As always, I'm either late or early to a place, and the past week in Washington D.C. was no exception, since the city was gearing up for the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert event as we left. But interesting SF/Fantasy stuff had just ended at the area's Capclave convention, at which my wife Ann VanderMeer and I were guests of honor, along with author Connie Willis. Other notable attendees included Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt Evans, Laura Anne Gilman, Genevieve Valentine, Eric Choi, James Morrow, and Michael Dirda. It was one of those small, intimate conventions where every single person is passionate about book and highly tuned-in to everything going on in genre. Several of the organizers are involved in the federal government, many of them in the sciences and others, like Colleen Cahill, working for the Library of Congress.
Indeed, our convention experience started at the Library of Congress, as Cahill was kind enough to give a tour to several of us. The building itself is fascinating, the history and the contents even more so, and things like these clothes made out of maps just incredibly cool.