Nisi Shawl receives the Tiptree Award at WisCon

Carl Brandon Society co-founder and steering committee member Nisi Shawl received the James Tiptree, Jr Award for her story collection Filter House last night at the WisCon 33 Guest of Honor ceremonies.WisCon is special to the Carl Brandon Society as it’s where the organization got its start. We’re especially pleased that Mary Anne Mohanraj, also a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society, and Nnedi Okorafor were announced as the Guests of Honor for WisCon 34!

We’ll have more photos from last night soon.

Also, Think Galactic, a sister child-of-WisCon organization, will be holding its second convention June 26-28 at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Visit the Think Galacticon convention site for more information.

Wiscon continues to welcome people of colour to the convention

Policy on welcoming people of colour, with action plan, from Wiscon, the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention.

“We are proud that WisCon 33 will host the first Cultural Appropriation 101 class that we’re aware of in the science fiction world.” Wiscon also says, “We’re planning to set aside a room during the convention for discussion of moving-forward strategies and potential improvements. We will work closely with people of color to ensure that this does not become a space in which the offenses recycle.”

There’s more. Details on the Wiscon web site, here.

Join the Carl Brandon Society at WisCon 32

Are you heading to WisCon for Memorial Day Weekend? If so, be sure to connect with the Carl Brandon Society. Our schedule is posted below. You can also chat with steering committee members Candra K. Gill, Claire Light, Victor Raymond, Nisi Shawl, and Bryan Thao Worra. The steering committee will be wearing pins that say, “Color Me SF!”

Official Carl Brandon Society Events at WisCon 32

Friday, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WisCon Opening Ceremonies

The Carl Brandon Society is hosting the Opening Ceremonies this year, so come help us kick off WisCon.

Friday, 10:30 p.m – Party

Join us on the sixth floor for our party with our co-host, the Speculative Literature Foundation. Talk with Carl Brandon Society steering committee members, make a crown, renew your membership, and check out the new Carl Brandon Society buttons.

Saturday, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., Conference Room 5
Carl Brandon Society Update

Come to this panel to get a comprehensive update on the Awards and the Butler Memorial Scholarship. We’re also looking for your input, so come ready to brainstorm with us.

Saturday, 2:30 – 3:45p.m., Conference Room 4

Carl Brandon Society Sponsored Panel. Program Description: You’ve heard of Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, and Nalo Hopkinson as people of color who write SF/F. Let’s talk about other writers of genre fiction who are people of color. Who are your favorites that everyone should be reading?

Sunday, 4 – 5:15 p.m., Conference Room 5
Some of Us Are Brave: Identity Intersections in an Election Year

Carl Brandon Society Sponsored Panel. Program Description: With the Clinton and Obama candidacies, there has been a great deal of discussion in the press about race and gender. Unfortunately, this discussion is often framed in terms of which is the so-called bigger issue. Black women in particular have been singled out as facing a perceived dilemma in terms of identity framed as an either/or situation. This panel will look at identity intersections – ands instead of ors – using the discourse around the Clinton and Obama candidacies as a framework.

Sunday, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
CBS Invitational Dinner/Mixer

Dinner with the steering committee and ongoing & prospective volunteers

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