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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Shahid Mahmud

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Shahid Mahmud 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 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace
Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What's worked for you? What hasn't? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you're publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?
Friday 9:00 pm: Don't Go There. Unless You Really Want To. (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, David G. Hartwell, Shahid Mahmud, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Taboo subjects in fantasy and science fiction. Are there any? What lines won't you cross? What lines should you cross?
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?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Bookstores: RIP or Not Dead Yet? (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, David G. Hartwell, Shahid Mahmud
With the growth of Amazon online, the demise of Borders, the shrinking of Barnes & Noble, the greatly diminished number of brick and mortar independent bookstores, and the rapid adoption of ebooks, does the traditional bookstore have a future? What is the role of bookstores in the age of instantly downloadable ebooks and Amazon Prime? Can we do anything to save the bookstore? Should we?

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