WARNING: This is one of those lame posts in which I tell you about some upcoming events that most of you will not be able to attend.
Camera-phone pic from LeakyCon 2011
First Boston, then Orlando, and now . . . Chicago!
It's time for LeakyCon Number Three. If you are NOT attending the conference, but you DO live in the Chicago area, I have excellent news! You can still come and say hello:
There will be a PUBLIC SIGNING for non-attendees this Saturday, August 11 from 1:00 pm–3:00 pm in the Southwest signing hall at the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue). Anyone can attend this signing, but if you aren't a conference-attendee with an official badge (which are sold out), you will not be able to enter other areas of the con. Upon entry to the hotel lobby, you'll see someone wearing a LeakyCon shirt. They'll give you a wristband that will allow you to enter the signing room as well as the conference's (AWESOME) vendor room next door.
The authors who will be at this signing are: Holly Black, Dan Ehrenhaft, Lev Grossman, Maureen Johnson, Margaret Stohl, Laini Taylor, Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Wasserman, and myself. Holy holy! Bring your own books OR purchase new ones in the LeakyCon vendor room. Further information about the public signing can be found here.
As for attendees . . .
You can attend the public signing if you'd like, but there will be plenty of additional opportunities for you to get your books signed by us. The full schedule is over here, but I've pulled out my specific events for you right here:
FIGMENT WRITING ROOM
Room: PDR 2
My note: This is a room for all writers—published and unpublished!—that will be open during the entire conference. I'm hoping to stop by at some point and crank out some more words on my WIP, but I just wanted to make sure you guys were aware of this room, because it's so cool.
11:00 am–11:50 am
HOW NOT TO WRITE A BOOK
Panelists: Holly Black, Stephanie Perkins, Lev Grossman & Megan Whalen Turner; Moderated by Maureen Johnson
Sometimes, the most valuable advice you can get is what not to do. In this panel, writers talk about their mistakes small and large. Learn about pitfalls to avoid, and why you shouldn’t give up even if you think you are doing things wrong.
12:00 pm–12:50 pm
COME TO THIS PANEL IF YOU THINK YOU HATE ROMANCE
Panelists: Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor & Daniel Ehrenhaft; Moderated by Margaret Stohl
Why do some people hate love stories? Why do some people love to read about love?
1:00 pm–1:50 pm
LEAKYCON LIT SIGNING
Rooms: Boulevard & Williford
3:00 pm–3:50 pm
GIRL BOOKS AND BOY BOOKS
Panelists: Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Wasserman, Stephanie Perkins, Lev Grossman & John Green; Moderated by Maureen Johnson
What is a “girl book” or a “boy book,” anyway? Is it true that boys don’t read? Why is “chick lit” a derogatory term? Our panelists come to grips with the thorny subject of the role gender plays in publishing.
4:00 pm–4:50 pm
HELP, MY BOYFRIEND IS A VAMPIRE!
Panelists: Lev Grossman, Laini Taylor, Amanda Hocking & Stephanie Perkins; Moderated by Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Ever read a paranormal romance and considered the real logistical difficulties of dating the undead? We have obtained a pile of letters from lovesick people in this position, and our panelists will give advice, live.
6:00 pm–6:50 pm
THE GAME SHOW
Starring: Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, John Green, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Stephanie Perkins, Megan Whalen Turner & Robin Wasserman
Room: Grand Ballroom
Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman have created a more literary version of “Family Feud.” Or at least the one with the Whammies.
My note: This one will be EPIC, you guys.
9:00 pm–1:00 am
ROCK CONCERT II
Musicians: Gred and Forge (YAY!), Lauren Fairweather, The Whomping Willows, Hank Green, Harry and the Potters
Main Stage: International Ballroom
My note: Due to my husband's bummer work schedule this week, this is the only night he'll be selling and signing Gred and Forge merch.
10:00 am – 11:50 am
I WAS A TEENAGE WRITER
Panelists: Daniel Ehrenhaft, Margaret Stohl, Holly Black, John Green, Stephanie Perkins & Laini Taylor; Moderated by Maureen Johnson
In which a panel of brave YA authors bring the hilariously embarrassing scribblings of their youth to light (because everyone has to start somewhere).
My note: We did this last year, and it was easily the most awesome panel of all-time ever period hands-down. I laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face. And if you're wondering? YES. I'm bringing back my high school journal. If you only have time for ONE Lit Track event, THIS SHOULD BE IT.
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Signing: Holly Black, Dan Ehrenhaft, Lev Grossman, Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Margaret Stohl, Megan Whalen Turner & Robin Wasserman
Room: Southwest signing hall
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
LEAKYCON LIT SIGNING
Signing: Holly Black, Jennifer Laughran, Laini Taylor, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Stephanie Perkins, Kate Schafer Testerman, John Green, Rebecca Sherman, Megan Whalen Turner, Lev Grossman, Margaret Stohl, Robin Wasserman & Maureen Johnson
Room: Southwest Exhibit Hall
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Have a LeakyCon Lit badge and are over 18 years old? You are invited to this private reception for LeakyCon Lit guests and attendees. Food, drinks, and authors. Enjoy!
9:00 pm–2:00 am
2ND ANNUAL ESTHER EARL ROCKING CHARITY BALL
Main Stage: International Ballroom
Put on your robes, your jeans, your ball gown, your Storm Trooper costume . . . put on anything you like so long as it includes dancing shoes! Our Saturday night always ends with the most rocking night of music and fun that 3,000 geeks have ever been seen to have at once. Named after our departed friend Esther Earl, this is an event that always ends with a giant group singalong to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” It is nerdtastic. Get ready.
So . . . YEAH. Those panels sound INCREDIBLE, right?!
Gigantic bear hugs and thanks to Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman, and Felicity Disco for all of their hard work in organizing this year's Lit Track events.
Can't. Freaking. Wait.