I am the Toastmaster for World Fantasy in D.C. this year
Last week, I got a phone call from Peggy Rae Sapienza, who is one of the co-chairs of World Fantasy. She had a favor to ask. I like it when she asks me for favors. The one before this was, “Would you mind running the Whiskey tasting with Guy Gavriel Kay on the Wednesday before WFC starts?”
Now, you should also understand that when I was working with SFWA, Peggy Rae had stepped in to help with the Nebulas when we had a sudden behind-the-scenes problem. She’s the reason no one in the front of house knew that there was a fire backstage. (I honestly don’t remember what it was, so don’t dwell on that part) After that, she was formally involved in making the event run smoothly, so I’ve had first hand experience in knowing exactly how good she is as a con-runner.
In fact, when people asked if I was going to WFC this year, I always said “Yes! Because Peggy Rae is running it and it will be awesome.”
So, when she asked me for a favor, I said “yes.” Then she told me what the favour was and I started laughing and said “yes” all over again. Would I be willing to be the Toastmaster for WFC? Heck, yes.
This is going to be a very, very fun convention. I hope to see you there.
(They are currently sold out, but the waiting list will open in a couple of weeks)