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Past Events

Whether I'm reading, presenting, or attending at these events, I love meeting other people who are as passionate about literature as I am. Subscribe to my newsletter so you always know what's coming up next. I hope to see you at my next event!

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS

MARCH 14-17, 2018

PRESENTED.

During this conference, I had the honor of presenting a paper on the representation of women in historical fantasy novels by women, focusing on those set in an alternate Regency London. I also had the pleasure of seeing the presentations of many brilliant Stonecoast alums, including Lew Andrada, Peter Behravesh, Alex Snyder, and Lauren Liebowitz. I love attending this conference and hope to have the opportunity to present next year as well! Click on the link below to find out more about the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and their annual conference.

ICFA presentation 2018

PATRICK ROTHFUSS 10TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK SIGNING

OCTOBER 4, 2017

ATTENDED.

Patrick Rothfuss is one of my favorite authors and I was happy to able to attend a signing for the 10th Anniversary Edition of his first novel, The Name of the Wind, at San Diego's speculative fiction bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy. Support independent bookstores by checking out the link below!

RED BALLOON AWARDS, BENEFITING TRAVELING STORIES

AUGUST 12, 2017

ATTENDED.
This awards event was a charity ball benefiting Traveling Stories, a female-run and -created non-profit organization that sets up tents at local San Diego farmers markets where kids can read books for free. The organization helps expose kids to new stories, inspire their love of books, and encourage them to read by offering "Book Bucks" as incentives for pages read. This was a lovely event, and the award was won by a woman of color who has been a hero for promoting adult literacy in the community for many years!

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON

JULY 19-23, 2017

ATTENDED.
San Diego Comic Con is now the biggest comic book convention in the country, and this year there were reportedly more people than any year previous. I was lucky to be able to attend this massive convention in my own city, and look forward to attending the free events next year, including the wonderful Her Universe Fashion Show. I hope to see you there!

SCBWI LA CONFERENCE

JULY 7-9, 2017

ATTENDED.
The summer conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is held in LA every year. I am excited to attend a writer's conference which focuses on children's and young adult literature! Early registration is open until June 19th, so I encourage you to sign up soon!

STOKERCON

APRIL 27-30, 2017

ATTENDED.
Get ready for tingles to run down your spine in the presence of the fantastic authors and artists who will be appearing at this year's StokerCon, held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Guests of Honor include my former workshop leader Elizabeth Hand, my former project mentor Nancy Holder (also the VP of the Horror Writers Association of America), and the infamous George R.R. Martin. I will be attending on Saturday, April 30th and would love to see you there!

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS (ICFA)

MARCH 22-26, 2017

PRESENTED.
This is the 38th annual conference for the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA). I will be presenting a paper on feminism in Cinderella retellings on Thursday, March 23rd at 10 am in the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside, Orlando, Florida. Anyone who is interested in the academic study of the fantastic (including fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc.), I highly recommend attending!

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

MARCH 11 - 12, 2017 9:30AM TO 5:30PM

ATTENDED.
This is one of my favorite book festivals or "cons," as it is completely FREE on the beautiful campus of my alma mater, the University of Arizona. Find me at the panels of Fantasy and Children's authors or browsing the tents full of books up and down the green. Hope to see you there!

If you would like to meet up at a future event for coffee and booktalk, contact me at the link below.

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