Spoken Word and GenreCon in Sarnia

On Saturday, April 25, I was a guest author and panelist at GenreCon, the annual one-day literary genre convention in Sarnia, hosted by the Sarnia Library and organized by Jeff Beeler and Ellen Dark. This year, Jeff arranged to have some of the GenreCon authors appear on Friday, the night before the con, at Spoken Word, an open microphone event held monthly at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in downtown Sarnia. I was joined by mystery writers Vicki Delany (left) and Jean Rae Baxter (pictured here with Jeff and myself).

Our hosts were Debbie Okun Hill and Ryan Gibbs. Spoken Word is "an informal evening of storytelling, poetry readings, sharing and laughter. Anyone may come to read what they have written, share a story or poem by a favorite writer or just be part of the audience." I had a great time, doing a short reading, signing copies of Impossibilia, and listening to my fellow guests and others do their own readings. The next day, it was GenreCon, another great time, with fun panels and fun panelists. Hopefully, Jeff, Debbie, and Ryan can continue to make these joint events in future years as well.

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