Thursday, June 5, 2014

5 Don't Miss Phoenix Comicon Author Panels 2014

Phoenix Comicon kicks-off tonight!  I know there are many shiny things to draw your attention elsewhere, so I thought I'd share with you our 5 Don't Miss Author panels for the 2014 Con.  I will be live tweeting from the panels that I attend (which sadly, aren't always these Don't Miss ones because there are more people from Literologie going than li'l ol' me!), but if you have to pick five, here they are:

1. DESCRIPTION IN FICTION - WHAT DOES JOKER SMELL LIKE? 

Friday Noon-1pm North 127C


Official Description:  Young adult author Tom Leveen, guides writers through an intensive class on writing  description. What does your villain smell like? What is proprioception and what’s it got to do with kissing? Bring something to take notes.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: If you are the writerly type, this is the perfect (and free with admission) workshop for you.  Tom is a uniquely talented writer and a wonderfully gifted presenter.  This sesh should have any wannabe writer salivating!

2. THE SECRET LIVES OF DEBUT AUTHORS 

Friday 4:30-5:30 North 127C

Official Description: Join some  new authors as they talk about what it's really like to be a debut author and the release of the first book.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: If you are either the writerly or the reader type, this should be an enjoyable session for you to hear how the authors (Amy K. NicholsAustin AslanBeth CatoJamie WymanShonna Slayton) broke into publishing.  There are sure to be fun stories as well as a fun way to get to know the personalities behind some up and coming books.

3. SPOTLIGHT ON JIM BUTCHER

Saturday 10:30am  Sheraton Valley of the Sun Ballroom


Official Description: Join Jim Butcher as he talks about the new Dresden Files book, Skin Game, upcoming projects, and answers fans' questions.

Why You Shouldn't Miss:  Jim writes The Dresden Files which are an adult urban fantasy series.  Even if you're only a fan of YA, you will probably enjoy his point of view.  Even though I've never read these, several of my friends have and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say about writing, life, and to listen to fan questions.

4. SPOTLIGHT ON LAINI TAYLOR

Saturday, 1:30pm North 132


Official Description: Join Laini Taylor as she talks about wrapping up The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, upcoming projects, and answers fans' questions.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: While unknown on the larger literary circuit, Laini is a superstar to many YA fans and authors.  My opinion?  Her books are very well-written.  And unique, and it will be very interesting to hear what she has to say, even if you haven't read her work.  (It might just inspire you to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone!)


5. MAGIC AND POWER IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Sunday, 3:00pm North 126BC


Official Description: A look at magic as power in YA fantasy, and why it's so popular with teens.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: You will get to listen to Kiersten White, Janni Lee SimnerHeather Brewer, and Laini Taylor.  Together.  These ladies will have unique insight into the topic, and you will come away with some great recommendations!  

I really hope you enjoy all of the programming this year at Phoenix Comicon.  If you missed our guide to decoding authors this year, make sure to check it out.  If you see us with our yellow Literologie geek glasses on our faces or on our heads, make sure you say hello!  We will have stickers and bookmarks on our person if you want them.

*shesten