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My Program for MidAmeriCon -- WorldCon

I'll be appearing at WorldCon in Kansas, like a beautiful vision from which none shall e'er look away...

Or... or maybe not. Anyway, my schedule is below. I'm delighted with it and happy that I'll be doing a reading from The Call on the Friday, only a fortnight before the book hits shelves in the US. I'd love to see some of you there!

Young Voices: Protest and Rebellion in YA Fiction
Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
The Harvard Gazette defines protest literature: "literature meant to spur action; to convey anger and shock; or to prompt empathy, based on a discontent with the status quo." Young adult fiction often features these concepts, which resonate strongly for readers. But can it be considered "protest literature" in the traditional sense? Our panelists discuss YA protest themes and characters, what drives them forward, and how they differ from the rebellious teen. Join the rebellion!
Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Mr. Jeffrey Cook (M), Mark Oshiro, Miriam Weinberg
Great Characters in Young Adult Fiction
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00, 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)
There are groundbreaking characters in YA fiction: Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson, Clary Fairchild, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, and more. Why do these teen characters ring true? Creating a believable teen vs adult characters -- is the process and are the elements the same? Who are some of the other great, and overlooked, characters within YA fiction today?
Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Mark Oshiro, Sunil Patel, Fonda Lee, Chelsea Mueller (M)
Utopia, Dystopia and the Default?
Thursday 14:00 - 15:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)
Certain kinds of imagined futures currently dominate the SF field.. For example, we usually find settings in either grand interstellar deep space futures or trapped-on-Earth dystopias with the rare exception. What about the futures that land somewhere in-between, that may be more likely for us? Is the "middle future" too reminiscent of the Golden Age of SF? Let's discuss the "middle future" in SF, how it compares to earlier eras in SF, and where it falls on the Utopia/Dystopia spectrum.
Jack Campbell Jr. (M), Thomas K. Carpenter, Sarah Frost, Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Tamara Jones, John Joseph Adams
The Re-emergence of Environmental Speculative Fiction
Thursday 18:00 - 19:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)
This used to be a booming field but has only recently re-emerged. Why is this and how do today's tropes differ from the ecological dystopias of the 1970s?
Mr. Peadar O Guilin (M), Brenda Cooper, Alyx Dellamonica
Privilege of Beauty in Film & Television
Friday 11:00 - 12:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
While characters in novels aren't always attractive, the same cannot be said for those whose faces grace the big and small screens. There are few unattractive characters and most are outright stunning. When confronted by a steady stream of actors such as Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Jensen Ackles, Elizabeth Taylor, Lucy Liu, or Paul Newman, what effect does this lack of "beauty" diversity have on audiences? How does beauty differ from page to screen to real life? Do we crave the illusion of beauty in television and film or is it just part of a storytelling toolkit for the digital medium? Does beauty matter or is it another form of bias that we need to stamp out?
Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Nicki Lynch (M), Craig Miller, Christine Taylor-Butler, John Chu
This panel deals with some sensitive topics. Therefore, we ask that participants remember to give everyone a chance to speak and to remain open to topics with which they may or may not agree.
Reading: Peadar O Guilin
Friday 14:30 - 14:58, 2202 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
The "One True Love" Narrative Trap in Young Adult Fiction...and How to Smash It!
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)
True love in YA fiction has been a mainstay of the genre, but life is rarely that simple, especially for teens...even fictional teens! Why do we fall into this trap? Authors share their tips and tricks for writing love, romance, and the teen dating scene.
Darlene Marshall (M), Sarah Beth Durst, Tessa Gratton, Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Denise Grover Swank
Inspiring the Creativity
Saturday 12:00 - 13:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)
In recent years, many creators have made public the music playlists they used for inspiration while creating a work. But what else do creators surround themselves with when preparing to Make Art/Write Fiction? Is it art on the walls? TV Shows? Podcasts? Or is the greatest inspiration of all just switching off the internet?
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis (M), Cynthia Ward, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Chelsea Mueller, Mr. Peadar O Guilin
YA Fiction Beyond Borders
Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)
Young adult fiction is a strong and thriving market in the U.S., but how is it doing internationally? We discuss the books and authors beyond mainstream "America's literary borders" that deserve recognition. Is there a difference in approach, content, characters, and diversity of topics and themes? How do we continue to break down these borders and barriers for YA readers and authors alike?
Mr. Peadar O Guilin, Keith Yatsuhashi, Shanna Swendson, Edward Willett, Christopher Kastensmidt (M)

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