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Tentative Program Schedule
Hospitality SuiteWorld Fantasy Award Banquet
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Program Information

This year's World Fantasy Convention theme, "Dark Fantasy: Honorable Traditions," explores the interplay of diverse traditions in dark and other fantasy.

Programming begins on Thursday at 2 p.m. and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday, before the World Fantasy Awards Banquet.  We expect to have Guest of Honor interviews, and our Artist Guest of Honor will present an illustrated talk.  We will have literary and art programming, including serious and humorous items, and there will be a Small Press Roundtable on Saturday evening.

We hope to post a tentative program schedule on the WFC 2003 web site a week or two before the convention; as with any convention, plans are subject to change.

Autograph Reception

The Autograph Reception will be held Friday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  There will be no need for authors to sign up in advance to give autographs; all members who wish to sign will have a name tag at the reception entrance desk.  No wheeled carts will be allowed in the autographing room.  A limit of three signatures at a time will be enforced when an author has a line. Members will not be limited to the number of times they may go through a line (subject to the availability of the author).  There will be no other programming scheduled during the Autograph Reception.

Tentative Program Hours of Operation

Thursday   2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  8 p.m. – midnight
Friday   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  8 p.m. – midnight
Saturday   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  8 p.m. – midnight
Sunday   10 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Autograph Reception

Friday   8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Send program inquiries to Aly and Paul Parsons at alypar at
WFC 2003 Program
7113 Wayne Drive
Annandale, VA 22003-1734

Hospitality Suite

The 2003 WFC Hospitality Suite will be open during vaguely reasonable hours for the duration of the convention.  If you would like to host a party, we can provide assistance as you plan your event, if you'll let us know.

Please let us know about any serious food allergies you may have.

Special Events in the Hospitality Suite


9:00 pm – Midnight

Interstitial Arts Foundation (IA) Event


11:30 am – 2:00 pm

World Fantasy Convention 2004 (Tempe, Arizona) will sponsor lunch in the Hospitality Suite.  Please drop by for more details on next year's World Fantasy Convention.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Clarion, Clarion West, and Odyssey Graduate Gathering


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Night Shade Books Readings

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Strange Horizons Tea Party

9:00 pm – Midnight

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Party


Please contact Peggy Rae Sapienza at peggyraes at for more Hospitality Suite information.


2003 World Fantasy Awards Banquet

UPDATE (28 October 2003):

Additional banquet tickets will not be sold during the convention.  If you have not yet submitted your payment, please pay for your reservation by Saturday evening at the WFC 2003 Registration & Information Desk located on the Hyatt Regency ballroom level.

The 2003 World Fantasy Awards Banquet will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, 2 November 2003.

The banquet will be limited to 29 tables of ten people each and a 15-person head table.  Reservations were accepted on a first come, first served basis.  The banquet is estimated to last about two hours.  Standing room (to the Fire Marshall's limit) will be available during the awards presentation portion of the banquet.  The menu for the 2003 World Fantasy Awards Banquet was prepared by Chef Tim of the hotel's Capitol View Club rooftop restaurant.

Banquet Menu

First course Choices

Pumpkin Bisque spiced with Ginger Cream; or

Classic Caesar Salad: fresh Leaves of Romaine Lettuce, with Croutons and Chef's Classic Caesar Dressing

Second Course Choices

Vegetarian – "Beggars' Purse" with Moroccan Cous Cous, Fire Roasted Pepper Coulis, and wood grilled vegetables; or

Line caught Atlantic Grouper prepared with Southwestern Black Bean & Tomato Salsa, Cilantro, Fresh Coriander and Island Spices; or

Sansonnet Chicken: Pan Seared French Breast of Chicken prepared with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Roasted Tomato, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, Sautéed Spinach drizzled with Balsamic Syrup

Dessert Choices

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie: A Layer of Rich Chocolate Covered with a Creamy Peanut Butter Filling on a Graham Cracker Crust

