Another place, another time... in an age of wander

  • Senior librarians are also taught how to deal with the dangers of navigating L-space, such as the "harmless kickstool crabs, large and heavy wandering thesauri, the .303 bookworm and the dreaded clichés, which must be avoided at all costs."
  • The name L-space is based on use of E-space (Exo-space) and N-space
    (Normal space) used by Doctor Who.
  • L-space, short for library-space, is the ultimate portrayal of Pratchett's concept that the written word has powerful magical properties on the Discworld, and that in large quantities all books warp space and time around them. The principle of L-space revolves around a seemingly logical equation; it is an extension of the aphorism 'Knowledge is Power'
  • {Books} = {Knowledge} = {Power} = {{Mass} x {Distance}2} x {{Time}3}.
  • Large quantities of magical and mundane books create portals into L-space that can be accessed using innate powers of librarianship that are taught by the Librarians of Time and Space to those deemed worthy across the multiverse.
  • Libraries with enough books to open a portal are often large and sprawling; those venturing into L-space may not necessarily know that they have arrived.
  • The floor and ceiling of L-space follow the floor and ceiling of the library used to access it; the best example of this is that the central dome of Unseen University's library is "always overhead".
  • In every direction and as far as the eye can see bookshelves stretch off, meaning the nature of any walls are unknown.
  • Essentially, all bookstores are potentially infinite in extent; gateways into literary hyperspace: "a good bookshop is just a genteel blackhole that knows how to read."
  • Because L-space links every library, (and also possibly Death's Autobiography Library), it is possible to reach any one of these throughout space, time and the multiverse. This means that there are potentially other forms of data storage other than books as it represents every library anywhere.
  • One can read any book ever written, any book that will be written at some point and books that were planned for writing that were not, as well as any book that could possibly be written.
  • Adventurers may find markings and scribbled notes on the shelves to help them navigate.
  • Opening Ceremony: 7pm Friday July 5

  • Closing Ceremony: 3pm Monday July 8


The people responsible for organizing NADWCon 2013 so far:

Chair – Richard Atha-Nicholls

Richard Atha-Nicholls has been reading Discworld and other Pratchett writings since 1989. As a fan he attended the first ever Discworld convention in 1996 and became, as far as he is aware, the first ever Discworld Convention gopher. Since then he has attended every Discworld convention in the UK, with the exception of 2004, as well as multiple Clarecraft Discworld events and events in Wincanton organized by The Discworld Emporium. He has performed in two convention radio plays and two shows. In 2010 he played Lord Vetinari/Frankenfurter in the Rocky Horror Discworld Show which was a one off performance approved by Sir Terry and Richard O’Brien.

Richard is very active in the local community theater scene, having produced, directed, stage managed, sound designed, acted, set designed, as well as having served on the board of directors at Colonial Players of Annapolis1. Having held a numerous and vast array of responsible roles in his professional & personal life2, he feels well positioned to lead this merry band of the committee to produce a wonderful & fantastic convention for the fans.


1. But not necessarily at the same time.
2. Boring details upon request.

Vice-Chair – Amy Rauch

Amy has been a Discworld fan since the late '90s when a friend handed her a copy of Soul Music. Although relatively new to conventions, she is not new to fandom, having been an avid devotee of Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, and Firefly (among others too numerous to list.) She is thrilled to be helping organize the 2013 NADWCON, and cannot wait to show you all of the really cool stuff the committee is planning!


Operations Director – Nell Codner

Nell Codner has been reading Terry Pratchett since 1992 and the friend who later introduced her to Discworld served as a bridesmaid in her wedding. She knows how to gather information to prioritize tasks, keep an eye on all the minor issues that have the potential to become major issues, and step in before major issues become problems. Nell also has experience, both academic and practical, as a conflict negotiator. She is a trained facilitator. The difficult she does quickly. The impossible takes a little longer. Not only does Nell remain calm under stressful situations and possess the demeanor to encourage others to do the same, she has also mastered the 45 minute combat nap. She believes in fun, getting the job done and getting asked back.


Operations Left Hand - Maureen Shanahan

Maureen Shanahan was introduced to Discworld sometime around the year 2004. Her favorite Pratchett book is Going Postal, as it aligns perfectly with her bureaucratic nature and love of running things. She hopes that the attendees have a care-free and fun-filled time at the convention, and is thrilled to be a part of the team to help make that a reality.

