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Preliminary Program Grid for Natalie Luhrs

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Natalie Luhrs 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: Romance and SF/F (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro, Natalie Luhrs, L. Penelope, Lezli Robyn, K.M. Szpara
A significant number of science fiction and fantasy books are reviewed in publications such as Romance Times and nominated for awards in the romance genre. Were the genre line distinctions always artificial? What are romance readers' expectations with respect to the plot and its resolution? HEA vs. the tragic romance. Is romance handled better or worse in YA SF/F? Are certain types of romance plots (such as first love) more likely to show up in YA?
Saturday 3:00 pm: I Hate His/Her Politics, But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Ron Garner, Natalie Luhrs, Shahid Mahmud, K.M. Szpara (M)
Should a personal evaluation of an author be separated from how you view his/her politics? Many people refused to see the movie Enders Game because of Orson Scott Cards 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?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Reading Outside Your Genre for SF/F Writers (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:M'Shai Dash, Scott Edelman (M), Natalie Luhrs
Panelists discuss the non-genre works that have influenced them and why it's important to read outside of genre.

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