Guests of Honor

CrossingsCon is proud to welcome our guests of honor for 2021!

If you’re not familiar with the works of some of our guests, our staff put together a guide on where to start with each of their respective bibliographies, including some reviews. Take a look!

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Diane Duane

Appearing at CrossingsCon now for the fourth time, is the one and only Diane Duane! Diane is now in her fourth decade as a writer of science fiction and fantasy. She is the creator of the Young Wizards YA science fantasy series (now up to volume 10) and the Middle Kingdoms LGBTQ adult-fantasy series (three main-sequence novels and various long and short interstitial fiction), and has also worked in comics and computer games. She has also written extensively for television and film, working with characters ranging from Jean-Luc Picard to Batman and from Siegfried the Volsung to Scooby-Doo. She has picked up various awards for her prose and screen work over time, the most recent of these being the Faust Grandmaster Award from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. She also served as a writer guest of honor at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin in 2019.

Born and raised in the New York suburbs, DD lived and worked in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and the Los Angeles area before finally relocating to Europe in 1987 and Ireland in 1988. She has lived there ever since with her husband of more than thirty years, the novelist and screenwriter Peter Morwood. From an unusually device-heavy cottage in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains they casually pursue total galactic domination and the perfect home-baked loaf of bread, with the occasional trip to the Continent for long dining-car lunches and business meetings in the Alps with the Transcendent Pig.

DD’s favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, and her sign is RUNWAY 22R: HOLD FOR CLEARANCE.

Follow Diane on her website or her blog, Out of Ambit.

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Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon, author and illustrator, has written over fifteen books for children, several novels for adults, an epic webcomic called Digger and various short stories. She publishes children’s books under her own name and adult books under the pen name T. Kingfisher. She has received numerous awards, including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for her work in various mediums. Having moved across the country several times, she eventually settled in Pittsboro, North Carolina, where she works full-time as an artist, writer, and creator of oddities.

We could not be happier to have Ursula join us for CrossingsCon 2021! You can find Ursula’s blog and more about her and her works on her website.

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Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George—author of the Rose Legacy, Castle Glower, and Dragon Slippers series—earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.

You can find out more about Jessica on her website. In addition to working extensively in the fairytale genre, Jessica is also a big Diane Duane fan herself, and so especially enthusiastic to join us at CrossingsCon 2021!

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C.B. Lee

C.B. Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her works include the Sidekick Squad series, Ben 10 graphic novels, Out Now: Queer We Go Again, Minecraft: The Shipwreck, From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back, and A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix. Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, Hypable, Tor’s Best of Fantasy and Sci Fi, and the American Library Association’s Rainbow List.

For CB, the “slipping sideways” theme is particularly exciting since she is working right now on a book that focuses on liminal spaces and travel between worlds.

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Cat Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of forty works of speculative fiction and poetry, including Space Opera, The Refrigerator Monologues, Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Prix Imaginales, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, Romantic Times’ Critics Choice and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

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Megan Whalen Turner

Megan Whalen Turner is an award winning and NYT bestselling author of fantasy for children, adults and young adults. Her novel, The Thief was a Newbery Honor book in 1997. It was the first of six books set in the world of the Queen’s Thief. Turner has been awarded a Horn Book Honor, been shortlisted twice for the Norton Award and won both the Mythopoeic Award and the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Satisfying for all ages, her books are filled with political machinations and divine intervention, friendship, fortitude and deceit. It is a testament to their staying power that twenty five years after The Thief was published, readers were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Return of the Thief in October 2020.