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May 31, 2024


San Diego Mission

Marriott Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive

San Diego, California. 92108



During the first day of StokerCon, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) offers "Librarian's Day" -- a full day of horror-focused continuing education programming for all librarians and library paraprofessionals. The event has in-person and virtual components.  Topics include readers' advisory, programming featuring the conference's guest authors on timely topics, information on how you can work with the HWA, and more. Below you'll find this year's special program for the on-site conference. Librarian's Day ticket holders will have access to the dealer's room and other areas of the full conference throughout the day.



Librarians’ Day only ticket - $60


Librarians’ Day is open to all StokerCon ticket holders.  If you already have a regular ticket, we invite you to attend any of our programming at no extra cost. 

**Please note that as opposed to previous years, lunch will NOT be provided with Librarian's Day this year.


8a.m. - 8:25 a.m.  Welcome to Librarians’s Day! – Meet the Librarians’ Day team and fellow librarians from across the country while enjoying coffee and bites courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Library System.


8:30a.m. - 9:20a.m.  Brains! Brains! Brainstorming Ways to Engage Your Community – Moderated by Konrad Stump: Join HWA Library Advisory Council members in small group discussions to meet some of your fellow librarians, share experiences, and gather ideas for how to engage your community with the horror community. 


9:30a.m. - 10:20a.m.  How to Feature Horror at Your Library, Moderated by Konrad Stump  Hear librarians from across the country share their experiences featuring horror at their libraries, from book discussions to writing groups to author events and more.


10:30a.m. - 11:20a.m.  Buzzing About Horror Books, Moderated by Emily Vinci  Join librarians and book reviewers as they share the buzz about a slew of exciting new and upcoming horror titles. Come for the booktalks; stay for the free books and swag!


11:30a.m. - 1p.m.  Lunch Break   Explore San Diego and enjoy a nearby restaurant.


1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.  What Horror Means to Me, Moderated by Lila Denning  Join StokerCon 2024’s Guests of Honor for a lively discussion about why readers of all ages enjoy a good scare, from fictional frights to all-too-true terrors.  Featuring Paula Guran, Justina Ireland, Jonathan Maberry, Nisi Shawl, and Paul Tremblay.


2 p.m. -2:50p.m.  The Rising Popularity of Folklore and Fairy Tales in Modern Horror, Moderated by Ben Rubin.  Not to be confused with folk horror, the use of cultural stories of folklore and fairytales continue to serve as a storytelling device in modern horror.  It is something that can attract new readers by making the genre feel familiar and accessible, while also highlighting the diversity of horror by drawing on cultural traditions from across the globe. Thus, it is a subgenre that is a must on all library shelves! Featuring Gwendolyn Kiste, Lee Murray, Cina Pelayo, and Yaika Sabat!


3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.: Summer Scares  A Thrilling Summer Reading Program, Moderated by Yaika Sabat  Join Summer Scares current and past selected authors, spokespeople, and partners to learn more about the HWA’s popular summer reading program, how to get involved, and how to use Summer Scares resources to better serve your patrons. Featuring Clay McLeod Chapman and Justina Ireland.

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