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:( From Peter S. Beagle's Newsletter

ANNOUNCING: PETER WON'T BE AT DRAGON*CON THIS YEAR (THEY TURNED HIM DOWN AS A GUEST, BELIEVE IT OR NOT)

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m_cubicle
Jun. 18th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
WTF!!!? Peter is a staple at con!! He can come be a Tolkien track guest speaker.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jun. 18th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Here is a further explanation:

"Quite a few people have emailed asking if Peter would be at Dragon*Con again this year, and folks from two of the convention's programming tracks inquired about possibly having him participate. Despite that, and despite how popular he has been there in the past, this year Dragon*Con turned Peter down as a guest.

"We don't know why. All we got by way of explanation was a generic rejection email. It read as follows:


"'Due to the tremendous number of applications received each year, the Guest Committee must often make difficult decisions regarding which applicants are accepted for guest status at the convention. The quality and quantity of the applications makes the task a challenging one. A wide variety of factors are considered when making this determination, including which applicants have an overall 'best fit' for the convention. As with any organization, our resources are not limitless and while we would like to extend guest status to your client, we are unable to do so at this time. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications, we are unable to provide specific details behind all declines.

"'We wish your client the very best in future pursuits, artistic or otherwise. We do hope that you will apply again in the future.

"'Sincerely, The Dragon*Con Guest Committee'


"It's their convention, of course, and they can do as they please. But since Peter would have paid his own way (Dragon*Con hasn't taken care of flights or a hotel room for him since the first year) it's hard to know what "resources" they're talking about. And after looking at the official approved guest list, we can't help but wonder why some of those people rated and Peter didn't.

"Ah well.

"To those of you hoping to see Peter in Atlanta this year, sorry to disappoint. Maybe the convention committee will look at things differently in 2011."


Edited at 2010-06-18 10:17 am (UTC)
primsong
Jun. 18th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
What? WHAT? - I won't be there myself, but darnit, Peter should be. He's a wonderfully cool person and one of the only 'celeb' types that I've ever had a good conversation about poetry with, including him writing in my journal a little piece of one that he especially liked. Sheesh.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jun. 18th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
He's been a staple there for several years.
michaeldean
Jun. 25th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
stunned
All I have to say is wtf??

I know one thing dragoncon is getting more expensive every year everyhting goes up, and its not like it used to be, sometimes hateful security and had problems year befor last when the football players were there, and this dam froggy photo thing what the heck they r outrag for pis with stars, this may be my last year
bonnie_halfelvn
Jun. 25th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: stunned
I don't go for the stars. I go to see and hang with my friends. It's fun despite the overzealous fire marshalls, etc. I pretty much avoid the Hyatt as much as possible. Security there is ridiculous.
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