November 6-9

RDSP is attending this year’s World Fantasy convention. We will have a table in the Dealers Room and are having a room party to celebrate the release of Maria Alexander’s MR. WICKER. Several of our authors will be on hand: Maria Alexander, Forrest Aguirre, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Jeff VanderMeer & K. Ceres Wright as well as artist Jeremy Zerfoss who has done cover design for us. Below is a list of all the events our authors are participating in.


Poetry in Fantasy: Yesterday and Today
11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Regency F
Panelists:  Mike Allen (M), Maria Alexander, Rain Graves, David Lunde, Laurel Winter
Description:  Including poetry in fantasy, both by the author and quoted from other sources, used to be more common, such as Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, and The Worm Ouroboros.  Why is poetry not as prevalent now as in the past?  Are certain types of poetry, such as non-formal or non-rhyming verse, under-used in fantasy?

“Everybody Was There.” Diversity in Fantasy
Time:  11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists:  Sarah Pinsker (M), Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kit Reed, S. M. Stirling, K. Ceres Wright
Description:  How has diversity of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or belief system in fantastic literature changed over time?

Mass Autograph Session
8 p.m. Maria Alexander, Forrest Aguirre, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Jeff VanderMeer & K. Ceres Wright


Animals in Fantasy
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Saturday, Washington
Panelists:  Goldeen Ogawa (M), Judi Fleming, Dorothy Hearst, Garth Nix, Jeff VanderMeer
Description:  Animals play various roles in fantasy literature.  Sometimes animal characters lend a great deal to a work. Others make the reader squirm. What are the advantages and pitfalls of animals as characters?  Which books really get it right?

Reading:  Jason Jack Miller
Time:  12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Arlington

Steampunk User’s Manual / Southern Reach Trilogy Party, Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 1851
Join Desirina Boskovich and Jeff VanderMeer, authors of the Steampunk User’s Manual, for a party at the World Fantasy Convention. Also featuring Jeff’s Southern Reach Trilogy. Drinks, special cupcakes, giveaways, delicious food. Books will be available for sale and signing—the Steampunk User’s Manual, plus a special offer: the Southern Reach hardcover omnibus along with limited-edition full-color chapbook of Southern Reach art.

Mr. Wicker hosts a party in the Library of Lost Memories
11:00 p.m., room number to be announced
Meet Maria Alexander and the RDSP crew. Mr. Wicker will be your host and, as a librarian he has access to the card catalog of eternity. Attendees will find a library catalog card for a future book they will write waiting for them.


The Future of Book Illustration
Time:  3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Washington
Panelists:  Jennie Faries (M), Irene Gallo, Lee Moyer, Charles Vess, Jeremy Zerfoss
Description:  A discussion about book illustration in the digital age.

Reading:  Heidi Ruby Miller
Time:  10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Sunday, Fairfax