My Horrible August

by wjw on August 9, 2011


Lots of wonderful things are going to happen to me in August.  The problem is that they’re all going to happen in August.

This coming weekend, August 12-14, I will be at When Words Collide in Calgary, a brand-new literary SF convention, where I will be sharing Guest of Honor privileges with Jack Whyte, Rachel Caine, and Rob Sawyer.  I’ll also be running a writers’ workshop prior to the convention.   For any Albertans or others who may wish to meet me, I’ll include my schedule below.

Without stopping to pass Go, or for that matter New Mexico, I’ll be heading straight on from Canada to Renovation, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, in Reno, from August 17 to August 21.  My schedule is below, for anyone who might care to hang out or get a book signed.  (I recommend the Literary Beer.)

After this I’ll actually get to go home for a few nights before Bubonicon, August 26-28, which if not in my home town is at least in my home state.   I’ll post my schedule closer to the date.

And then I’ll be winging on to Atlanta for Dragon*Con, Sept 2.5, where I’ll be sharing the Peachtree State with 35,000 fans.

So yes, I’ll be involved in lots of terrific events in August— except that they’re all in August, which means I may be be an exhausted porridge-brained nincompoop before too many weeks are out.  And I may not be posting here much— or I may be posting here a lot, because I’ll just be in the mood to babble.

Here are my schedules for the next two cons.  First, lovely Calgary:

Foothills 1 & 2
Friday 7pm

Guest of Honour Keynote Talks
Randy McCharles; Rachel Caine; Walter Jon Williams; Brian Hades; Jack Whyte; Robert J. Sawyer
We‘ve given our guests twenty minutes each to discuss whatever their heart‘s desire. You‘ll also hear an introduction by our illustrious chairman but, let‘s face it, you really want to hear from the guests.

Saturday 11am

Kaffee Klatsch
Walter Jon Williams
Did you remember to sign up for a chat with Walter Jon Williams on Friday night? If not, there will be another chance on Saturday to sign up to sit and chat with Walter on Sunday.

Saturday 3 PM
Foothills 1
Walter Jon Williams

Sunday 10 AM
Foothills 1
It’s About The Writing
Neil Godbout; Faye Holt; Dan St. Yves; Walter Jon Williams
The hard work behind the “over night success”. Can you make it rich as a writer?

Walter Jon Williams Autographing
Visit our Merchant’s Corner to purchase Walter’s books then have him sign them (There doesn’t seem to be an actual time for this.  Maybe they’ll tell me when I should show up.)

And now the Worldcon:

Wed 12:00 – 12:45, Author in the Library: Walter Jon Williams (Reading), Sierra View Library (OFFSITE) Reading, autographing, Q&A with local public library community. Walter Jon Williams

Thu 13:00 – 14:00, Autographing: Thu 13:00 (Autographing), Hall 2 Autographs (RSCC) Walter Jon Williams

Fri 10:00 – 12:00, Writers Workshop, Section K (Workshop), Naples5 (Peppermill) All workshop sessions required advanced sign-up and are filled. Walter Jon Williams, David D. Levine

Fri 13:30 – 14:00, Reading: Walter Jon Williams (Reading), A15 (RSCC) Walter Jon Williams

Sat 15:00 – 16:00, Can Computers Think: Watson, Jeopardy, and the Future of AI (Panel), A03 (RSCC) Is your mobile phone smarter than you? Developments in artificial intelligence research. Walter Jon Williams (M), Bud Sparhawk John Wardale, John O’Halloran, David W. Goldman

Sat 16:00 – 17:00, Literary Beer: Sat 16:00 (Literary Beer), Hall 2 Bar (RSCC) Walter Jon Williams

Sun 11:00 – 12:00, Revolutions in SF, Fantasy, and the Real World (Panel), A03 (RSCC) Revolutions vary from the disparate traditional tropes of the French and American revolutions to non-violent revolution, The entrenched power may be colonial, class-based, or simply authoritarian. How well does SF & F represent the ideals and ambiguities of revolution, the need to rebuild, and the cultural stresses that result. Katy Stauber (M) Christopher Kastensmidt Bradford Lyau, Walter Jon Williams, Nick Mamatas

Sun 12:00 – 13:00, Wild Cards (Panel), A01+6 (RSCC) George R.R. Martin (M) Carrie Vaughn , Melinda M. Snodgrass, Ian Tregillis, Paul Cornell , Kevin A. Murphy, Daniel Abraham, David D. Levine, Walter Jon Williams , Ty Franck

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Oz August 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

you never babble. but yes, please post.

Michael Grosberg August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

If I were you, after I arrived in Calgary, I’d turn off my phone and just STAY THERE for the rest of August, then claim I was abducted by the Turkish intelligence or something.

Shash August 10, 2011 at 1:31 am

Calgary in August. Escape the sessions or insist that they be held outside.

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