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CapClave 2012 (Convention Daypass)

CapClave 2012 is our area's own science fiction and fantasy convention. It's being held this year in Gaithersburg, MD and will run from October 12-14, 2012. Since we have a book discussion on Sunday, though, we're planning for a daypass for Saturday only.

If you've never tried the con scene, this is a great one to start with. It's small and has a literary focus, so you won't need to worry about huge crowds or cosplay hordes or an unfamiliar city.

From the website:

Capclave is a small relaxed literary convention with a program that usually focuses on the short fiction form. Our Guests of Honor and other notable authors, editors, artists, and fans of the short fiction form will explore the creation and enjoyment of short fantasy and science fiction genre stories.

The Saturday programming looks really great, with author readings (including John Scalzi), panel discussions, and writers' workshops. There's also going to be a mass book signing on Saturday evening.

Parking and wifi will be free. There are many restaurants near the hotel for lunch, and we may go out to dinner afterwards, depending on people's schedules.

Although registration for the daypass isn't yet available on the website, it is expected to cost $40 for the day. For active military and dependents, as well as students, a daypass will be available for $20. If you'd prefer to attend the full weekend, membership is currently $60 ($25 for active military and dependents and students)

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  • Vijay

    CapClave 2012 was really fun. It was a small con, but the quality of panels was excellent, and John Scalzi was a great (and very accessible) Guest of Honor. Also, the Spagnvola chocolate factory tour was amazing, and both lunch (Dogfish Head Alehouse) and dinner (Coalfire Pizza) were excellent. Definitely planning to attend CapClave 2013 next year.

    October 29, 2012

  • Prashant

    Interesting panels and good organization for both the dealer room and panel halls.

    October 20, 2012

  • Steve

    I was in the room with some of the faithful - the Alternate alternate talk, or the it's not rocket science...don't remember which, but someone sent out a text...Sorry I missed face to face was the chocolate visit?

    October 15, 2012

    • Vijay

      The chocolate visit was awesome. :-) Sorry we missed you, Steve. Hope you can join us for another event soon!

      October 16, 2012

  • Vijay

    Also, for anyone that doesn't know the Gaithersburg area very well, CapClave's put together a great guide to local restaurants and shops of interest:

    See you all soon!

    October 12, 2012

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, hope you're excited for Saturday! Some of us have been discussing dipping out of the convention for a quick visit (and factory tour) of Spagnvola Chocolatier, a sustainable farm-to-boutique shop in Gaithersburg, with great truffles, bonbons, hot chocolate, gelato and more.

    It looks like the only timeslot that works for a tour is 3:30, though, so please check the program to see if you're interested in coming. We'd probably head over a little after 3 and be back sometime before 5.

    Also, just an update: The Saturday daypass will be $40 ($20 for military and students).

    October 11, 2012

    • Samuel L.

      I'll be leading a book group on The Android's Dream at 3.

      October 11, 2012

    • Trish

      Yum. I'm in for the chocolate tour.

      October 11, 2012

  • Samuel L.

    Capclave is lots of fun. It is a chance to met lots of authors since the convention is small enough to be friendly but sizeable enough to have lots of interesting people and events.

    1 · October 4, 2012

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