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|Friday, February 21st, 2014|
Potlatch restaurant guide
The complete Potlatch restaurant guide
is now up on the web. Thanks to athenais
for the heroic job of converting and formatting the file. This is the COMPLETE guide - the one you'll see in the program book is abridged for space. Not that you really need to know of all the Starbucks, Subways, Togos, and all littering downtown, but there's a whole section of restaurants outside of easy walking distance, but within easy driving distance, on the online list. Some of these are also accessible by a determined walker or by light rail.
|Monday, February 17th, 2014|
I have tried twice now to post a comment to Kate's query about getting to the hotel, and both times it was marked as spam. Probably because it had a link in it.
I don't think we did have a guide on getting to the hotel, and we ought to. I have hastily thrown one up here.
Does the Potlatch website have a write-up on getting to the hotel? I am most interested in getting to the hotel from the airport, but I imagine there are others who would be interested in similar info for bus, train, freeways, et cetera. I searched, but I did not find this info; perhaps I was not looking in the right place.
|Sunday, January 26th, 2014|
Potlatch 23 Program Survey
Thank you to everyone who suggested program ideas. We have ideas! Now we need to decide on which ones, and who would like to speak on them. Please go to the Program Survey
page and fill out the survey form. There are two sections, one where you vote for the topics you'd like to see, and another for the ones you could be on as a panelist or moderator.
|Sunday, January 5th, 2014|
|Tuesday, December 31st, 2013|
|Thursday, December 19th, 2013|
|Thursday, November 7th, 2013|
Book of Honor Nominees
Book of Honor discussion is in progress.
The nominated books are:
- Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum (sometimes translated as The Begum’s Treasure) by Jules Verne
- The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
- Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
- War With the Newts by Karel Čapek
- Methuselah’s Children by Robert A. Heinlein
- UBIK by Philip K. Dick
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
- Star Guard by Andre Norton
- The City and the City by China Mieville
- Yukikaze by Chōhei Kambayashi
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart
To discuss a book, you can comment here in this community, or on the Book of Honor
page at potlatch-sf.org
The Book of Honor should be readily available, in print, or easily found used, or in the public domain. If you know a good way to obtain a nominated work, please post a comment with the details.
I would like to encourage you to read a nominated work, or re-read it if you haven’t read it recently. Post a comment with your impressions! Why would it make a good Potlatch Book of Honor? Or why not?
|Saturday, July 20th, 2013|
|Sunday, June 30th, 2013|
Potlatch 23 Progress Report 1
Potlatch 23, the small but perfectly formed literary speculative fiction convention, is coming to San Jose, California on February 21-23, 2014. It will take place at the remarkably attractive and handily central Sainte Claire Hotel in downtown San Jose. Our website is www.potlatch-sf.org
Registration is now open! Potlatch 23 memberships are $40 through July 15th. Youth memberships are $25. Children (6 and under) are free. Join now to nominate the Book of Honor and participate in the discussion.
You may register online
. You may also register by mail. Download our registration form
, fill that bad boy out and send it to Potlatch, P.O. Box 103, Mountain View, CA 94042 along with your check. Please make checks payable to Potlatch.
We will be publishing a restaurant guide to the area, so if you have a favorite restaurant in San Jose, let us know!
Want to keep up with us on social media? We have a lovely Facebook page
. We're on Twitter as @potlatch23
, because we're incredibly literal like that! There are Potlatch communities on LiveJournal
. We haven't started a Tumblr yet, fandom is a bit shy about being photographed, and we love to comment. Leave us a message, start a thread to discuss possible Books of Honor, tweet your questions.
We hope you'll join right away and help us in the fully democratic process of choosing the annual Potlatch Book of Honor. Let your voice be heard! We're listening.
Publications: Lucy Huntzinger
Chair: Tom Becker
Auction: Dawn Plaskon, Cindy Scott
Hospitality: Sarah Goodman
Logistics: Rich McAllister, Linda McAllister
Local Guide: David Bratman
At-Con Registration: Randy Smith
|Saturday, June 22nd, 2013|
Potlatch 23 On-line Registration
On-line registration is up and running!
You can go to the registration page
and become a member of Potlatch 23. You can also order banquet tickets and Potlatch t-shirts.
We are extending the early rate of $40 through July 15th so people who want to join on-line still have a chance to do so at the early rate. This is a really good deal. Check it out.
|Wednesday, March 27th, 2013|
I am pleased to announce that Potlatch 23 will be February 21–23, 2014 at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, California.
Memberships are available at a discounted rate of $40 through April 30th.
We are hoping to make Potlatch 23 the most inclusive Potlatch ever. The Book of Honor will be chosen by a vote of the members. The program will be based on suggestions by members (similar to WisCon), with the final decision made by a vote of the members.
For more details, check potlatch-sf.org
|Thursday, January 24th, 2013|
|Tuesday, January 15th, 2013|
To/From the Airport
Redmond Town Center is 24 miles from SeaTac airport. Anything other than throwing money at a taxi requires some amount of forethought on your part. Taxi or town car services become more cost-effective when shared; feel free to use the comments thread on this post to communicate your arrival time and arrange meetups.
Note that if you’re arriving late Friday night, your trip will be affected by a weekend closure
of the SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington, which begins at 11pm, ending 5am Sunday.
By the way, some map searches have been giving me a generic “Redmond” when I ask for “Redmond Town Center” or “Redmond Marriott Town Center”. What that defaults to is quite close to us, luckily.
will run $70-80.
