In this issue:
- Guest of Honor: Victoria Schwab
- Schedule & Programming Support
- Inclusivity at Sirens
- Registration Transfers
- 9 Sirens Shuttle Tickets Remaining
- Hotel Reservations
- Amy’s Book Club
- Read Along with Faye
- Sirens Review Squad
- In Case You Missed It…
GUEST OF HONOR: VICTORIA SCHWAB
We’re interviewing each of our Sirens 2017 Guests of Honor about their inspirations, influences, and craft, as well as the role of women in fantasy literature, as befits this year’s theme of women who work magic.
This month, we interviewed Victoria Schwab about writing to conquer fear, how much she owes to J. K. Rowling, all manners of monsters, ambitious characters, and being ambitious herself: “When I sit down to construct my characters, I first ask myself what they fear, what they want, and what they’re willing to do to get it. Thus, their ambition is one of the pillars of their design. And one of my own pillars, too.”
Our feature on Victoria also includes a review of A Darker Shade of Magic by B R Sanders, as well as a list of books recommended by Victoria herself centered on badass ladies and their power.
SCHEDULE & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT
The conference schedule for 2017 is up! Click here to see how many of your favorite things we scheduled across from your other favorite things!
There’s still time to sponsor our programming sessions; the cost is $35 per presentation. Thank you again for all your support!
INCLUSIVITY AT SIRENS
In our latest community post, Kate Larking shares with us her experience at Sirens versus the other literary conferences she attends: “One thing that unites us at Sirens is that we love developed, complex voices in speculative fiction. We embrace worlds that are different from our own and seek out the experiences of those who live within them.” Read the rest of her post here.
Registered attendees, please check your inboxes for the full menus for this year’s conference. (You can also view our menus on our Conference and Sirens Supper pages.) If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please email us at (help at sirensconference.org) by September 8—after which, we’ll assume you can eat from our standard menus.
Although Sirens is officially sold out for 2017, we have several attendees looking to sell their registrations (and sometimes other Sirens tickets as well). If you’re looking to sell yours and you’d like a signal boost, please tweet at us (@sirens_con) or feel free to post information on our Facebook. Please keep an eye on our Twitter for any announcements.
9 SIRENS SHUTTLE TICKETS REMAINING
Sirens offers a $95 round-trip shuttle from Denver International Airport to Vail, significantly cheaper than commercial shuttles which can cost upwards of $200. We encourage you to buy your shuttle ticket soon, even if you don’t have flights yet—there are only 9 spots left before our shuttle is sold out!
We are close to filling our block at the Hotel Talisa for the third and final time. If you have not yet made your hotel reservation, please do so as soon as possible. We have only four rooms left on the main nights of Sirens, and on September 22, the hotel will release all remaining rooms. Any reservations made after that date will not receive the Sirens discount. For more instructions on how to make your reservation, please visit our Hotel page.
AMY’S BOOK CLUB
Sirens co-founder Amy Tenbrink read Alice Hoffman’s modern classic Practical Magic this month, which she admired for its focus on “a bunch of women…all doing the best they can. Sometimes solutions are magic, sometimes they’re determination, sometimes they’re taking your fears in hand and charging forward.” Full review on the blog and on Goodreads.
READ ALONG WITH FAYE
This August, Faye read Leah Bobet’s An Inheritance of Ashes for her Reading Challenge pick! She found it “a quiet book…full of surprises, and not shiny at all, in the best way possible.” Find out what that means by checking out her review over on the blog and on Goodreads.
SIRENS REVIEW SQUAD
Longtime Siren Casey Blair read Robyn Bennis’s The Guns Above, which she loved for its complex world-building, amazing female characters, and masterful tone: “If you love wit and self-awareness in your fantasy to go with your airships, I highly recommend checking this one out.” Read her full review here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
- August Fantasy New Releases
- Books and Breakfast: August Spotlight
- Sirens Guest of Honor Interview: Victoria Schwab
- B Reviews Guests: A Darker Shade of Magic
- Badass Ladies, Liminal Magic, by Victoria Schwab
- Inclusivity at Sirens: Kate Larking
- Jo Walton discusses the power of re-reading
- Writer and academic Ada Palmer talks gender and pronouns in her Terra Ignota series
- Legendary book critic Michiko Katutani departs the New York Times
- Debut author Vivian Shaw of Strange Practice juxtaposes the mundane and the magical
- Lots of women won Hugo Awards this year (including this year’s Guest of Honor N. K. Jemisin for Best Novel)!
- Oldie but goodie: we revisit past Guest of Honor Nnedi Okorafor’s examination of Stephen King’s Super Duper Magical Negroes
- The Internet loves Janet, a hero only to herself
- Debut author Aditi Khorana talks privilege and feminism in her novel, The Library of Fates
- Sona Charaipotra and 2017 Guest of Honor Zoraida Córdova on how YA Twitter is trying to dismantle white supremacy
- Author Nicola Yoon on “we don’t make princesses in those colors”
- 2010 Guest of Honor Marie Brennan on historical fiction author Dorothy Dunnett’s influence on epic fantasy
- A spotlight on Game of Thrones principal embroiderer Michelle Carragher
- Srta. M’s artistic tribute to the solar eclipse
- 15 Amazing Bookstores Around the World
- Children’s author Zetta Elliott talks publishing, diversity and libraries
- Dana Fredsti on how her career as a stuntwoman inspired her novel The Spawn of Lilith
- Poetry: Why You Might Be a Witch by Theodora Goss
- Short Fiction: The Queen’s Aviary by 2015 Guest of Honor Yoon Ha Lee
- Poetry: Starskin, Sealskin by longtime Siren Shveta Thakrar and Sara Cleto
- Short Fiction: The Hugo-winning Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
Questions? Concerns? Please email general queries to (help at sirensconference.org) and questions about programming to (programming at sirensconference.org).
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