4:00 PM: Mythic Delirium/Goblin Fruit group reading.
Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Theodora Goss, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Shira Lipkin, Sonya Taaffe. Contributors to the Mythic Delirium and Goblin Fruit speculative poetry magazines read selections from their work.
5:00 PM: Steam-powered I & II group reading.
Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Contributors to Steam-powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories and Steam-powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories read selections from their work.
8:00 PM: Dybbuks, Golems, Demons, Oy Vey!: Jewish Mythology and Folklore in Speculative Fiction.
Steve Berman, Barbara Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel (leader), Shira Lipkin, Chris Moriarty, Faye Ringel. From Rabbi Loew's golem of Prague to Peter Beagle's dybbuk of Brooklyn, the literature of Jewish supernatural and fantastic has been a long and rich one. In Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic and Lisa Goldstein's The Red Magician, the authors use magic and myth to comment on the horrors of the Holocaust and the meaning of tradition. In Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, in alternate-history Alaska, a heroin junkie might be the long-awaited Messiah. We'll discuss the stories of Rachel Pollack, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lavie Tidhar, Neil Gaiman, Sonya Taaffe and other writers of Jewish-themed fiction. What is it about Jewish stories of demons, golems, dybbuks and angels, many of them non-canonical, that appeals to writers of speculative fiction? What obscure Jewish myths, like the gargantuan bird Ziz or the minuscule stone-cutting worm Shamir, have yet to be mined (pun intended)?
After that, the Interstitial Arts Exchange
and the Meet the Pros(e) party.Saturday
2:00 PM: Tin Foil Hat Open Mike.
Rose Fox (moderator), K.A. Laity, Shira Lipkin, David Malki !, Charles Platt, Eric M. Van, Harold Torger Vedeler. Bring your wildest and wackiest ideas to this open mike session. Each speaker gets five minutes, ruthlessly enforced, to try to convince the audience of an unprovable (and ideally undisprovable) theory related to speculative fiction. The viewers are free to applaud or heckle as they see fit. No handouts, no visual aids, no multimedia, no Q&As, no spitballs, and please, no politics or religion.
3:00 PM: The Rhysling Award Poetry Slan.
Mike Allen (leader), David Lunde (moderator). A "poetry slan," to be confused with "poetry slam," is a poetry reading by SF folks, of course. The slan will be concluded by the presentation of this year's Rhysling Awards. Sunday
10:00 AM: Interstitial Arts Foundation Town Meeting.
Mike Allen, K. Tempest Bradford, Ellen Kushner (leader), Shira Lipkin, JoSelle Vanderhooft. The IAF is a group of "Artists Without Borders" who celebrate art that is made in the interstices between genres and categories. It is art that flourishes in the borderlands between different disciplines, mediums, and cultures. The IAF provides border-crossing artists and art scholars a forum and a focus for their efforts. Rather than creating a new genre with new borders, they support the free movement of artists across the borders of their choice. They support the development of a new vocabulary with which to view and critique border-crossing works, and they celebrate the large community of interstitial artists working in North America and around the world. The annual Interstitial Arts Foundation Town Meeting at Readercon is an exciting opportunity to catch up with the IAF and its many supporters, hear about what they're doing to support the interstitial art community in 2011, offer ideas for future projects, and contribute your voice to the development of interstitial art.
11:30 AM: Reading.
Shira Lipkin. Lipkin reads from a work not yet selected.
As usual, if you can only make it to one thing I'm doing, make it my solo reading! :)
Also, I am in need of ideas for a Tin Foil Hat theory. E-mail me, y'all.