This year’s CAN*CON returned to the Sheraton Hotel location in Ottawa’s downtown business core, 13-15 October 2017.
As always – the programming was fantastic with at least 5 tracks to choose from, plus signings, readings, Blue Pencil Cafe and Kaffeeklatsches! Author overload!
Friday afternoon kicked off with 4 workshops on offer, of which I attended 2: “Policing 101: How to Get The Law Right In Your Story” with Sgt. Pat Poitevin recently of the RCMP, and “Weather that Works: Worldbuilding for the Serious Writer” with The Weather Network’s Mark Robinson. Both presenters were informative, charismatic, and energetic! Although, the suggested interpretive dance performance by Sgt. Poitevin would have been highly entertaining!
Some of my favourite panels of the weekend include:
- “The Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Beer” with KT Bryski (from Black Creek Pioneer Village Brewery)
- “The Illusion of History”
- “Black Gate Interviews Canadian Fantasy Author Steven Erikson” with Brandon Crilly
- “Trek Out with Steven Erikson and Robert J. Sawyer”
- “The Influence of the Two Campbells” (Joseph Campbell & John Campbell)
- “The Magic and Power of Epic Fantasy”
- “2017 Scientific Discoveries Thunderdome”
Dealers’ Room: This year I purchased books from Karen Dales “Shadow of Death” and “Thanatos” from The Chosen series, the first of which – Changeling and Angel of Death I had bought at last year’s CAN*CON. I picked up a copy of Editor Dominic Parisien’s “The Starlit Wood” anthology for my daughter. Bundoran Press had a table set up where attendees could chose a complementary book to take home – I chose “Disintegrate” by Neil Godbout.
The panels cut a wide swath of topics from Writing Mechanics and Business to Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction and all inter-related sub-genre topics, preparing for NaNoWriMo through on to Diversity and Inclusivity. Aside from the great programming, CAN*CON’s other strength is the effort organizers put into making sure the Convention is welcoming and comfortable to everyone.
As always, I’m already looking forward to CAN*CON 2018! 😀