We may have been quiet here at GenreCon central, but we’re kinda like a duck: the more serene we appear above the surface, the more furiously we’re working behind the scenes.

There’s plenty of exciting stuff to be announced in coming weeks, but we wanted to make special mention of the fact that we’ll be putting out the open call for writers, agents, and publishers interested in being part of the GenreCon program in early June. We know there’s plenty of people who have been champing at the bit to get involved the program this year – in fact, the emails started about a week after last year’s conference ended – so keep an eye out for our next update for details about volunteering to be part of the 2013 workshop and panel program.

If you haven’t yet booked your ticket for GenreCon, we’re going to take this opportunity to remind you that weekend passes are available at the discounted rate of $250 up until July 31. There are also discounted room rates available at Rydges South Bank, the home of our After Hours program during the GenreCon Weekend.

Guest Update

We’re pleased to introduce three authors who will be guests at this year’s conference this year. All three are veritable powerhouses in the field of genre fiction, both nationally and internationally, and we honestly cannot wait until October when we can start picking their brains. GenreCon officially welcomes our second international guest, John Connolly, and two great Australian writers, Kathryn Fox and John Birmingham.

International Guest: John Connolly

John ConnollyJohn Connolly is best known as the creator of detective Charlie Parker, who was introduced in Every Dead Thing (1999), and has appeared in eleven books since — most recently The Wrath of Angels (2012). Connolly is the author of two standalone novels, Bad Men (2003) and The Book of Lost Things (2006), and a collection of short stories, Nocturnes (2004). His first children’s novel, The Gateswas published in 2009, followed by a sequel, Hell’s Bells, in 2011. The third Samuel Johnson novel, The Creeps, will be published in autumn 2013, as will Conquest, a fantasy novel for teens co-written by Connolly and his partner, Jennifer Ridyard. Connolly is also the co-editor (with Declan Burke) of Books to Die For (2012), a collection of essays from the world’s top crime writers.

A native of Dublin, he divides his time between there and Portland, Maine, the setting of many of his novels.

Author Guest: Kathryn Fox

KathrynFoxDr Kathryn Fox is the award winning, internationally claimed author of six thrillers. Her books are published in over 30 countries, in over a dozen languages.  Kathryn began her writing career as Cleo’s doctor columnist, and trained as a medical journalist with Australian Doctor while working in General Practice. During this time she became a Fellow of the RACGP and developed a special interest in forensic medicine.

Her work has been featured in major magazines, and newspapers, and she has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, in Australia and internationally. Her fifth novel, Death Mask, garnered attention in the sports pages because of its focus on footballers, head injuries and sexual assaults, finally making her sports-obsessed-family proud.  Her 6th book, Cold Grave, was released in July 2012.

Author Guest: John Birmingham

John BirminghamJohn Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, the award-winning history Leviathan, and the World War trilogy. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on a diverse range of topics.



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