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see you at Dragon Con!

ToothlessI’ll be at Dragon Con from Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1! This is my busiest convention yet. My schedule is below, and if you’re using the mobile app to plan your weekend, I’m the only guest with the last name Myers. Whenever I’m not participating on programming, chances are you can find me in the Pyr Books Booth, #424, 425 in the new exhibitor space adjacent to the Westin. Come say hi, get copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin signed, and pick up free bookmarks and a special Dragon Con discount coupon for an amazing new anthology I’m in, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. And of course, you can always reach me on Twitter.

FRIDAY, August 29

4:00 p.m. — Dragons! Defenders of Berk, Marriot A708

8:30 p.m. — Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow, Marriot A707

SATURDAY, August 30

11:30 a.m. — Writing for the Young Adult Market, Hyatt Embassy D-F

1:00 p.m. — Buffy Summers and Harry Potter: The Chosen Ones, Westin Chastain FG

2:30 p.m. — LEGOs are Awesome, Marriot A708

4:00 p.m. — Signing: Pyr Books Booth #424, 425 (1 hour)

7:00 p.m. — All Kinds of Super Heroes, Marriot A708

8:30 p.m. — From Page to Screen: Dystopia, Hyatt International South

SUNDAY, August 31

10:00 a.m. — Diversity in YA, Marriot A707

11:30 a.m. — Signing: Pyr Books Booth #424, 425 (1 hour)

1:00 p.m. — Hungry for the Hunger Games?, Hilton Crystal Ballroom

4:00 p.m. — Reading, Hyatt Roswell* (I’m hoping to find a few others to read selections from the Kaleidoscope anthology with me. Please e-mail me if you’re interested!)

*Updated 8/25/14 to add signings on Saturday and Sunday

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confessions of a male YA author

y-the-last-man-movie_222When my first YA novel, Fair Coin, was published in 2012, and I started participating in author panels, library visits, and book store events, it seemed that I was usually the only guy on the program. This wasn’t too surprising — I know that more YA books are written by women than men, so statistically speaking, it made perfect sense. For my first few panels, I even introduced myself as the “Y chromosome,” which got some laughs. But I’ve stopped using that line, because a) I don’t want to keep using the same old material, and more importantly, b) I realized it might imply that I thought my inclusion was an act of tokenism, and it wasn’t that. (It also probably isn’t as funny as I thought it was, and people were just laughing to be polite. “There’s only one guy up there, let’s take pity on him.” So, thanks for that.)

Granted, I’m aware that I do get invited to more YA panels because I’m a male YA author, and hey, it’s nice to be welcomed whatever the reason. My author friends are often asked if they know any male authors to invite to participate in programs with them, and I’m happy that they think of me. Perhaps by virtue of my geographic location and the events and conventions that I attend, there generally aren’t that many guy YA authors to choose from. Sorry, I’ll at least try to be a good one for you!

But we aren’t exactly as rare as unicorns. We aren’t an endangered species. And we certainly don’t need the attention.

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see me at philcon!

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I look like this.

Despite having lived in Philadelphia for nearly three years, next week I will be attending my first Philcon — the first and longest running SFF convention in the world — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J., Friday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 10. Their full schedule is here, but you can find me at the panels listed below, and I hope you’ll come and say hi. This is likely to be my last local event until at least next year.

Before I share my schedule: I want everyone to enjoy the convention without detracting from anyone else’s fun and comfort, so please read Philcon’s Harassment Policy, such as it is.

Friday, Nov. 8

7:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
DYSTOPIA IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION
[Panelists: Rebecca Robare (mod), Gil Cnaan, E.C. Myers, Christine Norris, Aurora Celeste]

Saturday, Nov. 9

3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
IS STAR TREK BOLDLY GOING WHERE WE WANT IT TO?
[Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido (mod), Jay Smith, Theodore Krulik, E.C. Myers, Christopher Stout]

4:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING: E.C. MYERS
I may read my new short story, “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell”, which I finished writing on Friday. So if you show up, you’ll be the first people anywhere to hear it! It hasn’t been published yet, and it has the standard author disclaimer that it still may be a little rough :)

5:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
WRITING SCIENCE FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS
[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Michael J. Friedman, Bill Spangler, E.C. Myers, Thomas Willeford]

Sunday, Nov. 10

2:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPH: ANNA KASHINA, E.C.MYERS
[Panelists: Anna Kashina (mod), E.C. Myers]

The rest of the time I may be hanging out in the bar, or writing on my netbook in a corner somewhere. Deadlines wait for no con.

