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Terminus took place August 7-11, 2008. If you missed Terminus, please visit the Narrate Conferences website for information on upcoming events, including Sirens.

Keynote Presentations

During Terminus, attendees will have the opportunity to hear our Guests of Honor give keynote presentations on their unique experiences with the Harry Potter books and phenomenon. These specially arranged events will look back at the series and look forward to the future for works like Harry Potter. Each keynote presentation comes with a full meal and requires the purchase of an additional cost ticket. Attendees may purchase tickets when registering or by changing an existing registration; non-attendees may purchase tickets by clicking here.

Potter Past: Lessons from the Harry Potter Series - | - Potter Future: The Changing Face of Fantasy Literature

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Potter Past: Lessons from the Harry Potter Series

Friday, August 8, 2008
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Hilton Chicago Hotel
Cost: $40 for Terminus attendees; $50 for non-attendees.
Tickets for this event are sold out.

Millions of readers have pored over every word of the Harry Potter series for clues to Harry's destiny. Now that the saga is complete, writers can study the series as well to learn valuable lessons about characterization, narrative voice, plot construction, and theme. Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.) and U.S. continuity editor for the Harry Potter series, joins us to speak on the craft and skill evident in J. K. Rowling's work.

Menu:

  • Salad: Mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, carrot and roma tomatoes, with red wine vinaigrette;
  • Entrée: Make-your-own-pasta with cheese sauce, including the following optional mix-ins: shredded smoked gouda, crumbled blue cheese, crumbled goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sweet corn, and spicy sausage; and
  • Dessert: Carrot cake.
    * Please note that the entrée mix-ins, including the sausage, are optional. If you prefer a vegetarian plate, you will be able to create one at the pasta buffet. If you have additional dietary concerns, we are happy to order you a substitution plate; simply specify your concern when you purchase your ticket.

Cheryl Klein: Cheryl Klein is a senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, where she started her career as an editorial assistant in 2000. Some of the books she has edited or co-edited include Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee; Food for Thought by Saxton Freymann; My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C. by Edward Kennedy, illustrated by David Small; The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Francois Roca; The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer; and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce. She also served as the continuity editor on the final three Harry Potter books. You can visit her website at www.cherylklein.com.

Potter Past: Lessons from the Harry Potter Series - | - Potter Future: The Changing Face of Fantasy Literature

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Potter Future: The Changing Face of Fantasy Literature

Sunday, August 10, 2008
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hilton Chicago Hotel
Cost: $40 for Terminus attendees; $50 for non-attendees.

The bookshelves explode with Harry Potter read-alikes, fantasy films are behemoths with multi-million dollar budgets, and vampires, werewolves and faeries are part of the mainstream. J. K. Rowling’s boy wizard changed not only her world and ours, but the world of fantasy media as well. Fantasy author Tamora Pierce, who published her first young adult novel, Alanna: The First Adventure (about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight), in 1983, and has published more than 20 young adult novels since, will speak on how the landscape of young adult fantasy literature has changed – for authors, for publishers, for readers – in the wake of the 800-pound Snitch.

Menu:

  • Meat Option: Sun-dried tomato and basil quiche, au gratin potatoes and crisp smoked bacon; OR
  • Vegetarian Option: Orange-almond French toast, Hilton breakfast potatoes and fruit.
    * If you have dietary concerns that prevent you from partaking of either option, we are happy to order you a substitution plate; simply specify your concern when you purchase your ticket.

Tamora Pierce: New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce began writing while studying psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written everything from short stories to novels to scripts that were featured on National Public Radio, and has worked in many aspects of the publishing industry, including as a manuscript reviewer and editor. Since her days at Penn, she has published several quartets of young adult fantasy books with female heroes (and millions have adventured with Alanna, Dane, Keladry, Aly and Beka) and featured the magic of four children in her Circle books. Her most recent works are Terrier, beginning the story of Beka Cooper, and Melting Stones, the latest installment in the Circle series, which was published on audiobook last fall and is expected in print in the summer of 2008.

Potter Past: Lessons from the Harry Potter Series - | - Potter Future: The Changing Face of Fantasy Literature

 
 
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