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Semi-Final Program Grid for Jean Marie Ward

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Jean Marie Ward may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 4:00 pm: Required reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, James Morrow, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Students are required to read many novels. Is this a good thing? Can High School students truly relate to the Joads? Does being forced to read hold back students?
Saturday 12:00 pm: Reviews, what are they good for? (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Brenda Clough, Gayle Surrette (M), Jean Marie Ward
They said what!?! What is the value of book blogs and review sites? Should you engage?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Romancing the Paranormal (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Sherin Nicole, Jean Marie Ward
Witches and werewolves and vampires in love. Why has paranormal romance become so popular? Is this a fad or a lasting subgenre? Have publishers started cutting back? How much romance needs to be in the book for it to be paranormal as opposed to urban/modern fantasy?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Has Steampunk gone mainstream? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Jonah Knight (M), Alan Smale, Elaine Stiles, Jean Marie Ward
New York editors are acting like gears and coal-fired engines are the new vampires. Has the genre become too popular--and is that a bad thing? And what exactly is steampunk and is it fantasy or science fiction?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, David Louis Edelman, Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Morgan Keyes, Dave Klecha, Jonah Knight, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.
Saturday 10:30 pm: I Swear It’s All True (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Panelists regal fans with their best “true” stories about things that happened to them. The moderator will give prompts, “Things that happened when I was supposed to be writing,” “Craziest thing that happened at a convention,” “Weirdest interaction with an editor or agent,” and “How I learned a lesson I’ll never forget.”
Sunday 11:00 am: WWI comeback (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D., Andrew Fox, John G. Hemry, Victoria Janssen (M), Jean Marie Ward
It has been nearly a hundred years since the War to end all wars, is this a setting that still has potential? Will the movie "War Horse" and the tv show "Downton Abbey" spark a new interest in fiction set during World War One?

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