Tuesday, January 14, 2020

LAFFCON 5 - June 13, 2020


LAFFCON 5 is coming!

Some details (more details coming soon):

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Place: West Windsor Library
333 N. Post Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Note: this is a new location, about 15 minutes northeast of the library in Lawrenceville.

Book to read: Space Chantey.
It's available from Golancz in print NOW as part of R. A. Lafferty: Three Great Novels: Space Chantey, Fourth Mansions, Past Master.

- Amazon.com
- Alibris.com
- Booksamillion.com
- Hive.co.uk
- Blackwells.co.uk

Save the date!

Propose your talk.

Create Lafferty-inspired artworks for the gallery.

Invite your friends and family.

Read and celebrate Lafferty!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

LAFFCON 5 - Planning Begins

Planning begins for LAFFCON5, due to take place June 13th of 2020.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

LAFFCON 4 Audio (and more!)


Over at ClayTempleMedia, G.L. McDorman and Brandon Budda have shared the audio they recorded during LAFFCON3 and LAFFCON4. Also available from that page is the text for Matt Keeley's speech titled "Lafferty in New York: The Impure Science of Publishing," delivered at last weekend's event.

Click here to access the audio

The live podcast Glenn and Brandon recorded for The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast (recorded at LAFFCON4) focusing on RA Lafferty's short story "Nine Hundred Grandmothers" will be posted to their website in the near future.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Audifaxes


LAFFCON3 was held on June 9, 2018. The "swag" that year gifted to each attendee was something truly special, a limited print booklet collecting short pieces R. A. Lafferty wrote for the Oklahoma Science Fiction Writers' newsletter Son of the Great Pagoda Insurance Company (or Son of the GPIC).

Credit goes to John Owen, who meticulously retyped the text from scanned photocopies of faded newsletters, Warren Brown for introducing the collection, and Gregorio Montejo and Anthony R. Rhodes for providing front and back cover illustrations.

Now, thanks in no small part to the generosity of the Locus Foundation, we have permission to share the digital version of this booklet online with the public.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Click here to view The Audifaxes online

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

LAFFCON in the News: The Lawrence Gazette

LAFFCON was the subject of an article in the local Lawrence Gazette. Thank you Michele Alperin for the write-up.


Friday, May 31, 2019

E For Everyone: An Alternate Poster

LAFFCON, R A Lafferty
Photo courtesy of Robert Bee

One week from tomorrow LAFFCON4 will take place at the Mercer County Library Headquarters Branch, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

The library has graciously hosted all four years of this event, coordinated by the wonderful Robert Bee [Rob was recently promoted to manager of a different library location. Congratulations Rob!]

When making this year's poster, we needed to be conscious of the fact that the library hangs a large copy near the main entrance, several weeks prior to the event. For this reason, with The Reefs of Earth illustration being a little on the spooky side (though, arguably, no spookier than your average Goosebumps cover), we voluntarily created a lighter, alternate version of the LAFFCON4 poster. All the dead birds were removed, and irises were added to the main character. 

Still creepy, but not as creepy.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone on June 8th. =)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

LAFFCON4 - Event Schedule

This year LAFFCON takes place Saturday, June 8th from 10am-5:00pm. Here is the day's schedule:

"Virtue Forever Green: Twelve Years On the Trail of R.A. Lafferty." Speaker: Andrew Ferguson

High Purpose of the Gallant Band: The Reefs of Earth Panel (Panelists: Andrew Ferguson, Matt Keeley, & Sam Tomaino)

Lunch Break (pizza provided by the Mercer County Friends of the Library)

A Live Recording of The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast featuring the short story "Nine Hundred Grandmothers"

"Lafferty in New York: The Impure Science of Publishing." Speaker: Matt Keeley

"They Nipped on Stolen Whiskey and Told Stories: A Public Reading." Orator: Gregory Feeley

How We Read Lafferty: A Panel Discussion. Panelists: Kevin Cheek, Lissanne Lake, Nancy Leibovitz, Darrell Schweitzer, and Sam Tomainio

It is a LAFFCON tradition that after the event attendees meet up at a local restaurant for food, drink, and rowdy conversation. Everyone in attendance is invited.

Registration for LAFFCON is free and open to the general public. Click here to register.