The Vampires of New England Series--Inanna Arthen

Rewriting The Rules

July 10, 2018

My schedule for Readercon 29

Filed under: author appearance,convention,Readercon — admin @ 2:04 am

I’ll be at Readercon 29, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday–commuting down and back because I have foster kittens to take care of, and other responsibilities. But here’s what I’ll be doing at Readercon this year:

Thursday, July 12
8:00 p.m. (Salon C) Human Labor in the 21st Century. Automation is predicted to eliminate millions of jobs in the next several decades. Indentured servitude is making a comeback in the trucking and cruise ship industries. Numerous national and global factors will reshape workforces. A pandemic that targets working-age people could change everything; so could a large country implementing universal basic income. Our panelists will imagine what human labor might look like in the next 100 years, and what stories can be told about those laborers and their work. I’m moderating, with John Chu, Natalie Luhrs, Rob Cameron and Robyn Bennis.

Friday, July 13
2:00 p.m. (Blue Hills) Recent Nonfiction Book Club: Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism might actually entail. Join us for a discussion of this book. I’m moderating, with David DeGraff, Robert Killheffer and Rob Cameron.

6:00 p.m. (Salon C) Witches in Legend and Folklore Why are witches such polarizing figures, both fascinating and repelling their neighbors? Why do they make such powerful symbols and captivating characters? Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman will examine witches through the lens of folklore studies, introducing a few traditional witch legends and exploring some of the ways that witches have been conceptualized, and then open the floor for a discussion of what witches mean to the panelists and audience. With Sara Cleto (moderator), Brittany Warman, Jenise Aminoff and Shveta Thakrar.

10:30 p.m. Meet the Pros(e) Party. Where all the writers mingle with sheets of stickers printed with a quote from their work, and everybody collects the stickers.

Saturday, July 14
10:00 a.m. (Salon 6) Reading and Life Stages, Part 2: 50+. Our notion of who readers are is often built on the image of readers in their teens and 20s, but as people age, their reading habits change. In this intimate and personal two-part panel, panelists will discuss their age-related shifts in reading speed and ability to focus, time for reading, interest in reading, book acquisition and deacquisition, use of print, digital, and audio books, and other related topics. Part 2: readers 50 and over. I’m moderating, with Judith Berman, Michael Dirda, Kathryn Morrow and Paul Levinson.

9:00 p.m. (Blue Hills) Author Reading. Haven’t decided what to read yet but I think it will be something new.

Hope to see you there!

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