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ConBust 2010

ConBust, a convention with a focus on female fans, returns to Northampton, MA March 26th-28th. The guests include authors Annette Curtis Klause, Bruce Coville, Catherynne Valente, Jane Yolen, Lynn Flewelling, Patricia Briggs, and Tamora Pierce, and webcomic artists Jennie Breeden (The Devil’s Panties) and Randall Munroe (XKCD). According to their website:

ConBust is a sci-fi/fantasy/anime/gaming convention put on each spring by students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This three-day event provides fans of various geekdoms the opportunity to gather and enjoy their interests as a whole. Panels and workshops, as well as movie and anime showings, can be found in great abundance throughout the weekend. And of course, we have a fabulous array of guests who will be showing.

What sets ConBust apart from most other sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and/or gaming conventions is its focus on the female members of the participating community. While the various realms of geekdom remain stereotypically male-dominated, ConBust is held to celebrate the work of women amongst these genres.

Come join us March 26th-28th as we celebrate ConBust in its eighth year of operation!

Learn more at http://sophia.smith.edu/conbust/.

Women of Comics

That’s Entertainment in Worcester, MA will be hosting a “Women of Comics” event on September 12th from noon to 6:00pm featuring artists Tara McPherson, Becky Cloonan, Hilary Price, Hwan Cho and Melissa Dejesus. They will be sketching and signing comics. For information about the store, visit http://www.thatse.com/; the event also has a Facebook entry at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thats-Entertainment/46993884729#/event.php?eid=114044568518&ref=mf.

[Tip via http://www.conventionscene.com/2009/08/16/ma-women-of-comics/]

Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Birthday

Broad Universe, an international organization supporting women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, will be celebrating the birthday of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, during the month of August.

Join the members of Broad Universe as they celebrate the birthday of their patroness, Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The party will feature an introduction to Shelley’s life and works, including a discussion of her most famous work, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, and the members of Broad Universe will also do brief readings from their own works and serve Frankenstein-inspired refreshments.

Events will occur on the following dates:

[Tip from http://jenwrites.livejournal.com/799555.html]

Broad Universe Author Reading

Several authors from Broad Universe will be reading at Jeannie’s Book Emporium in Northborough, MA on Friday, May 8th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

If you’re in the central Massachusetts area, join local members of Broad Universe for a night of speculative fiction. Dystopia! Vampires! Monsters that Aren’t! Unwelcome Bodies! Heroes you Don’t Want To Be! Bad-A$$ Faeries!

Authors Elaine Isaak, Jennifer Pelland, Morven Westfield, Trish Wooldridge, Justine Graykin, and Phoebe Wray will read selections from their fiction.

The original information came from author Jennifer Pelland’s blog at http://jenwrites.livejournal.com/762745.html. I have been unable to find a website for Jeannie’s Book Emporium, so here’s a link to its address on Google Maps.

ConBust

Initial information has been posted on the website for ConBust, a convention being held at Smith College in Northampton, MA March 27th-29th [edited to correct date]. The details are still being filled in, but here’s the overview:

ConBust is a sci-fi/fantasy/anime/gaming convention put on each spring by students at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This three-day event provides fans of various geekdoms the opportunity to gather and enjoy their interests as a whole. Panels and workshops, as well as movie and anime showings, can be found in great abundance throughout the weekend. And of course, we have a fabulous array of guests who will be showing.

What sets ConBust apart from most other sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and/or gaming conventions is its focus on the female members of the participating community. While the various realms of geekdom remain stereotypically male-dominated, ConBust is held to celebrate the work of women amongst these genres.

For more details, visit http://sophia.smith.edu/conbust/ (and make sure you scroll your browser to the right if you can’t see the set of links on the right hand side — somebody’s been having a bit too much fun with their graphics software).

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