Sound the trumpets! The Boskone 54 program is out!
I cannot say enough how much I enjoy this convention every year. It was the very first convention I attended and it spoke to be both in content and in character. They bring in the star-power authors but they also keep local writers at varying career stages in the fold. And this year, I am honored to be included in that number.
If you’re not familiar Boskone is New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention and will be held at the Westin Waterfront on February 17-19, 2017. It’s going to be a fun weekend filled with discussions of books, film, art, music, gaming, and more. For more information about Boskone by visiting The Boskone Blog, Twitter, and Facebook as well as by going to the Boskone website to register.
As always, there are manifold things to do at any time, but if you’re interested in stopping in to see what I’ve got to say, here’s where I’ll be and when.
(Pocket Program art by Boskone 54 Official Artist Dave Seeley)
Steam’s Rising: A Proliferation of Punks
Friday 14:00 – 15:00, Harbor II (Westin)
We all know and may highly esteem steampunk, but it’s far from the only Victorian-inspired alternate history subgenre on our bookshelves. What about some of those other V-punks out there — dreadpunk, silkpunk, gaslight fantasy, and more … Why so many? Are they really all the same, or are there deeper differences in style, content, and approach? (And is gaslight fantasy actually punky at all?)
James Moore, KT Bryski (M), Victoria Sandbrook, Melanie Meadors
Katniss, Furiosa, Elsa, and Rey: The New Woman in SF/F Film
Friday 17:00 – 18:00, Harbor III (Westin)
They each made big impressions in big recent genre movies. What do these characters say about the current state of heroic female figures in our cinematic imaginings? What traditions do they uphold or subvert? What promise do they hold for our futures?
Trisha Wooldridge, Vikki Ciaffone, LJ Cohen (M) , Victoria Sandbrook
The Harry Potter Effect
Friday 18:00 – 19:00, Harbor II (Westin)
Twenty years ago, an owl delivered a very special invitation to a boy who lived under the stairs in a small house at 4 Privet Drive. The world has never been the same. Tolkien changed the face of fantasy literature for adults; J.K. Rowling has done the same for children. How has the Harry Potter Effect influenced publishing? What have we learned about fantasy — and ourselves — through Harry’s adventures? Is 20 years of Potterdom enough? Do we need or want more?
20th Anniversary: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone
Emma Caywood, John P. Murphy, Victoria Sandbrook (M), Flourish Klink, Sarah Beth Durst
Writing Stories With Victoria Sandbrook
Saturday 09:00 – 10:00, Galleria – DragonsLair (Westin)
Start a short story — or two! — in this all-ages mini-workshop. Victoria will offer an exercise to get you started, but where you go from there is up to you! Bring your preferred writing implements and paper.
Getting Ready for a Workshop
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Harbor I – Discussion Group (Westin)
What you should consider, how you should prepare, and what they can and can’t do for you when you attend a writer’s workshop.
Reading by Victoria Sandbrook
Sunday 09:30 – 10:00, Independence (Westin)
Contracts and Talking Terms
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Burroughs (Westin)
Literary contracts can be tricky to navigate. We’ll reveal what’s behind those mysterious clauses and terms hidden in plain sight. When is a deal too good to pass up — or too good to be true? Discover what’s okay to publish, learn to avoid legal landmines, and ask questions about what you most want to know.
Joshua Bilmes, Victoria Sandbrook, Kenneth Schneyer, E. C. Ambrose (M), Michael Stearns