About the Conference
The core of Sirens is the numerous conversations that take place both within and outside our conference schedule. Many of those conversations will occur as part of our programming, which will constitute most of our schedule during the Friday and Saturday of Sirens. Earlier this year, we invited all attendees to propose and present that programming, and most of our programming is, in fact, prepared and presented by Sirens attendees for other attendees. We’re thrilled with this year’s programming, which will be presented by readers, scholars, librarians, educators, authors, and publishing professionals, among others. Please see our Accepted Programming page for more information on this year’s presentations and presenters.

Beyond programming, Sirens features keynote addresses, events, and other activities. The Sirens team creates these other events, and all of these events are, along with our programming, included with the registration fee as part of Sirens. Please read below for more information on these events and activities.


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Sirens Keynote Addresses, Events, and Activities

Welcome Reception
Our Welcome Reception on Thursday evening is the official opening of Sirens. We invite all attendees to join us for a dessert reception, which is followed by our team’s welcome remarks and Violet Kupersmith’s keynote address.

Menu: dulce de leche marshmallow, dark chocolate and cocoa nib bar, and house-made cinnamon graham cracker s’mores; raspberry Chambord marshmallow, white chocolate crunch bar, and shortbread cookie s’mores; vanilla bean marshmallow, milk chocolate bar, and house-made graham cracker s’mores; and fruit-infused water

We will have a fire available for roasting your marshmallows and a cash bar will be available.


Books and Breakfast
Each year, Sirens selects tremendous, controversial, and popular books within our theme and invites attendees to bring their breakfast to a book discussion. Books and Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 26, and we’ll be discussing the following books:

Hauntings

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Rebels and Revolutionaries

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Lovers

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Women Who Work Magic

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle


Friday Lunch
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Kameron Hurley’s keynote address.

Menu: chili with black beans, green chile, and summer vegetables; Southwestern Cobb salad with black beans, roasted red peppers, roasted corn, cornbread croutons, Seahive cheddar cheese, and chipotle buttermilk dressing; mixed-greens salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and white balsamic dressing; marinated, char-grilled flank steak with chimichurri and grilled lemons; green-chile stuffed trout with mussel and chorizo broth; roasted Hazel Dell mushrooms with soft herb and lemon black lentils, grilled asparagus, charred tomatoes, and chimichurri sauce (vegetarian entrée); grilled-corn succotash with lima beans and baby peppers; Calrose rice pilaf with dried cherries and fresh herbs; peanut butter and jam tarts; chocolate-chip brownies; and iced tea

All items are vegetarian except the steak and the trout. The dressings, the cheese, and the croutons for the salads will be served on the side, and oil and vinegar will be available. The chili is vegan and the brownies are gluten-free.


Guest of Honor Book Signings
During Sirens, we set aside time for attendees to seek autographs and conversations with our guests of honor. You’re welcome to bring your own books for signing, or purchase books or bookplates from our bookstore.


Book Talk with Sirens
Narrate Conferences, Inc., the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that presents Sirens, offers a Sirens bookstore full of fantasy works by women and nonbinary authors. The proceeds from the bookstore go toward supporting Sirens (thereby reducing registration costs for all attendees), so we hope that you’ll come shop. Amy Tenbrink and Faye Bi, both part of the Sirens team, will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat books, provide recommendations, and enthusiastically put a stack of great books by women and nonbinary authors in your hands.


Bedtime Stories
On Friday night, we ask our guests to present their work, whether that’s through a reading, a discussion of inspiration, or an exploration of craft. Most often, guests read from published or unpublished work, but in the past our guests have presented eloquently on other topics, such as their writing process or the importance of “home” as a theme.


Saturday Breakfast
All attendees are invited to join us for breakfast and Anna-Marie McLemore’s keynote address.

Menu: a seasonal selection of fruits and berries; Morning Glory muffins; Colorado yogurt parfaits with Noosa yogurt, local honey, granola, and berries; assorted bagels with flavored cream cheeses, salmon, and other traditional accompaniments; and a selection of chilled juices, coffee, and tea

All items are vegetarian except the salmon. The Morning Glory muffins and the granola in the parfaits are gluten-free.


Saturday Lunch
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Leigh Bardugo’s keynote address.

Menu: roasted tomato soup with sherry wine and parmesan; Little Gem Caesar salad with parmesan, and house Caesar dressing; caprese pasta salad with basil garlic shells, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and balsamic reduction; pan-seared Colorado striped bass with lemon, tarragon, and saffron butter sauce; braised chicken thighs with lemon, olives, chickpeas, dates, harissa aioli, and cilantro; curried chickpeas with basmati rice and fried zucchini (vegetarian entrée); roasted baby carrots with lemon yogurt and dukkah spice; roasted umami cauliflower with mushrooms and radish; roasted banana pudding with brown-sugar whipped cream; American vanilla buttermilk cake with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles; and iced tea

All items are vegetarian except the bass and the chicken. The dressing and the parmesan cheese for the Caesar salad will be served on the side, and oil and vinegar will be available. The sauce for the bass and the whipped cream for the banana pudding will be served on the side.


Reunion Ball
Don your finest—whether that’s your favorite ballgown, an elaborate costume, or just jeans—and come to the Reunion Ball on Saturday night. We’ll have dancing, of course, as well as a quiet area nearby for conversation, and both the Murder Mystery and the silent auction will take place during the Reunion Ball.


Murder Mystery
Can you believe how many years have passed since we all graduated from the Beaver Creek School for the Powerful and Paranormal? Neither can we! But murder is on the menu for this year’s gala. Can you gather clues, unravel the plot, and deduce the killer? Our Murder Mystery will take place during our Reunion Ball, and we hope you come ready to play!


Sirens’s Auction
Each year, people donate items to Sirens’s auction, and Sirens auctions off those items and uses the proceeds to cover Sirens’s expenses (thereby reducing registration costs for all attendees). Our auction begins on Thursday afternoon with buy-it-now items in our community room, and continues with a silent auction of all items during our Reunion Ball. Especially fabulous items will be auctioned off live at our Sunday Breakfast—where the auction is often rowdy and the bidding furious. The auction raises thousands of dollars for Sirens, and we hope you’ll consider donating an item or two.


Sunday Breakfast
We’ll close Sirens with breakfast, a live auction, and our closing remarks. All attendees are invited to join us for breakfast before buying a few last-minute books and heading home. Sirens will end at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Menu: local and seasonal fruits and berries; banana nut and glazed lemon poppyseed bread; spinach and tomato baked frittata; Applewood-smoked bacon and mild green Hatch chile sauce; Yukon potato and vegetable hash; steel-cut oatmeal with dried fruits and toasted nuts; a selection of chilled juices; and freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas

All items are vegetarian except the bacon. Dried fruit and nuts for the oatmeal will be served on the side. The banana nut bread contains nuts.


...and More
As Sirens’s schedule took shape, we developed additional activities to enhance our programs. Check out our conference schedule for more details.

Presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
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