Dear readers, I share with you this delightful announcement I received in the mail this morning.
Coming this summer to Madison, Wisconsin: The North American Discworld Convention 2011!
The North American Discworld Convention 2011 is now open for registration! This year’s convention features Guest of Honor Sir Terry Pratchett and many other great Discworldian guests, including authors Stephen Baxter and Esther Friesner, artist Stephen Player, television producer Rod Brown of Prime Focus Productions, and Sir Terry’s editors, UK agent, and official Discworld merchandisers!
Don’t miss this exciting gathering of Discworld notables and fans, which will be held from July 8 – 11, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin, and will feature a Guest of Honor talk, a Maskerade, a Gala Banquet, a Charity Auction, booksignings, panels, and much, much more! The first NADWCon, held in 2009, was a huge success and a ton of fun for all – and we guarantee this one will be too!
NADWCon2011 has over 500 members registered already, so hurry along to get more information and register now at www.nadwcon.org
I am a true, dedicated fan of the brilliance and works of Sir Terry Pratchett, and for those of you that live near Madison, Wisconsin, EVEN WITH the insanity that is your current government fracas, I call you what you are; the most blessed place in North America.
From what Cassie and I read on the official website, there will be a maximum of 1000 Attending Memberships. I believe that means they’re already halfway to being booked solid and closed to further attending members.
If attending this convention interests you, I heartily recommend you act fast.
Now, I will not say for certain that I will be attending. However, I will say that I have paid the $30 for a Supporting Membership, to hold a place in the registration process until we can figure it out, which can be upgraded to an attending membership later, and we are closely examining options that would allow me to attend. It would be a very, very costly enterprise. It only makes sense if we turn it into a family vacation, spend most of our time in the Wisconsin Dells as a family, and I only spend part of the weekend visiting the convention for brief stints.
On the other hand, this is the big one. You can have your Blizzcons, and your Penny Arcade Expos. This is the grand event that would be nearest and dearest to my heart.
I make no promises, none at all. July is a long way away, and life happens. I could easily be unemployed by mid-July, with the economy the way it is.
But if it turns out I can attend, big if, I’d be delighted to see any Bear Blog readers that were also able to be there.
We live in Interesting Times, my friends. If the stars align, and I’m not eaten by luggage, I hope we have a grand time.