Surreal Virtual Convention Land

Today we’re in slightly surreal virtual convention land, as I am a program participant for two conventions at once! Worlds colliding!

My NASFiC programming starts today, and I’ll simultaneously be hosting events at Fiberworld. Well, not quite simultaneously — I’ll be ducking out of tonight’s fashion show to be on a NASFiC panel, and then coming back to finish hosting. Complicated!

(I wouldn’t normally try to do two conventions the same weekend, but these are both major events, so I hated to say no. Thanks to the organizers for working with my schedule to make it possible!)

Reminder, NASFiC is free to attend virtually this year, a great opportunity for writers and readers — register here:

Register for Fiberworld here:

NOTE: All times Eastern!


Friday 4:00PM, Room Scioto
Nuts & Bolts: Running a Non-Profit Lit Organization
“Join Mary Anne Mohanraj for a presentation + Q&A on non-profits and their role in the field. Mohanraj will talk about conventions, magazines, and the Speculative Literature Foundation ( — a nuts-and-bolts presentation for those interested in running such things.”

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 PM — Fiberworld fashion show
“The 2020 fashion show, with some of the year’s most amazing looks from all over the world. Our hosts Mary Anne Mohanraj, Nacinimod Deodee and Franklin Habit will live emcee the event.”

Friday 7:00 PM, Room Olentangy
Imaginary Book Club
Ada Palmer, Anne Gray, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Julia Rios “Panelists discuss amazing books they’ve read in the past year! The catch: none of those books exist.”

Saturday 12:00 PM, Room Olentangy
The Ever-Expanding Universe of New Space Opera
Aliette de Bodard, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Valerie Valdes
“While the genre has existed for ages, there are always new stories to tell, new planets to explore, and new characters to populate the universe with. Panelists discuss recent trends in space opera and how they reflect changing demographics of readers and writers, sociopolitical realities and concerns, and broader personal and cultural interests and narratives.”

Saturday 3:00 – 3:20 PM, Room Reading
Mary Anne Mohanraj
“I’ll read something! Not sure what yet!”

Sunday 12:00 PM, Room Scioto
Running SF/F Organizations
Cheryl Morgan, Eileen Gunn, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sumana Harihareswara
“Creators, directors, publishers, and nonprofit leaders discuss the trials and victories of running magazines, publishing companies, and other SF/F businesses and organizations. They discuss logistics, strategy, budgets, and the effects of gender and race on their experiences as leaders. And they share what they wish they’d known ten years ago.”

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