Loncon 3

Thu 14 Aug to Mon 18 August 2014
Where: ExCel., London Dockland, UK
When: Sat 7pm: Literary Beer with Sarah; Sun 12pm: Signing session; panels (see below)
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Panels with Sarah in detail:

Fresh Beasts
Thursday 15:00 - 16:30

YA writes seem particuarly keen on supernatural monsters. Have we mined out the traditional ones — the Vampires, demons and zombies? What fresh angles would breathe new afterlife into them? Or do we need a whole slew of fresh beasts to keep the reader’s interest?

Ellen Datlow, Tom Pollock, Sarah Rees Brennan, V. E. Schwab, Oisin McGann

The Exceptional Girl Warrior
Friday 10:00 - 11:00

Some female warriors represent the norm in their fantasy or science fictional societies and are expected to train and fight alongside their men. Others are “exceptions”, who need to battle the prejudice of their colleagues just as much as their enemies. Panelists will discuss female fighters of every kind, taking examples both from real life and fiction. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters under discussion? How has representation of female warriors changed over time? How does the author’s treatment of these characters vary by genre if at all?

Elisabeth Waters (M), John Dodd, Kate Elliott, Sarah Maas, Sarah Rees Brennan

Teen Romance
Friday 15:00 - 16:30

Romance is in the air! Authors discuss the trend of weaving romantic entanglements into young adult literature. From true love to pining for that special someone, authors tackle the thorny subject of love, sex, and the supernatural—not to mention the fateful first kiss. What is it about a supernatural love interest that leaves mere mortals a distant second? Is there a discernible difference in how teen romance is handled between SF/F and its peer genres? And how far is too far when writing teen romance?

Mary Anne Mohanraj (M), Amie Kaufman , Mary Turzillo, Sarah Rees Brennan, Darlene Marshall

These Are Not the Elves You’re Looking For
Sunday 18:00 - 19:00

To what extent do modern fantasy novels play on readers’ familiarity - and fatigue - with genre tropes and conventions? For example, Andrzej Sapkowski, Justina Robson and Raymond E Feist have all created worlds in which the traditional Tolkienian model of benevolent, wiser-than-thou elves is challenged in various ways. Is deconstruction a new trend, or has genre fantasy been doing it for decades? How do recent debates about the cultural specificity of the English-language fantastic, and the lack of relevance of this aesthetic for audiences outside North America and the UK, affect our views of these issues?

Kate Heartfield (M), Ana Grilo, Stanislaw Krawczyk, Sarah Rees Brennan, Patrick Rothfuss

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An Evening with Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan

Thursday, 28 August 2014
Where: Waterstone's Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD, UK
When: 6:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 for Waterstones Cardholders, available in store, via +44(0)2078512400 or

"Join the 2012 Queen of Teen Maureen Johnson and her co-conspirator Sarah Rees Brennan for an evening of questions and conversations on all things YA and Teen. The authors will discuss their recent books, take questions from the audience and will both have books available to be signed. Don’t miss this rare chance to catch two US YA authors in what will no doubt be hilarious conversation!"

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North America

Vegas Valley Book Festival

Thu 16 Oct to Sat 18 Oct 2014
Where: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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Monstrous Affections Book Tour - Brookline

Wed Oct 22
Where: Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
When: 7pm

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Monstrous Affections Book Tour - New York

Wed Oct 28
Where: McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
When: 7pm

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Other Worldwide Appearances

At the moment there are no scheduled appearances outside Europe and North America.

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