Interested in signed books, reading forthcoming books early, forcing Genevieve Valentine to watch a terrible movie, or taking over the Lord of the Rings re-read for a post? Then you want Con or Bust, a charity auction now open for bidding.
There are very many cool things already offered, and I know that more are coming. Here are just a few highlights that might be of particular interest here:
- Chances to read books before they’re published: Cherie M. Priest’s Clementine, the sequel to Boneshaker (to be published May 30, 2010); Ekaterina Sedia’s The House of Discarded Dreams (to be published July 2010); and two books that don’t even have U.S. editions scheduled, William Horwood’s Hyddenworld and Gwyneth Jones’s Spirit.
- Rare, signed, and/or personalized books: many, including from Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, N.K. Jemisin, Katharine Kerr, and Jo Walton.
- Blogging opportunities: commission movie reviews by Genevieve Valentine, or make a guest post on the Lord of the Rings re-read I’m doing right here.
- Miscellaneous SF-ish things: a photograph of Samuel R. Delany by Kyle Cassidy; a custom steampunk-style or faerie-style pendant.
- Lots of other cool stuff, such as tasty baked goods, attractive knitted goods, interesting coins, a custom handmade journal, and an original music composition.
This is truly just a sample of the items currently being offered, and there are several more things that I know are going to be listed soon, so please browse all the offers. If you see something you like, here’s how to bid; if you have something to donate, here’s how to offer something for auction. Bidding closes Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
Con or Bust assists fans of color who want to attend SFF conventions, principally WisCon. It is administered by the Carl Brandon Society (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) and principally run by yours truly. Request assistance, learn more, or make a donation:
Feel free to spread the word by linking to the 2010 announcement post or to this post.
Kate Nepveu was born in South Korea and grew up in New England. She now lives in upstate New York where she is practicing law, raising a family, and (in her copious free time) writing at her LiveJournal and booklog.