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Dj Connell
* Discworld Area Head, Sasquan / WorldCon 2015
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* Current Project: The Great Discworld Fan Gathering at Sasquan
* Founder, Discworld Seamstress Guild of North America, Established 2003
* Co-Founder, North American Discworld Dark Clerks.
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* Board Chair: North American Discworld Connection

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This image of Death is by artist Paul Kidby. Mr Kidby's images are used with his permission. Copyright: Paul Kidby.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wearing Purple for Pratchett on Alzheimer's Awareness Day

The Seamstress Guild is wearing purple today to honor Terry Pratchett 

Today is Alzhemier's Awareness Day and Terry Pratchett reminds us that People With Dementia Deserve A Hearing

Many of us are wearing purple today, putting up purple images like this one on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and posting links to news stories about Alzheimer's.

That's because many of us know someone who has Alzehimer's or who is caring for a loved one who has it. 

Pleae donate or help Walk for the cure. Support the cause any you can.

Thank you,


The Quantum Butterfly reminds us that Alzheimer's affects everyone

You can see more of the Seamstress Guild's images by going to their facebook page.

Alzehimer's research is one of the two NADWCon charities approved by Sir Terry that we support.  We hope to see you at the North American Discworld Convention in Baltimore in 2013.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Discworld Fans Celebrate Terry Pratchett On Twitter Today With #ILovePratchett Hashtag

Twitter friends

We are celebrating 
Sir Terry Pratchett today with

Use the hashtag and
collected and re-posted 
by Terry's YA editor 
at Harper Collins
Anne Hoppe
@AHedit on Twitter

Monday, September 17, 2012

Terry Pratchett coming to U.S. for release of Dodger

Updated  October 5th, 2012

Please NOTE! We're thrilled Terry is coming for events, but he is NOT signing anything on US tour. Please help us help adoring fans understand that Sir Terry cannot sign things on tour. We are anxious that no one be disappointed! - Anne Hoppe HarperCollins


Anne Hoppe at Harper Collins writes:

REJOICE! Sir Terry Pratchett comes to the States--NYC and Chicago--mid-October to celebrate the release of DODGER!
Details to follow!
You can follow Anne via her twitter page:

Doing the Happy Dance ...

Update 9/18/2012 Anne has just posted the details.

The inimitable award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Sir Terry Pratchett, is touring three US cities for his newest novel, DODGER!
Friday, October 12th – New York, NY
New York Comic Con
Unbound Stage Appearance @ 1PM

 Meet & Green @ 5:15PM
***Note: Must have ticket to New York Comic Con to gain entrance to this event

Saturday, October 13th – New York, NY

Barnes & Noble Union Square

Tuesday, October 16th – Chicago, IL

Pfeiffer Hall Auditorium in Naperville, IL
Hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop

Order your copy of DODGER today! 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Chinese Book Cover for Mort by Terry Pratchett

Isn't this striking? It is the Chinese book cover for Mort. 

Can anyone provide a translation of the writing we see here?   

I would also like to know that name of the artist so I can give them proper credit.


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hugo Awards Will Be Rebroadcast on Sunday via Ustream

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce that the 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be re-broadcast in its entirety and ad-free via Ustream on Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) at

Chicon7 Press Release on the Hugo Awards
The original live broadcast of the ceremony was interrupted on Sunday, September 2 when an automated infringement system detected content in the stream that it deemed copyright infringement. Although the material was cleared for Chicon 7 use, the feed could not be restored before the ceremony concluded, meaning that fans around the world were unable to enjoy the remainder of the show. 
 The broadcast shut down right in the middle of Neil Gaiman's speech. (1)   You could hear the cyber howls all over the internet.
The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre's fans. The Hugo Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables annually for nearly 60 years.
More information about the Hugo Awards, including a list of the 2012 winners, is available from
This re-broadcast comes amid some controversary.  For more on that, read

 How Copyright Enforcement Killed the Hugo Awards. 

Enjoy the broadcast everyone, 


Art:  Courtesy of BBC Website which writes: 
Neil Gaiman, Suranne Jones and Matt Smith on the set of the award-winning The Doctor’s Wife.

The 2012 Hugo Awards were presented earlier this week and The Doctor’s Wife triumphed in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category.

The episode was written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark and its success at the awards makes it the sixth Hugo won by Doctor Who since its return in 2005.
Neil Gaiman collected his award and later wrote, ‘I flew back to Albany, while my Hugo was taken home without me in a TARDIS-blue car with the license plate IDRIS. Can anything be more appropriate?’

Congratulations to Neil Gaiman and everybody involved in The Doctor’s Wife. You can enjoy clips from the adventure and watch videos of Neil discussing the episode now!

(1) Those of you who were at NADWCon 2011 will remember the wonderful talk on stage with Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Mr. Gaiman and the Dr. Who team for this award.