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WorldCon 2019 Schedule

This summer has been hyper-focused on travel for me, but I hadn’t been as active in posting my plans online — sorry about that! I’ve had a whirlwind last few weeks of travel from ReaderCon to the Cascade Writer’s Conference to RWA and now Dublin is just around the bend. I’ll be seeing authors and agents (or stopping by the various parties going on), but if you want to pin me down at specific points, here’s my panel schedule:

Everyone Is Invited – LGBTQIA+ in Comics
Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 1:30 – 2:40PM (13:30 – 14:20), Odeon 1 (Point Square Dublin)
Despite the lack of earlier representation, there have always been queer fans of and professionals in comics. Now with creators being more vocal and visible members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we’re seeing characters that don’t even need to come out, but are written and drawn with queer text rather than subtext. Let’s talk about what’s out there, where to find it, and what we’d all like to see more of!
Ms Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (The Daily Dot) (M), Jacq Applebee, Rosa Devine (Fighting Words), Diana M. Pho (Tor Books)

Gender and sexuality in YA
Format: Panel
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
Young adulthood is a formative time in many ways, but especially when it comes to gender and sexuality. Both topics have been increasing in interest and importance in YA books. How do our books reflect explorations of identity? Why is it important that they do so? Has this changed over time? And how can we approach these topics respectfully – and with an eye on intersectionality?
Sam Bradbury (Hodder & Stoughton) (M), Diana M. Pho (Tor Books), Victoria “V.E.” Schwab (Tor Books, Titan, HarperCollins, Scholastic), Rei Rosenquist, Rachel Hartman 

Kaffeeklatsch: Diana M. Pho
Format: Kaffeeklatsch
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 2:00 Pm – 2:50 PM (14:00 – 14:50), Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces there!

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My WorldCon 76 Schedule

My first WorldCon is just around the corner! Below is my schedule, and I’d like to give kudos to Mary Robinette Kowal and the rest of the WC team for all of their hard work with the programming overhaul.  I’m really excited to be on board on a wide range of panels. Agents & authors can reach out if you are interested in booking a meeting in my off-time.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

10 – 11 AM
Young Adult: Looking at the World Through a Skewed Lens (210E)
One of the key advantages that SFF has is allowing us to tip the real world to the side to expose the interconnective tissue. This is often a powerful lens for Young Adult authors. It allows them to obscure issues with fantastic set dressing. Our panelists look at what that skewed lens offers, be it fantasy, science fiction, steampunk or other genres. How does it affect the stories they can tell and the audiences they can attract? What are some of the best ways to leverage the skewed lens of SFF for a Young Adult audience?
Panelists: Diana M. Pho (M), Tina Connolly, Scott Sigler, Gail Carriger, Fonda Lee

5 – 6 PM
Kaffeeklatsch: Diana M. Pho
211B1 (San Jose Convention Center)
Pick my brain! Learn about books & other things!
For all kaffeeklatsches, you have to sign up the day of at the sign-up booth in the exhibit hall to reserve a spot.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

10 AM – 12 PM
Wild Cards Signing (San Jose Convention Center Autograph Area)
George R. R. Martin | Kevin Andrew Murphy | Melinda M. Snodgrass | Mary Anne Mohanraj | Marko Kloos | Caroline Spector | Walter Jon Williams | Saladin Ahmed
The long awaited reprint of Wild Cards VIII: One Eyed Jacks is now pubbed! You have an opportunity to get a copy while at Worldcon and to get autographs from many of the authors. This is a special group signing. Copies of the trade paperback will be available from Borderlands Books, in the Dealer’s area.  The authors will ONLY be signing Wild Cards books.

(I’ll be chilling there for the first half-hour)

11 AM – 12 PM
We Have Always Played Games: Women at the Gaming Table (210C)
The Fake Geek Girl is a harmful stereotype which has been used to make women feel unwelcome at the gaming table. This panel will tear apart that stereotype, and talk about all the ways in which women have contributed to the gaming world.
Panelists: Donna Prior (M), Marie Brennan, Diana M. Pho, Veronica Belmont, Erika Ensign

12 PM – 1 PM
Defining Steampunk (210F)
Is it artistically transformed carefully constructed Victorian clothing? Is it cunningly modified thrift store finds? Is it a fusion of Victorian elegance, pure fantasy, and steam-powered science-fictional engineering? Or is it any old thing that you just slapped a few gears on?
Panelists:  Elektra Hammond (M), Anastasia Hunter, William C. Tracy, Diana M. Pho, Jaymee Goh PhD

2 –  3PM
What’s Upcoming at Tor (210C)
Tor editors present recent and upcoming titles!
With Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Beth Meacham, Miriam Weinberg, Diana M. Pho, Carl Engle-Laird, Lindsey Hall, Lee Harris

7 PM – whenever?
phở with Pho (unofficial event)
San Jose has a vibrant Vietnamese community, so I’ll be in Little Saigon in pursuit of awesome phở ! Reach out for location & details.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH

8 – 10PM
Hugo Award Ceremony
In the Grand Ballroom.
I’ll be there, looking rad and fab. Come say hi!

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