See You at Boskone!

Food, monsters, and world-saving fashion panels! A reading! A contest judging!

I’m very excited for Boskone 2015. If you’re in Boston the weekend of February 13-15, come say ‘hi’!  Also, check out this fun Q&A Boskone did with me… and more great interviews too.  The whole schedule looks great –check out the main website so you don’t miss anything.

Here’s my schedule:  


Food in Fiction
Friday 15:00 – 15:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Stories that make you go, “Yum!” How do you describe food to convey mood or set the scene? Join our panelists as they dish on the culinary delights that tantalize us in fiction, from regional teas to kingly feasts. What works? What doesn’t? And what should you know about a food-centric scene?

Carrie Cuinn (M), Steven Brust, James Cambias, Fran Wilde, Lawrence M. Schoen


The Literary Bestiary

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

There is a long (in fact, ancient) history — it includes Homer, Herodotus, Dante, and Shakespeare — of authors’ employing fantastical creatures in their stories. What is it about these creatures that enriches literature? Who or what are some of the most notable literary beasts? Do they represent the moral character or concerns of their time? What role do these creatures play in today’s literature?

Dana Cameron (M), Ellen Asher, Myke Cole, Melissa Marr, Fran Wilde

Cooking with Chemistry

Saturday 12:00 – 12:50, Harbor I (Westin)

Foodies love to experiment with new equipment and techniques that reformulate their favorite ingredients into exciting new dishes. On the menu: unexpected contrasts of taste and texture, changes in serving temperature, and exploiting naturally occurring components in new ways. Let’s chew over some cool food science developments.

Fran Wilde (M), B. Diane Martin, David G. Shaw

Reading: Fran Wilde

Saturday 15:00 – 15:25, Griffin (Westin)  What should I read? From Updraft? The beginning or something crazy from the middle? Or a short story? hmmmm decisions decisions. Jump in the comments if you’ve got a favorite! (some possibilities over here)


Flash Fiction Slam

Sunday 09:30 – 11:00, Marina 4 (Westin)

Join Boskone’s second Flash Fiction Slam. Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins! Sign up before the con for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Galleria for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.

Carrie Cuinn (M), James Patrick Kelly, Kenneth Schneyer, Fran Wilde, F. Brett Cox

What to Wear When Saving the World

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Harbor II (Westin)

Saving the world is one thing; doing so in style is another. How much practicality are authors, artists, and filmmakers willing to sacrifice so their characters look good going into battle? Are heroes’ and heroines’ outfits getting any more realistic? What tools and gear should they be sure to bring — and where can they store them without those pesky pockets that so spoil the line of a good getup? How do writers keep things real without forsaking fashion?

Fran Wilde (M), Valerie Estelle Frankel, Felicia Herman, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Hope to see you there!

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