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Thursday, October 8
 

12:00pm

Registration Check-In
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Thursday October 8, 2015 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium Lobby
 
Friday, October 9
 

7:00am

Registration Check-In
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Friday October 9, 2015 7:00am - 6:00pm
Auditorium Lobby

9:00am

Friday Morning Mainstage

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
avatar for Ana Adlerstein

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. 
avatar for M. T. Anderson

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 →
avatar for Paolo Bacigalupi

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 →
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

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 →
avatar for Steven Brust

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 →
avatar for Desiree Burch

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 →
avatar for Jacqueline Carey

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 →
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

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.
avatar for Leslie Datsis

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 →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

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 →
avatar for Joseph Fink

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.
avatar for Hank Green

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.
avatar for Kate Jones

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 →
avatar for Ben Lillie

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.
avatar for Téa Obreht

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 →
avatar for Darin Ross

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.
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

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 →
avatar for Paul Sabourin

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.
avatar for John Scalzi

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

9:00am

Vendor Room Open
Peruse the Vendor Room -- maybe buy some books, art, or merch and meet some really cool people who make some really cool things.

Friday October 9, 2015 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mezzanine Level

11:00am

Adaptation into Alternate Media: But They Changed the Thing I Love!
Hear from these authors about the rewards and challenges involved in the process of having their work adapted into another medium. We all know there are differences in written versus visual formats, but what stood out when seeing their own work changed? What did they learn as part of the process? 

Moderator
avatar for John Scalzi

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.

Featured Guests
avatar for Holly Black

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →
avatar for John Green

John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →
avatar for Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Auditorium

11:00am

So You Wanna Change the World: Activism & Narrative
Activist communities, much like storytellers, rely on empathy, engagement, and building a powerful narrative. It's no wonder story consumers are also so good at becoming passionately involved in social causes. These community builders discuss how their movements started, how they raise awareness, and how they help engage fans to do good in the world. 

Moderator
avatar for Desiree Burch

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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird is a speaker, video creator, transgender advocate, and wizard activist. He’s the Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), where he activates online fan communities towards social action. He regularly speaks about new media and fan activism at events including TEDx Women, MIT’s Futures of Entertainment, Book Expo America, and San Diego Comic-Con. He currently lives in New York City, where he hopes to one... Read More →
avatar for Maria Davis

Maria Davis

Maria Davis is the director and coordinator of Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization that brings geeks together to raise money for charity, particularly Heifer International. She's also worked with multiple local food non-profits, raising awareness and building communities around the local food economy. In addition to this, she runs a diversified, pasture-based livestock farm, and binge-watches Orphan Black.
avatar for Rosianna Halse Rojas

Rosianna Halse Rojas

Rosianna Halse Rojas has been making videos at youtube.com/rosianna since 2006, where she talks about the status of women online, becoming an adult, and the wonderful world of books. She has given a TEDx talk on the value of online communities and was one of 16 winners of the 2012 international YouTube NextVlogger competition. In 2013, her essay on standing up to online harassment was published in the Graduate Edition... Read More →
avatar for Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium 1

11:00am

Telling the Truth
It turns out it's not so easy. Does 'the truth' even exist? Can a fictional story have more truth than reality? Our panelists believe that story telling is one of the most effective and vital ways of conveying hard truths, but it's never simple.

Moderator
avatar for Hank Green

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.

Featured Guests
avatar for Ana Adlerstein

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. 
avatar for Paolo Bacigalupi

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 →
avatar for Leslie Datsis

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 →
avatar for Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, is the author of eight books of fiction and a chapbook, and the editor/co-editor of four fiction anthologies. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel "Midnight Robber" received Honorable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas prize for... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults.  She is currently serving as Young People's Poet Laureate and won the 2014 National Book Award for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium 3

11:00am

Signing: Patrick Rothfuss

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

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 →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

11:00am

Signing: Stephanie Perkins

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Hearing Is Believing: Stories You Consume With Your Ears
Podcasts and radio have skyrocketed back to popularity recently, so let's check in on the current state of these formats. What are the benefits or strengths of audio-only format? In some ways, it's an old school art form, so how has the high-def, technology-driven world changed it? Where is this medium going next?

