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Friday, October 9 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Friday Morning Mainstage

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Hosted by Desiree Burch & Kate Jones

  • Welcome to NerdCon: Stories - Hank Green
  • Why Stories Matter - Paul Sabourin
  • Who Said That? - Jacqueline Carey, Joseph Fink, M.T. Anderson, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Fortunately/Unfortunately - Ana Adlerstein, MT Anderson, Jacqueline Carey, Ben Lillie, Steven Brust, Leslie Datsis, Kate Jones
  • Celebrity Artemis - Pat Rothfuss (Captain), Darin Ross, John Scalzi, Jacqueline Carey, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Why Stories Matter - Storm DiCostanzo

Featured Guests
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Ana Adlerstein

Ana Adlerstein is a story producer with WNYC/NPR’s Snap Judgment. Before coming to Snap, she worked at The Moth, where she helped with live show production and assisted editing their book of top stories. In addition, she is a dedicated SF bay area fish monger, manages a scholarship program on the largest island on Lake Victoria, Kenya, and really loves hitchhiking. 
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M. T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson is the author of the satirical sci-fi novel FEED, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the two-part Gothic novel THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION, the first volume of which won the National Book Award, the second volume of which was a Printz Honor Book. He is the author of two rip-snorting adventure series for younger readers: the... Read More →
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Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi is probably best known for his debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL, which was as named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Internationally, it has won the Seiun Award (Japan), The Ignotus Award (Spain), The Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis (Germany), and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (France). | | He went on to write his debut young... Read More →
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Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is also an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind as well as Drama Desk nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol. 2. Cecil has performed at The Shakespeare Theatre DC, Studio Theatre (including the world premier production of Neil Labute’s... Read More →
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Steven Brust

Steven Brust, PJF, is an author notable enough to meet Wikipedia's standards for an entry, yet not impersonated often enough to be verified by Twitter. He has published more than 20 novels and has had the honor of collaborating with Megan Lindholm, Emma Bull, and Skyler White. His books are awesome, but like a true man of letters, his talents are numerous. Steve can also play drum and guitar, and he can sing. He has a solo album out and plays... Read More →
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Desiree Burch

Desiree Burch is a New York to London transplant. She is a solo performance artist, comedian, writer, actress and speaker. Desiree’s work investigates raw humanity through risk-taking performances that combine comedy, poetic intimacy and audience participation. | | Desiree’s earned a B.A. in theater from Yale University and continued her theater education as a participant in New York City’s vibrant downtown/alternative... Read More →
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Jacqueline Carey

New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China to date. She... Read More →
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Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor is coauthor of the podcast (and forthcoming novel) Welcome to Night Vale. He also co-creates dance pieces with choreographer/wife Jillian Sweeney and super-short theater pieces with the New York Neo-Futurists. He lives in New York.
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Leslie Datsis

Leslie Datsis runs One Time Stories, a video project that shares stories by artists, writers, YouTube creators, and others based on different themes. OTS and its active community of viewer-contributors serves as a reminder that anyone and everyone has exciting, meaningful stories to share. | | Leslie is also an active member of the YouTube community and has created storytelling vlogs since 2008 on her channel lesliefoundhergrail. She was... Read More →
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Storm DiCostanzo

Storm DiCostanzo is one half of the music/comedy duo Paul and Storm, and was one quarter of the a cappella group Da Vinci's Notebook. He also co-produces the nerd variety show w00tstock, JoCo Cruise, and does a bunch of other reasonably interesting stuff. He's also a dilettante fiction writer whose creative fruits only occasionally stumble out of their cave. Storm also enjoys mixing metaphors. Not that an anthropomorphic fruit cave couldn't be... Read More →
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Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, and the co-author of the about to be released Welcome to Night Vale novel.
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Hank Green

Hank Green makes YouTube videos on the Vlogbrothers, SciShow, and Crash Course channels. He and his brother John came up with the idea for NerdCon: Stories in the first place.
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Kate Jones

Kate Jones is a writer, performer, host, wedding officiant and stand-up comedian from New Jersey. She is a member of the Neo-Futurists and performed in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kate was in the cast of The Big Quiz Thing, in Nickelodeon's Grown-Up Words, presented at Nerdnite New York, performed in the 2013 Providence Improv Festival and was a founding member of the Baltimore... Read More →
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Ben Lillie

Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York's theater district. He is the co-founder and artistic director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Moth StorySLAM champion and has written for The Atlantic Tech, Slate, and TED.com.
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Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht's debut novel The Tiger’s Wife won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire and The Guardian. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. In 2013, she was the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellow... Read More →
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Darin Ross

Darin is the creator of the storytelling project Find the Starlight and the party games Superfight and Red Flags. His work can be found at FeatherAndMatch.com.
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Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents. After nine years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he accidentally had enough credits to graduate with an English degree.  Patrick then went to grad school.  He’d rather not talk about it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published and met with surprising success. In the years since, it has been translated into 30 languages, won all manner of... Read More →
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Paul Sabourin

Paul Sabourin is one half of the comedy/music duo Paul and Storm. He has written six internationally-bestselling YA novels. One out of every three sentences in his bio is false.
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi writes science fiction. He like pie. HE BREATHES FIRE. One of these previous statements is false. Which one might surprise you.


Friday October 9, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Main Auditorium

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