Kelly Link (International Guest of Honour)
Kelly Link’s debut collection, Stranger Things Happen, was a Firecracker nominee, a Village Voice Favorite Book and a Salon Book of the Year — Salon called the collection “…an alchemical mixture of Borges, Raymond Chandler, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Stories from the collection have won the Nebula, the James Tiptree Jr., and the World Fantasy Awards.
Her second collection, Magic for Beginners, was chosen as one of the best books of the decade by Salon and The Onion. It was a Best of Book Sense pick and was selected for best of the year lists by Time Magazine, Salon, Boldtype, Village Voice, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Capitol Times. It is published in paperback by Harcourt.
Kelly has taught at Smith College, Columbia University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Clarion, Clarion West, and Clarion South in Brisbane, Australia, and the Imagination Workshop at Cleveland State University, and has visited many schools and programs.
For five years, she, Gavin J. Grant and Ellen Datlow edited The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (St. Martin’s Press). She also edited the anthology Trampoline.
Kelly lives with her family in Northampton, MA. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kelly and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, publish a twice-yearly zine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet – as well as
books – as Small Beer Press.
Visit Kelly’s website at kellylink.net.
Alison Goodman (Local Guest of Honour)
Alison Goodman is the author of Eon and Eona, a New York Times Bestselling fantasy duology which has sold into seventeen countries and been translated into ten languages. Eon was short-listed for Victorian, NSW, and WA Premier’s Literary awards, and won the 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book (2010), a James Tiptree Jr. Honour book, and a CBCA Notable Book.
Alison’s first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues, won the 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was also listed as an American Library Association Best Book (2004) and CBCA Notable Book. Her second novel, a crime thriller titled Killing the Rabbit, was published in the USA and shortlisted for the 2007 Davitt Award.
Alison was a D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Arts. She lives bayside with her husband and their Machiavellian Jack Russell Terrier, and is currently working on a new supernatural series.
Visit Alison’s website at www.alisongoodman.com.au.
Sue Ann Barber (Fan Guest of Honour)
Sue Ann joined fandom as a 15 year old Dr Who fan. Having seen the affect fandom had on her brother, her parents counselled against the idea but she ignored them and has been an active member of fandom ever since.
She has lost count of the number of conventions and fannish events she has attended. If she had her way, there’d be more to attend and she’d get to meet even more interesting people from around the world.
Her list of fannish achievements are many and varied and include: editing fanzines; programming conventions (including Aussiecon 4); running conventions; running SF clubs; creating a Fan Fund; presenting awesome panels and being a Fan Fund delegate.
There’s a Ditmar Award on her shelf at home. It’s not hers, but she figures it’s the nearest she’ll ever get to one so she’s not giving it up in a hurry. She does lay claim to the Tin Duck and the Chronos awards, however.
She is passionate about YA literature, LEGO, graphic novels, SF TV and stereo photography. By accident she has ended up as one of the driving forces behind LEGO Fandom in Australia for which she uses her SF convention experience to run Brickvention – Australia’s premier LEGO fan event. She loves being part of fandom and is looking forward to hanging out at Continuum 8.