Thursday, September 24, 2009

Albacon Oct.8-11 in Albany NY

Hi All
Great News; Albacon is coming to town. It is the Sci/Fi-Fantasy conference with guest of honor Elizabeth Hand.
Author of ten books and winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Generation Lost. Ms. Hand has also been honored with three World Fantast Awards, two Nebulas, two International Horror Guild Awards, the James M Tiptree Jr. Award and the Mythopeoic Society Award.
Ms. Hand is a regular reviewer for the Washington Post, Village Voice, Salon Boston Globe and DownEast magazine. She also writes a regular column for Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine.
Currently she is working on a sequel to Generation Loss titled Available Dark. Ms. Hand has a YA novel about poet Arthur Rimbaud coming out in 2011 published by Viking.
Artist guest of honor is Alan F. Beck, Fan guest of honor is D. Cameron Calkins With Igors Egg as our Musical  Guest.

Writers, readers and fans will enjoy movies, games, readings, workships, and panels. Plus a book signing. There is an art show, a fabulous dealers room, debates, conversations, and socializing with people who share the same interests. There will be a Vampire/Steampunk Ball so come with your best costume. Be ready to share your knowledge and party with your fellow Albaconers.

Thursday starting at 6:30 PM there will be a Editor/Agent/Publisher/Writer gathering.
Industry professionals talk about the realities of today's market, what authors should be doing to get and remain published. Q&A after panel discussion.
panelish include Miriam Kriss, Goodman Literary Agency; Julie Tibbott, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; David Pomerico, Bantam Spectra; to name a few. Panel will  be moderated by jackie kessler.

Friday: all-day workshops and panel discussions. Presented by Dr. Kathryn Laity, Susan Crowley, Janice Duman, Stella Price, Biance D'Arc, Toni Andrews, Jackie Kessler, Roberta DiCaprio, Debi Chowdhury, C. Margery Kempe, Jo Anne Benware (that's me)  and too many to name.
Fridays workshops to include The Five Fixes 2 hr. workshop by Toni Andrews, Using mythology in Stories by Jessica Andersen Cat johnson, K.A. laity, Bianca D'Arc andJanice Dumas (panel) Promotions for the Author on A Budget by Stella Price (workshop)  Urban FAsntasy, The Great Love Story, Creating Worlds,
What are the pros and cons of self-publishing or on-line publishing one's own works? Frederick Huston, Mirabelli Strock. Readings, The next monster trend; Vampires and Zombies are hot. But what comes next?
Taking care of business; What business skills do writers need? Officers and tazes. Can dragon food be considered deductable? More workshops and panels are listed for Friday. Also on Friday we an ice cream social, a concert by Igors Eggs and then the Vampire Ball.

Saturday there are more workshops and panel discusions. Just to name a few,  Science Fiction Films we love, My Favorite Aliens and Fantasy Creatures, Science Fiction from Star Trek, The Paranormal Romance Explosion and what it means for Fastasy, Low Budget Podcasting 101,  presenters Edgill, Hubbell, Kessler, And Rothman to name a very few.
Saturday is also the Banquet and a concert by Rebecca Angel. There will be an Erotic Art Demonstration by D.Cameron Calkins  with assistance from model Oscula.

We finish out the conference on Sunday with more workshops and panels; Apocalyse When?, The 1950's:The Golden Age of SF Film? How does a novelist break in these days? Other panels and workshops will be presented by Rogow, Hartwell, Palmatier and Mead, again just to name a few.

Its going to be a great confernce. It is being held at the Best Western on Western Ave.  Check the Albacon website for more information on price, childcare and more workshops and panels and the authors who will be there.
Here is  the website 
Come and Enjoy. Share your knowledgel