WOSSNAME -- APRIL 2005 -- PART 4 OF 5
3) OTHER NEWS
Curve Entertainment presents....
"MASKERADE - the OPERA"
Based on the Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada - Curve Entertainment has
announced a new opera based on Terry Pratchett's novel
"Maskerade," according to an announcement from Brendan
"Beej" Dery, VP, Productions, at Curve Entertainment,
As far as we know, this is the first of Terry's novels to be
turned into an opera.
"Maskerade - the Opera" is the story of Agnes Nitt, a young witch
with a magical voice who travels to the bustling city-state
of Ankh-Morpork to make her mark as an opera singer. Featuring
fan-favourite characters Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg,
"Maskerade" borrows heavily on the plot from "The Phantom of the
Opera" to create a fresh, satirical look at modern stage musicals.
"After reading "Maskerade - the Opera" several years ago, I knew it
would make an excellent adaptation to a full, comedic opera, "said
Jared Samborski, composer. "We've worked very hard to create a faithful
adaptation from the book to the stage that we're sure the fans will enjoy."
Combining Pratchett's sharp, British wit and heaping doses of satire
with the elements of classic opera, "Maskerade - the Opera" bridges the gap
between high culture and pop culture, attracting a fresh, young audience to
the opera house.
"Maskerade - the Opera" is being staged June 22-25, 2005 at the Shoctor
Theatre, a part of the Citadel Theatre complex in downtown Edmonton, Alberta.
Ticket sales, in part, will be going towards assisting battered women's
shelters in Edmonton.
Information on "Maskerade - the Opera" can be found at:
and tickets are now on sale through the Citadel website:
4) CONS AND MEETS
The Australian Discworld Convention has been moved from January 2006
to 9th - 11th of February 2007. There are a number of reasons for
this change of date but the primary one is fitting in better with
Terry's plans to visit Australia.
More information can be found at http://www.ausdwcon.org
Kate writes from Australia:
>After all the talk of yet another MelMeet and yet another SydMeet proposal,
>there is a good possibility of a Brismeet in June sometime. Our resident
>Weather Goddess thinks she may be staying a day or three here and has
>emailed me and Peta with the suggestion. She also said to say hi to the
>list, she been a bit busy at work what with all the RHG's... er work that's
>Not heard from Paul Blake for a little bit, did you get your drive sorted?
>And would you be interested in expanding the BrisMeet to 4 persons?
I can say with absolute certainty that I may or may not be able to attend a
BrisMeet in June. If it's in the first 10 days of the month, then I ought
to be available, however if it's later in the month, I'll be unable to make
it, because I'm leaving to go to deepest, darkest Peru on the 11th.
5) HOW I DISCOVERED TERRY PRATCHETT
To the Editor:
My husband, an avid reader of fantasy (I'm more into mysteries, particularly
"cozies" from England; we're both employed in the library field), picked up
"Thief of Time" at our local library. He thought it was awful, but
recommended it to me. I read it . . . and the rest is history. I've become a Terry
Pratchett fanatic . . . collecting and rereading everything and anything written
by him, and purchasing various fandom items. My husband still won't try to
read any of the other TP books. Although, as we both love Australia, he's
encouraging us to go to the 2006 Convention . . .
-- Andrea Denninger
Kenosha, WI, USA
To the Editor:
I was so sorry to hear of your heart attack. The folks who filled in for you
did a good job but you were missed and must stay well to keep all of us
I'm sure that my tale is not unique, but I finally thought I'd break my
silent lurking on this list to respond to you request to tell how we
I still consider myself something of a Discworld proselyte which, given the
extent of my zeal, may be pathetic, a sign of denial or both.
In 1998, I had been carrying on a correspondence relationship with a
brilliant, theatrical (in every sense of both of those words) Brit - Bernie,
the science teacher. When Bernie came to the US on a job interview, we
arranged to have him come visit me. He brought with him a copy of "Moving
Pictures" which he proceeded to read aloud to me over the next 2 days as
part of an attempted seduction. Sadly his visit was cut short before we
managed to reach a climax, literary or otherwise. Being a gentleman, he left
me the book so I could finish by myself. (You've got to love a man who
arrives at your door ready to seduce you with Discworld! I must confess that
Bernie gives "good Pratchett"; he is a wonderful reader and especially good
at vocal characterization. His Gaspode the Wonder Dog is the definitive
reading for me and will ever after be how that mangy, irrepressible and
strangely irresistible canine sounds in my head.)
While I was more than a little taken with Bernie, the fascination he held
for me was nil compared to the hold that Terry had over me by time I turned
the final page. While I am a voracious reader, I'd very little experience
with fantasy (Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McAffrey being the sum total of
same). I raced right out to buy as many Pratchett books as I could find in
my local Books R Us only to be appalled at how few in number and variety
they were. Ever hopeful, I picked up a few books by other fantasy authors
who shall remain nameless but...they just didn't satisfy in the same way. I
did notice that I found the humor in my UK edition of MP somehow funnier
than its US cousin (when given a choice, take both, I always say). So I
decided that, in addition to my US versions of various books, I had to have
the UK ones too. Well really, how else could one compare them and get the
full experience. Seeing this in writing, it is disturbing how suspiciously
like 'pin collecting' this sounds. Am I a Pratchett-head?
