Story Con 2014: Event Recap

Story Con 2014 is now over! A couple weeks ago myself and a few hundred people gathered at the Vancouver Community Library for Story Con 2014. We had over 30 authors attend for panels and readings. From late morning to early evening we all participated in discussions about books, our favorite thing!

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I arrived at Story Con for the first panels of the day and attended the panel called “The Wicked West” which included Kate Dyer-Seeley (Scene of the Climb), Angela M. Sanders (The Lanvin Murders) and Christine Finlayson (Tip of a Bone). They  are all Pacific Northwest mystery writers and so the discussion was about the setting. Why the Pacific Northwest is such a great place for mysteries (one example). It was a wonderful discussion with the audience getting very involved as well. In fact, the audience got involved in many of the panels because this is a READERS convention. So it’s about the READERS and not about writing, or even focusing solely on each authors books.

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Author Kate Dyer-Seeley and her book Scene of the Climb credit: Candace Robinson

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Set up for author Christine Finlayson for her book, Tip of the Bone. credit: Candace Robinson

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From left: Kate Dyer-Seeley, Angela M. Sanders and Christine Finlayson credit: Candace Robinson

The next panel I attended was called ‘Game of Tomes’ and was about series. How series have become so popular now it can sometimes actually be hard to find stand alone books. So why do we like series so much? This panel was fun because it had a variety of authors of different ages, age groups and genres. It was a lively discussion and brought up a lot of fun topics.  This was Ripley Patton (Ghost Hand- The PSS Chronicles), Lisa Nowak (Driven, Redline, Deadheat), Stacey Wallace Benefiel (Glimpse, Crossing, Day of Sacrifice), Athena (Murder of Crows), Wendy Wagner (Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers, Women Destroy Science Fiction) and Baer Charlton (Stoneheart, Death on a Dime, Night Vision).

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

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credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

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credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

I had to take a break and get something to eat but on the way I stopped and snapped photos of the authors sitting to sign books.

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

I didn’t sit through the panel because it was happening right when I needed to eat, but I stepped in and snapped a few photos of the panel ‘The Rise of the Machines’. This was discussing what is possible in science fiction, if it should be more realistic, etc. That’s what I got in my two minutes there.  This was with Erik Wecks (The Far Bank of the Rubicon, Aetna Adrift, Unconquered), Daniel H. Wilson (Robopacalypse, BRO-JITSU: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, Amped) and Will Hertling (The Last Firewall, A.I. Apocalypse, The Case of the Wilted Broccoli, Indie & Small Press Marketing).

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

After lunch was what ended up being my favorite panel of the day ‘Paranormal as a Metaphor’. This was great because it was discussing how zombies, vampires, etc can be used as a metaphor. It was a deep discussion but was loads of fun too. Very thought-provoking! This was with Wendy Wagner (Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers, Women Destroy Science Fiction), Ripley Patton (Ghost Hand- The PSS Chronicles), Athena (Murder of Crows) and  Laura Whitcomb (The Fetch, A Certain Slant of Light, Under the Light).

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ was up next and this was about favorite books. Books that inspired at a young age, books that helped inspire the desire to write and much more. It was a fun panel and at the end they took the audiences recommendations. Mine was Eleanor by Jason Gurley (and he just happened to be on the panel) and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

 The last panel I attended was mostly authors sharing their worst reviews and their best reviews. It was a lighthearted way to show that everyone gets bad reviews. Ripley Patton also shared some of the classics reviews from Amazon which is funny because these are famous pieces of fiction and they also get bad reviews. It was a fun interactive panel.

Story Con was a great success! The authors had fun and the attendees had fun. We all made new connections and lots of new friends. The energy was fantastic, but more laid back than other conventions I have attended. It was relaxed so that the attendees could feel comfortable speaking up during the panels and to even go up to the authors and chat between the panels. As far as conventions go, this was one of the funnest I have attended and I can’t wait until next year when it will be even bigger and better!

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Something Wicked is winding down! Don’t miss out on today’s stops!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings: Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

Maja @The Nocturnal Library: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

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Comments

  1. Aww, looks like you had a great time. I’m hoping to attend one last book event. (since I have a baby coming I won’t be able to go places for a while) but so happy that you had fun.

  2. Oh this seems like an amazing panel. Of all the authors I have only got a chance to interact with Ripley and she is a really great author. I love how there was a discussion about bad reviews and yeah it’s just normal for everyone’s work to get criticized. Great recap, Candace :)
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