Friday, September 2, 2022 at Chicon 8

Looking for something to do today at Chicon? Here is where you can find me:

Chicon 8

Friday 10:45 AM CDT

3-D Paper Craft (Intermediate) – Workshop

A. L. Kaplan Mary Prince Pat Virzi

Room: Comiskey Duration: 60 mins

Make-and Take paper crafting, tween to adult. Use preprinted images, coloring, cutting, gluing to create 3-D popups.   Starting with several project samples and preprinted pages, build your own little world that can fit in your pocket or be mailed to someone in another dimension.

Friday 1:00 PM CDT

Yoga and Juicing Isn’t Fixing This – Panel

Room: Michigan 3 Duration: 60 mins

Disability and chronic illness don’t just “get better.” At some point, people are forced to live with their ailments while working to figure out how to cope and enjoy life. Panelists share their stories, including the amusing anecdotes and surprising challenges they experienced while learning to live with their daily difficulties. Join in the discussion as they share coping strategies that aren’t framed as attempts to “fix us.”

Friday 4:00 PM CDT

Teen Table Talk – A. L. Kaplan

Room: Crystal Foyer Duration: 60 mins

Come chat with author A L Kaplan about all the ways she’s destroyed life on Earth and rebuilt civilization. Okay, not all of her stories involve blowing up the world. A L is the author of several short stories and the novel Star Touched.

Teen table talks are a space for Chicon members aged 13-20 to engage with a host and their peers. To sign up for this Table Talk, visit All sign up are available starting Wednesday August 31st at Noon central, and you will be notified at least 12 hours before the Table Talk time if you were chosen for a spot. More details available at

Sometimes a blessing can be a curse.

Young Maya bears the mark of the moon goddess, a sign that would doom her to sacrifice in her village where the death god is revered. Forced to dye her golden eyes dark, Maya lives in constant fear of discovery. To save her family and the village’s future, she must find the courage to stand up to the high priest before he can bring the death god into this world.


Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history.

One step toward understanding.

One stride toward survival.

One leap toward flying free from the past.


Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.


A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.


About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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