Thursday, July 23, 2009


Minnesota hosts many science fiction conventions each year, but Diversicon stands out for its specific focus on multicultural science fiction and fantasy.
Now celebrating their 17th year, Diversicon is expected to draw participants from across the country and even as far away as Australia, bringing together writers, artists and fans of all ages.
This year’s Guest of Honor is acclaimed author Kay Kenyon, author of "A World Too Near" and Bright of the Sky.
The additional special guests this year are Michael Levy and Sandra Lindow. The convention is also recognizing the "posthumous" guests of honor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe.
Diversicon runs from August 11-13 at the Best Western Bandana Square Street at 1010 Bandana Blvd. W. in Saint Paul.
Kay Kenyon grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, and earned an English degree from the University of Washington in 1979. She has been a model a commercial actress, copywriter and urban planner. Her novels include The Seeds of Time (1997), Leap Point (1998), Rift (1999), Tropic of Creation (2000), and the Philip K. Dick Award finalist Maximum Ice (2002), and John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist The Braided World (2003).
Kenyon's new series is The Entire and the Rose, which began with Bright of the Sky (2007) and continues with A World Too Near (2008) and this year's City Without End. The concluding volume, Prince of Storms, will be coming soon. She also published various short stories that have appeared widely. She now resides in Wenatchee, Washington and will also be giving readings at Dreamhaven and Uncle Hugo's while she is in town.
This year's Diversicon will feature dozens of lively discussions and readings on speculative literature, films, TV and the graphic arts, with additional entertainment scheduled throughout the festive weekend. Additional Diversicon highlights include the annual Yugo Awards for “Best SF Books That Should Have Been Written,” film screenings, auctions, dealer tables, games and story-telling. Rregistration is $40 for adults and $30 for students. For more information visit

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