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Semi-Final Program Grid for Michelle D. Sonnier

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Michelle D. Sonnier 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: The Darker Side of Fae (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Alethea Kontis, Michelle D. Sonnier (M), Jim Stratton, Jean Marie Ward
Not everyone can be Tinkerbell, sometimes the world is a little less clean and pure. Is the darker fae a return to time when the fae were strange and alarming?
Friday 6:00 pm: Reading: Michelle D. Sonnier (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier
Friday 8:00 pm: Grim or Grin? (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alma Katsu, Jason Jack Miller (M), Sherin Nicole, Michelle D. Sonnier
Why has entertainment become so dark, with even superhero movies going grim and gritty, Game of Thrones bringing new meaning to "disastrous wedding", and games becoming more violent? What does this say about society? Where's the comic relief?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Author's Table Saturday 4 (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier
Saturday 5:00 pm: The Evolution of Fantasy (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Val Griswold-Ford, Kathryn Morrow (M), Michelle D. Sonnier, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Dark fantasy, Urban fantasy, and Tolkien fantasy are just a few examples of modern genre writing. Trends and tastes change over time. A Song of Ice and Fire brought gritty fantasy to the forefront. Is the reading public ready to move on? And to what?
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 9:00 am: City Faerie Folk - Urban Fantasy in the Mainstream (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Patrick Scaffido, Michelle D. Sonnier
Once a fringe segment of genre writing, urban Fantasy has moved out front. It is growing in popularity. Who are the authors that are leading the charge? What is it about the writing that is drawing in the legions of fans? Does putting magic in the present day make it more mundane or all the greater for the contrast?
Sunday 10:00 am: The Princess and the Robot Frog (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Alma Katsu, Alethea Kontis (M), Michelle D. Sonnier
A discussion of classic fairy tales and how they influence writers. Why play with stories everyone already knows? What tales have been done the most/best?
Sunday 11:00 am: Taxonomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier, Jim Stratton, Leona Wisoker (M)
Fantasy covers a wide range of settings. What are some most vividly imagined fantasy settings? What do authors do to make them seem believable? And how do they keep them interesting by book 10?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Magic's Price (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, Val Griswold-Ford, Michelle D. Sonnier (M), Jim Stratton, Allen Wold
How do magic users tap mystical powers, and since there are no free lunches what is the price? What authors create the most interesting magical systems? What do authors do when the magic user becomes too powerful?

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