Friday, April 24
4pm panel: "The Adult in Young Adult" (Today's SF/F YA novels don't shy away from controversial topics like sex, domestic violence, and global warming. How are these atypical themes faring in the YA marketplace? How are they handled differently in YA vs. adult SF/F?)
11pm dramatic reading: As part of the celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday, I'll be doing a dramatic reading of Poe's "The Premature Burial."
Saturday, April 25
3pm solo presentation: "When Harry Met Faërie: The Tolkien Solution to the Rowling Problem," based on my article "Harry Potter is a Hobbit: Rowling, Tolkien, and the Question of Readership" and my forthcoming book chapter "When Harry Met Faërie: Rowling's Hogwart's, Tolkien's Fairy-Stories, and the Question of Readership." (Who is the proper audience for the Harry Potter series? Critics can't agree. Some say the subject matter is too dark for the for children, while others argue that its fantasy trappings are too immature for adults. By applying Tolkien's literary theory to "the Rowling problem," however, we discover that the problem isn't with Rowling's fiction, but instead with mainstream categories of readership. Using Rowling to illustrate Tolkien's ideas, we can answer an important question: how do we put the so-called adult reader back into the so-called children's genre?)
Sunday, April 26
10am panel: 10 Books You Should Save For Your Child (What were the top ten books when you were a child, the ones that made you a SF/F reader?)
2pm panel: Beyond Harry Potter (What other books are out there for those children who love Harry Potter?)
In other news...
* Wands and Worlds is looking for the "overlooked gems" of science fiction and fantasy for children and teens published in 2008, the books that were not nominated for the most visible awards or necessarily widely reviewed and deserve greater appreciation. I'm still working my way through last year's YA SF publications, but I thought Gillian Philip's Bad Faith, S.A. Bodeen's The Compound, and Bonnie Dobkin's Neptune's Children certainly deserve much more praise and attention.
* The Lone Star Stories Reader, a speculative fiction anthology that includes stories by such authors as marthawells, Sherwood Smith, and Tim Pratt, is now available as a free PDF download here.
* The release date for the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been moved to July 15, 2009.
* Last but not least, Librivox has added a new unabridged reading of another genre classic: The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
"Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly--and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing."
- Omar Khayyám