July 3rd, 2014

Two! Two convention schedules!

Happy summer! As has been mentioned on the Appearances page, next week I’ll be heading down to the sunny Americas to attend both Readercon in Boston and DetCon in Detroit, with a small Boston chillout in between.

That means I bring you not one, but two (2) convention schedules today!

Readercon

Thursday, July 10

8:00 PM    F    Many Things Worry You, but Nothing Frightens You: Outgrowing Horror. Leah Bobet, Ellen Datlow, Elizabeth Hand (moderator), Kit Reed, Graham Sleight, Sonya Taaffe. In the Nightmare Magazine essay “The H Word: The Failure of Fear,” Dale Bailey wrote about enjoying horror despite no longer finding it horrifying. How does what scares us change as we age? How does horror written for children differ from horror written for adults? Can you outgrow horror, or are adults and children simply frightened by different things?

9:00 PM    CO    Where Is Clarion for Editors?. Leah Bobet, Ellen Datlow, Liz Gorinsky, Bart Leib, Julia Rios, Cecilia Tan (leader). The speculative fiction field has many workshops for writers, such as the various Clarions, Odyssey, and Viable Paradise, not to mention MFA programs like Stonecoast where one can do genre work. But where’s the “Clarion for Editors”? Some of the most vital work being done in our field is coming from web magazines, small publishers, digital publishers, and others who are largely forced to learn to edit “on the job.” This discussion, led by Cecilia Tan, will examine the need for a structured workshop for aspiring and established editors, and propose ways that such a workshop might be made to happen.

 

Friday, July 11

11:00 AM    G    This Whole Situation Is Monstrous!: Supernatural Excuses for Abusive Behavior. Leah Bobet (leader), Liz Gorinsky, Catt Kingsgrave, Natalie Luhrs, Veronica Schanoes, Peter Straub. Paranormal romance for adults and teens often provides supernatural excuses for abusive behavior. For example, in Cassandra Clare’s The City of Lost Souls, a character’s abusive behavior as a teenager stems from his confusion over being turned into a werewolf. Years later the teens reunite, explanations are given, and the boy’s redemption story briefly takes center stage in the narrative. Instead of focusing on abusers’ redemption through human aspects overcoming monstrous aspects, and obscuring the unpleasant truth that abuse is a very human behavior, is there a better way to use the supernatural to talk about abuse?

7:00 PM    ENL    Emotion, Archives, Interactive Fiction, and Linked Data . Leah Bobet (leader), Toni L.P. “Leigh Perry” Kelner, Sarah Smith, Walt Williams. In a 2013 blog post, archivist Mx A. Matienzo drew a line between the “linked data” of interactive fiction (IF) and the connections within an archive of materials and works. Matienzo suggested creating a hybrid of the two that would bolster the emotional impact of fiction with links to relevant factual information—or, from the other side, that would bolster the intellectual weight of nonfiction with more nebulous but equally important information about feelings, thoughts, and experiences.How else can archivists, authors, and others collaborate on hybrid storytelling that brings these disparate components together?

9:00 PM    E    Autographs. Leah Bobet, Rick Wilber.

 

Saturday, July 12

11:00 AM    CO    How to Write for a Living When You Can’t Live Off Your Fiction. Leah Bobet, Barbara Krasnoff (leader), Adam Lipkin. You’ve just been laid off from your staff job, you can’t live on the royalties from your fiction writing, and your significant other has taken a cut in pay. How do you pay the rent? Well, you can find freelance work writing articles, white papers, reviews, blogs, and other non-SFnal stuff. Despite today’s lean journalistic market, it’s still possible to make a living writing, editing, and/or publishing. Let’s talk about where and how you can sell yourself as a professional writer, whether blogging can be done for a living, and how else you can use your talent to keep the wolf from the door. Bring whatever ideas, sources, and contacts you have.

2:00 PM    F    Becoming a Better Reader. Marc Abrahams, Robert Jackson Bennett, Leah Bobet, Michael Dirda, Yoon Ha Lee, Resa Nelson (leader). In a 2013 Twitter comment, Caitlín R. Kiernan wrote, “Too often, the problem isn’t that an author needs to be a better writer, but that a reader needs to be a better reader.” As readers, we can sometimes tell whether we liked a book, but it’s much harder to step outside and evaluate ourselves as ideal readers and how our pleasure/displeasure in a work relates to what the author was trying to do. How can we become different readers, or better readers? What makes one reader better than another, in the context of a given work or in general? Is there even such a thing as a better reader, or are there only readers who are more or less prepared for a particular book?

 

Sunday, July 13
11:00 AM    CL    Kaffeeklatsch. Leah Bobet, James Morrow.