Programming Director - Colleen R. Cahill

Colleen became enchanted with Discworld after reading The Wee Free Men; any heroine who uses her little brother as monster bait is inspiring! While this will be her first Discworld Con, Colleen has served on two World Cons (1998 and 2001), several World Fantasy Cons (including head of Program Ops in 2011) and several positions at the DC local convention Capclave (which she once chaired). Colleen has been a librarian for more than half her life and totally approves of the L-Space theme for this con: she plans to spend any free time she has cataloging and classifying everyone and everything!


Assistant Program Director - Peggy Rae Sapienza

Peggy Rae Sapienza, a second generation science fiction fan, has been reading science fiction for over sixty years. She chaired the 56th World Science Fiction Convention, Bucconeer, in Baltimore in 1998 and was the North American Agent for the 67th Worldcon, Nippon 2007, in Yokohama, Japan. She has recently chaired SFWA's Nebula Awards Weekend in Washington, D.C. Her father, Jack McKnight, machined the first Hugo Awards in 1953.


Productions Director - Gretchen Fox

Gretchen has been a Discworld fan since she was literally hit in the head with a copy of The Color of Magic in the early 90's. She has been working in and around theater for 25 years, mostly with children and youth theater. Gretchen and the rest of the production team are looking forward immensely to the challenge of bringing the magic of the Discworld to life in L-space at NADWCon 2013.

Registration Coordinator - Jeff Boucher-Zamzo

Jeff is a long time science fiction and fantasy geek. By day Jeff is an information technology engineer, and at night he heads "United Geeks of Gaming", the Gaming club for Geek Partnership Society. Previously Jeff has had various professions including Bartender, owner (and designer) of a game company and as a carnival entertainer. A long time con attendee, Jeff has been a volunteer and staff member at local and national conventions for going on 20 years. As a Discworld fan for more than 15 years, Jeff jumped at the opportunity to attend NADWCon in 2011. That quickly turned into volunteering to head the registration department for the convention. So when they asked if he would like to reprise his role, he ran away screaming. Of course when they sent the luggage after him, he relented and accepted the position.


Marketing Coordinator - Chris Davis

Chris was introduced to Discworld by the Vice Chair in 2008, and is pleased as Punchinello to be a part of this splendid endeavor! When not assisting with NADWCon marketing, he's a working actor.


Art Show Coordinator - Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt

Lyn Marie and her dog Dobby have spent many hours “lost in the Discworld” listening to the books as they drove across the country together in pursuit of her art. At the tender age of 5 her grandfather took her to see “The Creature of the Black Lagoon” which began an odd love affair with a world of not so cuddly creatures. After encasing her younger brother in a plaster head cast at the age of 10 to make a “scary mask” (which ultimately required a doctor to cut off) she convinced her parents to purchase some instruction books on theater make-up. Although sidetracked briefly by a valiant attempt at law-school, Lyn Marie then spent two years at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design studying sculpture and illustration. This path led ultimately to freelance work doing restoration work for the “Vision of Jim Henson” a touring exhibit paying tribute to one of her most profound influences. When not working as a special effects make-up artist and sculptor, creating characters and creatures for Broadway and Movies she is tucked away at Wylde Wood Sanctuary, home of her Art Studio (“Blue Maxx Studios”) in WI.

Maskerade Director & Hotel Liaison – Martin Gear

In 1979 Marty dragged the Balticon Masquerade kicking and screaming out of the basement at the Hunt Valley Inn and into the “Main Tent” where it has resided ever since. In addition to directing the masquerade at Balticon for the past thirty-three years he has been masquerade director for four World Science Fiction conventions (Worldcon), has directed either the Fantasy and Science-Fiction or the Historical masquerade competitions at several Costume Cons, and has judged more costume competitions (F&S-F, Historic, and Anime) than he can keep track of. Marty has won numerous awards for his own costumes, competing at the International Costumers’ Guild “Master” level. One of his favorite appearances was as “Cohen the Barbarian” a part of the Best DiscWorld entry at the 2004 Worldcon. For the past ten years he has appeared as various vampire characters at “Castle Blood” a haunted attraction in Western Pennsylvania. Marty was one of the founding members of The International Costumers Guild, and its first president. He is also considered “The Ghodfather of Technofandom”, a loose collection of East Coast sound, lighting, video, and film enthusiasts who provide their knowledge and services to science-fictions up and down the East Coast as well as too many Worldcons and CostumeCons. When he is not running or judging costume competitions, he can frequently be seen as Masquerade M/C in his alternate persona of “Uncle Vlad.”


