Best-selling authors and competitions at The Witching Hour

  October 15, 2004 at 4:24 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via The Witching Hour)
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The folks at The Witching Houropens in new window have announced two great ways for fans of Harry Potter to participate in their conference as well as the attendance of two best-selling authors, Charles de Lint and Tamora Pierce. The Witching Hour, a Harry Potter symposium, runs from Oct. 6 - 10 in Salem, Massachusetts.

For members of the fandom community The Witching Hour has announced the opening of Fandomopolyopens in new window, a special edition of the popular board game Monopoly in which fans can bid on a one-of-a-kind board game, which will be auctioned off at The Witching Hour.

Fandomopoly’s properties will bear the names of Harry Potter-related groups and sites, but in order to get the site’s name on a property, the site must first make a donation to The Witching Hour.

Each group’s donation will be applied to both the game as well as the conference, giving sites a chance to sponsor a programming session, concert or other special event. Harry Potter Sites, Yahoo! Groups, blog communities, ‘ships, and all other Harry Potter fandom-related Internet communities are eligible to participate; individuals and for-profit companies are not. Sites or groups need not be solely concentrated on the Harry Potter fandom, but must have a verifiable presence in the fandom.

And to celebrate autumn, The Witching Hour is issuing a call for competitors for its Wizarding Triple Crownopens in new window competition, which is open for all fans over the age of fourteen. The first challenge for artists calls for creations themed "The Great Hall at Halloween" (This theme will encompass an original and tasteful scene of a great hall, with no distinguishable aspects of copyrighted material).

The winner of this grand challenge with have the honor of having their artwork displayed at the conference, as well as a ticket to the long sold out “Tea With Trelawney” event also being held at the conference.

The organizers have also announced the attendance of Charles de Lint, Tamora Pierce & Charles N. Brown, who will all be featured in panels and presenting their work.

Charles de Lintopens in new window, has more than 50 books to his credit, ranging in genre from mythic fiction to science fiction and dark fantasy. Some of his most famous works are the popular Newford series, including Trader, Someplace to Be Flying and The Onion Girl.

He was also the recipient of the first William L. Crawford Award for Best New Fantasy Author and has also received numerous other accolades, including being a 15-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, which he won in 2000 for his work Moonlight and Vines.

Tamora Pierceopens in new window has written everything from short stories and novels to scripts that were featured on National Public Radio. Her published works include several quartets of young adult fantasy books, the most famous of which is the “Lioness” series, which revolves around female heroes. Her most recent books are Trickster’s Choice and the newly-published Trickster’s Queen.

Mr. Brownopens in new window has been involved in the science fiction field since the late 1940s and is the founder of Locusopens in new window – the popular science fiction and fantasy magazine. Brown has served as a book reviewer for Asimov’s magazine and written for several other magazines and newspapers.

Be sure to check out The Witching Hour for moreopens in new window information.

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