LAFFCON4 takes place Saturday, June 8, 2019. This year we’re jumping out of our chairs giddy at the return of Brandon Budda and Glenn McDorman, hosts of The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. They'll be recording a live episode, unpacking one of Lafferty's greatest stories.
The Gene Wolfe LiteraryPodcast travels through the works of the great speculative-fiction writer Gene Wolfe one story at a time. Lucky for us they occasionally alter course into other literary universes. Last year they dropped anchor outside LAFFCON with scholar Gregorio Montejo and gave a thorough discussion of the R. A. Lafferty short story ‘Snuffles.’ Brandon and Glenn are solid pros, perfectly comfortable before the mic, insightful and interesting (a quadruple threat to boredom.) Those who were present had the story unpacked bit by bit. Like most Lafferty stories all those bits pile up into quite a bite. -Personally, I can no longer look at a stuffed bear without imagining the big bouncing demiurge.
This year Brandon and Glenn bring with them a new Lafferty toy box to unlock and unload. For those who weren’t present last year, you can still listen to the Snuffles podcast at: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/forcedn/genewolfe/Snuffles_by_R.A._Lafferty_-_Live_from_LaffCon3.mp3
LAFFCON is a free annual conference dedicated solely to the works of author R. A. Lafferty. This year’s conference once again takes place in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Also, here is a reminder that the deadline for entry into the first LAFFCON Bagarthach Verse Competition is April 25, 2019. Winners get their curse...er,"verse" printed in the conference program booklet. So give us your most mean-spirited curse of a verse in a style that would make a Puca chortle. For more information about the contest rules click here.