18 September 2014

I'm Supporting Banned Books Week at My Local Library... are you?


I'm going to be in "jail" reading from one of the challenged books in the living display at the East Branch of the Dayton Metro Library.

If you're unfamiliar with Banned Books Week, it is:

...the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.
The most challenged title of 2013?  The Captain Underpants Series.  No joke.

You can find out what events are going on in your area at the Banned Books Week website, or if you're in the Dayton area, you can stop by the read-out at the East Branch of the Dayton Metro Library [map] (I'll be there at 11am on Tuesday the 23rd.)

17 September 2014

Remember - ONLINE registration for Context 27 ends today!


Context is a friendly convention focused on speculative fiction literature and related games, comics and films.  If you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or horror, you'll find plenty to entertain you at this convention.

It's in Worthington - just on the edge of Columbus.  I've long described Context as being "the writing and literature convention you go to when you're ready to move to the next level," and we've worked hard to make the extensive programming and in-depth workshops with industry leaders a great value to readers and writers alike.

We've got all sorts of awesome guests:  Jonathan Maberry (author of Patient Zero, among MANY others), editor Betsy Mitchell, game-writing special guests Jennifer Brozek, Lucien Soulban, and Monica Valentinelli, and tons more.


If you miss the online registration deadline (TODAY), you can still register at the door for the convention and workshops - but it's more expensive, so REGISTER NOW!   Single-day registrations start as low as $15, so there's no reason to miss out on this opportunity.  REGISTER NOW!

15 September 2014

See me at Imaginarium in Louisville this weekend!

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I'll be at Imaginarium on Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend in Louisville.  It's the first year for this convention, and man, does it look to be an ambitious endeavor.   This is just my schedule:

Saturday 9:30 AM Social Media Overview
Saturday 1:00 PM Read the Instructions
Saturday 6:30 PM So You Wanna Be a Reviewer
Saturday 8:00 PM The Blog Tour
Sunday 1:00 PM Troll-Free Promotion
Sunday 2:00 PM Hashtags for People Who Don't Tweet
Sunday 4:00 PM Putting an End to Piracy

You can find out more about Imaginarium as well as seeing all they have to offer (film festival, workshops, lots of panels, and more) at http://www.entertheimaginarium.com/