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Mythcon 43 in Berkeley

As was announced at Mythcon - We have a Mythcon! - Aug 3-6, 2012 in Berkeley and the Clark Kerr Campus, where we've held Mythcons before. Website is here.

Mythcon 43 Logo


Across the Continents:

Myths and legends from Europe
and Asia meet and mingle

Guests of Honor

Prof. G. Ronald Murphy, SJ - Scholar

Myth and folklore scholar, winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for The Owl, the Raven & the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms’ Magic Fairy Tales (2002) and Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram’s Parzival (2007)

Grace Lin – Author

Author and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award winner for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2010)

The following prices are available through August 31, 2011.

  • $60 for Mythopoeic Society members
  • $75 for non-members
  • $45 for students *
  • Free for children (under age 12)

* Must bring student ID to Mythcon for confirmation

You can go to the website and pay via Paypal or Make a check payable to The Mythopoeic Society and send it to -

The Mythopoeic Society
PO Box 28427
San Jose, CA 95159


AND the Mythopoeic Award Winners Are...

...presented in fuller detail at The Mythopoeic Society website but I'll let you know here that the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature went to Karen Lord for Redemption in Indigo, from Small Beer Press; the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature went to Megan Whalen Turner for The Queen’s Thief Series, from Greenwillow Books.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies went to Michael Ward, Planet Narnia (Oxford, 2008) and the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth & Fantasy Studies went to Caroline Sumpter, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (McFarland, 2008).

Mythcon 42 was blessed to enjoy extraordinary speeches by our Guests of Honor, Catherynne Valente and Michael D.C. Drout, and Marek Oziewicz, last year's winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth & Fantasy Studies (for One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card) came from Poland and reprised his acceptance speech - a truly powerful experience as he compared the destruction of Mr. Tumnus' home by Maugrim and the White Witch's wolves to his own home being searched and torn apart and his father --a member of Solidarity-- being taken away and imprisoned on many occasions. Marek said, "I never saw the White Witch but I knew who the wolves were." Incredibly, his father came up from Mexico where he now lives to attend the banquet and see Marek honored.

Great event-- you should come to Mythcon 43 next year in Berkeley!
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M Valente is #8 On the Children's Chapter Books List!

She is also the Guest of Honor at this year's Mythcon!  So Come to Mythcon and see someone on the NYT Best Sellers List.

Way to go, Cat!



The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2011 Mythopoeic Awards. Download the press release in PDF format. For more information about the awards, visit the Awards section of this site; the finalists for the literature awards, text of recent acceptance speeches, and selected book reviews are also listed in this section.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 42, to be held July 15-18, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

MythSoc has gotten a Facebook Page

In their infinite wisdom  Stupidity, FB has decided that all groups are switching to their new informal set up, where it is just a bunch of friends chatting. What we have been running all along has really been A Page (which they didn't have until about 6 months ago). So as result we have now started a Page on Facebook. It is located here .

As soon as  we have enough followers, we will be able to shorten that url to something more reasonable.

Until then, go and "like" us and start posting to the New Mythopoeic Society FB Page.


Room and Board Reminder for Mythcon 42

Just a friendly reminder to get your Room & Board reservations in.

Information can be found at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/42/room/

We are doing a meal plan that can be bought on the website

Hotel info is -

This year, you may make your own room reservations directly through the hotel:

MCM Eleganté Hotel
Toll free: 1-866-650-8900
Rate: $81/night + 13% tax *

* You must reference “Mythcon 42” to get our special rates. This rate for regular rooms is available for single or double occupancy; this works out to be less than $280 for Friday through Monday.

  • All rooms include a full, hot breakfast buffet each morning.
  • All rooms receive 2 complimentary drink tickets from the bar for each evening.
  • All rooms are non-smoking.
  • Rollaway beds are provided free of charge, as long as you request them in advance through the hotel.

The hotel also will honor the Mythcon 42 special rate for up to 3 additional nights before the conference (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and 3 nights after the conference (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).


Mytcon abstract deadline extended

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference XLII

Albuquerque, NM

Friday, July 15 through Monday, July 18, 2011





Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism

The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of both C.S. Lewis’ publication of The Allegory of Love and J.R.R. Tolkien’s lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Spanning the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian heroic legacies and late Continental French-inspired romance traditions, these authoritative works of scholarship dramatically changed academic discussion on their medieval subjects. In addition, their literary reinterpretations laid the groundwork for the modern medievalism that now informs so much modern fantasy literature, Inkling or otherwise. To commemorate these important anniversaries, Mythcon 42 will invite reflection on the impact of these critical works and how they offer new ways to view the fantastic in earlier texts as well as how they initiated many of the approaches modern fantasy applies to its reading of the medieval. While legacies inherited from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, Biblical, and Classical cultures will be obvious subjects, papers and panels that explore mythological and fantastic works from other early traditions (such as Native American, Asian, and Middle-eastern) are also welcome, as are studies and discussions that focus on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and of other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.


Guests of Honor:

Michael D.C. Drout, Scholar

Catherynne M. Valente, Author


Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the e-mail address below by 6 May, 2011. Please include your AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. Time slots for individual papers are one hour (45 minute paper plus discussion) or 1/2 hour (20 minute paper plus discussion). Panels consisting of related short papers may be proposed for a 90 minute time slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society (http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html).  Undergraduate and graduate presenters are encouraged to apply for the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Paper.


Janet Brennan Croft, Paper Coordinator

Head of Access Services, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma

jbcroft@ou.edu, mythlore@mythsoc.org


The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about past conferences at http://www.mythsoc.org/conferences.html.


Information is now up for the Room and Board Packages.

We are using a Hotel again this year - the MCM Eleganté Hotel in downtown Albuquerque.

Rooms are $81 / Night + Tax and available directly from the hotel. It includes Breakfast and late afternoon drink!

The Meal Package (Fri dinner, Sat lunch/dinner, Sun lunch/banquet) - $120 or Banquet only (Sunday) - $45  is available on the MythSoc Website.

The Venue information is here.

The Room Reservation and Meal Package information is here.


Countdown to Mythcon 42 Rate Increase

25... 26... 27...

Yes, February 1 the registration rate increases for Mythcon 42. Leslie Donovan and her hobbits (the committee) are working diligently on arranging the best possible lodging and venue and those details will be announced as soon as they've firmed up.

In the meantime: ...28 ...29...

Mythcon 42 home page

July 15-18 - See you in Albuquerque!

-- Lynn Maudlin, Secretary for Mythopoeic Conferences --
You can read all the details and requirements in the Mythopoeic Society's press release; this is one of the wonderful things the Mythopoeic Society does: we reward excellence in Mythopoeic literature and scholarship!