Where Are All the Asian Beach Reads?
Moderator: Aesthetic Distance's Eliza Romero
Panelists: Jay ( - apologies for missing his last name - in for Dr. Tamara Bhalla), Sunny J. Reed, Vanessa Ulrich, Keith Chow
Middle-brow literature determines current cultural baselines.
Accessibility to inclusive middle-brow lit is essential for the diaspora of readers.
Incompetent diversity in casts of characters sucks a bushel of lemons.
Transracial adoption and racial mirroring are underrepresented in middle-brow lit.
The Private Citizens
Free Food for Millionaires
Some of the panelists' media content:
Nerds of Color
Sunny J. Reed blog
Plan A Magazine
Afrofuturism: Black Panther, Janelle Monae, and the Spaces in Between
Moderator: Justina Ireland, author of Dead Nation and editor(?) of Fiyah Magazine
Panelists: Bill Campbell (Rosarium Publishing), Kosoko Jackson, Irette Y. Patterson, L. Penelope
Reimagining the past to imagine the future sometimes reclaims a more accurate accounting of history, especially when discovering people and their contributions that have been erased from the official record.
Christian Storm Punches a Hole in the Sky
On the Comeup
works by Stephen Barnes
and by Eden Royce
Writers & the Legacy of Black Panther
Moderator: L. Penelope https://lpenelope.com/about-me/
Panelists: Cheryl Barton, Dawn Ibanez, Denny S. Bryce, J.L. Lora, Xio Axelrod
T'Challa embodies a black man in complete hero mode in conflict with Killmonger as a nuanced villian whose arguments have a some merit.
There's a range of fully developed female characters who are feminine and powerful without mimicking toxic masculinity.
Diversity is not a trend!
Love and Lies: Contemporary Romance
Panelists: Stoni Alexander, Christi Barth, Andi J. Christopher, Nancy C. Weeks, Kate Clayborn
Things that made people say, "Hmmm."
Why does the fake relationship trope endure?
- forced to spend time together
- permission to flirt
- extra access to who the other person is
- team work
The secret baby debate got heated between its fans and its haters with valid reasoning on both sides.
The panelists agreed that the secondary characters were essential as mirrors for the primary characters, and as safe places where deceitful characters are able to tell the truth. Otherwise, the deceitful characters are irredeemable.
Moderator: Marianne Kirby http://mariannekirby.com/
Panelists: Kosoko Jackson, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Nibedita Sen, K.M. Szpara
Writing for a mainstream audience versus a queer one
The expectation for marginalized authors to educate mainstream/majority readers
Queer canon suggestions:
Tensorate series by J.Y. Yang
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sam J. Miller quote: "As far as I'm concerned Octavia Butler is the queer canon. And everyone else is extra."
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
K.M. Szpara recommended works by Sam J. Miller
works by Cecilia Tan with her own Circlet Press
M.K. Jameson works where queerness is an element in the world building without being the focus.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing
Honorable mention to Christen B.'s outstanding musical performance. Her voice evokes an emotional range of expression.
Disclaimer: My brain was still in vacation mode after a glorious stay in Kiawah Island, S.C. until Friday 9/28. Add that fact into the background noise of fellow booklovers and a construction truck next to the Maryland Romance Writers Stage and there are probably a few misspellings and other mistakes. Please accept my apologies for any errors.