Schedule of events:


Noon-12:45 Craig Thompson’s first graphic novel, “Good-bye, Chunky Rice,” came out in 1999, when he was just 23. His most recent work, the 672-page “Habibi,” is a story of love and pain in an Arabian Nights-style fantasy described by a Washington Post critic as “intricate and ornate, lush and seductive, arabesque and sometimes knowingly grotesque.” Signing at 1:30.

From Raina Telgemeier's new graphic novel “Drama.” (@2012 Graphix/Scholastic )

12:55-1:40 Lois McMaster Bujold “Cryoburn,” Lois McMaster Bujold’s most recent novel, is part of her Vorkosigan Saga, which has won four Hugo and two Nebula awards. Set a thousand years in the future, it tells the story of Miles Vorkosigan, a physically impaired interstellar spy and mercenary admiral from the planet Barrayar. Signing at 2:30.

1:50-2:35 Nalo Hopkinson grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana, and her writing combines fantasy with Caribbean history and storytelling traditions. Her novels include “Skin Folk,” “The Salt Roads” and, most recently, “The Chaos.” Signing 3:30.

2:45-3:30 Raina Telgemeier is the creator of “Smile,” a graphic memoir based on her childhood in San Francisco. Telgemeier also adapted and illustrated the graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club” books and co-wrote “X-Men: Misfits.” Her latest graphic novel is “Drama.” Signing at 4:30.

3:40-4:25 Vernor Vinge is a retired San Diego State University professor of mathematics, a computer scientist and a science-fiction author. His most recent novel, “Children of the Sky,” is a sequel to his Hugo Award-winning novel “A Fire Upon the Deep.” His other works include the Hugo-winning “A Deepness in the Sky” and a 1993 essay, “The Coming Technological Singularity,” in which he argued that within 30 years the creation of superhuman artificial intelligence would mean “the human era will be ended.” Signing at 4:45.

4:35-5:20 Christopher Paolini was 15 when he wrote the first draft of “Eragon,” a fantasy whose scenery was inspired by the Montana mountains where he grew up. The Washington Post called “Eragon” a “tale of bravery and battles, friendship and fortitude, dragons and danger.” He followed it with the sequels “Eldest,” “Brisingr” and, most recently, “Inheritance.” The series has sold more than 25 million books worldwide. Signing at 3.

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