Dear Foolscap Members

These are worrying times, and we are committed to keeping both our members and the Foolscap tradition alive. We are monitoring Washington State official announcements and other conventions. Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands, and Know Where Your Towel Is!

Convention Watch

Tor has a handy list of postponements, cancellations, and virtualizations.

Staying Safe and Sane

Honoring Our Past Guests of Honor

Speaking of staying sane while you have time at home, do you need some books to pile on top of your Read Next Pile? Of course you do! Here are some recent works by some of Foolscap's past Guests of Honor.

We'll start with congratulating the authors of the Hugo nominations! CoNZealand released the finalists and we had several GoH's on the list, appearing once, twice or (amazingly!) three times. CoNZealand has recently gone virtual and at this time are still figuring out the details, but you can vote for the winners with either a supporting or attending membership.

Best Novel

  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Best Novella

  • In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  • AND "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" by Ted Chiang

Best Novelette

  • "Omphalos" by Ted Chiang

Best Series

  • InCryptid by Seanan McGuire

Lodestar Award for Best YA (not a Hugo)

  • Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher, AKA Ursula Vernon

Of course, not everything needs a Hugo nomination. Recent and upcoming works from our Guests of Honor include:

  • Cherie Priest
    • The Toll (Tor books)
  • Nancy Kress
    • Sea Change (May 2020) (Tachyon Press)
    • The Eleventh Gate (May 2020) (Baen)
  • Seanan McGuire:
    • In An Absent Dream (Tor.Com) Hugo Novella Finalist 2020
    • Middlegame, (Tor.Com) Hugo Novel Finalist 2020
    • Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13)(DAW Books)
    • That Ain't Witchcraft and Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid # 8 & 9) (DAW Books) Hugo Series Finalist 2020
  • Mira Grant, AKA Seanan McGuire
    • In the Shadow of Spindrift House (Subterranean Press)
  • Patricia Briggs
    • Smoke Bitten (Ace). With a smirk we must confirm that the upcoming Flea Bitten was an April Fools prank.
  • T. Kingfisher, AKA Ursula Vernon
    • Minor Mage (Lodestar Not-a-Hugo Finalist 2020)(Red Wombat Studio)
    • Paladin's Grace (Red Wombat Studio)
    • The Twisted Ones (Gallery/Saga Press)
  • C.J Cherryh
    • Resurgence (Foreigner 20) (DAW)
  • Mark Ferrari
  • Barbara Hambly
    • Lady of Perdition (Benjamin January 17) (Severn House Publishers)

Award Winning GoH Books Online From Your Local Bookstore

We're all reeling from the effects of social isolation, but independent bookstores are getting hit really hard. If you have a few dollars to spare (and a reading list we've just helped you grow), try:

The Couth Buzzard (Greenwood)

Paper Boat Booksellers (West Seattle)

Ada’s Technical Books (Seattle)

ThirdPlaceBooks (Ravenna, Lake Forest Park, Seward Park)
(They note that their biggest online sellers during quarantine include The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became, and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.)

You’ll find Foolscap bookseller Book Universe selling books on

You can also order books directly from these Pacific Northwest publishers:

Broken Eye Books

Fairwood Press


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