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Bookworms, you're going to love what we have in store for you. Watch panels featuring some of your favorite authors, snag bookish merch, and discover new reads to add to your forever growing TBR (we'd apologize for this, but the new books coming out are TOO GOOD not to share).

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (and Save Your Sanity)!
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    C2E2 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (and Save Your Sanity)!

    To greet the geeks gathering at C2E2, @SuperheroIRL features Guests Amy Chu (Poison Ivy), Afua Richardson (World of Wakanda), and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes) with Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9) & Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied) showing movie scenes & comic panels that show how to build resilience & be a hero — for yourselves & everyone else. Join us for holiday clips — and transformative tips — to mobilize your mental health!

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Chicago's Ghostly Urban Legends
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    C2E2 2021 | Chicago's Ghostly Urban Legends

    Join Chicago comic creator Scott Larson ( Visitations 1000 Ways To Die) and paranormal podcasters Patrick Harrington & Rebecca Rivers ( The Ghostly Podcast) as they discuss some of the Windy City's spookiest urban legendsVisitations is the history Of Chicago as seen through the eyes of the residents of the city's oldest cemetery.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Timothy Zahn Spotlight
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    C2E2 2021 | Timothy Zahn Spotlight

    Best known for his iconic Star Wars novels and the creation of the wildly popular character of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Timothy Zahn is making his return to Chicago! Be there as he discusses his previous works as well as his most recent release, Star Wars Thrawn Ascendancy Book III: Lesser Evil

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 |  Unnecessary Debates (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Unnecessary Debates (Virtual Screening)

    Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you thought should never be debated? Join exciting guests for this unforgettable geek showdown! (Really you may never be able to forget it…) They will debate unimportant questions like: Who wore it better - Gollum or Tarzan? Who has better hair - Krillin or Aang? Come and learn something you never wanted to know!

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Celebrating 80 Years of Amazon Warriors
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    C2E2 2021 | Celebrating 80 Years of Amazon Warriors

    On the 80th anniversary of an icon, take a trip to Themyscira with creators who've been there. Stephanie Phillips (Wonder Woman: Evolution), Stephanie Williams (Nubia), Joelle Jones (Wonder Girl), and Will Pfeifer (Amazons Attack) will be on hand to celebrate 80 years of Wonder Woman and talk about the indelible mark she has left on pop culture.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Flowers of the Samurai
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    C2E2 2021 | Flowers of the Samurai

    For centuries, flower arranging (Ikebana) was an art practiced exclusively by samurai warriors and Buddhist priests. This is a demonstration of the kind of flower arranging practiced by these artists with Professor Charles Harris of the Ikenobo School, presented by the Japanese Culture Center.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Tor Goes International (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Tor Goes International (Virtual Screening)

    From London to Singapore and back again Tor Tor.com and Nightfire authors can be found spinning their tales from across the globe - and setting them in some international locales as well. Join authors AK Larkwood (The Unspoken Name The Thousand Eyes) Alex Pheby (Mordew) Freya Marske (A Marvellous Light) Kerstin Hall (Star Eater) Neon Yang (The Tensorate Series) Shelley Parker-Chan (She Who Became the Sun) as they take you on a virtual tour of SciFi Fantasy and Horror. Moderator: Alex Pheby

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)

    Tor publishes some of the greatest sci-fi fantasy and horror stories around. This will be a panel to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting books that Tor Tor Teen Tordotcom Publishing Forge and Nightfire have to offer. Join the book lovers from the Tor teams as they share a sneak peek at new and upcoming SFF.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Waiter there's some Sci Fi in my Fantasy! (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Waiter there's some Sci Fi in my Fantasy! (Virtual Screening)

    Rules are meant to be broken right? Whether it's aliens making Faustian bargains tidally-locked fantasy worlds inspired by evolutionary biology kaiju hidden on secret islands or super-powered teens in high tech worlds it's undeniable that readers crave mashups of sci-fi and fantasy. Join a group of category-busting speculative fiction writers for a panel unlike any other featuring James Rollins (The Starless Crown) Ryka Aoki (Light From Uncommon Stars) Tochi Onyebuchi (Goliath) and John Scalzi (The Kaiju Preservation Society). Moderated by Jay Bonansinga (Stan Lee's The Devil's Quintet).

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's A Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's A Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)

    Join fan-favorite YA authors Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Sisters of Reckoning) Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman (All of Us Villains) Mark Oshiro (Each of Us a Desert) Shannon Price (The Endless Skies) Lauren Shippen (Some Faraway Place) and P. Djeli Clark (Master of Djinn) as moderator as they discuss crafting stories and characters out for justice and vengeance in fantasy.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Level Up Your Kids Comics Book Club (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Level Up Your Kids Comics Book Club (Virtual Screening)

    We are living in a golden age of kids comics! Take your graphic novel book club to the next level with tips and tricks from librarians and teachers who are veteran book club hosts, along with expert advice from real kids. They will share practical strategies to plan, organize, and host book clubs that build community, facilitate critical conversations, promote lifelong literacy, and inspire creative responses. Resources to find inclusive comics and teaching resources will be shared.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Nightfire Presents Read Your Fears - (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Nightfire Presents Read Your Fears - (Virtual Screening)

    Tor, Nightfire, and the HWA Chicagoland Chapter are here to present books for the dead, the living, and everyone in between. Come join authors Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street, Sundial), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX, Echo), Lee Mandelo (Summer Sons), Cassandra Khaw (Nothing But Blackened Teeth), and Gretchen Felker-Martin (Manhunt) as they talk about their new books, the state of horror, and all things frightening. Moderated by Becky Spratford, national Co-Coordinator of the Libraries program for HWA (Horror Writers Association).

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Legends, Myths, Fables, and Folklore Creating New Stories from Rich and Epic Histories (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Legends, Myths, Fables, and Folklore Creating New Stories from Rich and Epic Histories (Virtual Screening)

    From the 14th century alchemist Nicholas Flamel to the West African water spirit Mami Wata, characters of myth, legend, and fairy tale have long inspired authors of fantasy. Join New York Times bestselling authors Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Lost Stories Collection), Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes), Erin A. Craig (Small Favors), and Natasha Bowen (Skin of the Sea) for a discussion on their favorite fables and how they approach adapting such storied tales into something new and exciting.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Bingeworthy Graphic Novel Series [Virtual Screening]
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    C2E2 2021 | Bingeworthy Graphic Novel Series [Virtual Screening]

    How does a series installment differ from a stand-alone? How do you pace a series to keep readers invested book to book? Join Rich Moyer (Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter), Miranda Harmon (Mayor Good Boy #1), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast), Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex?), and John Gallagher (Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X), as they discuss how to write the perfect series.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (And Save Your Sanity!)
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    ECCC 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (And Save Your Sanity!)

    To greet the geeks gathering in gratitude for pop culture this Thanksgiving weekend, @SuperheroIRL is screening scenes from movies that show how families — yep, all of ours — drive each other crazy. Join celebs and psychologists for some hilarious holiday stories — and transformative tips — to mobilize your mental health. You’ll need it!

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