Update: A Fruit Platter dessert choice has been added to the menu for people who may be allergic to peanuts or chocolate

Beverages: Coffee (regular or decaf), Tea, or Iced Tea

Cash Bar

Cordials:   $7.50
Cognacs:   $7.50
Cocktails:   $6.00 ($6.50 for premium liquors)
Imported Beers:   $5.75
Wines:   $5.75 ($6.00 for premium wines)
Domestic Beers:   $5.25
Mineral Waters:   $4.00
Soft Drinks:   $3.50

Banquet Cost

The banquet cost is $59.00 USD per person (includes service fee and meal tax)

The deadline to make banquet reservations was midnight EDT on Sunday, October 19, 2003

Inquires may be sent by e-mail to Marty Gear at MartinGear at


Additional banquet tickets will not be sold during the convention.  If you have not yet submitted your payment, please pay for your reservation by Saturday evening at the WFC 2003 Registration & Information Desk located on the Hyatt Regency ballroom level.


Publisher Giveaway Shipping Information

Publishers should ship books and items to be given to WFC 2003 members to the following address:

Fort Knox Self-Storage
Unit #1027 - Michael Walsh
211 E. Pleasant St
Baltimore, MD 21202

No freight collect shipments can or will be accepted.

Send inquiries to Michael Walsh at MJW at


Library of Congress Tour Information

The Library of Congress is a book lovers delight!  But first let's bust a few bubbles: it does NOT have a copy of every book ever printed, nor does it have a copy of every book printed in the United States.  There are two other National Libraries (Agriculture and Medicine) that take some of this information burden, but even then, there are more books, recordings, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, globes, magazines, films, and other materials created than the Library could possibly hold.  A total of more than 126 million items on over 530 miles of shelves fills up not only the three buildings on Capital Hill but also offsite storage in Fort Meade, Maryland. There are many Reading Rooms, based on languages and cultures (Hispanic, Hebraic, Asian), format (photos, maps, music, etc.) and more.  The web page for researchers [ ] can provide you with
information on all the Library's resources.

While it would take a lifetime to get a real feel for what is in the Library, you can get a taste several ways. From the comfort of your own home, check out the Library's website [ ], which includes an online catalog [ ].  Some of these items are available through the American Memory website [ ] or the online exhibits [ ].

While in Washington, you should take time to look at the American Treasures Exhibit, which highlights some of the best pieces from the collections, including the contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets from the night he was shot and early films by Thomas Edison. Three areas are in the exhibit: Memory, focusing on history; Reason, showing philosophy, including law, science and geography; and Imagination demonstrating the fine arts, including architecture, music, literature and sports.

Across the way from the American Treasure Exhibit is the exhibit Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America.  Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, this exhibit shows how the view of the United States changed over centuries as the land was explored.  At the start of the exhibit is the 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemüller, the first map that labeled the New World as America, an important recently acquisition of the Library.

On Monday through Friday, there are free public tours available at the Jefferson Building (the old one with the dome).  These guided tours start at 10:30 and 11:30am, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm and last approximately 45
minutes.  On Saturday, the tours are at 10:30 and 11:30am, 1:30 and 2:30pm.  The Library is not open on Sundays.

Special Tour Information for WFC 2003 Members

There will be two general VIP tours and two special tours at the Library of Congress for World Fantasy Convention members.  VIP tours of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be on:

Thursday, October 30, 1:00 pm
Friday, October 31, 11:00 am

There are still several slots open in these tours.

The special area tours are:

Thursday, October 30, 11:00 am for the Geography and Map Division
Friday, October 31, 11:00 am for the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

The special area tours will show some of the highlights of these divisions.  These last two tours are limited to the first 10 people who sign up.

Contact Colleen Cahill at ccah at

And if you have the time and are over 18 with a drivers license or passport, we welcome you to get a Library of Congress Reader Registration card [ ] and explore the many
wonders at the Library at your leisure.




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