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At-Con Newsletter — A Momentary Taste of WisCon

When things change during WisCon — panels are looking for panelists, panelists for another panel change, volunteers are needed in a specific area, and so on — the best way to keep up with things is our at-con newsletter, “A Momentary Taste of WisCon.”

How can you read it?

  • Printed copies of the newsletter are posted near the Registration/Info Desk on the second floor of the Concourse.
  • Individual articles are posted to our blog and then mirrored under “Announcements” in the WisSched app.
  • PDF copies are archived here on the website.

At-Con Newsletter Archive

  • It’s not WisCon yet!  Check back on May 27 for our first issue.

I have news!

If you have news that you’d like to include in “A Momentary Taste of WisCon,” please contact us at the email address above.  We love article submissions!

Progress Reports

  • contact:  publications@wiscon.net

For each convention we send two progress reports via postal mail — one in the autumn and one in the spring.  Progress reports give you quick updates on the most important aspects of WisCon, and just in general let you know that the convention is alive and well.

Progress Report Archive

You can download our progress reports as PDFs.


If you’d like to receive our paper mailings, log into your wiscon.net account and:

  1. Click “Edit” next to your name, then enter your mailing address;
  2. Go to Preferences and make sure “Do not send me a brochure by mail” is not checked.

WisCon 40 Guests of Honor

Sofia Samatar

Sofia Samatar
Sofia Samatar

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria (2013) and The Winged Histories (2016), both published by Small Beer Press. She is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the William L. Crawford Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, and Locus Awards. She co-edits the journal Interfictions and teaches in the English program at California State University Channel Islands, where her interests include African and Arabic literature, Afrofuturism, and speculative fiction.

Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier
Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is an Australian–American author of seven novels. Her next, My Sister Rosa, is about a seventeen-year-old boy whose ten-year-old sister is a psychopath. It publishes in February by Allen and Unwin in Australia/New Zealand and in November 2016 by Soho Press in North America. Her previous novel is the award-winning Razorhurst. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia, where she gardens, boxes, and watches too much cricket, and sometimes in New York City, where there’s far too much going on for any of that.

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson (photo: David Findlay, 2011)
Nalo Hopkinson (photo: David Findlay, 2011)

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, is the author of eight books of fiction and a chapbook, the editor/co-editor of four fiction anthologies, and a fiction co-editor for the Lightspeed special edition “People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction.” She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel Midnight Robber received Honorable Mention in Cuba’s Casa de las Americas prize for literature written in Creole. “Falling in Love With Hominids,” her second collection of short stories, appeared from Tachyon Publications in 2015. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, where she is part of a research cluster in science fiction which founded UCR’s programme in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies. She is currently working  on “Blackheart Man,” a fantastical alternate history set in an imagined Caribbean, and (with artist John Jennings) on “Nancy Jack,” a graphic novel. She has been a juror for the Tiptree Award, and was a WisCon Guest of Honour in 2002.

WisCon 40

2016 is WisCon’s 40th convention! We’re celebrating by bringing back beloved former Guest of Honor Nalo Hopkinson (WisCon 26), in addition to honoring authors Sofia Samatar and Justine Larbalestier. This year we’re also unveiling a new Gaming Track in our panel programming. And underneath it all, WisCon remains WisCon — from our vast array of Programming, a weekend packed with Events, and Spaces to help everyone find a place.

We hope you’ll join us over U.S. Memorial Day Weekend — May 27-30, 2016!!

Guests of Honor

We’re pleased to honor Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, and Nalo Hopkinson this year.


Want to come to WisCon in 2016? Registrations start at $50 for adult memberships.

Member Assistance Fund

Need a little financial boost to attend WisCon? Our Member Assistance Fund may be able to help. Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2016.

Hotel info

Our convention hotel is Madison’s wonderful Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. We have a room block with special rates, but you’ll need to book by the end of the day on Monday, April 25, to get our price!


Progress Reports

Didn’t receive one of our paper Progress Reports in the mail? You can read and download PDF copies from the archive.

At-con newsletter

Our paper “Momentary Taste of WisCon” publishes each day during the convention to keep everyone updated on changes (also shares valuable insider tips!). Missed an issue? You can read and download PDF copies from the archive.

Get the app!

What’s all this paper business about? Try our smartphone app to keep all your WisCon info in the palm of your hand.