Thursday, October 30, 2008

World Fantasy Convention Starts Today

The World Fantasy Convention started today in Calgary and runs through the weekend. Here's a quick look at the event poster and press release. You can visit the website here. If anyone knows of any bloggers posting from the convention, please leave a comment. The World Fantasy Awards will be announced on Sunday. Here are the nominees in the novel category:
  • Territory Emma Bull [Tor]
  • Ysabel Guy Gavriel Kay [Viking Canada/Penguin Roc]
  • Fangland John Marks [Penguin Press]
  • Gospel of the Knife Will Shetterly [Tor]
  • The Servants Michael Marshall Smith [Earthling Publications]
For Immediate Release

Calgary will be hosting this year's World Fantasy Convention from October 30th to November 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This is the first time an international convention of this significance in the literary world is to be hosted in Western Canada. Fantasy and Horror authors, internationally renowned artists, and publishers and editors will be attending. The theme for this year’s World Fantasy is: Mystery in Fantasy and Horror.

Guests of Honour include: David Morrell, creator of Rambo, winner of the World Horror novel of year 2006, and winner of the World Comic award 2007; Barbara Hambly, fantasy, mystery and horror writer; Tom Doherty, publisher of TOR books, the largest publisher for speculative fiction in North America; Todd Lockwood, award winning fantasy cover artist and our toastmaster is Tad Williams, international best selling fantasy author.

Individuals who love reading fantasy and horror novels will have the opportunity to meet over two hundred authors of speculative fiction from all around the world. Many Canadian authors will be in attendance such as, Guy Gavriel Kay, Dave Duncan, Steven Erikson and Robert J. Sawyer. Some of the authors from outside of Canada include; George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modisett, S.M. Stirling, David Drake and Patricia McKillip, from the USA, as well as Paul Cornell (Dr. Who scriptwriter) from the UK, Garth Nix from Australia and Jay Caselberg from Germany.

During the four days of the convention there will be discussion sessions and readings followed by presentation of the 2008 World Fantasy Awards on Sunday November 2nd. Full details about the convention and who will be attending is available online at:
www.worldfantasy2008.org. Questions can be sent to: info@worldfantasy2008.org. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pre-registration at our current rates are available until October 5th, 2008. Rates will be higher at the door. Banquet tickets for the awards lunch must be purchases in advance. There will be no day passes.
We are currently arranging for free public lunch hour readings through the Public Library. Dates and authors will be announced soon.

Please contact Clifford Samuels at 403 242-1807 if you would like additional information or to arrange interviews.

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