Who’s going to be at Readercon 2018?

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Looking forward to attending Readercon July 12-15 in Quincy, Mass. If you are there, and you see me around, stop and say hello!

These are the panels I’m scheduled to be part of:

❧ Writers who edit, editors who write – Thursday, 8 p.m.

Those who edit as a full-time job rarely do much writing on the side, but many full-time writers bolster their incomes through editing. Why does this equation seem to function better in one direction than the other? How do writers who edit avoid the pitfalls experienced by editors who write? What can be done to address an ever-widening taste gap, and the tendency to self-edit into the ground?

Panelists: Julia Rios, Mimi Mondal, John Edward Lawson, Mike Allen, Scott Edelman and me.

❧ La Sagrada Chingonez: The sacred badassery of Latinx speculative fiction – Friday, 3 p.m.

David Bowles once dubbed me one of a number of “sacerdotisas de la sagrada chingonez” (priestesses of the sacred badassery). The term implies a religion of dogged persistence, of speaking up and out, of fucking with the status quo/system/hegemony, of acknowledging the vastness of Latinx badassery and reveling in it. This panel will bring together some of the practitioners of la sagrada chingonez to talk about what 2018 holds for Latinx writers and readers of speculative works.

Panelists: Julia Rios, José Pablo Iriarte, Malka Older, Pablo Defendini and me.

❧ Radical Elders – Friday, 9 p.m.

On the page, as in GOH Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, and in real life, as in the careers of authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, elders are speaking their minds and upsetting the status quo. How can age intersect with radicalism and pioneering thought? How is the cognitive estrangement of aging relevant to speculative fiction and fannish communities, and what’s the best way of acknowledging that relevance?

Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff, Elizabeth Hand, James Patrick Kelly, Rosemary Kirstein and me.

❧ Reading – Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

I’ll be reading “The Life and Times of Johnny the Fox,” a short story that will appear in Outland Publication’s Knaves anthology in November. Johnny the Fox is a character readers first met in my story “Skin in the Game” published in 2014 at Tor.com. You can read that here.

Take a look at all of Readercon’s programming here.

 

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La Bloga, underground

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So apparently Facebook has something against one of the most established and important Chicano, Xicana & Latinx blogs on the internet and will not let it be shared via FB. Beyond the ridiculousness (is that a word?) of the ban, it is a huge loss for Latinx lit — many of us have discovered great poetry and fiction through Em Sedano’s reviews and Rudy Ch. Garcia’s lists; we’ve delighted in Melinda Palacio’s poetry and life posts, and let SFF writer Ernest Hogan take us on the wild ride of his Chicanonautica. Not being able to share La Bloga, in part or in whole with friends and colleagues, on Facebook is a very real loss.

So, until Facebook changes its wrongheaded ban, I’ll be linking many of La Bloga’s posts here, and posting this to my Facebook page — a kind of underground La Bloga until the venerable site can emerge from the shadows …

This week in La Bloga: La Bloga Flor y Canto: Despedida y Celebración Con Musica, Poesía, and Fabulous Comida

¡Unidos en la lucha!

Upcoming events

I will be doing a reading from my novel INK for the Westchester chapter of 100 Hispanic women:

Thursday, October 15 a special Evening of Literature by Latinas with three extraordinary women and distinguished authors:

SABRINA VOURVOULIAS
Ink, named Latinidad’s Best Books 2012
LESLEY TELLEZ
“Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas”
MARIA APONTE
“Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella”
    
Time:  6pm – 9pm
Location:  The College of New Rochelle
Maura Ballroom
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY
The authors will discuss their literary careers and new books.
Book signing and book sales will be available after the event.
Advance ticket purchase is required and seating is limited.
Admission includes light food and refreshments
$30 for general public