It should make for a great convention. Readercon is geared toward the written word and writers, so it’s a wonderful venue to talk about the craft of writing, publishing, and the like!
More details below!
July 13-16, 2017
Quincy Marriott, Quincy, Massachusetts.
Guests of Honor: Naomi Novik & Nnedi Okorafor
Memorial Guest of Honor: Tanith Lee
$65 February 21 – June 18, 2017
Pre-registration closes on June 18, 2017.
Membership will be $75 at the door for the full weekend.
Our Thursday evening program is free and open to the public.
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Although Readercon is modeled on “science fiction conventions,” there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word.
In many years the list of Readercon guests rivals or surpasses that of the Worldcon in quality. Readercon is the only small convention regularly attended by such giants of imaginative literature as Gene Wolfe, Samuel R. Delany, John Crowley, Barry N. Malzberg, Kit Reed, and Jonathan Lethem.
The program consists of two tracks each of panel discussions, author readings, and solo talks or discussion groups, plus kaffeeklatsches (intimate gatherings with an author) and autograph signings. The program also currently features the presentation of two major genre awards: The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award for a neglected author and the Shirley Jackson Awards for dark fantasy and psychological suspense.
There is a large Bookshop full of new, used, and rare and collectible books and magazines (and yet more great conversation; if a Readercon attendee is not at a program item, they’re probably here).
There’s more. We publish a Souvenir Book whose pages of content rival a Worldcon’s in number, and a separate, comprehensive Program Guide. There is a hospitality suite well-stocked with munchies; and, yes, there are parties. And Readercon is proud to host a number of charitable efforts.