Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

Charlaine Harris

MisCon 36 Guest of Honor

Charlaine Harris was born in the Mississippi Delta. Her father was a farmer and then a school principal, and her mother was a librarian. Charlaine was educated at public schools and attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Two thousand twenty-one will mark Charlaine’s fortieth year as a published writer. She has written two stand-alones, and her series include the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, the Lily Bard mysteries, the Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasies, the Harper Connelly urban fantasies, the Midnight, Texas novels, the Cemetery Girl graphic novels (with Christopher Golden), and the Gunnie Rose books, set in an alternate history America.

Charlaine Harris was born in the Mississippi Delta. Her father was a farmer and then a school principal, and her mother was a librarian. Charlaine was educated at public schools and attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Two thousand twenty-one will mark Charlaine’s fortieth year as a published writer. She has written two stand-alones, and her series include the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, the Lily Bard mysteries, the Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasies, the Harper Connelly urban fantasies, the Midnight, Texas novels, the Cemetery Girl graphic novels (with Christopher Golden), and the Gunnie Rose books, set in an alternate history America. Charlaine has also written many short stories, and together with Toni L.P. Kelner she edited seven themed anthologies (and had great fun).

The television series “True Blood” was based on Charlaine’s Sookie Stackhouse novels. Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is still showing a series of movies created about the Aurora Teagarden character, and for two seasons “Midnight, Texas” was on the air. Two of her other series are in production.

Charlaine belongs to several professional organizations and is an avid reader. She and her husband live on a cliff overlooking the Brazos River with their rescue dogs. Charlaine has the joy of being a grandmother, and she attends the Episcopalian church.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Q&A with Charlaine Harris, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Charlaine Harris

    A Q&A session with Author GoH Charlaine Harris. If time allows, we will take audience questions.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Go Bump in the Night, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    By the light of day, let's discuss things that go bump in the night. The mysterious. The unknown. Secretive things that lurk in the dark. Why are we fascinated with ghoulies and ghosties and other sneaky denizens of the night? Lets delve into the origins of fables, folk tale, and history to bring to the surface the theory of origins for various troupes and classic stories that have come to make up our modern day mythos of things that lurk just beyond the meniscus of light.

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Cosplaimee , Justin Barba, Patricia Briggs, Dragon Dronet, Becky Harouz, Charlaine Harris, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

    Join our GoHs at MisCon 36's Opening Ceremonies and find out what's going on throughout the weekend.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Charlaine Harris Book Signing, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Charlaine Harris

    Author GoH Charlaine Harris will sign books. You are limited to 3 items signed per trip through the signing line. This is a tightly controlled event, and you can line up early.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Plot or Character: Which Comes First?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Tod McCoy

    What is most important for a good story: a fast moving, engaging plot, or characters you can identify with (or at least care about?) Can you have one without the other? When should you? And, does plot emerge from the character’s needs and desires, or is the character born to serve the plot?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, De-Mystifying Mystery, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Danith McPherson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    So many kinds of mystery: amateur sleuths, professional sleuths, noir, cozies, country house, police procedurals, “setting” mysteries (Wyoming, Alaska, Iceland) et al. What makes a great mystery? How do we integrate these traditional sleuthing stories into our fantasy or science fiction milieus or do we have to look for something completely different? Who has done it well? Will devout mystery readers ever be persuaded to join us in the blend?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Necessary Story Elements, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Patricia Briggs, James Glass, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held

    What are the essential elements of a story? How do these elements change between genres, say from epic fantasy to mystery to western to urban fantasy.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Trickster: Scoundrel, or Hero?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Charlaine Harris, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Stealing our hearts, and often igniting our anger, the rogues, scoundrels, and tricksters of our stories can be beloved one moment and despised the next.

    How do we define these characters whose motives are as obscured as the lines of morality and social contracts they dance around? Why are we fascinated with these archetypes?

  • Break Sun 3:50 - 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.