Next week, from November 6-9, I’ll be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. This is my first time attending, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m even on programming, which is pretty exciting. Here’s where I’ll be:
Fantasy Food: The Food in Fantasy
Time: 8 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Tidewater 2
Panelists: Fran Wilde (M), Brenda Clough, Diana Peterfreund, A. C. Wise
Description: Elaborate feasts versus alien worms: is Fantasy Food really better than science fiction food. Adults report a life-long love of mushrooms dating back to an early reading of the Fellowship of the Ring. Meanwhile, the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, featuring butterbeer and pumpkin pasties, has sold more than 150,000 copies. There are also cookbooks available or in the works for The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Tolkien’s works, and Narnia. Why does fantasy literature often have a gourmet palette?
Unofficially, I’ll be taking part in the mass autograph session starting Friday at 8 p.m. in the Independence Center, where several of the authors whose stories appear in Nightmare Carnival will be sitting together in case you’re so inclined to have us sign your book. I understand there is also a cash bar involved in the mass signing event.
Also unofficially, I’ll be part of the group signing for The Cutting Room, along with several other authors in the anthology. We’ll be at the Tachyon table in the Dealers’ Room from 2:30-3p.m. on Friday.
If you’re curious, the full schedule for the convention can be found here.
Outside of programming official and unofficial, I plan to attend panels, go to the ice cream social, because freakin’ ice cream social, hang out in the bar, eat food, spend time with friends I don’t get to see nearly often enough, and buy books. I hope to see you there.