The Penti-Con @ThePenti_Con

The Penti-Con is a comic-con style event that happens annually in Penticton. This year was the second year of the con but it’s already grown exponentially. They expanded from one day to two, and even had to change venues this year to accommodate. I was pleased to be part of last year, when I was […]

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Representation Matters

By Shaun David Hutchinson I tell stories because the real world sucked for me when I was a teen.  No.  Sucked doesn’t even begin to cover it.  The real world nearly killed me.  The real world told me that I was going to hell because I was gay.  It told me I would die of […]

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Don’t Romanticize Science Fiction: An Interview with Samuel Delany

By Adam Fitzgerald

Encountering Samuel R. Delany’s work, for me at least, can be described in two phases (more like paroxysms): the first is being so overcome by the true presence of a genius or polymath writer, the endless fertility and ease through which he has made each genre indelibly his own (science fiction, literary criticism, the short personal essay, the queer memoir, the travelogue, journal writing)—in short, Nobel be damned, we are living in the age of Delany’s life-changing, out-of-this-world work and the kind of reader/critic his writing calls into being, well, she may not exist quite yet. The second phase, no less intense than the first, is to refuse trying to categorize his black queer art because what he has done is, in fact, so much more interesting, diffuse and multifaceted than the rhetoric of genius, the confines of genre. Delany isn’t simply, or at all, a master of this or that form so much as he refuses everything straight white literary culture has been trying to niche and market all along.

Read the full article at Literary Hub.

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The Importance of Diversity in Libraries

By Karen Jensen

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative parts of our population, which is in no way true. This question came up multiple times regarding my recent series of posts on doing a collection diversity audit.

Read the full article at Teen Librarian Toolbox.

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#SpecWomenChat Podcast Episode 1: Women in Speculative Fiction

Welcome to our first live #SpecWomenChat Podcast!  In this monthly show, a panel of both indie and traditionally-published women speculative fiction authors will discuss issues about all things fantasy, science fiction, and issues of interest to women in the field.  Some of us you’ll have heard of, others will be new discoveries for many, but all of us are SFF authors.

Our first panel topic was “Women in Speculative Fiction,” where we discussed what inspired the hashtag, and what issues specifically face women in the SFF field.  Our first panelists were:

  • Cat Rambo, current President of the SFWA, shortlisted for the Endeavour Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award
  • Nancy Jane Moore, author of the science fiction novel, The Weave; the novellas Changeling and Ardent Forest; and the collections Conscientious Inconsistencies, Flashes of Illumination, and Walking Contradiction and Other Futures.
  • Katie Phillips (who writes under pen name Karis Waters), developmental fiction editor and writing coach specializing in empowering women writing spec fiction, managing editor of indie publisher Crosshair Press, creator of the #SpecWomenChat hashtag.

Scheduled to appear (but didn’t make it): Laura J. Mixon writes about the impact of technology and environmental changes on personal identity and social structures. Her work has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender. Under the pen name Morgan J. Locke, she is one of the writers for the group blog Eat Our Brains.  (Hugo Award Winner for Best Fan Writer 2015).

Show Notes:

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A Note: The automatic Closed Captioning is terrible. I’m working to fix it but it will take a few days. Please be patient with me, thanks!

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