David Levine reports some good experiences with Aces For Hire town car service
, 206-518-8411. Shuttle Express also has town cars/limos
for 2 to 8 people that can be arranged in advance. They quoted David $45 for one person (round trip $80), or $51 for two (RT $92).EastSide Town Car and Limousine
charges a flat $fee per car from SeaTac to Redmond destinations. Call 206-853-6146 or see EastsideTowncars.com
. On the web they say $55, on the phone $66. (Note that EastsideTowncar
.com is someone else.)Shuttle Express
runs scheduled hourly service to its partner hotel the Redmond Inn for $22 per person. This puts you just over a mile away from the Marriott, so it might be right if you love to walk or can call on someone to pick you up. Call 425-981-7000 or see ShuttleExpress.com
for more info, optional inbound reservations, mandatory outbound reservations.Public transit
costs $5.25 per person. 50 to 100 minutes depending on time of day. SoundTransit’s LINK light rail train runs between the airport and downtown; then walk about a block to transfer to bus #545 Redmond.
The airport light rail station is a bit of a schlep. It connects to the 4th floor of the main parking garage, which seems to be at the terminal’s Skybridge level. Look for Skybridge 6? (See their map.
) Buy a $2.75 ticket before boarding. This is the terminus, so all trains are northbound.
International District, Pioneer Square, and Westlake stops all offer nearby transfers to the #545 bus, up at street level. (ID: 4th and Jackson. Pioneer Square: 4th & James. Westlake: 4th & Pike.) Pay $2.50 cash fare on boarding. Eez nize buss. Get off at 166th Avenue in Redmond, the first stop after the Redmond Transit Center. Walk south on 166th, west on 76th, then south on 164th to the hotel (about 1/3 mi. in all).
|Sunday, December 9th, 2012|
I really, really, really want to be there, but airfare starts at $300 . . . (Amtrak is the same, but takes two days)
|Wednesday, November 21st, 2012|
|Sunday, October 21st, 2012|
Guess what?!? Sooner than anyone thought, it's Potlatch! It's
Foolscap! Buy one, get both!!! Yes, soon in a Seattle area near
you, now with Extra Bonus Foolscap Content, Potlatch 22 is coming:
February 1-3, 2013 at the Redmond Marriott Town Center. We'll be
sharing the hotel side-by-side with
The bonus content: your membership in Potlatch gets you all the
usual Potlatchy goodness, plus includes a Foolscap membership, with
full access to Foolscap program, art show, chocolate reception, and
general silliness, plus some cool new fusion items leveraging the
resources of both cons.
Gosh. How did we get here? Serendipitous circumstance, plus a
touch of evil genius. Team Foolscap needed to move their convention
off their long held September dates, and the Permanent Floating
Seattle Potlatch Committee had independently been feeling overwhelmed,
over-committed, and understaffed at the specter of pulling together
a full Potlatch only a year after the last one, without our usual
year off. And yet we had no prospects of another city able to run
a Potlatch in 2013. The PFSPC thought we would let 2013 go by the
way, then see if we could recruit enough new blood to make another
run at hosting a Potlatch in 2014. Cue the Foolscap folk, in the
person of Dave Howell, evil genius, who thought it would be a pity
to let a year go by without a Potlatch, and also didn't want Foolscap
to be seen as encroaching on the Potlatch time slot. So when Foolscap
decided to move to February they offered Potlatch a chance to play
along: two conventions, one hotel, one hospitality suite, two program
tracks, and members mingling freely between the two, getting All
the Stuff: Clarion West Alumni Readings. Nancy Pearl, Foolscap
GoH. Board game night. Book of Honor: Jo Walton's Among Others.
You Build It open programming -- where the members brainstorm and
create panels on the spot. Taste of Clarion West writing workshop.
Book swap. Reading group. More choice, more stuff, and each
committee focusing on what they do best.
We think this is a win for everyone: those of us who have been
doing Potlatch get to have another one with a significantly smaller
people points overhead -- Foolscap has already settled the hotel,
for instance. Meanwhile, Foolscap gets an out-of-town attendee
bump in a year that might have been small due to the switch in
dates. Everybody gets the synergy and cross pollination of mixing
the two compatible but slightly different convention cultures and
constituencies. Frankly, I think this will be a very cool, very
exciting con -- this is the most excited I've been about running a
Potlatch in years. I'm hoping you agree, and would like to come
out and play along.
If you would like to join us for this effervescently brave
experiment, and try a Potlatch with a bit of Foolscap in it (or
vice versa) -- please visit the Memberships
page to buy your membership today via PayPal or post.
Membership rates are:
Attending Membership: $50
Student Membership: $25
At the Door Attending: $75.
Hotel rates will be $109 per night, not including parking,
and will be available through the
Hotel registration page. But please wait until we announce
hotel registration availability to be sure to get the correct room
rates. (The linked page does not yet include the correct room rate.)
This sudden, unexpected Potlatch is brought to you by Jack Bell
and Jerry Kaufman, Programming; Suzanne Tompkins, Hospitality; David
Levine, Communications and Taste of Clarion West writers workshop;
Kate Yule, Local Guide, and [Your Name Here] in a dazzling array
of supporting and participating roles. If you would like to help
make this an even better Potlatch, please contact
Expect lots more updates and announcements as we plot with the
Foolscap cabal, invent new ways to party, and build to a massive
February Potlatchy crescendo. Meanwhile check us out on Facebook
or the ever popular Potlatch website
But right now, we're on a short time line here, so please
buy your membership now, now, now!
See you in Redmond,
|Wednesday, February 29th, 2012|
Book of Honor Suggestions
At the "How We Pick a Book of Honor" panel at Potlatch 21, the audience suggested a great variety of books, including books by living authors, non-fiction, non-science fiction, and children's books. I tacked my own suggestion onto the end. ( See the listCollapse )
Thanks to all for the many interesting suggestions.
|Sunday, February 19th, 2012|