About this guide
Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to "imaginative literature" — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called "slipstream." 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.
A typical Readercon features over 150 writers, editors, publishers, and critics, attracting prominent figures from across the U.S., and from Canada, the U.K., and occasionally even Australia and Japan. They are joined by some 500 of their most passionate and articulate readers for a long weekend of intense conversation.
Our Guests of Honor this year are Peter Straub and Caitlín R. Kiernan. Our Memorial Guest of Honor is Shirley Jackson.
There is no charge for the program on Thursday evening. It is open to the general public. Registration is required for the other days of the convention; please see our web site for more information: http://ReaderCon.org
The program consists of two tracks of large panel discussions in Ballroom Salons F and G, two tracks of smaller discussion groups in Maine/Connecticut and Rhode Island, and two tracks of author readings in New Hampshire/Massachusetts and Vermont. There are Kaffeeklatsches (intimate gatherings with an author) that you can sign up for (space is limited) at the information table outside the ballroom, and a large bookshop in Ballroom Salon E.