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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Day Al-Mohamed

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Day Al-Mohamed 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 8:00 pm: Reading (Al-Mohammed) (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed
Saturday 5:00 pm: I Hate His/Her Politics But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Paolo Bacigalupi, David G. Hartwell, Larry Hodges, Natalie Luhrs, Sunny Moraine (M)
Should a personal evaluation of an author be separated from how you view his/her politics? Many people refused to see the movie Ender's Game because of Orson Scott Card's statements on homosexuality and other writers charge that political views influence award nominations and who is picked for con programming. Is this true and if so, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Saturday 10:00 pm: A Whiter Shade of Pale (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Shahid Mahmud, Emmie Mears, Sherin Nicole (M), A.C. Wise
The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. It wasn't that long ago that Justine Larbalestier had to protest the use of a white cover model to depict her mixed race protagonist. 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? Is the fear of getting it wrong overwhelming the desire to portray more diverse protagonists and non-Western settings?

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