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Aurealis Awards and Swancon

I attended Swancon in Perth last weekend and co-chaired the Aurealis Awards with Glenda Larke. Managed to slip in another launch for Lotus Blue, despite the fact that Stefen managed to sell all copies before guest launcher Sean Williams had a chance to utter a word. It’s always such a treat to catch up with my Perth buddies.


Last week the Lotus Blue and Crossroads of Canopy launch trail wound its way to the fabulous Avid Reader bookshop in Brisbane. A big thanks to events manager Krissy, superstar Isobelle & everyone who turned up on the night.


Thank you to the many folks who turned up to the double launch of Thoraiya’s Crossroads of Canopy and my Lotus Blue at Kinokuniya last Thursday night – and to Galaxy bookshop on Saturday afternoon. Three cheers for Kate Forsyth and Margo Lanagan for doing the honours!


The event I’m currently attending in Orlando is called ICFA – 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. It’s just about the most perfect conference for me: a solid stream of hardcore academic spec fic coupled with long hours of conversational bar time. I found myself quite overwhelmed on the first day, as if I had literally crossed the Facebook threshold and entered a fantasy realm peopled with mythical kings and queens. No dragons sighted yet but the lake is supposed to be full of alligators. Here’s me sitting by the pool at the Marriott Lakeside with the fabulous Cat Rambo. More photos here.