4th Street Fantasy…
continues June 17–19, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN

Fourth Street's single track of programming lets us catch everything wonderful the convention has to offer. Whether it's Patricia Wrede and Lois Bujold talking about conflict and tension or Elise Matthesen and Jon Singer on food, fashion, and fornication, we can do it all. In past years, we've had Steven Brust, Elizabeth Bear, and Patrick Nielsen Hayden deconstructing the folk process with guitars--we've done a reading of a brand-new Jo Walton play--and we've heard storytelling tips that drew from not only Mary Robinette Kowal's writing skills but also her work as a puppeteer. And some of the best of the convention will be found talking to complete strangers you've never heard of, on topics you didn't even know you wanted to discuss until you're frantically scribbling down titles and notes. We can't tell you where the conversation will go this year, but we always try to make room for everyone to contribute the next great idea.

In fact, 4th Street is a single conversation that starts on Friday evening and ends sometime on Sunday. The participants change over the course of the day and night, but each panel, each party, each conversation in the hospitality suite or the lobby or the hall adds to the members' accumulated knowledge and growing body of ideas and energy.

And it's a conversation, not a lecture. Small convention, smart membership, all of them interested in exploring the boundaries of fantastical storytelling, whether in literature, art, music, comics, or film. Discussing them interchangeably, all on the same panel, finding the things that unite the media of stories.

If that sounds highbrow and stodgy, we've done a bad job. Fourth Street is fun. The excitement of that three-day conversation, of being part of the voyage of discovery, is powerful stuff. And the people you'll be hanging out with are some of the most fascinating we've ever met.

Join us. Have fun. Raise a glass to (temporarily) absent friends. We'll see you in June!