2013 Schedule

This schedule is currently tentative. We will post any changes here, and announcements of changes on our Facebook and Twitter. Please check the Dragon*Con app and the Daily Dragon during the con for updates as well.

All events are in Marriott A707 unless noted otherwise.

Friday

10:00am
An Hour with Tonks (Grand Ballroom East, Hilton) – Come and meet Natalia Tena, best known for her portrayal of Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter movies.

11:30am
SF Crossovers – Adult SF for the discriminating teen. YA SF for the “adult” SF fan (in conjunction with the SF Lit Track).  Panelists: Jana Oliver, Timothy Zahn, Jonathan Maberry, Susan Fichtelberg, E. C. Myers

1:00pm
Shadowhunters and Downworlders: City of Bones – A discussion of the first of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series, City of Bones. SPOILER ALERT: Only the first book will be discussed.  Panelists: Tracy A. Akers, Diana Peterfreund, Michelle Hodkin, Elizabeth Norris, Leah Wilson

2:30pm
Secondary Characters in The Hunger Games: Beyond Katniss, Peeta, & Gale (Hanover C-E, Hyatt) – Even the minor characters are well-drawn enough to inspire strong feelings. From other tributes to Capitol-dwellers, who do you love? Love to hate? Panelists: M. B. Weston, David Macinnis Gill, Beth Revis, Janine K. Spendlove, Georgia McBride, Leah Wilson

4:00pm
Lev Grossman’s J.K. Rowling Missing Interview (International North, Hyatt) – Lev Grossman exclusively interviewed JK Rowling on Harry Potter for Time Magazine. Come hear the gory details.

5:30pm
YA Short Fiction – Often short stories fill the gaps in between novels, or offer new character insights. Here’s how YA authors craft these bite-sized tales. Panelist: Eugie Foster, Alethea Kontis, Cinda Williams Chima, Beth Revis, Sarah J. Maas

7:00pm
Fan Works and Beyond: Taking it to the Next Level – YA fan inspiration has evolved beyond fanfic and fanart. From Wizard Rock to fan musicals, Wattpad to Kindle Worlds. Come discuss the next wave! Panelists: Janine K. Spendlove, Scott Vaughn (The Blibbering Humdingers), Georgia McBride, Amy Martin, Casey Fiesler

8:30pm
Vampires vs. Werewolves – Which is more awesome: vampires or werewolves? Dear reader, you must choose a side in this hilarious debate. Panelists: M. B. Weston, Clay & Susan Griffith, Mari Mancusi, Debbie Viguié, Lucienne Diver, Bonnie Kunzel

10:00pm
Are You a Death Eater? – Atlanta HP hosts a Harry Potter-themed mafia-style game. See website for rules, bring friends, or make new ones!

Saturday

11:30am
Advice for Young Writers – So you’re a teenager or young person who has a story to tell. Come hear some advice from seasoned writers about how to get your start. Panelists: Todd McCaffrey, Susan Dennard, Susan Chang, Rachel Hartman, Alan Gratz

1:00pm
Book Club: Fair Coin by E.C. Myers – Fair Coin won the Andre Norton Award for Best YA Book of 2013. Let’s read it before the con and come ready to discuss it with the author. Panelist: E.C. Myers

2:30pm
An Hour with Tonks (Imperial Ballroom, Marriott) – Come and meet Natalia Tena, best known for her portrayal of Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter movies.

4:00pm
LGBTQ in YA  – Are the portrayals of gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgendered, and questioning teens realistic? Audience participation encouraged. Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Elliot, Nessa Warin

5:30pm
The Last Unicorn – with Live Author Commentary! (International North, Hyatt) – A viewing of the classic 1982 Last Unicorn film, with live commentary from the novel’s author, Peter S. Beagle. Note that this session will run long.

8:30pm
Historical Fiction & Steampunk in YA: Not Just Gears & Goggles – From Victorian London to the roaring 20’s in New York, YA novels cover a lot of ground. What’s your favorite time period to read about? Panelists: Kathryn Hinds, Sonia Gensler, Susan Dennard, Emilie P. Bush, Alan Gratz, Robin Bridges

10:00pm
Dark Themes in YA – Murder & mayhem, the end of the world & the things that go bump in the night. YA can get dark—let’s discuss why we love it. Panelists: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry, Sonia Gensler, Michelle Hodkin, Elizabeth Norris, Victoria Schwab

Sunday

10:00am
Brothers & Sisters: The Barrowmans on Books (Imperial Ballroom, Marriott) – A discussion with sibling co-authors John and Carole Barrowman about their middle grade fantasy novel Hollow Earth and its upcoming sequel. Panelists: John Barrowman & Carole E. Barrowman

11:30am
Father Knows Best – Dads in Harry Potter  – Families are so important in the Potterverse. Let’s talk about the father figures in Harry’s world. Panelists: Scott Vaughn (The Blibbering Humdingers), Jessica Khoury, E.C. Myers, Hanako Ricks, Rebeca Sideris

1:00pm
From Page to Screen – How did our favorite YA books translate to the screen? Discuss recent & upcoming YA film adaptations. Panelists: Tracy A. Akers, Beth Revis, Diana Peterfreund, Bryan Young, Jessica Khoury

2:30pm
Coming Soon – New to YA for 2014– Coming Soon- Learn about the best 2013/early 2014 books, from some of the ladies who write those blurbs you see on the cover. Panelists: Susan Fichtelberg, Bonnie Kunzel

4:00pm
Vampires in YA – There are legions of vampires in YA. Let’s discuss the diversity of this fang-tastic genre. Panelists: Clay and Susan Griffith, Mari Mancusi, Lucienne Diver, Bonnie Kunzel, Juliet Dark

5:30pm
Costume Contest Yule Ball – All entries must be based on a children’s or YA book. Winners announced at the Yule Ball. See our website for full rules and details. Judges: Jan Price, Paige G. Smith, Erin Leigh Busko

8:30pm
Yule Ball (Sheraton Grand Ballroom A-F) – There will be well mannered frivolity… and the Blibbering Humdingers! Wear your Hogwarts finest or whatever. Costume contest winners announced.

Monday

11:30am
Sidekicks in YA – All of our heroes have someone by their side. Harry has Ron and Hermione. Katniss, Peta and Gale. How do these characters help shape the story? Panelists: D. A. Adams, Laurie S. Sutton, Diana Peterfreund, Sarah J. Maas, Rachel Hartman, Victoria Schwab

1:00pm
Stuck in the Middle – SF and Fantasy for the middle grades and younger fan. Panelists: Davey Beauchamp, Susan Fichtelberg, David Macinnis Gill, L. M. Davis, Rachel Hartman, Christopher Elliot

2:30pm
Post Mortem – So, how did we do this year? Come help us sort the good from the bad, and have some input on next year!