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Boskone 2019

  • The Westin Boston Waterfront 425 Sumner Street Boston, MA, 02128 United States (map)
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Boskone is New England’s longest-running science fiction convention!

  • Guest of Honor: Elizabeth Hand

  • Special Guest: Christopher Golden

  • Official Artist: Jim Burns

  • Young Adult Fiction Guest: Cindy Pon

  • Hal Clement Science Speaker: Vandana Singh

  • NESFA Press Guest: Gardner Dozois (in memoriam)

In honor of Gardner’s memory, Gardner Dozois will remain the NESFA Press Guest for Boskone 56.

I will be a program participant, here’s my schedule:

Saturday February 16, 2019


In Our Own Voices  50 minutes 11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM  |  Marina 3

Moderator Julia Rios (Fireside Magazine) John Chu Kenesha Williams (Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine) Tonia Thompson (NIGHTLIGHT Podcast)

Panel Social Issues Literature

The world is a many-splendored and wondrous thing! But when you look for a similar splendid spread of diversity in literature, it's a bit more difficult to find. What speculative fiction includes characters, stories, and issues of particular interest to LGBTQI and/or POC readers? Where can their voices be heard? Our panelists discuss why this is important, and share the must-read books that do this best.


Marketing and Selling Your Book  50 minutes 12:00 PM  -  12:50 PM  |  Marina 3

Moderator Cerece Rennie Murphy (LionSky Publishing & Gene Doucette (Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright) Jeanne Cavelos (Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust) Kenesha Williams (Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine) Jeffrey A. Carver

Panel Writing

Nowadays, writing the book is only half the battle — especially as more and more publishers push marketing onto their writers' plates. Both before and after publication, there’s a whole new set of perhaps-unfamiliar activities and skills you need to master. Covering topics from social media to book tours and interviews to readings, our select group of authors shares tips and tricks for getting your book seen and snapped up by readers.


The History of Black Horror  50 minutes 2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM  |  Harbor II

Moderator Tonia Thompson (NIGHTLIGHT Podcast) Elwin Cotman (Vanguard Classical East) Kenesha Williams (Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine) Errick Nunnally Grady Hendrix

Panel Horror Media / TV / Film Literature

Black horror didn't start with Get Out (2017), and this horror film didn't put black horror on the map — but it was a wake-up call to Hollywood and book publishers that there are financial rewards for working with black creators and their horror projects. From Linda Addison to Jordan Peele or newer novelists such as Justina Ireland or Victor LaValle, black horror is a rich source of fiction and film entertainment, but it wasn't always that way. The history of black horror ranges from blaxploitation films to secondary characters who rarely make it into the second chapter. Let's chat about where we've been, where we are, and where we're going in the realm of black horror.


More Fun with Silly Poses  30 minutes 10:00 PM  -  10:30 PM  |  Harbor II+III

Moderator Vincent Docherty (Mr) Moderator David G. Grubbs Jennifer Pelland Bruce Coville Kenesha Williams (Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine)

Other Game Show

Expect to emit great giggles at our live group reenactments of scenes from SF/fantasy/horror cover art. (Warning: high probability of awkward audience participation and pretty pathetic props.)