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Los Angeles LGBT Center Juneteenth Celebration

1125 N McCadden Pl 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Evening facilitated by Patrisse Cullors featuring a workshop rooted in a chapter of The Abolitionist’s Handbook– “Courageous Conversations”This Juneteenth we are holding a space that leaves us Black folks at the Center feeling empowered, joyful, and celebrated. We are thrilled to announce that Patrisse Cullors—author, artist, abolitionist and co-founder of The Black Lives Matter movement—will join us to celebrate in community. Taking place at The Village, Patrisse will co-host a conversation with us about the importance of Juneteenth and while attending a workshop based on her new book—The Abolitionist’s Handbook.On Friday, June 21st from 530pm-730pm Black staff, youth, and seniors from The Center are invited to attend. We will commune, learn, eat, and celebrate the ways in which we’ve always fought for and imagined freedom for ourselves.

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club: J. Ryan Stradal & Guest Authors

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join us for a night with author J. Ryan Stradal, Alison Turner, and Lou Mathews reading their fiction and poetry.New York Times bestselling author J. Ryan Stradal delivers a story of a couple from two very different restaurant families in rustic Minnesota, and the legacy of love and tragedy, of hardship and hope, that unites and divides them. Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club is a window into a colorful, vanishing world of relish trays and brandy Old Fashioneds; J. Ryan Stradal has once again given us a story full of his signature honest, lovable yet fallible Midwestern characters as they grapple with love, loss, and marriage; what we hold onto and what we leave behind; and what our legacy will be when we are gone.The author will be reading alongside L.A.’s literary couple Alison Turner (author of The Second Split Between) and Lou Mathews (author of Shaky Town and L.A. Breakdown). Book signings to follow the readings.Doors Open: 7:30 PM I Readings: 8:00 PMJ. Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which won the American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year, and the Midwest Read More ...

Dion O’Reilly, Dorianne Laux, & Michelle Bitting

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join us for an evening of powerful poetry with Dorianne Laux, Michelle Bitting, & Dion O'Reilly!Authors Dion O'Reilly (Sadness of the Apex Predator), Dorianne Laux (Life On Earth), and Michelle Bitting (Dummy Ventriloquist) are celebrating newly published collections and will be reading from their latest books at Beyond Baroque. Enjoy a reception and book signings after the program.Doors Open: 6:30 PM I Readings: 7:00 PMAbout the authorsDorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Her latest collection is Life On Earth and will be released in January of 2024.Dion O'Reilly is the author of three poetry collections: Read More ...

Author event! Lisa Barr with Zibby Owens

1113 Montana Ave 1113 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, United States

In person author event with Lisa Barr and Zibby Owens at Zibby's Bookshop, 1113 Montana Ave, Santa Monica CA 90403!We're hosting Lisa Barr as she celebrates the launch of THE GODDESS OF WARSAW! Lisa will be joined in conversation by our very own Zibby Owens!About the book:From the New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire, the harrowing and ultimately triumphant tale of a Jewish WWII assassin turned Hollywood star ...The Goddess Of Warsaw is an enthralling tale of a legendary Hollywood screen goddess with a dark secret about her life in the Warsaw Ghetto. When the famous actress is threatened by someone from her past, she must put her skills into play to protect herself, her illustrious career, and those she loves, then and now.Los Angeles, 2005. Sienna Hayes, Hollywood’s latest It Girl, has ambitions to work behind the camera. When she meets Lena Browning, the enormously mysterious and famous Golden Age movie star, Sienna sees her big break. She wants to direct a picture about Lena’s life—but the legendary actor’s murky past turns out to be even darker than Sienna dreamed. Before she was a Living Legend, Lena Browning was Bina Blonski, a Polish Jew whose life Read More ...