Moderator
avatar for Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →

Featured Guests
avatar for Ana Adlerstein

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. 
avatar for Ben Lillie

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.
avatar for John Moe

John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books including the new The Deleted Emails of Hillary Clinton. He has hosted the national public radio shows Wits, Marketplace Tech Report, and Weekend America as well as co-hosting the popular Adventure Time podcast, Conversation Parade. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and The New York Times Magazine.
avatar for David Nadelberg

David Nadelberg

David Nadelberg is a writer, producer and host. He is best known as the creator of Mortified, a grassroots storytelling project where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids. Over the course of thirteen years, he grew Mortified into a “a cultural phenomenon” (Newsweek) that includes stage shows in over a dozen cities worldwide (LA to DC to Amsterdam), a series of books, a weekly podcast, and various film and TV... Read More →
avatar for Kate Rudd

Kate Rudd

Kate Rudd, winner of the 2013 Audie and Odyssey Awards for her narration of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and multiple Audiofile Magazine Earphones award recipient, has narrated over 250 titles across a variety of genres. Kate's most recent updates can be found on Twitter @katerudd.


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Auditorium 1

12:30pm

Honing Your Craft: Embettering Your Word-Doing
No one starts out as a perfect writer. So how do you learn to suck less? Our panelists will tell you how they have dealt with failure in their careers as writers, what they've learned from rejection, and how to turn those negative experiences into something useful.

Moderator
avatar for Holly Black

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →

Featured Guests
avatar for Paolo Bacigalupi

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 →
avatar for Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →
avatar for Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, is the author of eight books of fiction and a chapbook, and the editor/co-editor of four fiction anthologies. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel "Midnight Robber" received Honorable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas prize for... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Auditorium 3

12:30pm

Nerdfighter Q&A
Hank and John (or as John likes to say, John and Hank) answer real questions from real nerdfighters. Presented by secret sister Maureen Johnson. DFTBA!

Moderator
avatar for Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

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.
avatar for John Green

John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Auditorium

12:30pm

Signing: Maggie Stiefvater

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle, and the Michael L. Printz Honor book The Scorpio Races. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, her 1973 Camaro, and nine miniature silky fainting goats. She's also an artist and a musician. She likes things that go. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Signing: Patrick Rothfuss

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

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 →


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Signing: Paul & Storm

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

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 →
avatar for Paul Sabourin

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.


Friday October 9, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Connecting Through Stories: Communities and Fandom
Stories have always brought people together. How have these communities changed throughout history, and how will they continue to change in the digital age? 

Moderator
avatar for Leslie Datsis

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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

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 →
avatar for Paul DeGeorge

Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Golden Snitchwich, and orchestrated the 2012 Nerds for Obama campaign. He and his brother Joe also write and produce The Cephalopodcast, a podcast hosted by a lonely giant squid.
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Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey is the Director of Community Engagement for National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit that works to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world. Along with the rest of the NaNoWriMo staff and the 800 volunteers around the world she oversees, Sarah helps people discover that their stories matter. | | Sarah has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, volunteering for NaNoWriMo since 2003, and working... 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.


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium 1

2:00pm

The "So How Do You Make Your Money?" Panel
The financial life of the creative person is often unstable and unsettling. Learn the different ways (both newfangled and old-school) storytellers pay their bills both, and the benefits and drawbacks of each of these options. It might surprise you to find how this generation's creatives make it work.

Moderator
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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.

Featured Guests
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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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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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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.


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium 3

2:00pm

The Benefits of Diverse Stories
Storytelling uniquely allows us to empathize with diverse viewpoints. By giving insight into marginalized perspectives, it can encourage us to become better and more understanding people. Why is this important for a storyteller, an audience, and for society? What are the unique challenges in bringing this type of work to life?


