Next Year in Toronto

It’s been officially announced, so I can now announce it here: I’m going to be the International Author Guest of Honor for the 2011 edition of SFContario, Canada’s newest science fiction convention (it just wrapped up its first edition yesterday). Joining me in Guest of Honor-dom will be the excellent Karl Schroeder (Canadian Author Guest of Honor), David Langford (Fan GoH), Gardner Dozois (Editor GoH) and Toyboat (Filk GoH). The convention will take place November 18-20, 2011, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto. I’ve added it to my “Scheduled Appearances” page.

As a side note regarding the “Scheduled Appearances” page, I’ll note that in the next month or so I’ll be filling it out more completely, but that my 2011 is in flux at the moment pending more information coming my way. The back of my Fuzzy Nation ARC tells me I’ll be having a tour of some sort, for example, but at the moment I’m not sure when (I suspect sometime in May/June) or where. Likewise, there’s a very good chance I’ll be going on my first international tour in 2011, but again the details of that one are very much in the air (but if it does happen, will be in the last quarter of the year). As soon as I lock everything down I’ll be posting the information here, trust me.

But no matter what, I’ll definitely be in Toronto in November 2011. And I’m very much looking forward to it. Hope to see you there, too.

20 Comments on “Next Year in Toronto”

  1. Quick typo notice: SFContario vs SFContRario (link has the correct spelling). Hopefully Wayfare won’t get sick for this Scalzi in Toronto event.

  2. Cool!! Are you gonna teach or be taught “How to pronounce the letter O”. Aye?
    Canada Rules…

  3. Oooooohhhh… Japan is international! Please tell me you’re coming to Tokyo! I’m starting a small business and a supplier is in Tokyo and I could write it off!

  4. Congratulations, John! I expect you’ll have a wonderful time, and hope to be there to share it with you and the rest of the SFContario crew. I’m just up from the best Dead Dog party in the consuite that I’ve been to in years and years, and can report that it’s simply the perfect cap to an interesting, fun, and delightful new convention. Not only that, SFContario shows a thoughtfulness to its GoHs that few conventions achieve after a decade and more. Enjoy!

  5. Beware these crafty Canadians, they’re really tricking you into staying in an igloo. They got me when I moved here, they just paint over the ice and then are all (evil laugh) on you, making you all (annoyed-grunt) on them. Just saying, they’re wily critters. Also they assimilate you like the Borg, you’ll be drinking Canadian Coke Zero canned in Mississauga before you know it!

    Anyway, hope you have fun in Ontario next year… you’re not allowed fun in Ontario for what little is left of this year.

  6. I had to google what Filk was. Am I the only person on here that has never even seen that word before? It seems to refer to some kind of late night music circle that happens at sci-fi conventions alot. I’ve heard (and seen) a lot of rock band/guitar hero at these things, but I never got invited to a Filk Circle! Which is too bad, because I can play both Taps and Revelry on my armpit. And you can even tell the difference!

  7. Sweet! I couldn’t afford to go to SFContario this year since I went to Con*Cept in Montreal, but I was planning on going next year. This gives me even more reasons.

    And don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll have the whole rogue polar bear problem solved by then.

  8. I’ve never actually been to a Con. If I’m still living in southern Ontario next year, you as a guest of honour might just be the incentive I need.

  9. @John: We’re very much looking forward to seeing you!

    @Geri: It was a great dead dog, wasn’t it? :) I’m glad you had a good time. I don’t think we did anything unusual for guests, but that is an area where my bar is set high.

    @Nik: Humor notwithstanding, the temperature was usually around the ’40s (Fahrenheit). We had a sprinkle of rain on Friday, some wind on Sunday. The weather in Toronto is slightly milder and drier than many cities across the US Northeast and Midwest, including where I grew up, so I didn’t usually bother with a jacket when I went outside.

    @Matthew: The only “invitation” you’ll get to a filk circle is seeing it listed in the program schedule. Everyone is normally welcome.

  10. Oh wow, congratulations! Guest of honor, this is so exciting! Yeah, I know there’s still almost a year left but I can guarantee you, you will love Toronto (I hope so, at least)! Not sure about your free time there, but if you have any questions, I will gladly answer them.

  11. I look forward to seeing you there John! Thanks for comin’ up north, hahaha.

    Please check out the Silver Snail comic book store, as well as Queen West and Littly Italy: amazing food and great atmosphere!

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