Oct. 17th, 2012

starlady: (coraline)
I spent the weekend in Stevenson, Washington with a wonderful (and nearly 25% larger) group of people at Sirens, a conference for women in fantasy literature, and as usual, I had a wonderful time. Although I liked the previous hotel a little bit more, I really appreciated being able to breathe normally the entire time, and this was another year of interesting discussions, thought-provoking panels, and remarkably egalitarian socializing. I met a lot of awesome people, both writers and not, and I can't wait to go back next year.

The 2013 theme is Reunion, and the Guests of Honor are Alaya Dawn Johnson, Ellen Kushner, Robin LaFevers, and Guadalupe Garcia McCall. It should be a really awesome time, and I hope you can join us! Until November 1, you can use this link to register for the discounted price of $165, which is a subsidized cost that includes four meals and all the tea, coffee, and hot cocoa you could want, as soon as the hotel staff get around to refilling the carafes. I also want to say, having heard both Nalo Hopkinson and Malinda Lo as Guests of Honor at other Bay area cons this year (FOGcon 2 and MythCon 43, respectively), that I am firmly convinced that the SIrens programming format forces guests of honor to say things that are less superficial and more interesting than other cons, which I really appreciate.

One thing that makes the Narrate conferences great is the vast amounts of background reading the staff are required to do; I've taken the liberty of following [personal profile] thistleingrey's lead in copying the 2013 Sirens list from [livejournal.com profile] praetorianguard's post: I've bolded the books I've read (and because I'm a bit vain about my taste, I've linked my reviews), and italicized the books I have sitting on my shelves to be read.

Sirens 2013 list )