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Boskone 56 Schedule

The final schedule for Boskone 56, February 15-17, 2019 in Boston, is available! Here is where you will find me:


The Other Others in Urban Fantasy
3 PM, Harbor II

Urban fantasy sections in bookstores are filled with zombies, werewolves, and especially vampires (sparkly and otherwise) almost to the exclusion of other entities. Indeed, too many times those creatures define urban fantasy. But there are a plethora of other fantastical beings from the myths and legends of Europe — and every other continent. Authors like Seanan McGuire and Laura Anne Gilman revel in the variety, using it to populate the back streets of their chosen cities. Let’s join them (and our panelists) to explore the road less traveled.

Elwin Cotman, Nicholas Kaufmann, Clea Simon, John Langan, Leigh Perry (M)

The Life Cycle of a Book
4 PM, Lewis

Most of us just see the finished product on the shelf. However, there are lots of little (and big) steps associated with getting the book to the store. What’s the life cycle of a book, from submission to publication? It’s not as simple as “the author writes it, then the publisher prints it.” What are the direct, indirect, and associated steps involved in the production and publication process — from editing to marketing, selling, reviewing, reprinting, and more?

Gene Doucette, Andrea Corbin (M), Nicholas Kaufmann, LJ Cohen, Joshua Bilmes


Reading by Nicholas Kaufmann
3:30 PM, Griffin

Kaffeeklatsch — Horror in the Afternoon!
4 PM, Galleria – Kaffeeklatsch 1

Paul Tremblay, Nicholas Kaufmann


The New Doctor — Who?
11:00 AM, Marina 4

Back in 1981, Tom Baker suggested his successor be female. Almost 40 years later, we finally have Jodie Whittaker portraying the Thirteenth Doctor. How does her interpretation of the iconic Time Lord stand out from those of her predecessors’? After all the hype, has the first female Doctor actually changed the dynamics of the show? What are the high and low points of her tenure so far? Has the writing quality kept pace with this significant new development?

Dana Cameron, David McDonald, Jeanne Beckwith (M), Kenneth Schneyer, Nicholas Kaufmann

How to Survive a Horror Story
12:00 PM, Marina 4

Who knows better than a horror writer how to survive a horror story? Join he fun and “lively” conversation as our panelists discuss scenarios from horror novels and films as if they themselves were characters within the scenes. Will their special authorial insights keep them safe? Will they split up to look for the cat? What are they willing to do to survive (relatively) intact? Who dies first? Who lives to tell the tale?

Marshall Ryan Maresca (M), Barry Lee Dejasu, Nicholas Kaufmann, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Clarence Young

Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have books you’d like me to sign, please bring them along. I’m always happy to sign books!

Boskone Interview

There’s a mini interview with me over at the Boskone blog, in preparation for my appearance at Boskone 56.

Click here to read it. (You’ll need to scroll down on the page. My interview is sandwiched between interviews with agent Joshua Blimes and children’s book author Christine Taylor-Butler.)

Philcon 2018 Update

I’m very sorry to report that I will not be attending Philcon on Saturday as planned. Karen Heuler’s car was totaled by a falling branch during last night’s storm, and she was my ride. I have informed the programming staff. Sorry to miss everyone!

My Philcon 2018 Schedule

Who will I see at Philcon this weekend? I will only be there on Saturday. Here’s my schedule:

Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
Panelists: Nicholas Kaufmann (mod), Steve Vertlieb, Tony Finan, D.L. Carter, Eric Parmer, Stephanie Burke
What exactly is our fascination with dinosaurs, Godzilla, and other creatures that could step on us without noticing?

Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
Panelists: Erin M. Hartshorn (mod), Roberta Rogow, Nicholas Kaufmann, Elizabeth Crowens, Brenda W. Clough, Russ Colchamiro
A guide for horror and mystery writers. (Not murderers!)

Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
Panelists: Mark Singer (mod), Dina Leacock, Nicholas Kaufmann, Martin Berman-Gorvine, Karalyn Morris
A lot of imagery and scenarios that used to terrify people are viewed as laughable by more recent generations. Are there horrors that are truly timeless? How do you invoke them into the mind of the modern-day reader?

I hope you will come say hello!