NOLA ParaCon, a free half-day literary festival featuring a dozen local writers and editors, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Paranormal romance is a subgenre of romantic fiction and speculative fiction. It includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation — ghosts, vampires, shapeshifters, werewolves and time travelers — blending themes from the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror.