In Memoriam: Joanna Russ (1937-2011)

We are so sad to hear of Joanna Russ’s passing after a series of strokes. Thank you Locus for this obituary.

Joanna Russ was a prolific fiction and non-fiction writer and is best known for her novel, The Female Man, written in 1975 and which was awarded a retro-Tiptree and inducted into the Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame and is a staple in many science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and feminist university classes today. She entered the science fiction scene in the 1960′s and challenged the male dominance in this field to become a leading fiction author and critic who was nominated for nine Nebula and three Hugos and won the following awards:

  • Nebula in 1972 for her short story “When it Changed”
  • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship
  • O.  Henry in 1977 for her short story “An Autobiography of My Mother”
  • Hugo in 1983 for her novella “Souls”
  • Locus award, 1983
  • Science Fiction Chronicle award, 1983
  • Pilgrim in 1988 for her scholarship

Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art. Only on the margins does growth occur. -Joanna Russ

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2011 Hugo and Campbell Award nominees announced

Nominees for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Reno, Nevada, August 17-21, 2011. The Hugo Awards ceremony will take place August 20, 2011.

And there are a lot of familiar names on this list! Congratulations nominees!!

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Seminar on Appalachian folk and fairy tales at WVU

An exciting opportunity will be taking place at West Virginia University this coming
June. Folklorist and literary scholar Carl Lindahl will be leading the WVU English
Department’s annual Summer Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies from June 9-12,
2011 on the topic “American Magic: The Fates of Folk & Fairy Tales in the

For additional information, you can visit the seminar website at

Carl has emerged as a champion of Appalachian märchen: his 2008 American Folklore
Society plenary address focused on Appalachian folk- and fairy-tales, and an article
based on his talk, “Leonard Roberts, The Farmer-Lewis-Muncy Family, and the Magic
Circle of the Mountain Märchen,” which appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of the
_Journal of American Folklore_. Carl is particularly interested in contemporary
performances of these tales and their tellers, so this promises not to be just a
study of past scholarship, but of living, emerging tradition, as well.

The WVU English Department is thrilled to have Carl as the leader of our 20th annual
seminar, and hopes you can join us for a weekend featuring the best elements of an
academic seminar-great readings, lively discussions with fellow scholars, and the
leadership of an expert in the field-without the usual headaches (no papers to write
or exams to take).

Registration is $350 for faculty members and non-academics, and $250 for graduate
students. The fee includes breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Housing will
be available in one of the newest dorms on campus, or for those who prefer to stay
off-campus, there are several hotels and motels nearby.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly with any
questions at or by phone at 304/293-9738.

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5 minutes of your time to help IAFA

Hey folks! The ICFA-32 Survey is live! Send us your feedback, both the good and the bad! We want to hear it all! 5-10 minutes of your time will help us continue to improve the conference!

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Diana Wynne Jones 1934-2011

We are deeply saddened to lose respected author and friend Diana Wynne Jones to cancer.

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ICFA parking and wifi

Here is the information on parking at the Orlando Airport Marriott, for those of you who will be joining us for the first time (and as a reminder for some):

There is generally a charge for parking at the hotel, hence there is an automated gate; however, parking is FREE for our attendees.  If you are staying in the hotel, your room key will allow you access to the parking lot.  If you are not staying in the hotel, you will need to collect a ticket when you enter, and you will need a “chaser” ticket each time you exit.  Chaser tickets will generally be available at the Registration desk.

Internet access in the rooms:
As you remember, there is free wifi available in most of the common areas, and there is a small business center with printers available.  New this year:  we have negotiated with the hotel for free wifi in the rooms for Marriott Rewards members at ALL LEVELS of MEMBERSHIP (Marriott traditionally only gives free wifi to Silver Level members).  It costs NOTHING to join the Marriott Rewards program, and you can join when you check in.

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Interested in volunteering at ICFA 32?

We’re still looking for volunteers to assist in making this year’s conference a success. Please complete the volunteer survey and we’ll be in touch:

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Final program published!

The final ICFA 2011 program, or now with abstracts, has been finalized and published and this year with abstracts included! Remember to watch the errata on-site for any last minute changes!

Note! The bookmarks in this pdf are not accessible in Google Chrome’s pdf viewer, but should work in most other browsers and pdf viewers, like, for instance, Adobe Acrobat. Also note that the bookmarks send you to the correct page, but the abstract you’re looking for may be found a bit down that page.

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Head of Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art Division

After four years of much-appreciated service as CYA Division Head, Amie Rotruck is stepping aside to allow someone else the opportunity. The IAFA board, on behalf of the entire IAFA community, thanks Amie for the hard work that she has done establishing the CYA Division as a vibrant part of the ICFA.

The IAFA is now accepting applications for the position of Head of the Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art Division, effective immediately.
The Division Head is the person who sends out paper calls for his/her Division, collects and accepts paper proposals, creates paper sessions, helps to create panels, and passes the work s/he’s done on to the 1st Vice President for scheduling. This Division is responsible for scholarship on all literature aimed at young readers, including picture books, in any genre of the fantastic.

Qualifications include current membership with IAFA (at least a couple of years’ experience with the organization so you have some understanding of how things work at the conference), easy and dependable internet access and comfort level with computers, organizational skills, the ability to work as part of a group working together on the ‘big picture’, a willingness to work through the transition with the previous Head beginning this fall, the ability to attend March conferences while you hold the position and to attend the Division Heads’ meeting run by the 1st VP at the conference, plus, of course, the time to do the work involved. Knowledge of the field of children’s and young adult fantastic literature is required. Division Heads hold office for a term of 3 years (with a probationary first year) with the possibility of renewal for a second 3-year term.

If you’re interested in taking on the work of IF Division Head, please contact both Sherryl Vint, 1st Vice President (, and Amie Rose Rotruck outgoing CYA Division Head (, with a cover letter about your interest in and qualifications for the job. Applications for the position should include a CV. The IAFA board of directors will consider all applications for the position.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2011; a decision will be made by June 2011.

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ICFA 2011 Draft Program Published

The IAFA board has published a draft program for ICFA 2011 on the conference information page

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