Monthly Archives: April 2018

My WisCon 42 schedule

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Now that it’s been finalized, here’s my schedule for WisCon 42. At this point I’m not doing a reading – I think I missed the time for that – but it’s possible I’ll be able to jump into someone else’s at the last minute. We’ll see. Even if not, I’m psyched for what I’ve got here.

Will the Truth Set Us Free?
Friday 4:00 – 5:15 PM, Conference 1
Moderator: Loren W Cooper. Loren W Cooper, Seth Frost, Rachel Kronick, Sunny Moraine

If there’s one thing the current American political landscape shows, it’s that lying and manipulating people can bring political success. In this panel, we will discuss whether it’s useful to set aside commitments to truth in the name of political pragmatism. We will also consider what “truth” versus “lying” means in different cultures, and how those differences operate across diverse political systems.

Stigma and Neuroatypicality
Friday 9:00 – 10:15 PM, University B
Moderator: JoSelle Vanderhooft. JoSelle Vanderhooft, Clara Cecilia Abnet Holden, Lisa M. Bradley, Sunny Moraine

Every mental illness has its own unique challenges, but what happens when society takes a look at your illness, then piles on challenges of its own? Telling someone you have anxiety comes with less pop culture baggage than telling someone you have borderline personality disorder. Dealing with apathy from depression is different when also you have to deal with racial stereotypes of laziness. In what ways does societal prejudice pile on and make it harder to express or be open about your mental illness and your day to day struggles with it? What ways does it make it harder to cope?

Art and Writing As Tools of Resistance
Sunday 4:00 – 5:15 PM, Conference 5
Moderator: Laurie Toby Edison. Laurie Toby Edison, W. L. Bolm, Carlie Forsythe/Chanter, Susan Simensky Bietila, Sunny Moraine

Laurie Toby Edison’s photography work in progress, Memory Landscapes, is a feminist memoir. She says, “The memoir is my personal story, and of course includes my history in art and activism. My attitude towards this work has been profoundly affected by the disturbing changes in our social and political world. I want us to examine the ways in which our work, memory and political convictions interact and entwine as we respond to those changes. Art and writing can be powerful tools of resistance. I would like to have a conversation with the panelists and the audience about what approaches and choices make our work powerful and effective during these uncertain and frightening times.”

Future of Fiction Formats
Monday 10:00 – 11:15 AM, Conference 3
Moderator: Robyn Bennis. Robyn Bennis, Jason Finn, Alexandra Erin, Sunny Moraine

Most current fiction falls into specific formats, but sometimes we see pieces like xkcd’s “Time”, Jon Bois’s “17776”, or other multimedia/mixed media/partially interactive formats that play on our expectations and make something really cool. How will we consume/experience media in the future, and who’s already pushing those boundaries now, including in fanwork?

The Signout
Monday 11:30 – 12:45 AM/PM, Capitol/Wisconsin

I’ll be there to sign books by me/with me in ’em, and I’ll also have some books for you to purchase if you so desire. Plus perhaps some other goodies.

Hope I see you there!