Gabrielle Zevin discusses TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW

Barnes & Noble The Grove 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

BN The Grove welcomes Gabrielle Zevin to discuss TOMORROW, TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW with Miwa Messer of Poured Over on June 24th at 7PM PTJoin Barnes & Noble - The Grove at Farmers Market on June 24, 2024, as we welcome New York Times and internationally best-selling author Gabrielle Zevin to the store to discuss TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.Gabrielle will be in conversation with B&N Editorial Director and host of B&N's POURED OVER PODCAST, Miwa Messer, for this special event.To make this event safe and enjoyable for all attendees, please read the below guidelines ahead of buying a ticket, so you know what to expect on the day. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no access to the event for non-ticketholders.TICKET INFORMATION**A ticket includes:Solo Book Admission - $30.66 (Admission + one copy of TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:One copy of TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW.Admission to the event space for the discussion with Gabrielle Zevin and Read More ...

An Evening with Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley, one of America's most celebrated modern day crime fiction writers, returns to Live Talks Los Angeles to talk about Detective Easy Rawlins' latest client in FAREWELL, AMETHYSTINE. Set in January 1970, Amethystine Stoller disrupts Rawlins' world when she enlists his help to find her ex-husband. As Easy takes his first step in the investigation, he trips and falls into the memory of things past—loss, love, a world war, and a hunger that has eaten at him since he was a Black boy on his own on the streets of Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas.

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Book Talk! Leslie Stephens’ YOU’RE SAFE HERE

Chevalier's Books 133 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join us as we celebrate Leslie's new timely, clever, and white-knuckled thriller along with author Joy Sullivan.ABOUT THE BOOK:Wellness, motherhood, and technology converge in a near future California, as three women’s seemingly innocuous decisions have further-reaching consequences than any of them could imagine in this timely, clever, and white-knuckled thriller.In 2060, the WellPod is the latest launch from the largest tech company the world has ever seen—a fleet of floating personal paradises scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, focused entirely on health, solitude, and relaxation. Created by an enigmatic founder who will stop at nothing to ensure her company’s success, it is the long-awaited pinnacle of wellness technology. For newly pregnant Maggie, the six-week program is the perfect chance to get away…especially since the baby isn’t her partner’s.Noa Behar isn’t a perfect fiancée. She’s too distracted, too focused on her work in helping program the WellPod to give Maggie the attention she deserves. But when she discovers something rotten beneath WellPod’s shiny exterior—a history of faulty tech and dangerous cover-ups—she knows one thing: she’ll do whatever it takes to keep Maggie safe.The problem? The malfunctioning WellPods are already at sea. And there’s a storm coming...ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Leslie Stephens is the creator Read More ...

Book Discussion: Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America

Law Library 301 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

LIVE ZOOM: Book Discussion: Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America, by Miriam FrankTuesday June 25, 2024: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (PST) via ZoomPlease join the LA Law Library book discussion group as we honor Pride Month and continue our exploration of labor and employment related issues. Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America (2015), by Miriam Frank covers the continuous story of queer American workers from the mid-1960’s through 2013. The author chronicles the evolution of labor politics with queer activism and identity formation, showing how unions began affirming the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in the 1970s and 1980s,Featuring in-depth interviews with LGBTQ and labor activists, Frank provides an inclusive history of the convergence of labor and LGBTQ interests. The book details how queer caucuses in local unions introduced domestic partner benefits and union-based AIDS education for health care workers - innovations that have been influential across the U.S. workforce. Out in the Union also examines organizing drives at queer workplaces, campaigns for marriage equality, and other gay civil rights issues that demonstrate the enduring power of LGBTQ workers.About the author:A, M.A, and PhD from New York UniversityAdjunct Read More ...

BOOK READING: Kate Gale and D.C. Frost

Vroman's - Main 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, United States

Join Kate Gale and D.C. Frost as they read from their debut novels, UNDER A NEON SUN and A PUNISHING BREED! Stick around to enjoy a panel (led by Saul Gonzalez) and to get your books signed by the authors. Fans of both literary fiction and mystery novels with love this phenomenal pairing!

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Launch for Horror Debut: The Eyes Are The Best Part

Village Well Books & Coffee 9900 Culver Boulevard, #1b, Culver City, CA, United States

Monika Kim will do a reading, have a conversation with a guest, do a Q+A, and end up finishing with a signing.The Eyes Are The Best Part has been described as My Sister, The Serial Killer meets Crying in H-Mart, as a young Korean-American woman begins to fracture as her family breaks, and in her rage, begins to crave the eyes of men, especially the blue eyes of her mother's new, abusive partner, George. A mixture of horror, thriller, and literary, we've had blurbs from horror legends like Christopher Golden, Hailey Piper, CJ Leede, and more, along with very strong reviews. About the author:Monika Kim is a second-generation Korean-American living in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. She learned about eating fish eyes from her mother, who immigrated to Los Angeles from Seoul in 1985. The Eyes are the Best Part is her first novel and you can find her at Monika-kim.com.Warning: there will eyes, blood, eating eyes, violence, abuse, and probably more.

