FRIDAY, February 17th
Friday 6-6:30 PM, Griffin (Westin)
Panel: Name That Magical Creature
Friday 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Burroughs (Westin)
Creatures from all the known worlds and myriad planes of existence are gathered here to be displayed for the entertainment and edification of the public. Our expert zoologists will attempt to identify the various species of wild magical beasts, gathered from dozens of shadowy realms, competing for the ultimate prize. Audience participation is encouraged: bring your favorite creatures to be identified by our panel of virtuoso beast masters.
SATURDAY, February 18th
Panel: Overcoming Stage Fright and Reading Aloud in Public
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Griffin (Westin)
Public speaking is often a difficult thing for many people. Authors may find it especially challenging to read their work aloud. Join us for a discussion on how our panelists prepare when having to give talks or readings, and how they’ve worked to overcome stage fright. As time allows, audience members will be invited to come to the front of the room to read a paragraph of their own work, and receive constructive feedback from our panelists.
Panel: Poetry and Performance
Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Lewis (Westin)
Reading a story aloud and reading a poem aloud take different skills. Or do they? Our panel of poets proffers tips and advice on performing poetry. They will also share some of their own poetry for your listening pleasure.
Panel: How Audiobooks Differ From Books and Why That Matters
Saturday 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Marina 1 (Westin)
Audiobooks are often considered simply ways you can experience books with less effort, or while doing something else (like driving). But must audiobooks be merely epiphenomena of their written forms? How could the genre of audiobooks evolve if the connection with books in print were broken? With text-to-speech software, would they be much different from radio plays?
C.S.E. Cooney, Jeremy Flagg, James Patrick Kelly, Jo Walton
Saturday 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)
Open Mic: Villains!
Saturday 8:00 – 9:30 PM, Galleria – Stage (Westin)
Live from Boskone … enjoy the unsavory stylings of our program participants and audience members. They share their open mic skills in the second annual Boskone Open Mic, which this year features our favorite fictitious villains! Each person gives his/her best 5-minute villainous performance — story, poem, song, skit, interpretive dance, or whatever! OPTIONAL: For extra-appalling appeal, feel free to come dressed as your favorite fictitious villain!
Boskone members are invited to join our participants in the open mic by signing up for one of the six open slots at the door to the event, which opens for sign-ups at 7:30 p.m. Each performer is given a firm 5-minute time limit (max), including setup time. So a quick transition between acts is key.
SUNDAY, February 19th
Brimstone Rhine Concert”
Sunday 11:30 – 12:00, Lewis (Westin)
Poet and author C. S. E. Cooney performs under her songwriting name, Brimstone Rhine.