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Semi-Final Program Grid for Jon Skovron

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Jon Skovron 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 6:00 pm: Buffy and Ripley and Honor Harrington - Women of SF/Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Sherin Nicole, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove (M)
She's got a big sword and knows how to use it. That's good enough, isn't it? A discussion of truly well written female leads and why they have become so popular recently.
Friday 9:00 pm: J. K. Rowling Wrote an Adult Mystery (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, Betsy A. Riley, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Jon Skovron
Why do authors switch genres or markets and how does it affect their career? Do they need a different pen name for each new genre? Is it better to focus on getting good at writing one genre or experiment? What are the reasons authors write outside the areas for which they are best known?
Saturday 11:00 am: Best YA Besides Me (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause (M), Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
Who's hot in YA besides me. There are a huge number of YA titles being released, who are some new go to authors? What types of YA books are hot.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Doctor Who (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Victoria Janssen (M), Kathryn Morrow, Hildy Silverman, Jon Skovron
Doctors have become more emotional. Peter Capaldi is the 12th doctor, what adventures will he have? Will the BBC accept a different kind of Doctor? One of color, female, or transgender?
Saturday 5:00 pm: White Out (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Philippa Ballantine, Sherin Nicole (M), Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
LeGuin complained that many Earthsea covers whitewashed the characters (as did the SciFi movie). The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, Eric Bakutis, Philippa Ballantine, Matt Betts, Matt Bishop, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox, Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Laura Anne Gilman, John G. Hemry, Alma Katsu, Annette Klause, John Edward Lawson, Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Marianne Mancusi, George R.R. Martin, James Maxey, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Michelle D. Sonnier, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Michael Swanwick, Michael A. Ventrella, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker, K. Ceres Wright
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 10:00 am: Communicating with a Middle Grade and/or YA Fan Base (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Jon Skovron (M)
How is communicating with younger readers different from communicating with adults?  Are the differences significant?  How does one's online presence differ  when dealing with younger readers, e.g. what's the best form of social media to use.  Does the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act come into play at all? How does one go about making school appearances?
Sunday 2:30 pm: Reading: Jon Skovron (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Jon Skovron

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