Wednesday, January 23, 2002
RIVENDELL DISCUSSION of J.R.R. Tolkien This SUNDAY - Xoanon @ 13:47 PST

From: David Lenander

Our next meeting is a joint meeting with Second Foundation on Sunday, Jan. 27. It will be a discussion of Tolkien and it will be held at Dreamhaven Bookstore. Dreamhaven Books 912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612-823-6161) 1:00 p.m. There is plenty of free parking in the back of the store. And Dreamhaven is a great place to buy some books!

We'll be able to dissect the movie, I suppose. If you can't make the meeting, please forward some comments for me to share!

NOTE that January 31 is the deadline for advance registration at Mars Con at the lower advance rate of $40 (see below for more details).

Future 2002 Rivendell discussions.

For our February 16th (Saturday) meeting at 1:30, we'll discuss the television mini-series of Marion Zimmer Bradley's _The Mists of Avalon_.

We'll plan to watch at least some excerpts on video, so if you missed it, you could plan to just reread some of the book (or read it for the first time). In February we traditionally meet as the Friends of Darkover Council of St. Valentine-of-the-Snows. While this isn't really a Darkover book, one of our members called _Mists of Avalon_ "King Arthur on Darkover." Again, at Dreamhaven.

March 1-3. In March there are two local Science Fiction conventions. On Aragorn's birthday (also St. David's Day for any Welsh nationalists), March 1, and the two days following, is Mars Con. This is a fairly small con, I gather, but quite pleasant and worthwhile, according to those who've attended. It inherited the famous Drum jam, and some of the other traditional Minicon activities when Minicon downsized a couple of years ago and spawned both MarsCon and the much larger CONvergence, which is in July.

March 16. I've tentatively reserved Saturday, March 16, at Dreamhaven for a Rivendell discussion of Peter Beagle's _Tamsin_. It's possible that we will decide to defer this meeting to Minicon--or perhaps even MarsCon.

March 29 weekend is this year's Minicon, with ex-Twin Cities locals Emma Bull (_War for the Oaks_, _Finder_ and other books) and Will Shetterly (_Elsewhere_, _Dogland_ and other books) as guests of honor. We will be proposing discussions of both writers at Minicon as Rivendell and Second Foundation meetings, but may not know for a while if these are accepted by the program committee at Minicon.

April. The farther out we go, the more tentative things become, but we're thinking of trying to organize a meeting at the Children's Literature Research Collections in Andersen Hall at the U of MN campus to discuss Harry Potter in April. We may start things off with a panel discussion, featuring several local experts.

May. Currently the "printing on demand" operation of Stone Dragon Press is switching printers. Until this is resolved, availability of copies of _Autumn World_ may be uncertain (so get your copy at Dreamhaven while they last!--Actually, Uncle Hugo's probably has some, too). But, assuming that this is resolved by May, we may discuss _Autumn World_, probably along with at least several of its authors.

UPCOMING Twin City LOCAL EVENTS & DATES OF INTEREST, mostly from the latest Einblatt listings:

Jan 25-27, SuperCon 8, Rochester, MN.

Mar 1-3, MarsCon 2002: The Magic of Fantasy, Airport Hilton, Bloomington, MN. GOHs: Peter Woodward, John Levine, Lyda Morehouse, Robin Wood. Adults $40 to 1/31, $50 ATD, $15 supporting. Child $15 to 1/31, $25 ATD, $15 supporting. FFI: 612-724-0687 or

Mar 29-31, Minicon 37, Mpls Hilton & Towers, Mpls, MN. GoH's: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, Arthur Hlavaty, Rick Berry. Adults $30 to 12/31, $40 to 2/14, $70 ATD, $15 Supporting. Child $15 to 2/14, $30 ATD.

Jul 5-7, Convergence 2002, Radisson South, Mpls, MN. GoH's; Mark Altman & Robert Meyer Burnett, Nene Thomas, Phil Hester. Adults $25 to 12/31, 2001; $35 1/1 - 5/15, 2002: $50 ATD. Children 6-12, $15, 5 and under, Free.

Jul 26-29, Mythcon 33 in Boulder, Colorado. [not local, but our national association conference] Theme: "A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy" Author Guest of Honor: Connie Willis, Scholar

Guest of Honor:

Alexei Kondratiev . $60 up to 12/31/01. ($50 for members of the national Mythopoeic Society, in other words, a $10 members' discount). There're package deals on room and board, too, and tickets to Shakespeare plays, etc. Check out the web-site at

Oct 31 - Nov 3. World Fantasy Convention 2002,

Minneapolis, MN. GoH's:

Dennis Etchison, Jonathan Carroll, Kathe Koja. Stephen Jones, Dave McKean. Hilton Minneapolis & Towers, Mpls, MN. Memberships $100 through 2/28/02, $120 thereafter. If you would like to register with a credit card, call us TOLL-FREE at: 1-800-379-0657. This number is for credit card registration only, please. For questions regarding memberships, please contact Beth at FFI:

Ongoing Information Minn-STF Hotline: Provides latest information and accepts messages: 612-824-5559; web site at: Minicon web site at:

Gamesday Players: Board & card gaming almost every Friday evening. FFI: Richard Tatge at 612-827-3228.

Filk Circle: open to all who like to participate in music with f/sf lyrics. 4th Saturday at 5pm: 3236 Cedar Ave South; FFI: 612-721-6076. Cats.

Dagorhir is a medieval LARP similar in some ways to SCA, but using padded weapons. It is an active sport, is safe, and is great fun. Misc Area Parks on Sundays. FFI:

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Deadline: 11:59PM January 24th, 2002 sharp!