Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels:
The Rise of Modern Medievalism
Guests of Honor
Catherynne M. Valente, Author
Catherynne M. Valente is the author of the two-volume series The Orphan Tales (consisting of In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice), which won the 2008 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. Her urban fantasy novel Palimpsest also was nominated for the 2010 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.
Michael D.C. Drout, Scholar
Michael D.C. Drout is a Professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he teaches Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Middle English, medieval literature, fantasy, and science fiction and writing. His scholarship is focused on tenth-century English literature and culture, meme-based theories of culture, and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Drout won the 2003 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.