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      14) CONVENTION NEWS
      15) POSSIBLE SIGHTING OF A NEW TIFFANY ACHING USA COVER
      16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
      17) "NATION" REFERENCE IN A "HARD" NEWS ARTICLE
      18) REVIEW: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS
      19) PRATCHETT FAN FUND-RUNNING FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH
      20) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS: BEST SELLER FOR INDEPENDENTS
      21) NEW DISCWORLD GOODIES FROM PJSM PRINTS
      22) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE (MARCH-JULY)

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      14) CONVENTION NEWS

      14.1 NADWCON NEWS

      NADWCon 2011: Catching Up On Discworld: The Once and Future Con

      Greetings, all Discworld fans and convention-goers! As most of you
      are probably already aware, the first ever North American Discworld
      Convention took place in Tempe, Arizona from September 4-7, 2009,
      and was deemed a big success by guests and attendees alike! Once
      again, I and the entire 2009 committee would like to thank all of
      our amazing guests, participants, committee, staff, volunteers, and
      attendees for helping to make the con the wonderful experience that
      it was. Thank you! I have linked many photos, videos, and accounts
      of the convention on the convention website, so if you haven't yet
      seen that, please feel free to head over there and take a look:
      http://www.nadwcon.org

      The 2009 committee was delighted to hear that everyone had such a
      great time, and honored to learn that, due to the convention's
      success, many are clamoring for another one! Our Guest of Honor, Sir
      Terry Pratchett himself, has said that he is definitely willing to
      appear again as Guest of Honor (health and circumstances permitting)
      should there be another NADWCon.

      The committee has been approached by representatives of several
      cities interested in hosting the next North American Discworld
      Convention, and thus, after consulting with Sir Terry Pratchett, a
      North American Discworld Convention Steering Committee (to be known
      hereafter as "The Guild of Chelonavigators") has been formed from
      among several folks intimately involved in the successful
      organization and presentation of NADWCon 2009. The purpose of this
      oversight committee is to: 1) determine the next convention location
      and organizing group; 2) offer guidance and information to the next
      convention committee as it prepares for NADWCon 2011; 3) maintain a
      consistent archive of information and data related to past NADWCons;
      and 4) manage any con-related funds or properties during transition
      periods between cons. The members of The Guild are as follows:

      Voting Officers:
      - Emily S. Whitten, Esq. (Chair)
      - Denise Connell
      - Margaret Grady
      - Patrick Harkin Sr.
      - Jean Tillson

      Chelonavigational Consultant:
      - Anna M. Caggiano


      Regarding the decision as to where NADWCon 2011 will be held, it has
      been decided to ask for bid proposals from any fan organization
      interested in hosting the next con. These will be carefully
      considered by The Guild before a decision is made and a group
      chosen, after which The Guild and the 2009 committee will pass the
      torch of our responsibility and experience as the organizers of this
      unique Discworldian event to the chosen group, but will remain
      available for consultation as a source of information, guidance, and
      resources.

      If you love the idea of having an NADWCon in your city, and are
      considering proposing your local group and city as the best host for
      the next NADWCon, please first carefully consider both the goals and
      responsibilities of this convention, some of the main ones being:

      - To provide a well planned, smooth and well organized, exciting and
      uniquely fun Discworld experience for new and old Discworld fans of
      all ages, as well as for our guests;
      - To make the convention easily accessible and reasonably affordable
      for fans to attend;
      - To meet or exceed the level of programming and fun experiences
      provided by the first NADWCon, including such staples as a charity
      auction, gala banquet, and Discworld Maskerade;
      - To retain the Discworld flavor and culture of a Pratchett-centric
      convention;
      - To keep proper records and responsible accountings of the planning
      and management of the NADWCon, and to preserve these for future
      archiving with The Guild of Chelonavigators.

      Please also be aware that planning a convention of this magnitude
      requires the dedication, determination, and cooperation of a number
      of experienced organizers with excellent planning, teamwork,
      organizational and communication skills. Planning and running a
      convention can be an amazing experience, but please remember that it
      requires a lot of time and hard work, as well as a willingness to
      put the good of the convention first. Any group that bids for the
      next NADWCon should have a number of willing and experienced
      volunteers local to the convention location to form the backbone of
      their potential convention committee.


      14.2 AUSDWCON NEWS

      NULLUS ANXIETAS III IN 2011: NO WORRIES, MATE!

      The AusDWcon organisers have announced the dates and venue for
      Nullus Anxietas III, the third Australian Discworld Convention:

      "We're looking forward to having yet another excellent weekend
      filled with entertaining performances, interesting discussions and
      wonderful people."

      When: 08/04/11 ‐ 10/04/11
      Where: Penrith Panthers, Penrith, NSW

      There are no events, guests or schedules posted yet, but watch the
      AusDwcon site because a little bird has whispered to WOSSNAME that
      Nullus Anxietas III will be a truly well organised convention.

      http://ausdwcon.org/events/22

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      15) POSSIBLE SIGHTING OF THE NEXT TIFFANY ACHING USA COVER?

      From a blogger called Miss Eliza:

      "Bill Mayer, the artist behind the Wintersmith cover and the covers
      of the re-releases of Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky happened to
      have this picture in his flickr stream... Sadly his website is under
      construction, so it's hard to find out any more corroborating
      evidence, though this was captioned: 'New Terry Pratchett book
      cover!'..."

      Is it the real thing or is it fan art? Any way it is a good picture.

      http://tinyurl.com/y8chzoe

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      16) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

      A surprised coconut, or trainee librarian:

      http://tinyurl.com/yl2amke

      The perfect wedding cake for Igors:

      http://tinyurl.com/yab353d

      Links courtesy of Mrs Cake of Bugarup University.

