(Or one of my other hats …)
If you have found me here, I’m going to assume you’re interested in fantasy literature either for adults or children, or for both. Those of you who are also interested in the more academic side of science fiction and fantasy may be interested in checking out the information on the upcoming Eighth SFF Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism, which is being offered in London over the three days before Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention. The tutors will be Andy Duncan, Professor of English at Frostburg State University, winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novelette; Neil Easterbrook, Professor of English at the Texas Christian University, whose monograph on China Miéville is due to be published in 2014; and K.V. Johansen, which is to say, me. And yes, shapeshifters, demons, cursed assassins, caravaneers, young gods, and camels notwithstanding, I have some fantasy-related litcrit to confess to as well. In addition to an o.p. ebook, there are two still-in-print works on the history of children’s fantasy literature, Quests and Kingdoms: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Children’s Fantasy Literature, and Beyond Window-Dressing: Canadian Children’s Fantasy at the Millennium.
The deadline to apply for this is February 28th, 2014. See the Science Fiction Foundation’s website for details.
Should be a very interesting three days.