Heading Off to Capclave

Capclave Dodo: “Where reading is not extinct”

This Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be attending my local(ish) science fiction convention, Capclave. Capclave is a personal favorite because of its literary-focused programming and its abundance of books dealers. Here are the details:

Capclave 2012
October 12-14, 2012
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg,
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland
$60: All Weekend
$20: Friday
$40: Saturday
$20: Sunday
Special Pricing for Students, Active Military, and Active Military dependents: Saturday $20 / All weekend $25

And here’s my schedule:

Saturday, October 13

Unsung Author: Robert Sheckley (10 AM, Bethesda Room)
Panelists: Michael Dirda (M), Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox
Robert Sheckley. He was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. SFWA awarded him the 2001 Author Emeritus award. Learn more about his career and writings.

Reading (1:30 PM to 1:55 PM, Room 254)
I’ll read a brief selection from my new middle grades book, The Runaways of Mount MonstraCity

Young, Adult, or Both? (4 PM, Salons A&B)
Panelists: Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Victoria Janssen (M), Morgan Keyes, Diana Peterfreund
How does a YA differ from a children’s book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?

RIP Bookstores or Not Dead Yet? (6 PM, Rockville/Potomac Rooms)
Panelists: Andrew Fox, Katie Hartlove (M), Michael D. Pederson, Steve Stiles
With the growth of Amazon online, the demise of Borders, and the rapid adoption of ebooks, does the traditional bookstores have a future? What is the role of bookstores in the age of instantly downloadable ebooks and Amazon Prime? Can we do anything to save the bookstore?

Mass Signing (7:30 PM, Salons A&B)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, David Louis Edelman, Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Morgan Keyes, Dave Klecha, Jonah Knight, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.

Sunday, October 14

WWI comeback (11 AM, Bethesda Room)
Panelists: Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D., Andrew Fox, John G. Hemry, Victoria Janssen (M), Jean Marie Ward
It has been nearly a hundred years since the War to end all wars, is this a setting that still has potential? Will the movie “War Horse” and the tv show “Downton Abbey” spark a new interest in fiction set during World War One?

The Bradbury Effect (3 PM, Frederick Room)
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen, Andrew Fox (M)
How Ray Bradbury affected authors through his writing and contacts.

I’m really looking forward to the Bob Sheckley and Ray Bradbury panels. Hope to see some of you there!

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