Celebrating the Weird, the Macabre, and the Dark Fantastic
October 21-23, 2016
Best Western Plus—Bandana Square, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, St Paul MN (651)
Progress Report Two
Guest of Honor:KATHE KOJA
Kathe Koja, born in Detroit, started writing seriously after attending
the Clarion Workshop for science fiction and fantasy. She is the author
of the Bram Stoker and Locus Award-winning first novel Cypher; the adult
novels Bad Brains, Skin, Strange Angels (a Deathrealm Award winner),
Kink, Under the Poppy, and The Mercury Waltz, the young adult novels,
Straydog, Buddha Boy, The Blue Murder, Talk, Going Under, Kissing the
Bee, and Headlong; the story collection Extremities; and many
uncollected stories. Her novels and stories often concern characters who
have been marginalized by society, and the transcendence and/or
disintegration that follows their social isolation. Kathe Koja is
married to illustrator Rick Lieder, who often does her book jackets.
Kathe Koja is founding director of Nerve, a Detroit-based immersive
theater company. Her works have been highlighted at Michigan State
University in their Michigan Writers' Series. She loves puppets.
Programming: Arcana features its usual broth of panels and presentations
in the weird, the macabre, and the dark fantastic, including a Kathe
Koja interview and special presentation, “What are You Reading?,” “What
are You Viewing?,” “The Works of Shirley Jackson,” presentations on the
artwork of Jon Arfstrom and of Steve Fastner and Rich Larson, “Puppets
in Fact, Folklore,” Fiction, and Film,” and more. This September 16 mass
email will be followed in the next few days by another mass email
focusing on Programming.
Auction: Rare and unusual dark-fantastic books, films, artwork, and
other material. To donate or consign, contact Eric (below). PLEASE NOTE:
this year we are trying the experiment of holding the auction in the
daytime, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday.
Dealers and Artists: Dealers pay the current membership rate plus $30
for a table. Contact Brian K. Perry (below). Attending Artists may pay
the current membership rate plus either $30 for a table, $20 for a half
table, or $1 per bid sheet (per piece). Walk-in artwork will be accepted
from a non-attending artist or agent at the rate of $2 per bid sheet. No
mail-in art is accepted. Art that receives two or more Silent Auction
bids will be included in the Auction Saturday afternoon. Contact
email@example.com. Arcana and its representatives are not responsible
for lost, stolen, or damaged art items.
Hotel: the Best Western Plus at Bandana Square, St Paul, has a swimming
pool, sauna, free internet computer, and free wireless. A free
breakfast, hot and cold, is served in the lobby for hotel guests. The
hotel's lounge, The Waiting Room, is open from 4:00-9:00 p.m.,
Monday-Saturday. A wide range of restaurants lie within 2-3 miles. In
2016 the hotel has hosted the Western convention Con-Sarnit in early
June and the speculative fiction convention Diversicon in late July.
Arcana will meet there for the 25TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. Arcana rates:
$109 + about $20/night, King; $119 + about $20/night Double. Mention
Arcana when reserving your room: 651-647-1637. The deadline for our room
block is September 30.
Hospitality: There will be light refreshments in the function rooms
mornings and afternoons, and in Krushenko's after the evening
programming concludes. Room parties are welcome! Contact Eric (below).
Convention Membership: $40 through October 15; $50 At the Door. Enclose
check or money order to Arcana 46 and mail to Arcana 46, attention Eric
M. Heideman, PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis MN 55408 (do
not mail cash). Or pay via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information:
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