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upcoming events

I have a couple of appearances lined up this month:

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First, if you’re anywhere near Rosemont, PA, come to the Rosemont Book Festival this Saturday, May 4. The first annual book festival at Rosemont College will be held at Connelly Green and in the library with workshops, readings, panels, and signings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I will be on a panel about young adult books with fabulous authors Beth Kephart, April Lindner, and Tiffany Schmidt from 11-12, with a signing afterward. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Children’s Book World. Hope to see you there!

Rare (First!) West Coast Signing
I will be attending the 48th Nebula Awards Weekend later this month, which includes a mass autograph session on Friday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the San Jose Hilton, 300 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA.

The autograph session is open to the public and Borderland Books will be selling books by the authors in attendance. This will be my first signing on the West Coast!

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my neighbor totoro toronto

At the beginning of November, I went to Canada for a couple of events in Toronto, Ontario. The original reason for my trip was to attend the World Fantasy Convention, which supposedly was in Toronto but was really in Richmond Hills, inconveniently located “near” Toronto Pearson International Airport and various downtown restaurants. False advertising, much?

But I actually skipped most of the first two days of the con, as I also wanted to spend time with close friends in the area, who showed me interesting sites like the National Air Force Museum of Canada and made sure I sampled as much of the local cuisine as possible. No complaints!

Photo by Al Bogdan

World Fantasy is one of my favorite conventions, though I don’t get to attend every year; once I got there, it was great to catch up with many authors, editors, and friends in the SFF community, though there’s never enough time to see everyone. Two highlights of World Fantasy for me were the mass autographing session on Friday night—where some people actually turned up to talk to me and get their copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin signed!—and a panel on diversity in young adult fiction, my one official program for the con.

Photo by Al Bogdan

I’m still a little nervous on panels, even though all I’m doing is expressing my opinion on various topics (which I often do without any prompting), but it went really well, thanks to my fellow panelists (Cindy Williams Chima, Cheryl Rainfield, Megan Crewe, and Kathleen Sullivan), as well as a terrific audience–the intelligent, well-read, and passionate audience you hope for at events like this. Everyone contributed to a lively and respectful discussion of the importance of representing protagonists of different cultures, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations in young adult fiction. Cheryl wrote a detailed summary of the panel along with some book recommendations collected from panelists and readers in the audience. So yeah, I think I did all right on this one, and some people were kind enough to tell me so afterward.

Some Altered Fluid: (Clockwise) Mercurio D. Rivera, Rajan Khanna, E.C. Myers, K. Tempest Bradford, Matthew Kressel, Alaya Dawn Johnson. (Photo by Chris Cevasco)

Of course, there were many other memorable moments at WFC: an impromptu fiction reading by members of my writing group, Altered Fluid, in the soda room of the con suite (really); breakfast dim sum; a 3am expedition to get hot pot and tea; hallway conversations about Sleep No More; hanging out at the hotel bar with friends from Clarion West; the Clarion West party (featuring the class of 2012’s anthem, “Ready to Launch”); and every stolen moment with folks in the dealer room, halls, parties, and hotel rooms. And as always, it was great to meet online friends in person for the first time and make a lot of new friends at the con.

Photo by Joanne Levy

However, one of my favorite moments in Toronto didn’t occur at the con at all: a reading and signing at !ndigo Yorkdale. This event was as amazing as the circumstances that brought it about; Ross Armstrong, one of the booksellers at Yorkdale, decided to participate in the company’s “CEO 100” challenge by handselling 100 copies of Fair Coin. And he succeeded!

What. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

When I found out about it, I was flattered, impressed, and grateful, so I knew I had to visit the store while I was in town to thank the staff in person. I was honored to be invited there for an event–especially considering the guests they usually attract, authors like James Dashner, Cassandra Clare, and Libba Bray–and fortunately everyone’s schedules worked out to make it happen on relatively short notice. One of the best parts of being a published author is meeting teens who enjoyed Fair Coin, not to mention adult readers, parents, and booksellers. It was the perfect note to end my “book tour” on!

So if you happen to be in or around Toronto, Ontario, you can pick up signed copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin at !ndigo Yorkdale–the only book store offering them in all of Canada, which is a pretty big country. If you do stop by, say hi to Ross for me.

Ross and me. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

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