Beyond programming, Sirens features keynote addresses, events, and other activities. The Sirens team creates these other events, and all of these events are, like programming, included with the registration fee as part of Sirens. Please read below for more information on these events and activities.
Finally, if you would like to extend your Sirens experience, we offer two additional, ticketed events prior to Sirens: the Sirens Studio, which includes workshop intensives and discussion time for readers, writers, and professionals, and the Sirens Supper, which is a chance for attendees to socialize over dinner.
Sirens Keynote Addresses, Events, and Activities
After a day of travel, join us for a Thursday afternoon of tea and conversation in our community room. Our bookstore will open Thursday afternoon as well.
hot and iced tea; seasonal vegetables, cubed Italian meats, cubed artisan bread, firecracker mushrooms, roasted garlic and warm amber ale fondue; and imported, domestic, and Colorado cheeses, fruit chutneys, candied nuts, fresh fruits, berries, grapes, Carr’s water crackers, sliced baguettes, and breadsticks.
All items are vegetarian except the Italian meats.
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 brief remarks and the N. K. Jemisin’s keynote address.
a selection of petite desserts, such as angel-food cake, berry mousse, and petit fours; and fruit-infused waters.
All items are vegetarian, but most contain dairy or gluten.
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 27, and Saturday, October 28. The selected books for 2017 are listed below.
Friday, October 27
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Saturday, October 28
Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Zoraida Córdova’s keynote address.
seasonal fresh fruit salad drizzled with orange-blossom honey and grapefruit juice; tomato-cucumber salad with roasted peppers and queso fresco; honey-braised green beans; grilled Italian squash with aged balsamic vinegar, virgin olive oil, Spanish cheese, and quinoa; prickly pear barbecued chicken; teriyaki tofu with snap peas and roasted peppers; Kahlua flan; and iced tea.
All items are vegetarian except the chicken.
During Sirens, we set aside time for attendees to seek autographs and conversations with our guests of honor and other attending authors. 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 bookstore to Sirens attendees. The proceeds from the bookstore go toward supporting Sirens (and reducing registration costs for attendees), so we hope that you’ll come shop. Amy Tenbrink, one of Sirens’s founders, will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat books, provide recommendations, and enthusiastically put a stack of great books by women authors in your hands.
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.
All attendees are invited to join us for lunch and Victoria Schwab’s keynote address.
soba noodles with green onion and sweet chili; green papaya salad with cilantro and Thai dressing; wok-charred vegetables; sesame-crusted snapper with gingered polenta and papaya salsa; stir-fried rice with egg, asparagus, and snow peas; pineapple upside-down cake with Tahitian vanilla sauce; and iced tea.
All items are vegetarian except the snapper. The soba noodles are gluten-free. Unlike traditional papaya salad, this one will not contain peanuts.
Toil and Trouble Ball
Don your finest—whether that’s your favorite ballgown, an elaborate costume, or just jeans—and come to the Toil and Trouble 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 Toil and Trouble Ball.
Something wicked this way comes, indeed. Murder is so often on the schedule at the annual Convention for All-Powerful Witches, and this is year is, predictably, the same. Can you gather clues, unravel the plot, and deduce the killer? Our Murder Mystery will take place during our Toil and Trouble Ball, and we hope you come ready to play!
Each year, people donate items to Sirens’s auction, and Sirens auctions off those items and uses the proceeds to cover Sirens’s expenses. Our auction begins with a silent auction of all items during our Toil and Trouble 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.
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.
seasonal fresh fruit; oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins; yogurt bar with assorted grains and granolas; Egg Beaters scramble with cheese and roasted peppers; applewood-smoked bacon; oven-baked potatoes; and fresh orange juice, coffee, and hot tea.
All items are vegetarian except the bacon.
As Sirens’s schedule takes shape, we will develop additional activities to enhance our programs. In the past, these activities have included crafting, hiking, hot tub time, writing challenges, interactive workshops, and fantasy-themed games.