March 30 – April 1, at the Walnut Creek Marriott. FOGcon is a literary convention modeled after WisCon and Readercon, but it’s developing its own identity as, well, awesome.
This year our theme is The Body, and we have honored guests Nalo Hopkinson and (from a distance) Shelley Jackson, with Honored Ghost Mary Shelley.
Last year, people told us we had the best programming they’d seen in a long time, and I think it’s true again this year! Personally, I am most excited about “Loving Something Problematic,” “Let’s Design Some Aliens,” “What Authors Can Learn From Indie Musicians” (a solo presentation from a successful indie musician, about self-promotion), and Nalo’s Honored Guest Presentation, in which she’s going to have us all play Red Rover and Octopus Is Hungry and so on. (Did anyone else play Octopus Is Hungry? Is that a Midwest thing?)
Pre-registration closes today, so get your membership if you haven’t yet. You can also join at the door. Please do come check us out–as a new con, we need all the support we can get. We’re _so_ close to a sustainable size and I really want to get there, so that FOGcon 3 will be possible. Bring a friend or coworker if you can! The programming is interesting both to avid sf/f readers and more casual fans.
And I’m thinking I’ll do some Christina Perri at karaoke this year. 🙂