September 6th, 2016
Now that we’re past Labour Day (and what turned into an eight-hour jam-making marathon over here; I have so much jam, guys) it’s going to be a full September for events: I’m going to be hosting a stage at Word on the Street, running a launch-day Facebook event takeover, and panelling this weekend at Ottawa’s 2016 CanCon, which is right downtown this year and shaping up to look great! Here’s my quick panel schedule for the convention:
Friday, September 9
8:00 pm Story Structure — Sunset Room
Sheila Williams, Sam Morgan, Ranylt Richildis, Leah Bobet, Nina Munteanu (m)
From the perspectives of literary agent, editors and writers, our panel discusses story structure, both the old standards and more experimental structures that have worked.
Saturday, September 10
11:00 am Reading — An Inheritance of Ashes — Guildhall
Leah Bobet reads from her Aurora-winning novel An Inheritance of Ashes
6:00 pm Youth Gateways Into Genre Fiction — Zenith Room
Ed Willett, Leah Bobet (m), Fanny Darling, Mark Shainblum
Every author can probably, tell you when they first got interested in their chosen genre. Today, though, the way that younger readers are accessing speculative fiction is much different than it was even five years ago. How are new readers being hooked into sci-fi, fantasy or horror? Have there been changes for older readers, too, and has this changed the way we write or market our fiction?
Sunday, September 11
12:00 pm Amazing Books in the Different Subgenres of SF — Zenith Room
Timothy Gwyn (m), Leah Bobet, Lisa Toohey, Jonathan Crowe, Amal El-Mohtar
Science fiction is bubbling over with new ideas and new voices. Our panel discusses must-read works that have been published in the last couple of years.
I’ll be stopping into the Rideau Chapters to sign stock on Saturday as well, and leaving a few autographed — and personalized, if you want them! — books there.
Looking forward to seeing you, Ottawa!
October 17th, 2015
Ottawa’s CanCon has rolled out its final schedule, and I’ll be participating! The event runs October 30 – November 1st, and here’s where I’ll be at the con:
Saturday, October 31
2:00 pm Weird Fiction and Lovecraftian Themes — Salon D
Sean Moreland, Sandra Kasturi (m), Geoff Gander, Leah Bobet
From Chthulhu to the Necronomicon, to that strange sense of impending universal doom, Lovecraftian themes and Weird Fiction have been inspiring us to look out at the oddity of the universe and recoil in horror as it looks back at us. This panel gathers academics and writers of The Weird to explore those elements of Lovecraftian ideas in our fiction.
3:00 pm The Frontiers of Young Adult Fiction — Salon D
Leah Bobet (m), Max Turner, Fanny Darling, Leah Petersen, SM McEachern
While being defined by its young point of view, YA fiction has grown to know very few other limitations in scope, theme or subject matter. What areas in YA fiction are left for writers and readers to mine for originality?
4:00 pm Magic and Magical Systems — Salon C
Leah Bobet, Leah Petersen, Jim Davies, Gabrielle Harbowy, Kate Heartfield (m)
Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Weird Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, a lot of our speculative genres can incorporate magic and play with ideas of paranormal powers. This panel gives us a chance to talk about the ways that we weave magic through our fiction and the ideas that inspire the magical systems we create to work in our paranormal worlds.
5:00 pm Men In The Post-Patriarchy: Inter- and Intra-gender Friendships, Collaborations, and Rivalries in Societies that Don’t Dehumanize The Feminine — Salon C
Alison Sinclair, Leah Bobet, Kris Ramsey, Su Sokol, Derek Newman-Stille (m)
Science fiction does a fine job of extrapolating physics and chemistry, and fantasy describes worlds with magical modifications, but both do a poor job of imagining truly different ways for humanity to function as a society. Our panelists discuss ways society could be structured differently and how we might get there.
7:00 pm Book Launch: An Inheritance of Ashes — Con Suite
Come on by for readings, Q&A, and chat about the brand-new An Inheritance of Ashes!
Sunday, November 1
11:00 am Writer-editor-publisher etiquette — Salon E
Gabrielle Harbowy, Hayden Trenholm (m), Edward Willett, Leah Bobet
After the acceptance has gone to the writer, there’s still a lot more to do, some of it confusing but ok, sometimes signs of a ball being dropped. What’s the etiquette through this process?
