I just spent a delightful weekend at Arcana where Tim Powers was
Guest of Honor. He won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was Guest of
Honor at the 1995 Mythcon. I was very sad to have missed that
Mythcon, so I was delighted when I learned that Arcana was bringing
him here as guest of honor.
I got to speak with him personally. He graciously autographed each
and every title of his that I have. Best of all, I filmed an
interview with him for my public access TV show, TV Bookshelf (he's
an animated speaker, so I had to keep the camera moving to keep up).
He attended our Rivendell discussion group meeting, which discussed
his novels (by his own observation, he did most of the talking, and
none of us minded at all!). I noted that he drinks a lot of Coca-Cola
(up to two 12 oz. cans in an hour, but does not appear to be
overweight), and that he doodles during panels. (Lyda Morehouse
showed one of the doodles between panels...these were faces and parts
of faces--mostly eyes--very professionally drawn.) He's a fascinating
speaker and very gracious.
I also saw Eleanor Arnason at Arcana. She also has won the Mythopoeic
Fantasy Award. David Lenander interviewed for her TV Bookshelf, and
there is now a downloadable version of that interview linked to the
TV Bookshelf web site (http://www.tvbookshelf.com)
Eventually, the Tim Powers interview may be there as well (though it
may not appear until 2005).
Also, Ruth Berman was given the Minnesota Fantasy Award for her
lifelong work. I filmed that award ceremony and filmed David Lenander
interviewing her. I would expect that interview to be placed on the
web eventually, as well.
Joan Marie Verba