1:00 PM    EM    Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads “Mountaineering”, which is a short story forthcoming in Exile Editions’ Start A Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change.

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Friday, July 17

12:00 PM KaffeKlatsch 1  Kaffeklatsch: Leah Bobet.  A small group discussion led by author Leah Bobet. Your opportunity for a more informal discussion with one of our participants.

Saturday, July 18

12:00 PM Nicolet A  The State of the Science Fiction Magazine Market. Scott H. Andrews (moderator), Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke, Michael Haynes.  Our panelists give their views on the current state of the science fiction magazine market. Is this another golden age? What various business models are in play? How is digital transforming the field? This is a Detention-inspired panel. In 1959 the panelists included editors of Astounding Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Fantastic Universe.

1:00 PM Mackinac West  Sexuality and SFF.  Gregory Gadow (moderator), Mark Oshiro, Bernadette Bosky, Leah Bobet, Traci Castleberry, David Sklar.  Science fiction and fantasy are genres with great opportunities to explore ideas and concepts without the constraints of current reality. How have these genres explored the complex and multifaceted subject of human sexuality?

2:00 PM Mackinac East  Cross-Platform Narrative: Multimedia on Steroids. Forest Handford (moderator), Dan Berger, Leah Bobet, Tony Daniel, Marc Tassin.  Our panel discusses the pros and cons of integrating various forms of production/performance to deliver a narrative. Comics & music, web & stage, TV & video games—what combinations have we seen and what else could be tried? To what extent are large scale franchises that cross formats integrated cross-platform narratives? How can it be done on a smaller scale?

5:00 PM Ambassador Salon 1  Current Voices: YA Literature.  Aurora Celeste (moderator), Joshua Kronengold, Sarah Zettel, Leah Bobet.  What are the recent trends in YA SF and fantasy? Which writers are currently active in the field? What are the hot new titles? What works do our panelists particularly recommend?

Sunday, July 20

11:00 AM Joliet A  Reading: Acks/Bobet. Rachael Acks and Leah Bobet read from their work.


And that’s the ballgame! If you’ll be at either convention, I look forward to seeing you!

May 28th, 2014

An upcoming piece of fiction.

I’ve spent most of the winter and spring face down in novel revisions and the general logistics of day-to-day life, but:

It’s a pleasure to announce that, after a short fiction hiatus that’s lasted way too long, “Mountaineering”, a story about a boy and a ghost and the South Pole, will appear in Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change, an anthology from Exile Editions releasing in Spring 2015. The rest of the table of contents is absolutely stunning, and it’s a book I feel very privileged to be a part of.

I’ll post ordering information when I have it, and until then: Hi. Welcome back. I hope to be saying more, and have more to say, as the summer rolls in. :)

November 11th, 2013

Going Out in Public: November edition!

After a pretty quiet fall, I’m going to be at a few events in the next couple weeks. Details!

  • Next Sunday, November 17th at 3pm, I’ll be reading at the Draft Reading Series alongside a whole bunch of excellent writers: Julia Campbell-Such, Jack Hillary, Sandra Kasturi,
    Amanda Leduc, and Ursula Pflug. Draft does a few neat things most reading series don’t: It asks writers to read something in progress, or in a genre they’re not known for, or otherwise zig where you usually zag. It’s looking like a really interesting afternoon, and it’ll be at The Black Swan Tavern, at 154 Danforth.
  • Secondly, I’ll be attending SFContario 4 in Toronto, Ontario from November 29 to December 1, 2013. My panel schedule’s forthcoming, but I’ll post it when it’s here.

Hope to see you there!

October 18th, 2013

A poetry publication!

“On Living Authors,” my first poetry publication in a long time, is out in the Fall 2013 issue of Goblin Fruit today — as part of a table of contents that’s frankly stunning.

Mike Allen has a whole poetry cycle featured, and there’s really thought-provoking, gorgeous work from Liz Bourke, Samantha Henderson, Sonya Taaffe (always!) and Beth Langford. If you’re a poetry reader and not already reading Goblin Fruit, I really suggest you do. It’s constantly fantastic.

September 20th, 2013

Super Stories of Heroes and Villains hits shelves!

It has completely and embarrassingly escaped me, face-down in revisions as I’ve been this month, that Super Stories of Heroes and Villains, edited by Claude Lalumiere, hit shelves on September 15th.

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My “They Fight Crime!” is reprinted inside, alongside fiction from George R. R. Martin, Mike Mignola, Kelly Link, Kurt Busiek, Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Lethem, Carrie Vaughn, and Gene (!) Wolfe (!).  So basically that’s super cool business right there.

Heh heh.  You see what we did there?  Super cool.

