Just over a year ago, I was planning to attend my first ICFA Conference. As the date of the conference grew closer, messages between attendees and emails from the organizers flew thick and fast as everyone tried to figure out whether the event would proceed safely. Ultimately, ICFA was cancelled, and this year, like so many other events over the past year, the conference will be entirely virtual. Even though there won’t be any of the famed poolside gatherings I’ve heard so much about, the line up of presentations, panels, and authors readings look wonderful, and I’m excited to be participating in the conference for the first time. I’ll be participating in a few other virtual events this month and next as well. I’m looking forward to all of them. If you’re so inclined, I hope you’ll check them out!
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Conference – March 18-21, 2021
Author Reading – March 20, 2021 – 11 a.m. EST
Host: John Kessel
I’m thrilled to be reading alongside two such wonderful authors. As mentioned, there are a ton of other incredible program items scheduled throughout the weekend, all around the theme of Climate Change and the Anthropocene.
Fairy Tale Retellings Panel
The festival is aimed primarily at librarians, but it’s free for anyone to register and attend. I look forward to discussing re-told fairy tales with this wonderful group of authors!
HWA Skeleton Hour – April 8, 2021
Writing Horror in a Post-Covid World – April 8, 2021 – 6p.m. PST/9p.m. EST
Hosted by Kathryn E. McGee
Panelists: Richard Thomas (Moderator), Sarah Langan, Usman T. Malik, Josh Malerman, A.C. Wise, and Lucy A. Snyder
This promises to be a great conversation with an excellent group of people. The event is free and the link to register can be found via the facebook page above.
Flights of Foundry - April 16-19, 2021
Author Reading – April 16, 2021 – 8p.m. EST
Panel – April 17, 2021 – 4 p.m. EST
What Makes Your Skin Crawl? Modern Horror Beyond Borders
Moderator: A.C. Wise; Panelists: Eugenia Triantafyllou, Clara Madrigano, Nibedita Sen, and Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas
This panel will look at recent horror fiction across a variety of media including novels, short stories, and film with a particular focus on stories and authors from outside the US. What trends do we see emerging in modern horror fiction? What do we want to see more of, and which stories still aren’t being told?
The panels and readings look fabulous this year! The full schedule for Flights of Foundry can be found here.
Second Life Book Club – April 28, 2021
A Conversation with A.C. Wise – April 28, 2021 – 12 p.m. SLT/3p.m. EST
The Second Life Book Club is a long-running, popular series taking place within Second Life. I’m delighted to be taking part, reading from my upcoming novel, Wendy, Darling, and chatting about writing and books in general. Earlier in the month, Sam J. Miller and Nino Cipri will be participating in the Book Club as well, on April 14 and April 21 respectively. The whole series is well-worth checking out!