Charity Auction Coordinator - John Hicks

With a sizable collection of Discworld memorabilia of his own1, and as a veteran buyer at many Discworld event charity auctions2, John is well-suited to be organizing the NADWCon Charity Auction. He was Vice-Chair of the Irish Discworld Convention in 2011 and ran their charity auction, and has been Head of Productions for the last three Discworld Conventions held in the UK3. He is Chairman for the 2014 DWCon and, if given enough single malt whisky, might tell you some of the super secret plans they have. Or he might make it up as he's also very heavily into amateur dramatics and he wrote the script for, and directed, the world premier of Moving Pictures in 2008.


1. The insurance company really loves his premiums!
2. He won a part as a character in Making Money and therefore he really is Dr Hix!
3. Produce a play in four days? No problem! Oh you want to do a musical... erm, all right.

Gala Banquet & Guest Liaison Coordinator - Jennifer Dustin

Jennifer has been an avid bibliophile since her Dad spent night after night reading Black Beauty to her before bed. She discovered Discworld right around the same time she discovered college. Admittedly, she started in the middle because she liked the title, but Soul Music was just a gateway drug. After falling madly in love with Death, and finding a role model for feminine power in Susan, Jennifer was hooked. Now when she needs an escape, she goes to the Disc, to follow Rincewind on some crazy adventure, or to accompany Death on his never ending journey of human enlightenment. Her favorites include Thief of Time, Mort, The Color of Magic, and of course, Soul Music. When she’s not planning weddings, or reading Discworld novels, Jennifer keeps busy with community theatre. Lighting Designer, Director, and all around helping hand, Jennifer is no stranger to backstage world. In fact, that's where she met our fearless leader, sitting in the Tech Booth, many years ago. Owner and operator of Wedding Concepts by Jennifer, she is no stranger to opulent parties for large groups, but this banquet is by far the most fun she's ever had planning. The people involved have made this project a pure joy. Jennifer would like to thank Richard for opening the door to a world of imagination she couldn't live without, and the ComCon (especially Amy!), for making her feel welcome, and indulging all her insanely brilliant ideas.

Website Manager – Alex Cohn

Alex Cohn, Barbarian extreme. The great-grandson of Cohen the Barbarian is working his way up to his ancestor's reputation, breaking hearts wherever he dares. His now infamous works on the dreaded Web portal from Chelonia are to be recorded in the annals of history as the most daring battle undertaken by one so young. Alex would like to thank his grandma Conina for the advice and the hair styling tips.


Staff Artist - Ray Friesen

Ray Friesen, in addition to wearing glasses and combing his hair incorrectly, is also a professional cartoonist. His books, such as 'Cupcakes of Doom!' and 'Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken' have sold literally DOZENS of copies so far. He has been a fan of British humor in general, and Discworld in specifical for 87 years now (Note that the last number might be inaccurate). Ray has the good fortune to be an art designer for PJSM prints, where he created the line of ultra-cute 'Dweenicons' (as well as a handful of other Official Discworld products, including last year's popular Discworld Convention Plush Toys). Ray tried being serious once, but it wasn't any fun. Ray will be getting married shortly before NADWCon 2013, to the wonderful Michelle, who not only puts up with all of his nonsense, but seems to actually enjoy it. Ray is fond of Chocolate.

Gala Banquet Coordinator, Social Media, PR & Staff Artist - Amy Wheaton

Pyrographer by day, designer by night, longbow archer at the weekends, wench when required, and Assassin on occasion (specializing in heart attacks...) Amy likes to keep busy! She has a small obsession with dragons and cannot resist an opportunity to play dress-up. Amy splits her time between London, UK and Pasadena, MD all thanks to Discworld.


Volunteer Coordinator - Melissa Hayes

A friend recommended a Discworld novel in early 2001, by early 2002 she had made her way through all of his books published to that date. On the road with various bands and children’s shows she remained current to the Pratchett universe, even creating a travelling library to help her co-workers to get addicted to Terry. Missy came off the road because of an injury and works at home with the professional international stagehand local union, where she convinces people to put their pants on (dresser), keeps heavy things from falling on people and killing them (rigger), and takes pretty pictures for the union and the International Associated Press (photographer). She has been involved as a Seamstress Guild member for all the NADWCons to date and is now the Director of the Seamstress Guild, using her people skills to help all the volunteers have a good con. 


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