Moderator
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Liz Hara

Liz Hara is a writer, builder, and puppeteer.  She and her team won the 2015 Emmy Award for their Costume Design on Sesame Street.  She currently works for Sesame as a puppet builder and wrangler, and began writing for the show in Season 46.  She has written other children’s entertainment for Nickelodeon and PBS, including the new science curriculum show Nature Cat.   | | Liz creates her own work, which has been... Read More →

Featured Guests
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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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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →
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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults.  She is currently serving as Young People's Poet Laureate and won the 2014 National Book Award for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Auditorium

2:00pm

Signing: John Scalzi

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Signing: Maggie Stiefvater

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle, and the Michael L. Printz Honor book The Scorpio Races. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, her 1973 Camaro, and nine miniature silky fainting goats. She's also an artist and a musician. She likes things that go. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Signing: Matt De La Peña

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Signing: Paolo Bacigalupi

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 →


Friday October 9, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

3:30pm

Friday Afternoon Mainstage

Hosted by Darin Ross & Maggie Stiefvater

  • Why Stories Matter - Sarah Mackey
  • What’s in My Mouth? Challenge - Dylan Marron, Meg Bashwiner, Darin Ross, Kate Jones
  • Juvenilia - Matt de la Pena, Holly Black, Mara Wilson, Dave Nadelberg
  • A Talk About Science - Hank Green, Ben Lillie
  • Harry & the Potters Performance - Joe & Paul DeGeorge

Featured Guests
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Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
avatar for Holly Black

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →
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Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge is a professional wizard impersonator. He works closely with his brother Paul on many endeavors, one of which is the Cephalopodcast.  Joe's interests include but are not limited to punk stuff, saxophone, and Marxism. Currently Joe is accepting submissions for a zine analyzing the major motion picture "Minions" as a collectivist narrative against the backdrop of of global capitalism and materialism that it exists in. If... Read More →
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Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Golden Snitchwich, and orchestrated the 2012 Nerds for Obama campaign. He and his brother Joe also write and produce The Cephalopodcast, a podcast hosted by a lonely giant squid.
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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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Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey is the Director of Community Engagement for National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit that works to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world. Along with the rest of the NaNoWriMo staff and the 800 volunteers around the world she oversees, Sarah helps people discover that their stories matter. | | Sarah has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, volunteering for NaNoWriMo since 2003, and working... Read More →
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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →
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David Nadelberg

David Nadelberg is a writer, producer and host. He is best known as the creator of Mortified, a grassroots storytelling project where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids. Over the course of thirteen years, he grew Mortified into a “a cultural phenomenon” (Newsweek) that includes stage shows in over a dozen cities worldwide (LA to DC to Amsterdam), a series of books, a weekly podcast, and various film and TV... Read More →
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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la... 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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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle, and the Michael L. Printz Honor book The Scorpio Races. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, her 1973 Camaro, and nine miniature silky fainting goats. She's also an artist and a musician. She likes things that go. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Main Auditorium

5:30pm

Signing: Dessa Darling

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: Holly Black

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Holly Black

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: Tea Obreht

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 →


Friday October 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: Welcome to Night Vale

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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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Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

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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Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
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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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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

6:00pm

Live Superfight
Superfight is a card game that’s all about arguing your way through ridiculous fights. Players are given cards with choices of characters and attributes to use to create their fighter, then must convince everyone else why they would win in a fight against another player’s fighter. But not all of the attributes are good, and not all of the characters are strong, so imagination, persuasion, and storytelling skills will be your real weapons in most fights. Watch these masters of storytelling battle it out to see who can spin the better fighting yarn!

Moderator
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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.

Featured Guests
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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 →
avatar for Desiree Burch

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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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →
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Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey is the Director of Community Engagement for National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit that works to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world. Along with the rest of the NaNoWriMo staff and the 800 volunteers around the world she oversees, Sarah helps people discover that their stories matter. | | Sarah has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, volunteering for NaNoWriMo since 2003, and working... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Main Auditorium

6:00pm

Storytelling Circle

Come sit in a circle with your fellow attendees and swap true stories based on the same theme, or just listen! From a first time teller to a seasoned professional--anyone is welcome! The story circle is the perfect place to make new friends, dive into public storytelling, and try something a little bit different. 

