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GenreCon 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 For Immediate Release

The Sarnia Library Presents: A Day With Authors GenreCon 2010

Sarnia, ON – GenreCon, a free literary convention featuring several mystery, science fiction, horror and fantasy authors, returns to Sarnia Library on Saturday, May 15, 2010.

Providing fans and local writers with the opportunity to talk with other genre fans and writers, GenreCon presents a wide range of panels on writing, reading and publishing genre fiction, including mystery, horror, fantasy and science fiction. There will also be panels on anime and manga, a free film program of anime movies on the big screen in the Library Theatre, book signings and books for sale.

GenreCon 2010 Presents Its Schedule of Events

o Creating a Character: a Mini Workshop – 10am -
o Meet and Greet the Authors Reception – 11am to 12pm.
o The Classics: What were the essential genre novels of the last 100 years? – 12 pm
o The Art of Novel Creation – 1pm
o "The Dragon and the Stars":– 2pm - a conversation with editor Eric Choi about his new book of science fiction and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese living outside of China.
o “A sense of place” – 3pm - How authors create settings for their work
o Offbeat! – 4pm - What makes a story offbeat? Can a writer choose to be offbeat?
o There will also be a film program in the theatre featuring the anime movies, "Paprika," at 10 am and "Millennium Actress" at 12 pm followed by a discussion of their director Satoshi Kon and his work at 3 pm.
o There will be a program of anime television episodes and discussions about anime and manga.
o Book signings and books for sale.
o Afterward, attendees will depart to Ups and Downs for an optional dinner. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Jeffrey Beeler if they intend to join dinner guests.

Seating is limited; please contact the Reference Department at 519 337-3291 to reserve your seat. The Sarnia Branch of the Lambton County Library is located at 124 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario, one hour northeast of Detroit, Michigan on I-94 and one hour west of London, Ontario on Highway 402. GenreCon is part of The Need to Read Festival.


At the age of 22, Pat Brown left London, Ontario for the good and bad streets of Los Angeles, California. After eight years there, she was left with a fascination for the darker side of life and the professionals who patrol those mean streets. She considers those eight years a lifetime's worth of experience that she writes about regularly in her novels. She is not afraid to explore the darker sides of her characters and the streets they inhabit, including the ones most people are afraid to walk down alone at night.

Eric Choi was the first recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award for his novelette "Dedication", which was subsequently published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. His other short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Northwest Passages (Windstorm), Space Inc. (DAW), Tales from the Wonder Zone (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), Northern Suns (Tor), Tesseracts6 (EDGE) and Arrowdreams (Nuage) as well as Science Fiction Age magazine. "Another's Treasure", his latest story, appears in the new anthology Footprints (Hadley Rille). His latest, with Derwin Mak as co-editor, is the anthology The Dragon and the Stars, the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese living outside of China, which will be published by DAW in 2010. An aerospace engineer by training, Eric has a bachelor's degree in engineering science and a master's degree in aerospace engineering, both from The University of Toronto, and an MBA from York University. He has worked on a number of space missions including the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite and the MOPITT instrument on the Terra satellite. In 2009, he was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency's astronaut recruitment campaign. He is currently Manager of Business Development at the space company COM DEV.

Suzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions, teaching her sons how to define infinity, and working in direct sales. When cornered she becomes fiercely Canadian. Her short fiction has appeared in Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Tesseracts 13. On LiveJournal she scribbles as canadiansuzanne. Read more at: www.suzannechurch.com.

Dennis Collins was born into a show business family in Detroit. His parents met while appearing on the same radio show. His mother was a singer from the Detroit area and his dad a musician from Toronto. After attending parochial schools, Dennis ventured into the automotive industry where he enjoyed a rewarding career as a Supervisor of Manufacturing Engineering. After retiring, he put his lifelong dream of becoming a writer into motion. Drawing on his experience as an adventurer, Dennis has been able to put realistic action into his novels and has drawn praise for the pace and sense of urgency in his writing. With two novels, The Unreal McCoy & Turn Left at September published and a third in the hands of an agent, Dennis is now concentrating on completing numbers four and five while compiling notes for a seventh book.

Jeff DeLuzio has written one book, Snow-Man's Land (1996), workshopped seven plays, and written a few hundred reviews and articles, many under the online pseudonym "Timeshredder." The name resulted from a bad webjoke in the 1990s and he is now stuck with it. He has been a panelist at several SF, fantasy, and literary events, and hopes to return to the writing of fiction with his nearly-completed novel, Worley. He lives and works in London, Ontario.

W.S. Gager has lived in West Michigan for most of her life except for stints early in her
career as a newspaper reporter and editor. Now she enjoys creating villains instead of crossing police lines to get the story. Her first book, A Case of Infatuation, was released last summer and the second in the Mitch Malone Mystery Series will be out this summer called A Case of the Accidental Intersection. An essay entitled "Running the Gauntlet" is featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad edition. She teaches English at a local college and is a soccer chauffeur for her children. During her driving time she spins webs of intrigue for Mitch Malone's next crime-solving adventure.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 11th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
This would be awesome if it wasn't the same weekend as Motor City Comic Con. ^^;;
May. 11th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I was wondering when that was.

Thanks for the info.
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