2017 Appearance Schedule


June 6, 2017


Hesston, KS

June 17, 2017

NubiaOne Festival: The State of Black Science Fiction Event: Atlanta, GA

1pm – 8pm

Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture

101 Auburn Avenue, NE

Atlanta , Georgia,


June 25, 2017

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM LA): MECCAcon Event: Los Angeles, CA
10am – 5pm
Leimert Park Village

Los Angeles, CA

September 29-October 1, 2017

Snake River Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Pocatello, Idaho
(Details to follow)


Previous Appearances


January 15, 2017

Writer’s Resist (PEN America)

2pm-4pm (TBD) Live Reading at Johnson County Library
Overland Park, KS


February 17-20, 2017

Boskone (New England Science Fiction Convention)
Westin Hotel, Boston Harbor,
Boston, MA


First Contact/Close Encounters
Friday 2pm-3pm, Harbor III (Westin)
What will it be like if and when we encounter our first aliens? Let’s celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic alien meetup movie by looking at first contact issues through its lens. Is Close Encounters of the Third Kind a realistic representation of how first contact is likely to go? Does the film stand the test of time? How about one of our newest cinematic favorites, Arrival?
Christine Taylor-Butler, Ken MacLeod, Charles Stross , JeffWarner (M), Garen Daly

When Villains Defy Expectation in Young Adult Literature
Friday 4pm-5pm,
In YA fiction, the bad guys used to be easy to spot. However, in a world with many shades of gray, villains just aren’t as easy to identify. The handlebar mustaches — gone; the dark trench coats — left on their hangers; the goon squads — seem like bunches of ordinary guys. What does the revamped “villain” archetype mean for our young heroes? How does it affect the story and the other characters? How might this more nuanced sense of good/bad play out as young adult fiction continues to evolve?
Participants: Tui Sutherland (M), Juliana Spink Mills,Tamora Pierce, Ken Altabef, Christine Taylor-Butler

The Year in Young Adult & Children’s Fiction
Friday 5pm-6pm, Harbor III (Westin)
Last year was another great one for young adult and children’s fiction. While the explosion of new authors in these genres may be stabilizing, the number of well-written, top-shelf stories continues to soar! Join our panelists for a lively discussion about what you absolutely must read from 2016 — and what we’re looking forward to as 2017 continues.
Mrs. Maryelizabeth Yturralde (M), Christine Taylor-Butler, Emma Caywood, Juliana Spink Mills, Bruce Coville

Name that Magical Creature
Friday 7pm-8pm, Burroughs (Westin)
Creatures from all the known worlds and myriad planes of existence are gathered here to be displayed for the entertainment and edification of the public. Our expert zoologists will attempt to identify the various species of wild magical beasts, gathered from dozens of shadowy realms, competing for the ultimate prize. Audience participation is encouraged: bring your favorite creatures to be identified by our panel of virtuoso beast masters.
C. S. E. Cooney , David Anthony Durham, Christine Taylor-Butler, Dr Frank Wu, Michael Sharrow (M)

Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders Through YA Fiction
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
Science fiction has inspired countless young people to become astronauts, engineers and scientists. We’ll discuss current science, technology and math (STEM) topics in YA fiction and our favorite must-reads from today’s authors.
Christine Taylor-Butler , Rob Greene, Brenda Noiseux (M), Ammi-Joan Paquette, N.A. Ratnayake

Afrofuturism in Speculative Fiction
Saturday 2pm – 3pm, Marina 2 (Westin)
The New York Times defines it as a “social, political, and cultural genre that projects black space voyagers, warriors, and their heroic like into a fantasy landscape.” Rihanna and Beyonce are onboard; so, it seems, are the Black Panther and the newest wearer of Iron Man’s mantle. However, Nnedi Okorafor says, ““I understand the uses of it, but I do not consider myself an Afrofuturist.” Let’s briefly discuss the labels, then move on to the literature. What are its origins? What recent work shouldn’t be missed? How is Afrofuturism influencing science fiction, fantasy, and horror today?
 Errick Nunnally , Christine Taylor-Butler, William Hayashi (M), David Anthony Durham, Milton Davis

Autographing: L.J. Cohen, Tamora Pierce, Tui Sutherland, Christine Taylor-Butler
Sunday 11am – 12pm Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

iMorality and Machines
Sunday 1pm-2pm, Harbor III (Westin)
Whose Ethics will define the limits of AI/Robot behavior? Business? Government? The Military Industrial Complex? Will we engage in ‘Inorganic Other-blaming’ when Unintended Consequences occur, as Asimov’s ‘Robot Series’ and sociologist Robert K. Merton predicted? Do the ‘Ends’ justify the AI ‘Means’, even if we can’t be sure where it will end?
Ken Altabef , John P. Murphy (M), Kristin Janz , Christine Taylor-Butler , Gregory Feeley


 February 10, 2017

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
12pm – 1:14pm Marquis Salon 7 & 8, at Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

Full House: Managing Multiple Points of View and Ensemble Casts in Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels . (, , , Christine Taylor-Butler ) Young adult and children’s novels, while often focused on a single protagonist and written primarily from a single point of view, can be fertile ground for experimenting with an ensemble cast of characters and/or multiple points of view. In this moderated discussion, four young adult and children’s novelists—one who is also an editor—discuss the difficulties and advantages of writing ensemble cast and multiple POV novels for teens and young readers.