POETICS OF PRIDE + LEGACY

Grand Performances 350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join us for a special Grand Performances Friday night show of Poetics of Pride + Legacy with Jen Chen!With games and multimedia performances, we celebrate poetry of LGBTQ pioneers and share a new conversation together. As we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, we discover at this event how we can shape pride and legacy.Jen Cheng is the current Poet Laureate of West Hollywood and has a mission of sharing experiences and stories across intercultural and intergenerational groups. As a community curator and multidisciplinary artist, she asks how we can create better connections and more compassion.From 6pm-7pm, we invite attendees to mingle and play with poetic games. An interactive sculpture, Poetry Scrabble, offers word magnets to create a site-specific collaborative poem curated by Jen Cheng. A station led by José Rios invites attendees to sit down for quick games of Poetry Bingo. A dancer duo (Julienne Mackey and Mara Hancock) navigates attendees through the games.At 7pm, we unleash banned LGBTQ books as gifts to our audience to bring back to their communities. Our featured poets celebrate the work of earlier LGBTQ poets (such as Audre Lorde, Mary Oliver, Richard Blanco, Pat Parker, and Judy Grahn) Read More ...

How to Burn A Rainbow

Village Well Books & Coffee 9900 Culver Boulevard, #1b, Culver City, CA, United States

Join us to celebrate the launch of Karl Dunn's memoir, How to Burn a Rainbow, the first book about gay divorce.Imagine being married to your dream partner, owning a gorgeous house in LA, being at the top of the global advertising industry, and leaving it all to figure out who the hell you actually really are. That’s what happened to Karl Dunn, whose divorce from his husband in California became his crisis of identity. It’s an Eat Pray Love style, riches-to-rags journey from LA to Europe that Karl chronicled in his book How To Burn A Rainbow, an intimate, honest, and revealing story about divorce and self-love that questions and reframes the entire institution of marriage. As Karl says in his book, “My marriage didn’t make me whole, my divorce did.”About the author:Karl Dunn is a multi-award-winning advertising Creative Director who has lived and worked in eleven cities throughout Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. A global citizen, Karl speaks on a broad section of topics such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Self-love — a culmination of his 25 years in international business, his personal experience of divorce, and his passion for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. He Read More ...

Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration Host: International Printing Museum Address: 315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson CA 90745 Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 Time: 10 AM to 4 PM Website: www.printmuseum.org Phone: 310-515-7166 General Admission is $15. Students, & Seniors are $12. Children 3 & under are free. Purchase tickets at www.printmuseum.org/events Space is limited in the theater. Purchase tickets online for best selection. Showtimes at 11am & 1pm Event Description Celebrate the birth of America at the Printing Museum! In the Heritage Theater at 11am and 1pm, a trio of Founding Fellows — Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson & Betsy Ross — will share fascinating stories about their role in the creation of our great nation. Franklin will also entertain guests with a Glass Armonica, the musical instrument he invented. Throughout the day, guests can print their own copy of the Declaration of Independence and other founding documents. There will also be interactive tours, printing demos, and hands-on activities to delight audiences young and old!

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Culver City Book Festival

The Wende Museum 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA, United States

Join us on June 29 at the Wende Museum for the Culver City Book Festival, featuring local authors, publishers, and creative activities.The Culver City Book Festival is returning for its third year to the Wende Museum, celebrating the vibrant literary community of Los Angeles and Greater Southern California. This inclusive and accessible event showcases the work of local authors, publishers, journals, and literary non-profits.We will have 20 to 30 tables featuring local authors, small presses, and literary organizations, along with engaging author panels and creative activities for both adults and children.

