Readercon is, depending on your point of view, either an annual literary conference (except it's infinitely more fun than that) or an annual science fiction convention (except we've stripped away virtually everything except talking about and buying books). In the course of its twenty years, it has become the standard bearer and role model for conventions that focus on the literature. A typical Readercon features well over 100 writers, editors, and critics (attracting prominent figures from Canada, the U.K., and occasionally even Australia) and more than 400 of their readers. Readercon is the only small convention regularly attended by such giants of literary sf as Samuel R. Delany, John Crowley, Barry N. Malzberg, and Jonathan Lethem.
July 5-8, 2007
Burlington Mariott, Burlington, Massachusetts.
Guest of Honor:
Lucius Shepard & Karen Joy Fowler
Memorial Guest of Honor:
$40 from March 1 to June 15, 2007.
"The reason I love Readercon is that it's all about the words. The people who read them mix effortlessly with the people who write them… The panels are lively and unusual, the panelists ardent and articulate."
— Hugo-winning author James Patrick Kelly, in Asimov's, naming Readercon as one of three recommended conventions (the others being the World Science Fiction and World Fantasy Conventions)
"Readercon is my favorite convention."
— Samuel R. Delany
"I will miss a Worldcon, but never a Readercon."
— Yves Meynard, winner of the Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Quebecois
"We support the subversive notion that thinking is fun."
— Readercon founder Bob Colby