Report from Washington D.C.: Capclave, Library of Congress, Small Press & Last Drink Awards

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(Portrait of the author as a tired horizontal biped, after Capclave; all photos by Ann VanderMeer)

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.

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(A cathedral devoted to books: 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. 

Twelfth Planet Press publisher/editor Alisa Krasnostein, who had come all the way from Australia, has a very nice account of our shared adventure.


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What lovely pictures! I am utterly jealous of Alisa's Capclave adventure, but it is awfully nice to see these snippets of what you all got to enjoy.

Posted by: jinlala | Wednesday July 13, 2011 at 4:50 AM

This will without a doubt be rated among the experience that's divine for any one who loves reading books. I think that's the reason that it is said as, 'A cathedral devoted to books'. I have been there once and was just spellbound with the huge collection of the enormous range of books.

Posted by: designer girls shoes | Tuesday November 2, 2010 at 4:55 AM

What lovely pictures! I am utterly jealous of Alisa's Capclave adventure, but it is awfully nice to see these snippets of what you all got to enjoy.

Posted by: Tansy Rayner Roberts | Saturday October 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Wow!! Just look at the structure, the building looks no less than a monument and the Library of Congress was meant to be that way. I would love to have a visit at the cathedral for books, would be an interesting one to be remembered for a long time being among some of the most sorted books.

Posted by: costa rica real estate | Friday October 29, 2010 at 11:05 PM

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