Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Australia, LeakyCon, Etc.

Hello all. I apologize for having been so silent for the last … no, I can’t even look at the date of my last blog post. Nobody look. Let’s all just agree it’s been long enough.

I spent the past month in Australia, where my wife is from, and which is getting to be a kind of second home to me. This was the first time I’d brought all my kids with me, which resulted in some valuable life lessons, which I will now pass on to you:

1. If your toddler throws up on you during a snorkeling cruise, they will give you a free shirt

2. In any father’s life there will come a moment when he is asked to open a coconut. It is best to prepare in advance

I began this post on a cross-country flight to Portland for LeakyCon, which is a kind of Harry-Potter-centered but basically pan-fandom convention, and it had a whole part in it about how much I was looking forward to it. Now I’m on my way back, temporarily becalmed in Seattle, and I’m thinking about how deeply, deeply excellent it was. It was my third time, and I’m here to tell you, LeakyCon is a special thing. It is not like anything else.

There are not many conventions where you can watch Anthony Rapp in a money-blowing booth, Amber Benson wriggling through a play tunnel, and Maggie Stiefvater playing bagpipes, and that doesn’t even cover what happened at LeakyCon in the space of 90 minutes yesterday afternoon. (For example you could also have seen me face-plant into a ball pit.)

But more to the point, LeakyCon feels authentic to me in exactly the way that massive commercial events like Comic-Con don’t really, not anymore. (LeakyCon : Comic-con : : PAX : E3, roughly, if that means anything to you.) Basically if you have any interest in seeing a bunch of smart, funny, kind, weird, interesting people who love the same things you love and want to talk to you about them, there is no better place to be. I respectfully recommend that you go. It will give you hope for the future.

In lieu of actually updating my Events page—which I would do except that I have developed a nasty allergy to raw HTML—I’ll give you a short list of places you can see me this summer. After LeakyCon I’ll be at Readercon in Massachusetts in July, then at the Decatur Books Festival and Dragoncon in Atlanta at the end of August. Oh, and I’ll be at Tor.com’s 5th anniversary party at Housing Works on July 24th.

OK, that was even shorter than I thought it was going to be. But I’ve been turning things down in order to work on The Magician’s Land. It’s due at the end of the August, and that’s not a deadline I want to screw around with.


15 comments on “Australia, LeakyCon, Etc.

  1. Jaimie says:

    Yay third boooooooooooook!

  2. Heather Head says:

    Glad to hear from you. Glad you’ve been in Australia. I mean, who wouldn’t be glad to be in Australia? Glad you learned some stuff, and it sounds like important stuff too.

    I’ve recently learned that Harper Lee is not responsible for my life and also that Homeland Security is not, in fact, trolling my blog (I can only assume, since they haven’t arrested me yet).

    Also, why is everything happening in August? I’ll be in Colorado with my folks when you’re in Atlanta, which is the closest you’ll be to here in the near future. Darnit.

  3. yay, blog post! : )

  4. Charles McPherson says:

    Are you speaking at DBF? Or will you be there the whole weekend? I’m hoping some of your writing magic will rub off on me.

  5. Leverus says:

    As I understand it (I dont’ think it’s been announced) I’ll be on a panel about criticism, and then my brother and I will do a joint appearance to talk about our fiction…

  6. Fiction-N says:

    Looking forward to “The Magician’s Land”.
    August can’t be approaching in due linear time. It just can’t…The anticipation is killing me.

    Oh, and Quentin better at least try to bring Alice back, or else I am spamming your inbox with “I hate you!”.

  7. wayne day-laporte says:


    please only have quentin do what quentin needs to do.

    i enjoy these books. thank you for them.

  8. TimTimSalabim says:

    So an August turn-in with what…12 months to print? I don’t know what the turnaround time is these days. Any chances on an e-book side story to tide us over between the two?

  9. Leverus says:

    FWIW I gave a chapter to this anthology, which is out now: http://grimoakpress.com/unfettered/

  10. Heather Head says:

    That’s cool! Please blog about the anthology when it comes out. 🙂

  11. Ramón Flores. says:

    Hello. I’m a big fan of your book “Codex” and the two books about the magicians. I’m anxious to know about what happens with Quentin after he was expelled from Fillory, i want to know if Alice will apear in the next book and i have my doubts about if she really defeated to Martin. Excuse me and my very bad english. Greetings to you and all your family from México.

  12. Stephanie says:

    What days will you be around Dragoncon and what are you doing there? Will you be selling/signing books and chatting with people?

  13. Leverus says:

    @Ramon cheers! believe me, all will be revealed next summer.

  14. Leverus says:

    @Stephanie I’ll be at DragonCon Friday and Sunday and also Saturday morning. I’ll be doing panels, and I’ve also got a reading, and a signing. I’ll post all the times as soon as I have a sec …

  15. Elena says:

    Can I just say how much I admire you? This girl is going to be buying that book wether you meet the deadline or not. You are a mysterious man, Lev Grossman.

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