Brandilyn Carpenter

Tweens Read Too: Middle Grade Books

Tweens Read Too: Middle Grade Books

Tweens felt the love of the YA track on Sunday at 10 am in Marriott A707. Guests were treated to the Middle Grade book recommendations made by panelists and authors Alison Cherry, Mari Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund, and Christine Taylor-Butler (not pictured), and moderator Casey Fiesler. For those not familiar with the term “Middle Grade,” it encompasses those books whose target… Read more →

Dragon Con 2019 Parade

Dragon Con 2019 Parade

Saturday at 10AM the annual Dragon Con parade kicked off. People lined the streets for hours beforehand to get good seats for the event everyone looks forward to each year. Attendees had a beautiful day to admire the amazing costumes that marched down the street for well over an hour. The parade featured special guests including Grand Marshal Mark Sheppard,… Read more →

The Intersection of Science and Fantasy: The Genetics of Harry Potter

The Intersection of Science and Fantasy: The Genetics of Harry Potter

How do we get half-blood wizards? How can two pure-blood wizards produce a squib? How do the Weasleys all have red hair? On Saturday afternoon in Marriott A601–602, the room next door to Mr. Barty Crouch, Jr. himself—as well as The Tenth Doctor, and most recently Good Omens’ Crowley— David Tennant, Duke University Professor of Biology, Ethan P. Spana, PhD… Read more →

When Stargates Collide, Hilarity Ensues

When Stargates Collide, Hilarity Ensues

On Saturday afternoon in the International Ballroom of the Marriott, there was a Stargate cast reunion of sorts. Ben Browder, star of seasons 9 and 10 of the flagship series, Stargate SG-1, was joined on stage by David Blue from the short-lived, but much-loved, Stargate Universe series, and Paul McGillion, from the run of Stargate: Atlantis. Military SciFi track director… Read more →

Panelists from YA of Yore panel

YA of Yore: Classics of YA Fantasy

Literature can endure for centuries or fade within moments. Sometimes, it takes a generation to appreciate what we had. Sometimes readers get to witness classics in the making—as in the case of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Love it or hate it, Harry Potter is the current standard by which YA literature popularity is measured. But what else should we—… Read more →

How Does Kryptonite Work? and Other Smallville Insights

If the title “Smallville Cast: Reunion of Lost Choices” makes you go “huh?” you are not alone. The personalities presented at 1PM on Saturday in the Hilton Grand Salon kept the audience in stitches but didn’t lend themselves to a sequential retelling of the stories. Moderator Thomas Parham’s introductions set the tone for the rest of the panel. Multiple-time guest… Read more →

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