Hope to see you there!
October 14th, 2015
I’m sure there’s something you’ve been burning to know. Y’know, scone recipes. Dog opinions. Writing process. What working in an indie genre bookstore is really like.
You are in luck, my friends. As part of the release of An Inheritance of Ashes, the very kind folks at Reddit Fantasy will be hosting me for an all-day AMA on October 22, 2015!
Please don’t hesitate to head on over: I’ll be answering questions, chatting, and hanging out throughout the day, and would love to see you there!
September 18th, 2015
I mentioned a busy fall event season a few days ago, and, well, I’m pleased to announce the first of them:
I’ll be reading from An Inheritance of Ashes, talking fantasy and science fiction, and signing books alongside excellent authors Megan Crewe and Natale Ghent at this year’s Word on the Street Festival!
Supernatural Sovereignty: Humans Defending the Earth
Nobody likes to be pushed around, but the assertions of dominance in these fantasy novels go beyond bully threats or pressure from parents. Join Megan Crewe, Leah Bobet, and Natale Ghent in conversation as they discuss the use of aliens, gods, monsters, and demons as larger-than-life villains in their novels.
To say I’m happy about this is kind of an understatement. Word on the Street has been one of my favourite lit events for years (I may have renamed it Personal Christmas) and getting to be a part of it is going to be frankly awesome.
The stuff goes down at Harbourfront Centre on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm, on the This is Not the Shakespeare Stage, with signing afterwards.
Hope to see you there!
July 13th, 2015
Back from a wonderful Readercon (lobsters eaten, theory of fiction panels had, readings attended, friends seen) to some good news for the week after next!
I’m going to be an author guest at Blog Ontario’s Fourth Annual Book Blogger Meet Up, an informal mingle-style afternoon event for bloggers and readers that’ll be going down on Saturday, July 25th. The rest of the roster is pretty great: Sally Christie, K.A Tucker, Kevin Sands, Danielle Younge-Ullman, and Erin Bow.
As of this weekend there were about 18 tickets left, and you get snacks and a freebie bag with books and swag included in the ticket price.
Hope to see you there!
July 3rd, 2014
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!
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.
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!
August 15th, 2013
It’s been a pretty quiet summer, what with the Being Sick and then my trip, face first, into revising ON ROADSTEAD FARM:
…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!
June 13th, 2013
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!
April 24th, 2013
Spring’s finally sticking around here, and I am daring to leave my writer cave. Which means: A bucket of upcoming public appearances! Behold the list of them!
- If you’re interested in hearing about the writing process, Toronto’s underground spaces, and the secrets of cities, I’m doing a Keep Toronto Reading event on just those things on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm, at the Kennedy/Eglinton branch of the Toronto Public Library. There will be books for sale at this one, if only a handful!
- The Apocalypse Tour is riding again, with a few Southern Ontario dates! On Thursday, May 2, 2013, we’ll be at Essa Public Library’s Angus Branch in Angus, Ontario at 4pm — and by we, we mean Megan Crewe, Adrienne Kress, Maureen McGowan, and Cheryl Rainfield.
- On May 4 at 2pm, Megan, Maureen, Cheryl, and I will descend upon Chapters South London to answer questions, sign books, and terrorize the populace. There’s a Facebook event page here if you’re minded to RSVP, and it’ll be Maureen’s birthday, so a good round of the happy birthday song is welcomed and encouraged!
- On May 5 at 2pm, Megan, Maureen, Cheryl, and Courtney Summers will finish this mini-leg of the Apocalypse Tour without me at Chapters Oshawa, because I am flaking to lead a Jane’s Walk that afternoon.
- Finally, I will be at the Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, from May 16-19, 2013. I plan to have a kicky awards dress and a minimum of jet lag.
And that’s the news!
June 28th, 2012
Other places I’m going to be!
To say I’m excited about this would kind of be an understatement.
It is in a bar, so I’m not sure that this is an event underage readers will be able to attend, but if you’re in the Manhattan area, please do come on out!