*slinks back to revisions*

August 15th, 2013

A less-usual kind of event.

It’s been a pretty quiet summer, what with the Being Sick and then my trip, face first, into revising ON ROADSTEAD FARM:

This is what a paper edit looks like.  It takes about 20 minutes a page.
Look! It’s a manuscript!

…but I do have an August reading to tell you about, and not the usual YA kind.

Carl Brandon Award nominee Elwin Cotman is touring his brand new book, and I’ll be reading with him and poet Kelly Rose Pflug-Back as that tour hits Toronto. As the event page puts it: Cheap drinks, live music, and books available for purchase!

The event’s at The 460 on Spadina, on Wednesday, August 21st at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

July 10th, 2013

Readercon, where I apparently won’t be. :(

This kind of sucks the worst, but:

I regret to announce I won’t be appearing at Readercon in Burlington, MA, this weekend.

I’m pretty sick, guys. In that “can’t stand up long enough to take a whole shower” and “had to go to the hospital” and “other adults taking whole days off work to caretake me” way. And while it’s getting gradually better, getting on a plane right now would 1) be blatantly irresponsible; 2) worry, badly, the people I love.

I am really sorry to those who were looking forward to spending some time — I was looking forward to spending time with you too! I am snarly at this whole not-doing-that prospect! I just have to focus on getting the body back to doing its job right now. And I promise I’ll make it up to you. And to me.

June 26th, 2013

Readercon schedule!

As promised in my last post!

Readercon (aka, Most Wonderful Time of the Year) goes down in a few weeks in Burlington, MA.  Behold the schedule!

Thursday, July 11

9:00 PM    F    Apocalypse Then. Leah Bobet, Maureen F. McHugh, James Morrow, Romie Stott (moderator), Sabrina Vourvoulias. In a 2012 interview published in the Boston Review, Junot Díaz told Paula Moya, “I always say if people [in the Dominican Republic] know about anything they know about the end of the world. We are after all the eschaton that divided the Old World from the New.” In this sense many worlds have ended, with a bang or a whimper. What can authors of post-apocalyptic stories learn from past apocalypses like the 1994 Rwandan genocide or the fall of Imperial Rome, and why are there so few works that present real-world events in this light?

Friday, July 12

1:00 PM    F    The Silent History: A Killer Serial. Leah Bobet, Samantha Henderson, Maureen F. McHugh, David G. Shaw (leader), Graham Sleight. The Silent History (http://www.thesilenthistory.com) bills itself as “a new kind of novel,” a serialized story told in weekday installments over the course of six months. In addition to the daily first-person narratives there are also “field reports,” reader-created first-person accounts in the story’s universe that are tied to specific locations. Rather than distract, these elements immerse the reader in the world of the story. How can non-standard narrative structure, serialization, geolocation, and audience participation serve as a blueprint for future novels?
4:00 PM    E    Autographs. Leah Bobet, Howard Waldrop.

 

Saturday, July 13

1:00 PM    G    Authorial Metanarrative. Leah Bobet (leader), Lila Garrott, Theodora Goss, Glenn Grant, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sonya Taaffe. A number of authors build in subtle links between otherwise unconnected works. A link may not be something as literal as a common character or name; perhaps, instead, there’s a repeated trope or event. Leah Bobet, discussing Patricia A. McKillip’s works in a 2011 blog post, described this as writing “epic poetry, and the whole of [McKillip's] output is the poem.” How do such links affect a reader’s interpretation of or approach to a body of work, and what motivates authors to link their works together?

Suggested by Leah Bobet.

3:00 PM    NH    Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.

9:00 PM    NH    Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads from a work to be determined.

So this basically looks to be awesome, and I have more than a little prep to do before the weekend itself hits (ie, what I’m reading, which may be from On Roadstead Farm.)

Do I see you there?

June 13th, 2013

Going Out in Public: June/July edition!

Now that that draft is done, I will be going out places again!  Some of them may be near you!

  • First and foremost, I’ll be reading from Above at the Cat Sass Norwood Literary Night this Saturday, June 15 at 5pm, alongside novelist Shane Joseph and poet Wes Ryan.  If you’re in the area, come by for three writers and a bit of Q&A!
  • Secondly, I’ll be at Readercon in Burlington, MA from July 11-14, 2013.  There will be a panel schedule and possibly a reading attached to this, but it’s still forthcoming.

See you there!

June 12th, 2013

I wrote the last words on ON ROADSTEAD FARM yesterday morning.

It feels good.  Here, look:

Finish pic!

 

I will be spending the next little while cleaning my Deadline House (TM) and seeing some concerts and otherwise doing things that aren’t writing books.

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