February 24-26, 2006
Best Western Executive Inn, Seattle, WA
Membership $45/more at the door

Special Hotel ALERT Edition
All else is as it was and forever shall be.
Edited by Stu Shiffman

Potlatch n. (1) A ceremonial feast among certain Native American 
peoples of the northwest Pacific coast . . . at which the host 
distributes gifts requiring reciprocation [Chinook<Nootka patshatl, 
to make a potlatch gift]. (2) A gathering of the writers and 
readers of literary science fiction and fantasy at which
participants exchange ideas.

     Ulrika O'Brien

Potlatch at Potlatch Bring a Mathom*

At traditional potlatches the host would display his wealth 
by providing gifts to guests, which the guests would then 
reciprocate. In traditional fandom we say that fandom is a 
gift culture, powered by what each of us puts into fandom. And
hey, we're fans, which means most of us have Too Much STUFF. 
A mathom exchange won't reduce the amount of stuff you have, 
but it just might make it more interesting. If you bring a 
faanish or stfnal treasure to Potlatch, you can come away 
with a different one. Me, I've got this brand new Crazy Cat Lady
action figure from Archie McPhee that needs a loving home. Use your 
creativity, clean out your closets, share the wealth!

*What is a mathom? According to J.R.R. Tolkien: "Anything that Hobbits had no
immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a 
mathom. Their dwellings were apt to become rather crowded 
with mathoms, and many of the presents that passed from hand 
to hand were of that sort."

The Gamboling Puppy Rides Again!

Conventional wisdom holds that the last open party of a convention, 
held after formal events end, is called the Dead Dog. So 
obviously the first open party before formal events begin 
would be just a pup. Our open pre-con bag-stuffing and general 
socializing party is thus the Gamboling Puppy. The party is held 
the Thursday evening before the convention and our sparkling 
party hostess for Potlatch 15 is Mary Kay Kare. If you plan to 
be in town on Thursday evening and would like to come help us 
stuff packets and hang out, please contact the committee for 
specifics and directions. Or check in with the hotel 
front desk when you check in as we will leave information there also.

Volunteering at Potlatch

An army marches on its belly, and Potlatch does something sorta 
similar but more sprightly and less martial with its volunteers. 
Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered to help with 
Potlatch 15.  And to all you untapped hordes who wanted to 
volunteer, but paid via our Paypal link and thus had no ticky-box to 
check, I bring you good news.  If you want to volunteer you can now 
send e-mail to Volunteers@potlatch-sf.org to let us know.  If you 
have a preference as to what function you'd like to volunteer for, 
let us know that, too.  We'd love to have you.

Due to circumstances entirely within our control the original 
batch  of Potlatch 15 flyers had the wrong address on them 
for the convention. Our correct address is:

Potlatch 15
C/O S. Tompkins
PO Box 25075
Seattle, WA 98165


     Suzanne Tompkins

This is your friendly neighborhood hotel liaison saying "MAKE YOUR
RESERVATIONS NOW!!!"  The Hotel room block will be released on January
24th and many of you don't yet have a room reservation, so do it today!

For reservation info, click on the Potlatch 15 web site hotel info page  --

    Jerry Kaufman

I'm pleased to announce an addition to the Dealers' Room lineup that was not
mentioned in the version of PR #2 we sent out. Elise Matthesen wowed the
crowds with her selection of jewelry and adornments at Potlatch 14 in San
Francisco, and we are happy that she will also be able to join us at 
Potlatch 15. (For an idea of what she creates, and the interesting 
ways she ties her creations to literary works, check out her LiveJournal.)

Dealers' Room Hours will be:

Friday - 4 PM to 7 PM (tentatively)
Saturday - 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday - 10 AM to 3 PM (closing time approximate)

We hope you come prepared, with want lists in hand.


Chair Ulrika O'Brien       chair@potlatch-sf.org
Auction Kate Schaefer      auction@potlatch-sf.org
Con Suite Anita Rowland    consuite@potlatch-sf.org
Dealers Room Jerry Kaufman dealers@potlatch-sf.org
Goodies & Free Stuff Marci Malinowycz freebie@potlatch-sf.org
Hotel & Banquet Suzanne Tompkins  hotel@potlatch-sf.org
Programming Blunt Jackson  programming@potlatch-sf.org
Publications Stu Shiffman (content) and Jane Hawkins (mailing)
Registration & Treasurer Denys Howard 
  registration@potlatch-sf.org  or treasurer@potlatch-sf.org
Website Anita Rowland      website@potlatch-sf.org
Writers Workshop David Levine workshop@potlatch-sf.org
Or write to info@potlatch-sf.org 

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