THEME: Firsts

Story Limit: 6 minutes


Moderator
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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 →

Friday October 9, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mezzanine Lobby

7:00pm

The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Join Patrick Rothfuss, Mary Kowal, Hank Green, Paul Sabourin, Joseph Fink, and Maureen Johnson as they each tell an improvised story about their past adventures while being helped (and hindered) by suggestions from their fellow storytellers. Chaos will ensue, and a good time will be had by all.

Moderator
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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 →

Featured Guests
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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.
avatar for Hank Green

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.
avatar for Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other... 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.


Friday October 9, 2015 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Main Auditorium

8:00pm

Open Mic
Got a story to share? A poem, song, interpretive dance, or maybe some jokes? We're looking for attendees to show us what they've got! You'll be able to sign up for a 5 minute slot at the convention, at the Info Desk.

Hosted by Leslie Datsis! 

Moderator
avatar for Leslie Datsis

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 →

Friday October 9, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Main Auditorium
 
Saturday, October 10
 

8:00am

Registration Check-In
Come check in for the event! Bring your ID or a printed out copy of your ticket.

Saturday October 10, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium Lobby

9:00am

Saturday Morning Mainstage

Hosted by Kevin R Free & Meg Bashwiner

  • Why Stories Matter - John Green
  • Rapid-Fire Q&A - John Scalzi, John Moe, Stephanie Perkins, Lev Grossman, Joseph Fink, Mara Wilson, Tea Obreht, Rainbow Rowell, the Giant Squidstravaganza
  • Musical Performance - Steven Brust
  • Poetry Reading - Kevin R Free, Jeffrey Cranor, Dessa Darling
  • Why Stories Matter - Dylan Marron

Featured Guests
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... 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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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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Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →
avatar for Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge is a professional wizard impersonator. He works closely with his brother Paul on many endeavors, one of which is the Cephalopodcast.  Joe's interests include but are not limited to punk stuff, saxophone, and Marxism. Currently Joe is accepting submissions for a zine analyzing the major motion picture "Minions" as a collectivist narrative against the backdrop of of global capitalism and materialism that it exists in. If... 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.
avatar for Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
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John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother... Read More →
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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →
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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →
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John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books including the new The Deleted Emails of Hillary Clinton. He has hosted the national public radio shows Wits, Marketplace Tech Report, and Weekend America as well as co-hosting the popular Adventure Time podcast, Conversation Parade. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and The New York Times Magazine.
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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 →
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.
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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.
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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Main Auditorium

9:00am

Vendor Room Open
Peruse the Vendor Room -- maybe buy some books, art, or merch and meet some really cool people who make some really cool things.

Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mezzanine Level

11:00am

Life Online: Putting the Meme in Memoir
Social media has allowed a different kind of relationship between creators and their audiences. Where is the best place to draw the line when sharing your personal life online? When so many people are sharing very personal information, what is the result?

Moderator
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →

Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

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.
avatar for John Moe

John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books including the new The Deleted Emails of Hillary Clinton. He has hosted the national public radio shows Wits, Marketplace Tech Report, and Weekend America as well as co-hosting the popular Adventure Time podcast, Conversation Parade. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and The New York Times Magazine.
avatar for John Scalzi

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.
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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle, and the Michael L. Printz Honor book The Scorpio Races. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, her 1973 Camaro, and nine miniature silky fainting goats. She's also an artist and a musician. She likes things that go. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium 3

11:00am

No Pressure: How to Keep Creating Once You've Technically Succeeded
Only rarely do people talk about the struggles that come after "making it" as a creative professional, or experiencing a different level of professional success. Panelists will share war stories and talk about the lesser-known problems that complicate their lives as they transition through different stages of their careers.

Moderator
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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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Dessa Darling

Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →
avatar for John Green

John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother... Read More →
avatar for Téa Obreht

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 →
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Auditorium

11:00am

The Art of Performing: Doing Your Thing in Front of People
Performing is a different kind of storytelling experience. Since it's non-permanent, it can change from performance to performance, or be influenced by the audience. And yet for these masters of the stage - whether song, drama, or comedy - that's what makes it a great and challenging art form. 

