Jul. 6th, 2017

gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Here is my Readercon schedule. All my programming is on Friday, which means I will be jetlagged, but that's par for the course. Looking forward to seeing those of you who will there!

Friday July 14

11:00 AM
Recent Non-Fiction Book Club: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Teri Clarke, Gwynne Garfinkle, Victoria Janssen, Emily Wagner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the black women of Langley’s West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country's future. Join us to discuss this excellent book, the history it chronicles, and its implications for historical, present-day, and futuristic SF.

3:00 PM
Horror Fiction Is Where I Put My Fear (and Lust, and...).

Teri Clarke, Gwynne Garfinkle, J.D. Horn, Darcie Little Badger, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry.

When we peel back the monsters in horror, a wealth of social and psychological complexities lie beneath. Tananarive Due writes in her essay "The H Word: On Writing Horror," "Horror fiction is where I put my fear that harm will come to my son because his skin is brown. Horror fiction is where I put my fear of my own mortality." Kristi DeMeester, in "What Horror Taught Me About Being a Woman," discusses her delight in discovering forbidden, gory sex scenes in Anne Rice’s work. Our panelists will discuss how women, people of color, and others whose concerns get little mainstream airtime can use horror as a way to examine and explore cultural and personal anxieties and longings.

6:30 PM
Reading: Gwynne Garfinkle.

Gwynne Garfinkle.

Gwynne Garfinkle reads "Don't Look Back," a short story published in Not One of Us #57.

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