Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 34: Carnival of Wonders, May 22 - 25, 2020 Missoula, Montana

Charlaine Harris

MisCon 34 Guest of Honor

Charlaine Harris has been a published writer for over thirty-five years. She has written conventional mysteries, hard-edged mysteries, urban fantasy, and science fiction. 

Her Sookie Stackhouse books were adapted to the HBO series True Blood.

Her series "Midnight, Texas" was adapted to the NBC show of the same name. It follows the lives of the strange inhabitants of a small town in the middle of nowhere, where the concept of normal is relative. A haven for vampires, witches, psychics, hit men, and others with extraordinary backgrounds, Midnight gives outsiders a place to belong.

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth—and final—Lily Bard novel, was printed in fall 2001.

By then, Harris was feeling the call of new territory. Starting with the premise of a young woman with a disability who wants to try inter-species dating, she created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series before there was a genre called “urban fantasy.” Telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each subsequent book follows Sookie through adventures involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which ended in 2013, has been released in over thirty languages.

Sookie Stackhouse has proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new HBO series based upon the books He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008.

In October 2005, the first of Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. After four novels, this series is on hiatus.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Jim Butcher, Dan Dos Santos, Becky Harouz, Charlaine Harris

    Join our GoHs at MisCon 34's Opening Ceremonies and find out what's going on throughout the weekend. Put on a costume, attend discussion panels, hit the art show, and play a few games.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Suspicious Character, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Rob Carlos; Panelists: Rob Carlos, Charlaine Harris

    Come watch author Guest of Honor Charlaine Harris describe one of her characters to artist Rob Carlos. Rob will work up a portrait of the character right before your eyes.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 3:00
  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Dan Dos Santos, Becky Harouz, Charlaine Harris

    Finish out MisCon 34 in style, and catch a sneak peek at what's in store for you next year at MisCon 35.