and a lot of fun. Think Sherlock Holmes set in the Arabian Nights.

Rob and I went out for dinner tonight. It’s not that we lack food but there’s a tendency for us to both get distracted by all the things that Need To Get Done and to not spend enough time reconnecting. Getting out of the apartment removes the distractions. Plus we were both tired.

The next trip is on September 24th up to Redmond, WA for Foolscap. That doesn’t seem nearly as daunting since I can just hop the train.

My First Dragon*Con: Day One

I had been told that Dragon*Con was huge and that it had a lot of fantastic costumes. This did nothing to prepare me.

My flight to Atlanta had no problems, which is something of a record a this point. Arriving in Atlanta, I took MARTA into the city since it was supposed to stop less than a block from my hotel. As soon as I came out of the underground, I saw a Jedi and started grinning. There were other costumes scattered through the folks walking on the sidewalk.

I was at the Westin which only had the alternate history track in it. A cluster of folks in outstanding steampunk garb were standing in the entrance talking. I felt like I’d come home.

I decided that, since I had a reading that I would go ahead and wear one of the Regency outfits I’d brought. After considering and discarding the green silk spencer, due to the heat, I opted for the white sprigged lawn, with a blue moiré sash and matching blue pashmina shawl. Despite my short hair, I’ve figured out how to get it up into something resembling the correct do through the use of fifteen bobby pins.

I trotted off to registration toting a bag of sandalwood fans and my shadow puppet show, intending to go from there to my reading. Continue reading ›

Survived Dragon*Con

I’ve survived my first Dragon*Con. I am exhausted and will report later but since this is the first time I’ve had internet access, I wanted to report that I was alive.