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Once upon a time…

Maybe you were a little girl who wielded a sword like Alanna. Or a teen who thought Susan deserved better. A college student who studied Onyesonwu. Anyone who’s had a Hermione moment. Or maybe just last year you discovered the wonder of Nimona, Ash, Lady Trent, Kamala Khan, or Daisy Goodnight.

No matter when, no matter how, somewhere along the way you fell in love with the remarkable women of fantasy literature.

You fell in love with the books, of course, and the authors who wrote them.

But you also fell in love with the readers. People who read twenty, fifty, a hundred books a year, about fantastic women in fantastic worlds. Books about dragon masters, queens, generals, and sorceresses—read by people who are, themselves, dragon masters, queens, generals, and sorceresses.

Books where your favorite characters—women of wisdom, of strength, of compassion, of courage—remake the world.

And those readers you fell in love with? They’re teachers, librarians, professors, booksellers, editors, authors. But they’re also engineers, doctors, lawyers, geeks, mothers, grandmothers, knitters, farriers, secret-keepers, and world-changing heroines.

They have a thousand different identities: genders, sexualities, races, abilities. A thousand different backgrounds. A thousand stories.

Those readers? Those readers are Sirens.

Sirens is something different: A smart-girl conference where college students present alongside professors. A fan convention where guests of honor pretend to be just another attendee. A networking event where you might find your next editor, your next boss, or your next best friend. A retreat where you spend a few days with others who share your excitement. A wall-to-wall bookstore full of fantasy books by or about amazing women. A place where you can read what you love and endlessly discuss why you love it.

At Sirens, women are extraordinary. Books are extraordinary. Readers are extraordinary.

You are extraordinary.

We hope you’ll join us at Sirens this October. We’re saving a place for your voice and your thoughts and your passion. Because no matter who you are—author, editor, scholar, librarian, engineer, secret-keeper, heroine—you’re a reader.

And readers are Sirens.

 

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