Rick Kleffel conducted a number of interviews for our Program Book. He will be posting some of them on his blog, The Agony Column. You can read his chat with Michael Swanwick here.
Neil Gaiman is currently stuck behind the Great Firewall of China, but he is getting some communication out, and yesterday his staff posted a journal entry about a project by our artist Guest of Honor, Lisa Snellings.
This is the first in a series of Poppet creations by Lisa that are based around Neil’s Newbery and Hugo winning, and World Fantasy nominated, novel, The Graveyard Book. Lisa is donating 20% of the proceeds from the project to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. For more information, see Lisa’s blog.
One of the many book launches taking place at World Fantasy this year is for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s charity anthology of flash fiction, Last Drink Bird Head. Further details are available on Jeff’s blog.
The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection at the University of Texas Library has gone live.
According to Boing-Boing, “The digital collection incorporates images of all Poe manuscripts and letters at the Ransom Center with a selection of related archival materials, two books by Poe annotated by the author, sheet music based on his poems, and portraits from the Ransom Center collections. Poe’s manuscripts and letters are linked to transcriptions on the website of the Poe Society of Baltimore.”
We are delighted to announce one additional Guest of Honor, Serbian writer Zoran Živković. Zoran is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award for his mosaic-novel The Library. He has also been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Further details are available here.
Our congratulations to our Guest of Honor, Ann VanderMeer who, together with Stephen H. Segal, won a Hugo Award in the Best Semiprozine category at the weekend for their magazine, Weird Tales. The Hugo Award ceremony took place on Sunday night at Worldcon in Montreal. Ann’s husband, Jeff, also one of our Guests of Honor, blogged about the award here.
Weird Tales is also nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the Special Award: Professional category. Ann and Jeff are jointly nominated in the Anthology category for their book, Steampunk.
We are delighted to announce the addition of two California-based Special Guests to our line-up.
Donald Sidney-Fryer is a poet, a troubadour and an expert in the works of Clark Aston Smith.
Richard A Lupoff is a Hugo Award-winning writer and publisher.
Both will be fine additions to our line-up.
We are delighted to announce additions to our line-up of guests. You already know about our first Guest of Honor, Garth Nix. In addition we welcome the the following Guests of Honor:
We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our Toastmaster for the convention, Jay Lake.