From July 11-13, 2014, I will be a guest at ConGregate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I’m excited to return to the home state of my alma mater, Duke.
ConGregate is a new general speculative fiction convention being organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. Each member of our committee has extensive experience working with a number of conventions, including RavenCon, ConCarolinas, StellarCon, Trinoc-coN and DragonCon.
It is our intention to bring you guests that you want to see and present events that you want to participate in during the convention.
We have been listening to the fans’ requests in developing our programming and will be hosting a fair amount of interactive programming, in additional to the traditional panel style formats.
When I was first asked to attend it was as a fan guest. Since then, my novel Wynde has won an award and the anthology Athena’s Daughters has hit the streets. So in addition to moderating and speaking on a few panels ranging from strong female characters to podcasting, I will be doing my first book signings!
Here is my schedule.
I’m excited about my Friday panels, which cover the topics of diversity and geek girls. I will finally have a chance to prove my chops as a Star Trek fangirl, too.
Friday, July 11, 6:00pm
Lt. Uhura: Diversity Began w/ Star Trek
Moderated by Randy Richards
Guests: Marcia Colette • Nicole Givens Kurtz • Janine K. Spendlove • Tricia Barr
Starting with a diverse cast and including American television’s first black/white interracial kiss, Star Trek has been a pioneer in diversity.
Friday, July 11, 10:00pm
Geek Girls and Unicorns
Moderated by Rhonda Oglesby.
Guests: Laura Haywood-Cory • Randy Richards • Allegra Liana • Tricia Barr
“Because, like unicorns, (geek girls) are not supposed to exist.”
Even with the visible presence of geek girls like Ashley Eckstein, Clare Grant and Felicia Day, there are parts of fandom that still believe that “geek girls” don’t exist or are “fake.” Why is this and what can be done to change the image?
Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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