February 1-3, 2013
Redmond Marriott Town Center
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
Guess what?!? Sooner than anyone thought, it's Potlatch! It's
Foolscap! Buy one, get both!!! Yes, soon in a Seattle area near
you, now with Extra Bonus Foolscap Content, Potlatch 22 is coming:
February 1-3, 2013 at the Redmond Marriott Town Center. We'll be
sharing the hotel side-by-side with
The bonus content: your membership in Potlatch gets you all the
usual Potlatchy goodness, plus includes a Foolscap membership, with
full access to Foolscap program, art show, chocolate reception, and
general silliness, plus some cool new fusion items leveraging the
resources of both cons.
Gosh. How did we get here? Serendipitous circumstance, plus a
touch of evil genius. Team Foolscap needed to move their convention
off their long held September dates, and the Permanent Floating
Seattle Potlatch Committee had independently been feeling overwhelmed,
over-committed, and understaffed at the specter of pulling together
a full Potlatch only a year after the last one, without our usual
year off. And yet we had no prospects of another city able to run
a Potlatch in 2013. The PFSPC thought we would let 2013 go by the
way, then see if we could recruit enough new blood to make another
run at hosting a Potlatch in 2014. Cue the Foolscap folk, in the
person of Dave Howell, evil genius, who thought it would be a pity
to let a year go by without a Potlatch, and also didn't want Foolscap
to be seen as encroaching on the Potlatch time slot. So when Foolscap
decided to move to February they offered Potlatch a chance to play
along: two conventions, one hotel, one hospitality suite, two program
tracks, and members mingling freely between the two, getting All
the Stuff: Clarion West Alumni Readings. Nancy Pearl, Foolscap
GoH. Board game night. Book of Honor: Jo Walton's Among Others.
You Build It open programming -- where the members brainstorm and
create panels on the spot. Taste of Clarion West writing workshop.
Book swap. Reading group. More choice, more stuff, and each
committee focusing on what they do best.
We think this is a win for everyone: those of us who have been
doing Potlatch get to have another one with a significantly smaller
people points overhead -- Foolscap has already settled the hotel,
for instance. Meanwhile, Foolscap gets an out-of-town attendee
bump in a year that might have been small due to the switch in
dates. Everybody gets the synergy and cross pollination of mixing
the two compatible but slightly different convention cultures and
constituencies. Frankly, I think this will be a very cool, very
exciting con -- this is the most excited I've been about running a
Potlatch in years. I'm hoping you agree, and would like to come
out and play along.
If you would like to join us for this effervescently brave
experiment, and try a Potlatch with a bit of Foolscap in it (or
vice versa) -- please visit the Memberships
page to buy your membership today via PayPal or post.
Membership rates are:
Attending Membership: $50
Student Membership: $25
At the Door Attending: $75.
Hotel rates will be $109 per night, not including parking,
and is available through the
Hotel registration page. Book your rooms now!
This sudden, unexpected Potlatch is brought to you by Jack Bell
and Jerry Kaufman, Programming; Suzanne Tompkins, Hospitality; David
Levine, Communications and Taste of Clarion West writers workshop;
Kate Yule, Local Guide, and [Your Name Here] in a dazzling array
of supporting and participating roles. If you would like to help
make this an even better Potlatch, please contact
Expect lots more updates and announcements as we plot with the
Foolscap cabal, invent new ways to party, and build to a massive
February Potlatchy crescendo. Meanwhile check us out on Facebook
or the ever popular Potlatch website
But right now, we're on a short time line here, so please
buy your membership now, now, now!
See you in Redmond,
Potlatch Hotel Block Cut-off Date Extended - Book by January 18
We have negotiated an extension to our room block cut-off, so if
booking your room slipped your mind in the aftermath of the mad
holiday crush, now would be the time to
reservation. We cannot guarantee our convention rate for rooms
booked after January 18.
Cirque du Soleil
It has just come to our attention that the Redmond/Marymoor
opening night for
du Soleil's current touring show, Amaluna, is January 31 -- the
day before Potlatch/Foolscap starts. As You Know, Marymoor is just
a stone's throw from our convention hotel, and in fact anyone coming
in to the convention on SR-520 will likely see the gaily striped
blue and yellow tents from the freeway. If you are coming in from
out of town, you might want to plan your travel so that you can
catch the show before or after the convention.
Speaking of Travel Plans...
The Washington State Department of Transportation has tentatively
scheduled a weekend-long bridge closure for the SR-520 bridge for
February 1-3; that is the weekend of Potlatch/Foolscap. Attendees
planning to arrive by car or public transit from Seattle particularly
should check their planned routes to make sure they are not impacted
by the closure. See this WSDOT page for the latest info
Potlatch 22 Local Guide
The Local Guide for
the convention has gone to the printer and is now available as a
PDF for your pre-con research.
Freddie Baer-Designed Potlatch 22 T-Shirts Will Be Available for Sale at Potlatch!
Due to the pre-con time crunch we have not been able to do pre-orders but beautiful, collectible, original Freddie Baer P22 t-shirts will be available for $18 each at the registration table at the convention. Shirts will be vailable in M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, and 5XL sizes.
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