StellarCon 36 panel schedule

I just received my schedule for StellarCon 36, and they have a spectacular line-up of panels and guests this year. It all begins on Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. and rolls through Sunday, March 4. For those who are interested, I'll be on the following activities and panels:

Friday, March 2

5:00 PM I'll be signing books, come by and meet me if you have a moment.

Saturday, March 3

10:00 AM Religion in SFF Many beloved science fiction and fantasy series have religious undertones. Our panelists discuss the nature of faith in genre fiction, and what the popularity of these themes might say about fandom.

11:00 AM I'll be reading from Miserere and if time allows, from The Garden.

4:00 PM The Heroine's Journey Does the Heroine's Journey differ in some way from that of the Hero? An examination of the heroine's role in genre fiction.

7:00 PM Libraries of the Future With the growing popularity of e-books, what will happen to our libraries?

Sunday, March 4

10:00 AM Strong Female Characters Ever since Xena and Buffy brought the idea of the strong female character to the forefront of pop culture, the concept has shifted from novelty to cliche. Writers discuss the trick to doing it well without falling into any of the obvious traps.

I almost died for Kafka, but bookstores are worth it

Well, that is a tad dramatic, but it was a frightful storm. Last Wednesday, I drove two hours from my comfortable home to a place called Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh. Quail Ridge hosts numerous events at their store for authors and readers, and I was thrilled to get a chance to hear John Kessel and Ruth V. Gross lead a discussion about Franz Kafka, his work, and his influence.

[Yes, I love Kafka's stories ... it's how us dark and grim people roll ...]

Anyway, Kessel and Gross led a spirited discussion. They read from the new anthology Kafkaesque, edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly, and from Kafka's works.

Aside from the fabulous presentation was the camaraderie of the staff and audience. A staff member helped me locate Christmas presents for a young member of my family; books I never would have picked without her help. All I had to do was tell her my nephew's age and interests and she led me to some excellent choices.

The storms outside were frightful, but inside the store was like another world--warm and inviting. There was standing room only for the event. I got to meet Sam Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec, so now I have a friendly face to put with his name. Bull Spec sometimes hosts events at Quail Ridge Books, so hook up with Sam on Facebook so you can keep up with those updates. I also spoke with a lovely lady who sat next to me. She told me of her love for Quail Ridge Books and her book club, which also meets in the store. I told her to cherish her bookstore. Quail Ridge Books has a friendly, knowledgeable staff. They host events for all ages all during the week (check out their event calendar).

Check out the local bookstore near you. Trust me, you never realize how much you miss them until they're gone.

showing my face and the rest of the review

The Winston-Salem Writers have graciously invited me to speak before their group on October 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Public Library in Winston-Salem and this event is open to the public. For event information and the street address, just click Find Teresa. I will be listing live events first and online appearances second from this point forward primarily because live events will change rapidly whereas my online interviews are of a more static nature.

I'm also working on scheduling some appearances with bookstores in my state, and I'll keep you posted of when and where on the Find Teresa page and through blog posts.

I also now have the full Library Journal review for Miserere:

Exiled from the Order of Katharos for abandoning his lover, Rachael, to the torments of Hell in exchange for the soul of his sister Catarina, former exorcist Lucian Negru receives a second chance at salvation when he rescues a child from Earth who wanders through the Crimson Veil into the parallel realm of Woerld. In order to save young Lindsay's life, however, he must break the compact governing his exile and open a portal into Hell—and that action condemns him to death.

Frohock sets her first novel on an alternate Earth, a quasimedieval realm that is aware of the existence of Earth's technology and that serves as a battleground for the war between Heaven and Hell. With richly developed, complex characters and a talent for portraying the horrific nature of evil, the author relates a compelling tale of faith rediscovered, trust regained, and hope reawakened. This exceptional dark historical fantasy debut should particularly appeal to fans of medieval fiction, tales of holy warriors, and fantasies that feature strong women characters. The religious aspects, integral to the story without being overwhelming, should interest readers of faith-based fantasy.

That's it for now. Have a super weekend.