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      17) PRATCHETT NOVEL REFERENCE IN "HARD" NEWS

      In the Daily Mail (UK), an article about attempts to rescue children
      from the rubble of the Haitian earthquake refers to Daphne's rescue
      of Mau from Locaha's domain in Nation:

      "She was alive. There was hope. She had managed to cheat death.
      There is, deep within all of us, the desire to do the same -- no
      matter how much our rational mind may tell us it is nonsense. It
      pervades our literature -- from the myth of Orpheus, who visited the
      underworld and survived, through to Terry Pratchett's latest novel,
      millennia later, in which the heroine brings back her friend from
      the dead."

      http://tinyurl.com/y9h6yyr

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      18) REVIEW: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

      A short review and enthusiastic recommendation in the Sunday Times
      (UK):

      "Despite the author being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's
      disease in 2007, fans are delighted to find that Discworld lives on
      in 'Unseen Academicals', Pratchett's 37th Discworld novel. The book
      is everything readers have come to expect from the satirist heralded
      as the 'the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/y8oprre

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      19) PRATCHETT FAN FUND-RUNS FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH

      Tolkien Society member and Pratchett fan Mike Percival is running to
      raise money for Alzheimer's research: "So I thought to myself 'what
      next'? How can I keep the challenge going? And I came up with a
      challenge for myself. During the course of the winter and spring of
      2009/2010, I would undertake four trail running half marathons, and
      I would add commitment and motivation by doing them in aid of four
      of my favourite charities'..."

      http://tinyurl.com/ydqxt2n

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      20) UNSEEN ACADEMICALS: BEST SELLER FOR INDEPENDENTS

      Locus Magazine reports that Unseen Academicals is the #1 bestselling
      hardcover among independent booksellers.

      http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2010/Issue01_Bestsellers.html

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      21) PJSM PRINTS PRESENTS: NEW CMOT DIBBLER BADGES

      PJSM Prints is offering a new range of Discworld badges (lapel pins)
      designed by Stephen Briggs. Ranging in price from £2.50 to £4.25
      and in size from 14mm to 45mm, the selection includes "I Ate'nt
      Dead", the Uberwald League of Temperance Black Ribbon, the Luggage,
      the Uberwald Blood Donors badge, the Librarian "Ook" badge, and
      several others. Some of the range is already sold out:

      http://www.pjsmprints.com/cmot/index.html

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      22) THE NEW DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE

      by Fernando Magnifico

      Buongiorno my friends! Or as they say in Fourecks, g'day mate! My
      friends, you may have noticed a few XXXXian backpackers drunk in the
      streets lately. To be precise, you may have noticed a few XXXXians
      *drunker* in the streets. This is because the Fourecksians are
      celebrating Best Bloody Bewt Country On The Gods' Own Disc Day this
      week, celebrating the federation of the nation from half a dozen
      independent breweries. Fernando will be your astrologer this month,
      as Lady Asterisk has sprained her wrist opening a can of Fourecksian
      beer. So in honour of the Fourecksian national day, Fernando has
      asked the stars what XXXXian person or thing you are most associated
      with.

      Ciao cobber!

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      The Adamant Hedgehog 21 Mar - 20 Apr

      Hoggers are well known for being solid, down-to-earth, with the
      determined, no-nonsense personality, like Fernando's Aunt Maria, who
      once drove off a wild boar by hitting it with her broom. As such,
      the stars say that Hoggers are most like the Fourecksian wombat.
      When Fernando travelled to Fourecks some years ago, he saw a wombat,
      and he can best describe it as the cross between a tailless badger
      and a pile of bricks. Do not let any Fourecksian try to tell you
      that wombats eat the solid rocks, Fernando knows this is the joke
      they like to play on the visitors. The wombats don't eat rocks. They
      just dig through them.

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      The Half-Eaten Sandwich 21 Apr - 21 May

      Munchers, you are associated with the Fourecksian game of
      Grasshopper. Two teams of twelve people play. Eleven people from one
      side come out on a grassy field while the twelfth stays inside and
      gets started on the drinking. Two people from the other team come
      out carrying large wooden sticks called "bats", and the first team
      repeatedly throws a small red ball at the "batters", who try to
      avoid hitting the ball. Then they stop for lunch and drinking, and
      swap sides. They can keep this up for up to five days, unless
      interrupted by rain or if the beer runs out.

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      Herne the Hunted 22 May - 21 Jun

      Fourecks is a land of many deadly animals, like the Tunnelling
      Spider, the Man-Eating Albatross, the Carnivorous Pigeon, and the
      Marsupial Dragon. Herne the Hunted is the god of the small
      inoffensive creatures whose destiny it is to be eaten by the deadly
      beasts, and as such, the stars tell Fernando that you are associated
      with the Witchetty Grub: small, inoffensive, utter harmless, tasting
      slightly of potato, and consequentemente eaten by all the other
      animals and a few of the plants as well.

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      The Wizard's Staff and Knob 22 Jun - 22 Jul

      Sometimes the stars give Fernando the most surprising information,
      something nobody would have expected. This is not one of those
      times, for they say that Staffies are closely associated with the
      wizards of Fourecks. But what many people don't know is that
      Fourecks has its own school of wizardry, Bugarup University, which
      the XXXXians will tell you is older than Ankh-Morpork's Tower of
      Art. Unseen University's wizards will argue that this doesn't count,
      because even though BU is tens of thousands of years old, it's only
      been tens of thousands of years old for the last two or three
      hundred years, while UU has been thousands of years old for
      thousands of years. And the XXXXian wizards will reply that it takes
      a lot of really powerful magic to make something older than it is,
      and so the argument begins.

      (continued in Part 3)

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