Author event! Lisa See and Lorraine Wilcox

1113 Montana Ave 1113 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, United States

In person author event with author Lisa See and translator Lorraine Wilcox at Zibby's Bookshop, 1113 Montana Ave, Santa Monica 90403!We're thrilled to host Lisa See as she celebrates the paperback launch of her bestselling novel, LADY TAN'S CIRCLE OF WOMEN. Lisa will be joined in conversation by Lorraine Wilcox, who translated the eponymous (Lady) Tan Yunxian's book!About the book:*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!*From "one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot" (The New York Times Book Review) an immersive historical novel inspired by the true story of a woman physician in 15th-century China--perfect for fans of Lisa See's classics Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian--born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness--is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations--looking, listening, touching, and asking--something a man can never do with a female patient.From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside Read More ...

Dalia Dupris Book Signing

The Book Jewel 6259 West 87th Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Meet award winning, local author Dalia Dupris as she signs copies of her latest release, Soft Lies & Hard Truths!

Tomi Adeyemi discusses CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY at B&N The Grove

Barnes & Noble The Grove 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

B&N The Grove welcomes Tomi Adeyemi to discuss CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY with Gina Prince-Bythewood on July 8th at 7:00 PM PT!Join Barnes & Noble - The Grove at Farmers Market on July 8, 2024, as we welcome #1 New York Times-bestselling author Tomi Adeyemi to the store to discuss and sign CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY, the earth-shaking conclusion to the Legacy of Orïsha series.Tomi will be in conversation with Gina Prince-Bythewood, American screenwriter and director of The Woman King, starring Viola Davis.To make this event safe and enjoyable for all attendees, please read the below guidelines ahead of buying a ticket, so you know what to expect on the day. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no access to the event for non-ticketholders.TICKET INFORMATION**A ticket includes:Solo Book Admission - $28.46 (Admission + one copy of CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY (B&N Exclusive Edition)): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:One copy of CHILDREN OF ANGUISH AND ANARCHY (B&N Exclusive Edition) (out 6/25/24).Admission to the event space for the audience discussion with Tomi Adeyemi.For Seated Tickets: Limited quantity is available and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase of a ticket Read More ...

Pamela Samuels Young & Dwayne Alexander Smith discuss SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN

Barnes & Noble The Grove 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Barnes & Noble The Grove welcomes Pamela Samuels Young & Dwayne Alexander Smith to discuss SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN on July 11th at 7 PM PT!Join Barnes & Noble - The Grove at Farmers Market on July 11, 2024, as we welcome Pamela Samuels Young and Dwayne Alexander Smith to discuss SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.Reluctantly joining forces after discovering they’ve both been hired on the same missing person case, two rival Black private investigators find their mutual dislike evolves into an undeniable attraction in this rollicking, romantic thrill ride told in alternate perspectives from award-winning authors Dwayne Alexander Smith and Pamela Samuels Young.To make this event safe and enjoyable for all attendees, please read the below guidelines ahead of buying a ticket, so you know what to expect on the day. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no access to the event for non-ticketholders.TICKET INFORMATION**A ticket includes:Solo Book Admission - $19.70 (Admission + one copy of SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN): **LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE**: A ticket PER PERSON includes:One copy of SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.Admission to the event space for the discussion with Pamela Samuels Young and Dwayne Alexander Smith.For Seated Tickets: Limited quantity is available and Read More ...

Priyanka Mattoo in Conversation for Bird Milk & Mosquito Bones

Now Serving 727 North Broadway, ##133, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Priyanka Mattoo in Conversation with Tejal Rao for Bird Milk & Mosquito Bones. Book signing and meet and greet to follow.Join us as welcome author Priyanka Mattoo for a reading and coversation for Bird Milk & Mosquito Bones, moderated by Tejal Rao. Book signing and meet and greet to follow.PRIYANKA MATTOO is a writer, filmmaker, former talent agent, and a cofounder of Earios, a women-led podcast network. She is a contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker, and a recipient of a MacDowell Fellow­ship. Mattoo holds degrees in Italian and law from the University of Michigan and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and kids.TEJAL RAO is a James Beard Award-winning writer and a critic at large for The New York Times, covering food and culture. She lives in Los Angeles.From a wry, insightful, and very funny new voice, here is one woman’s search for home, from Kashmir to England to Saudi Arabia to Michigan to Rome and, finally, to Los Angeles—standalone essays that together form a sweeping portrait of a peripatetic life."I would follow Priyanka Mattoo to the ends of the earth, because she would know what to eat there, and how to make Read More ...

