Announcing TorCon, A Virtual Books Convention!

Tor and Tor.com Publishing, in partnership with Den of Geek, are launching TorCon, a virtual convention running from Thursday, June 11th through Sunday June 14th!

There will be eight panels featuring over 20 authors, across a variety of digital platforms, including marquee events featuring: Christopher Paolini & Brandon Sanderson; Neil Gaiman & V.E. Schwab; and Cory Doctorow & Nnedi Okorafor. Head below for the full lineup!

 

Thursday June 11th

7 PM ET: Christopher Paolini and Brandon Sanderson in conversation

Bestselling authors, SFF icons, and friends Christopher Paolini (To Sleep in a Sea of Stars) and Brandon Sanderson (Rhythm of War) chat about their upcoming projects, their writing processes, science fiction, fantasy, and everything in between. We’re taking question for this one in advance, so leave yours in the comments!

 

Friday June 12th

5 PM ET: Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab in conversation

V.E. Schwab (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) and Neil Gaiman (The Annotated American Gods) have created some of our all time favorite worlds, and now they’re together, live and in conversation. Join in the fun and ask them your questions via Crowdcast!

 

Saturday June 13th

1 PM ET: “Books & Brunch” Facebook Live Reading Series

Nothing pairs better with brunch than books. Join Calculating Stars author Mary Robinette Kowal for a balanced brunchfest of book talk…and a sneak peek at her upcoming “Lady Astronauts” novel, Relentless Moon. Streamed on Facebook Live.

5 PM ET: Chaotic Communal Storytime

Authors can take inspiration from anything to write stories that move us emotionally and transport us to other worlds. Now let’s see how they do when we’re the inspiration. Join K.A. Doore (The Unconquered City), S.L. Huang (Critical Point, Burning Roses), Arkady Martine (A Memory Called Empire), and Kit Rocha (Deal With the Devil) as they use your writing prompts to create a brand new story—and talk about their craft and inspirations along the way. Live on Zoom.

8 PM ET: Nighttime Drive-In Screening of Night of the Living Dead

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is one of the scariest, most famous horror movies of all time. Join masters of the horror genre for a live screening of this classic and an undead celebration for The Living Dead, Romero’s forthcoming zombie novel, with his co-author Daniel Kraus and special guests Paul Tremblay (Survivor Song), Grady Hendrix (The Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires), and Cassandra Khaw (Nothing But Blackened Teeth).

UPDATE: The Living Dead panel had initially been conceived as a lighthearted screening and discussion about George Romero’s classic film. Due to recent events and out of respect for the Black community, we are canceling this event. We also realized upon closer reflection that we don’t have a representative panel to discuss the frank depiction of police brutality in Night of the Living Dead to facilitate an inclusive dialogue. We hope to reschedule with a more considered conversation at a later date.

 

Sunday June 14th

1 PM ET: “Books & Brunch” Facebook Live Reading series

Nothing pairs better with brunch than books. Join authors Jenn Lyons (The Ruin of Kings and the upcoming The Memory of Souls), and Nathan Makaryk (Nottingham and the upcoming Lionhearts) for a balanced brunchfest of book talk…and a sneak peek at their new books! Streamed on Facebook Live.

4 PM ET: Chaos & Cosmos

Pop culture has shifted its attention to the messy, the morally ambiguous, and the weird, and we’re all in on that! Come join some of the genre’s most exciting authors as they discuss how they are breaking traditional rules of genre fiction, creating compelling and truly thought-provoking works of science fiction and fantasy – and how chaos may reign in both fantasy worlds, the cosmos, and the real world alike. Panelists include Kate Elliott (Unconquerable Sun), Andrea Hairston (Master of Poisons), Alaya Dawn Johnson (Trouble the Saints), and Ryan Van Loan (The Sin in the Steel), moderated by Kayti Burt of Den of Geek. Live on Zoom.

7 PM ET: Cory Doctorow and Nnedi Okorafor in conversation

Technology. Science. Politics. Their books touch on all of these, and now…they’re talking about it. Join critically acclaimed, award-winning authors Cory Doctorow (Attack SurfaceLittle Brother) and Nnedi Okorafor (BintiRemote Control) for a discussion moderated by Kayti Burt of Den of Geek. Live on Crowdcast.

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