Please note that all program items are subject to last minute changes due to factors beyond our (and the participants’) control. We will endeavor to keep these pages updated, and will post any changes to the main blog.

10:00 AM Crystal Room Contemporary Rural Fantasy

There is much discussion these days about urban fantasy, but what about contemporary rural fantasy? Does such a sub-genre really exist? What works define it? Is it potentially as viable a setting as urban fantasy?
Lawrence C. Connolly (moderator), Daryl Gregory, Alice Henderson, Madeleine E. Robins, Sean Williams

10:00 AM Garden Room Reading: Gerald Warfield

10:00 AM Valley Room WFC Business Meeting #2

The second of two business meetings for the convention board. This is open to the public (though it may be closed for private discussions and voting at the end of the meeting).

10:30 AM Garden Room Reading: JoSelle Vanderhooft

11:00 AM Crystal Room Bad Food, Bad Clothes, and Bad Breath

The panelists will discuss some of the less lovely realities of pre-industrial societies – like lice, food poisoning, gum disease, and soul-killing poverty.
Jenny Blackford (moderator), Marie Brennan, M.K. (Mary) Hobson, Kari Sperring, S.M. Stirling

11:00 AM Gold Room The Weird, Weird West

Blending gunslingers with other genres. From Stephen King’s Gunslinger to steampunk to Firefly, what fascinates us about The Western and why is it so much fun to blend it with something else?
David Boop (moderator), Paul Carlson, Jane Lindskold, Jeffrey J. Mariotte, James Van Pelt

11:00 AM Garden Room Reading: Kim Vandervort

11:30 AM Garden Room Reading: Brenda Jean Cooper

1:00 PM Regency Ballroom World Fantasy Awards and Banquet

Jay Lake, Richard Lupoff, Garth Nix, Lisa Snellings, Michael Swanwick, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, Zoran Živković

4:00 PM Crystal Room Awards Postmortem

The judges of this year’s World Fantasy Awards (Jenny Blackford, Peter Heck, Ellen Klages, Chris Roberson & Delia Sherman) will discuss the process of determining the nominees and the winners.

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