Moderator
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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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
avatar for Desiree Burch

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 →
avatar for Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium 1

11:00am

Signing: Holly Black

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

11:00am

Signing: Lev Grossman

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

11:00am

Signing: Mara Wilson

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

11:00am

Signing: Stephanie Perkins

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Is This a Kissing Book?: Writing Sex
Sex can be a touchy subject (get it?) but it is of course necessary in order for humans to keep making more humans. However, many writers who include it in their work receive significant backlash from the public. What makes a sex scene effective? Why is it important to de-stigmatize sex in stories? How far is too far, and where should we draw the line?

Moderator
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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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

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 →
avatar for Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Auditorium 1

12:30pm

Once More With Feeling: Storytelling Through Song
There is no right way or wrong way to write a song and each songwriter has their own process. Listen as our panel of songwriters dissect and discuss their personal methods for crafting the perfect song and whether songwriters write for themselves or their audiences.

Moderator
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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.

Featured Guests
avatar for Steven Brust

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 →
avatar for Dessa Darling

Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →
avatar for Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge is a professional wizard impersonator. He works closely with his brother Paul on many endeavors, one of which is the Cephalopodcast.  Joe's interests include but are not limited to punk stuff, saxophone, and Marxism. Currently Joe is accepting submissions for a zine analyzing the major motion picture "Minions" as a collectivist narrative against the backdrop of of global capitalism and materialism that it exists in. If... Read More →
avatar for Storm DiCostanzo

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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Auditorium 3

12:30pm

Welcome to Night Vale Panel and Q&A
Learn about the behind the scenes process and how Welcome to Night Vale has changed over its run. The brains behind this wildly successful podcast are here to tell you all about it as well as answer audience questions. 

Moderator
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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 →

Featured Guests
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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 →
avatar for Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
avatar for Desiree Burch

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 →
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

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.
avatar for Joseph Fink

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.
avatar for Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Auditorium

12:30pm

Signing: Hank Green

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Hank Green

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.


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Signing: Mary Robinette Kowal

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

12:30pm

Signing: Rainbow Rowell

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

But It's Just a Story: The Moral Responsibility of the Storyteller
Books are banned and movies are rated with the understanding that information, ideas, and narratives are occasionally dangerous. What responsibility, if any, do storytellers have to their audiences? Is it our job to inform, to educate, to preach? Or is it hubris to assume a narrative can influence people at all? Join us for discussion, friendly disagreement, and potential descent into an ethical quagmire from which we may not emerge unscathed.

Moderator
avatar for Patrick Rothfuss

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 →

Featured Guests
avatar for Paolo Bacigalupi

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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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →
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Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, is the author of eight books of fiction and a chapbook, and the editor/co-editor of four fiction anthologies. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel "Midnight Robber" received Honorable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas prize for... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium 3

2:00pm

Serial Storytelling: The Return
Serial storytelling unfolds bit-by-bit in a sequential and episodic fashion. Whether in video, podcasting, graphic novels, fanfiction, or writing, there's no better way to get an audience coming back for more. Listen to our panelists discuss the unique challenges and benefits of this old format that's seen a new life in the digital age. 

Moderator
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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.

Featured Guests
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Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest and she will be writing the new Lucifer series for DC Comics. She has been a a finalist for an Eisner... Read More →
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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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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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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.


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Auditorium

2:00pm

Tropes, Misinformation, and Stereotypes: How to Identify & Avoid When Writing Outside Your Experience
Frequently the thing that can screw a writer up most is the thing they think they know. When writing outside your experience, these inherited bits of misinformation can creep into your fiction without your awareness. How do you spot your own blind spots and prevent yourself from perpetuating stereotypes by accident?

Moderator
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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other... Read More →

Featured Guests
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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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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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Liz Hara

Liz Hara is a writer, builder, and puppeteer.  She and her team won the 2015 Emmy Award for their Costume Design on Sesame Street.  She currently works for Sesame as a puppet builder and wrangler, and began writing for the show in Season 46.  She has written other children’s entertainment for Nickelodeon and PBS, including the new science curriculum show Nature Cat.   | | Liz creates her own work, which has been... Read More →
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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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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle, and the Michael L. Printz Honor book The Scorpio Races. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, her 1973 Camaro, and nine miniature silky fainting goats. She's also an artist and a musician. She likes things that go. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium 1

2:00pm

Signing: Hank Green

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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.