Anyway, I ended up importuning a friend who was traveling to
vaguely-European-parts-not-mentionable on behalf of the National Security
Agency (NSA being even more secretive than the CIA) to act as my purchasing
agent. Why I didn't go to amazon.co.uk is beyond me; it just shows how badly
my incipient addiction had addled my brain. H (his code name) was handed a
list of ALL of the books by Pratchett in print at the time and a pile of
cash in small unmarked bills the sum of which made me blanch and hastily
recalculate my grocery budget for the next 6 months.
Some six weeks later, bless me if he didn't come through. H. arrived with a
small black suitcase of UK paperbacks, hardbacks, calendars - all and sundry
Pratchettiana that he could find. Apparently he put his professional
information gathering 'connections' to use in service to my addiction. I
retired to my tiny apartment and didn't emerge until 4 days later, pale,
bleary-eyed and ready for more.
And thus it has continued. I reserve copies of both US and UK editions as
soon as they are available and re-read much of my current library to tide me
over between new books. Well-intentioned enablers feed my addiction by
trying to find me copies in other languages, only some of which I can
actually read. I cherish the futile dream that I could actually become a
polyglot simply by reading translated Discworld novels simultaneously with
their English (or American) counterparts. My prize possession, one of a few
books on the short list of things that I would grab in a fire is a hardback
original printing of Light Fantastic signed by the great Man himself. I
plan to come to the 2006 Discworld Convention... unless one of my friends
stages an intervention and I am in a 12-step program by then.
-- Katy Evans
Baltimore MD USA
To the Editor:
Well, my first origins date back to 1997 when I bought a copy of Good Omens
in the York train station. (One of my grandmothers, whom we nicknamed
Apocalypse Grandma, was very interested in End Times and her name was
Agnes. How could I *not* buy a book like that?) As I read it on the way to
London I gave up trying to hide my outbursts of laughter - after all, I was
an American tourist and we're probably expected to do that sort of thing on
Fast forward to early 2000 and a trip to a local used book store. Spurred
on by memories of Good Omens, previous and repeated urgings by Anna M.
Conina, and the bargain price of $3.00, I purchased Soul Music. I figured
Music With Rocks In sounded pretty interesting, being a Former Big Haired
80s Rock Chick.
I was hooked. I laughed, I learned, I read it so fast the pages smouldered.
A whole new world of fantasy and humour awaited me! I started buying
Discworld novels in sets of three since I couldn't bear not to have a new
adventure to read once I'd finished the others. When I ran out of
Discworld, it was on to Terry's other books. And now I'm eagerly awaiting
Thud, especially after hearing bits of it read by The Man himself.
To the Editor:
I should preface this by saying that my brother and I, despite
seven years difference in age, have become quite good friends
(barring of course typical sibling rivalry and teasing, and then
only after reaching an age most would consider "mature" -- or at
least mature enough).
I recall that many years ago, my older brother had asked me
to go to the book store for his Hogswatch Day gift, and gave me
only an author name, Terry Pratchett. He said that the book he
wanted would be obvious once I found the author's books. Having
reached the store, I found the section and author, and was thinking
"How will I know the right one?" when I saw it: The title "Faust"
crossed out with a splash of red paint, and the name "Eric" written
over it. Since my brother's name is Eric, I got the hint. ;)
But my own first reading happened several years later. After
Christmas dinner, I was helping to tidy up when he said he wanted
to show me something, and pulled out a book called Wyrd Sisters.
With a huge grin on his face, he said, "Just read the first page."
After giving him a funny look, I said "OK" and did so. And found
The Line that had me hooked ever since: "Finally another voice said,
in far more ordinary tones: 'Well, I can do next Tuesday.'" I couldn't
stop laughing. My whole family thought I'd turned into a loon.
The whole build up of the MacBeth aura up to that point with the
contrast of that one Line was too much for me and I couldn't get
enough; I now have most of his novels in hardcover, and always
order his latest before it comes out.
Many thanks to Terry for lots of laughs, spoofs, and nods to some
of the other fantastic authors out there, among them Anne McCaffrey
and Jo Rowling.
-- Kristin Stenlund
To the Editor:
Going through Joy Beeson's W.E.B. directory I came across your
name and your mention of Terry Pratchett made me smile. While
I haven't been an active fan for a long time, one of my most treasured
memories is walking alongside Terry Pratchett as he went through the
Art Show at a Tuscon Fantasy and Horror Convention. He was such
a warm and wonderful person, and very gracious -- and when the
inevitable oh, my piece of art ... the expression on his face was
priceless. Glad to hear someone else loves his work!
I was feeling a little alone, even though I have gotten one of my kids
hooked, it's not the same as having someone else to talk to. Besides,
I taught that particular kid to talk -- I know what she has to say almost
before she says it, sigh.
Have you read any Christopher Moore? Others of my horde are
passionate about him as well. Hope I haven't bothered you too badly,
--Rikki Winters, N3F
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