R.J. Anderson R.J. Anderson is the author of 2009′s Knife a.k.a. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter and its sequel, Rebel a.k.a. Wayfarer, will be released on June 22. She has been involved in the Harry Potter fandom since 2000, as well as Doctor Who, House, M.D. and Sherlock Holmes and more. Appearing at: Friday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event) Reading from Rebel on Saturday (Time/Location TBA) and subsequent signing in the vendor room.
Sarah Rees Brennan Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it's not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.
After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon’s Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it. Appearing at: - Friday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event)
Christian Coulson Acting credits include Journey’s End in the West End, Ghosts at London’s Gate Theatre, and the UK national tour of Festen. TV includes Charles II; the Power and the Passion, Hornblower, Miss Marple & Little Britain. Film includes Four Feathers, The Hours, and the role of Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Christian has directed several shows in New York at venues including Joe's Pub and Don't Tell Mama, and is also a professional photographer, with work published in the New York Times, LA Times, Time Out New York, and a variety of UK publications. www.arsonistphotography.com Appearing at: C & C Dessert Factory (additional fee event) Q&A Session at ________ on ____day at _open to all Full, MC, 2-Day and ____day registrants Autograph tickets and photo opportunities also available - Christian will be available for signings on Friday at noon and Saturday at 1:30.
Karen Healey Karen Healey has been involved in various fandoms since 1996, including Sailor Moon, Improfanfic, Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, X-Men Movieverse, and Leverage. She is the author of YA urban fantasy Guardian of the Dead, which is set in her homeland of New Zealand, and deals with the problems and power of inherited stories. She is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Melbourne, and her dissertation, officially titled “Power and Responsibility: The Contemporary Superhero Comic as Fan Text“, is privately titled, “Superhero Comics: Totally Fic, Guys.” She drinks absurd amounts of Diet Coke. Appearing at: - Friday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event) - Addressing Real Life Issues in Fandom - Reading from Guardian of the Dead (Time/Location TBA) and subsequent signing in the vendor room
Naomi Novik Naomi Novik is the Chair of the Organization for Transformative Works, New York Times-bestselling author of the award-winning Temeraire historical fantasy series, and an active participant and creator in online fandoms since 1994, publishing stories and vids in more than 42 fandoms and founding several fan-run institutions. The next Temeraire novel, Tongue of Serpents, will be released on July 13. Appearing at: Friday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event) Reading from her novels (Time/Location TBA) and subsequent signing in the vendor room
Chris Rankin plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films. He also has an extensive theater background, having performed in pantomimes and plays such as Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk, Hedda Gabler and Salome. Appearing at: C & C Dessert Factory (additional fee event) Q&A Session at ________ on ____day at _open to all Full, MC, 2-Day and ____day registrants Autograph tickets and photo opportunities also available; Chris’ photo sessions are Friday at 2 and Saturday at 3:30
Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults. Her first novel, Center Line won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997. Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel, Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her new novel, The Guardian, focuses on the plight of foster children. Joyce also writes shorts stories and poetry- Her first chapbook, Impermanence, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. Joyce runs a successful manuscript critique business and conducts three ongoing workshops in creative writing which have so far produced twenty-six published authors. She lives in Coral Springs,Florida with her husband Jay and cat, Phantom. Appearing at: Writing Workshop (additional fee)
Kelvin Tuite Kelvin Tuite is the Franchise Creative Director for Electronic Arts’ Bright Light studio, and has worked on various Harry Potter video games. Appearing at: Saturday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event)
Ali Wilgus Ali Wilgus has created renowned Harry Potter fanart, and written fanfic as well. Her professional work in comics and animation includes projects for Del Rey Manga, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dancing Diablo and Flickerlab, and her first novel, Last Airbender: Prequel: Zuko’s Story, was released in May. Appearing at: Friday Keynote Luncheon at Noon (Additional fee event)