 February 21, 2017

Kansas City Neighborhood Academy

Reading from the Lost Tribes, literacy discussion at Parent night
Kansas City, MO

March 3, 2017

African Centered College Preparatory Campus

4th through 7th grade classes
Interactive activities based on themes from the Lost Tribes
Kansas City, MO

March 11-12, 2017

Tuscon Festival Of Books

University of Arizona
Tuscon, AZ

March 19-21, 2017University_of_Central_Missouri_seal

49th Annual Children’s Literature Festival
Central Missouri State
Warrensburg, MO

March 24, 2017

Virginia Festival of Books
Marshall Middle School (am)
Peabody School (pm)
Charlottesville, VA

April 22-23, 2017

Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books

University of Southern California (Booth location in young adult section to be announced)
Los Angeles, CA

April 25, 2017

Franklin County Children’s Literature Festival

Ottawa University
Ottawa, KS

May 27-28, 2017

49th Annual ConQuest

Sheraton Hotel/Crown Center
Kansas City, MO





2016 (Partial)


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MidAmericon II (World Science Fiction Convention) (click here to see my schedule)

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 PM
Author Reading
 Kansas City Convention Center, 2202

Thursday, Aug 18, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 PM
New Trends in Young Adult Novels
Kansas City Convention Center, 2503A
Christine Taylor-Butler | Jane Ann McLachlan | Denise Grover Swank | Edward Willett | Ms Rachel Neumeier
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Kansas City Sci-Fi Authors
Kansas City Convention Center, 2207
Mr. Bryan Thomas Schmidt | Mr. Robin Wayne Bailey | Jenifer Boles | Christine Taylor-Butler
5:00 – 6:00  PM
Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction: What’s the Difference?
Kansas City Convention Center, 2208
Kathryn Sullivan | Edward Willett | Christine Taylor-Butler | Adam-Troy Castro | Rebecca Moesta
9:00  – 10:00 PM
Between Fire and Ice: Life on a Meridional World

Kansas City Convention Center, 2204
Christine Taylor-Butler | Eva L. Elasigue (Primal Spiral) | Larry Niven | Joe Haldeman | Dr. Charles Gannon

Friday, Aug 19, 2016

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Privilege of Beauty in Film & Television
Kansas City Convention Center, 2206

Nicki Lynch | Mr. Peadar O Guilin | Craig Miller | Christine Taylor-Butler | John Chu

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Raising the Stakes in Middle Grade Fiction
Kansas City Convention Center, 2504B

Sage Blackwood | Adam-Troy Castro | Sarah Beth Durst | Christine Taylor-Butler

5:00 PM
SFWA Autographing: Christine Taylor-Butler 
Kansas City Convention Center, SFWA Table

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016

10:00  – 11:00 AM
Meeples for Peoples: Playing Games with Everyone!
Kansas City Convention Center, 2204

Christine Taylor-Butler | Stephanie Loree | Katherine Wynter | Jaylee James | Brooke Johnson

1:00  – 2:00 PM
 Kaffeeklatsch with: Kinuko Craft, Derwin Mak, Christine Taylor-Butler
Kansas City Convention Center, 2211 (KKs)


September 10-11, 2016

Kansas City Chalk and Walk

Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

September 15, 2016

Sterling College Literature Festival

Sterling, KS

1 Tentative: Putting the science in Science Fiction.Grades 3-5

September 24, 2016

Barnes and Noble, Zona Rosa Branch

Autograph Session with River Read Authors
Zona Rosa Shopping Area, east of Exit 8 at I-29

October 11, 2016 

Annual River Read Festival of Writers

Park University, Parkville, MO
9am – 3pm

October 27 – 29, 2016

Storymaker’s Conference at Johnson County Library

Hosted by Johnson County Library System:
Central Resource Library – 87th and Farley
Overland Park, KS

1. Middle Grade Critique session/roundtable – moderator
2. What’s Your Platform? – speaker

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NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)

Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Room: Georgia World Congress Center B217

Nonfiction Panel with Larry Dane Brimner, Nancy Bo Flood, Cynthia Levinson, C. Taylor-Butler and Duncan Tonatiuh

Pocatello, Idaho