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Signing: Jacqueline Carey

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

2:00pm

Signing: Rainbow Rowell

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.


Saturday October 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Signing Room

3:30pm

Saturday Afternoon Mainstage

Hosted by Paul & Storm

  • Why Stories Matter - Desiree Burch
  • Mock Debates - John Scalzi, Kevin R. Free, Sarah Mackey, Storm DiCostanzo, Dessa Darling, Mara Wilson, Jackson Bird, Rainbow Rowell
  • NerdCon: Stories Mad Libs - Tea Obreht, Pat Rothfuss
  • Why Stories Matter - Ana Adlerstein
  • Puppet Adventure - Mary Robinette Kowal, John Scalzi, Pat Rothfuss, Cecil Baldwin, Hank Green, Matt de la Pena, Desiree Burch, Ana Adlerstein, Cast of Senseless
  • Musical Performance - Paul & Storm

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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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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Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird is a speaker, video creator, transgender advocate, and wizard activist. He’s the Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), where he activates online fan communities towards social action. He regularly speaks about new media and fan activism at events including TEDx Women, MIT’s Futures of Entertainment, Book Expo America, and San Diego Comic-Con. He currently lives in New York City, where he hopes to one... 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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Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... 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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Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
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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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Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other... Read More →
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Sarah Mackey

Sarah Mackey is the Director of Community Engagement for National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit that works to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world. Along with the rest of the NaNoWriMo staff and the 800 volunteers around the world she oversees, Sarah helps people discover that their stories matter. | | Sarah has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, volunteering for NaNoWriMo since 2003, and working... Read More →
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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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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two award-winning picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la... Read More →
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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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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.
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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.
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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Main Auditorium

5:30pm

Signing: John Moe

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books including the new The Deleted Emails of Hillary Clinton. He has hosted the national public radio shows Wits, Marketplace Tech Report, and Weekend America as well as co-hosting the popular Adventure Time podcast, Conversation Parade. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and The New York Times Magazine.


Saturday October 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: M.T. Anderson

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: Maureen Johnson

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, which she prefers not to discuss on account of the... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

5:30pm

Signing: Steven Brust

Attendees can start lining up no more than 1 hour prior to the signing session start time. Each signing session has a corresponding section of chairs - please fill in every seat. Ask a Volunteer if you have any questions.

Featured Guests are only able to meet a limited number of attendees. Volunteers will indicate when a signing is full. A few Featured Guests are doing more than one signing session, so please check the schedule.

When you meet the Featured Guest, please be mindful of the time constraints and respect the other people in line with you so as many attendees as possible can participate.

Enjoy! Have fun!


Featured Guests
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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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Signing Room

6:00pm

The Harry Potter Alliance's 10th Birthday Party
 On October 10th, 2005, the Harry Potter Alliance held its first-ever event in Somerville, Massachusetts. Now, ten years later - and with the support of many people in the NerdCon: Stories community - the HPA has grown to a global organization with accomplishments under its belt such as sending five cargo planes of disaster relief supplies to Haiti, donating over 250,000 books around the world, and getting Warner Bros. to make all Harry Potter chocolate ethically sourced.

Come celebrate ten years of the HPA using fandom to make the world a better place and learn how to get involved for the next ten. Recommended attire: dress robes and/or party hats.

Saturday October 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mezzanine Lobby

7:00pm

Open Mic
Got a story to share? A poem, song, interpretive dance, or maybe some jokes? We're looking for attendees to show us what they've got! You'll be able to sign up for a 5 minute slot at the convention, at the Info Desk.

Hosted by Dessa Darling 

Moderator
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Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Auditorium

8:30pm

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Presented by the New York Neo-Futurists

The New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of wild-ly productive writer/director/performers who create non-illusory theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper. Their ongoing, ever-changing show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, features 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, performed in a random order with new plays every week. TMLM.t.BGB has been running in NY since 2004 (with nearly 4,000 original short plays performed). 

Featured Guests
avatar for Cecil Baldwin

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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Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
avatar for Desiree Burch

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 →
avatar for Jeffrey Cranor

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.
avatar for Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
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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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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Main Auditorium