Book Talk! Lucinda Berry’s IF YOU TELL A LIE

Chevalier's Books 133 North Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Join us for the launch of bestselling author Lucinda Berry's new gripping thriller, If You Tell a Lie.ABOUT THE BOOKBestselling author Lucinda Berry serves up a haunting thriller about four friends sworn to secrecy over the events of one fateful summer―and the dark truths that threaten to erupt years later.They never considered how his wife might react, or that by the end of the summer a man would be dead. But Blakely always got her way, and the others followed her lead―even when they knew it was dead wrong.The girls had been friends from day one at Camp Pendleton, a haven for gifted children. But their senior summer was different. When Mr. Crosby, the handsome tennis coach, wound up murdered after a reckless lie, Blakely, Grace, Meg, and Thera swore themselves to secrecy. And never spoke to each other again.Until now. Twenty years later a sinister note claiming to know what they did brings them back together. And once again Blakely is pulling the strings.Unfolding in a dual timeline, If You Tell a Lie is a disturbing journey into the dangerous, sometimes deadly consequences of peer pressure―with a bone-chilling twist you’ll never see coming.ABOUT THE AUTHORDr. Lucinda Berry is a Read More ...

Books in the Woods

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We are thrilled to invite you to an extraordinary celebration of literature and creativity at the upcoming Books in the Woods Book Fair! Set against the picturesque backdrop of Pine Mountain Club, CA, this event promises a day filled with the magic of books, insightful conversations, and enchanting music. **Date:** July 27, 2024 **Time:** 10:00am to 4:00pm **Location:** Pine Mountain Club, CA Dive into a world of imagination and discovery with a stellar lineup of New York Times Best Selling Authors, engaging guest speakers, and talented local California musicians. Whether you're a lifelong bibliophile or looking for your next favorite read, this fair is the perfect getaway into the heart of storytelling. Highlights Include: - **Exclusive Book Signings:** Meet your favorite authors and get your books signed. - **Inspiring Talks:** Attend talks to get insights into the creative process of writing and the latest trends in literature. - **Live Music:** Enjoy performances by local California musicians set amidst the serene beauty of Pine Mountain Club. - **Children's and Teen Section:** A special area dedicated to encouraging literacy among youth, with interactive activities and captivating stories to inspire our younger guests. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow book lovers, Read More ...

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Jodi Picoult discusses BY ANY OTHER NAME at B&N-Huntington Beach, CA

Barnes & Noble - Huntington Beach 7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA, United States

Barnes & Noble - Huntington Beach, CA welcomes Jodi Picoult to discuss BY ANY OTHER NAME on September 15, 2024 at 3PM PT!Join Barnes & Noble - Huntington Beach on Sunday, September 15 at 3 PM , as we welcome New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult for a discussion to celebrate the release of BY ANY OTHER NAME, a novel about two women, centuries apart—one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare’s plays—who are both forced to hide behind another name.Jodi Picoult will be in conversation with Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka for this special event!_________________________________________________________________________________________________To make this event safe and enjoyable for all attendees, please read the below guidelines ahead of buying a ticket, so you know what to expect on the day. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no access to the event for non-ticketholders.Barnes & Noble reserves the right to make new rules and orders in its sole discretion with regard to COVID-19 at any time and any person not abiding by the Barnes & Noble directives will be refused entrance or directed to leave the premises.TICKETING INFORMATION:There are two ticket types for this event:SEATED Book Admission - $32.33 (Admission + Read More ...

Loscon 50 “Celebrating 50 Loscons”

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LOSCON is Los Angeles’ longest running Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, held Thanksgiving weekend by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS). Like all organized SF fandom conventions, Loscon is run by volunteers. Amateurs and professionals join as panelists (and a number of rooms host competing panels). There’s open discussion plus snacks in the con suite, a dealers room, an art show, nighttime parties in hotel rooms, dances, singing, gaming, and other activities.

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