Participate in the Boskone 54 Book Party

Come join the fun at Boskone 54’s Book Party, and meet the presses and authors who have new books coming out at Boskone! This is your chance to see what’s new from authors you already love as well as those you have yet to discover.

Boskone is once again holding a book party on Saturday night during the convention to give our authors and publishers the opportunity to show off their newly released titles.

The Boskone 54 Book Party

Day: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Con Suite, in the Galleria Level, Westin Waterfront Hotel

Authors & Publishers: If you have a new book that was (or will be) published within a few months of Boskone, we invite you to participate in the Boskone 54 Book Party. Bring your books and swag to share with readers who come to mix, mingle, and talk fiction with Boskone’s authors.

Authors and publishers (with a new book and a membership for Boskone 54) who would like to join the party, should email us at with your book’s information, including:

  • Title:
  • Author Name:
  • Release Date:
  • Publisher:
  • Cover Image URL (if available):

Please note that space is limited. So, please be sure to contact us as soon as possible to let us know that you’re interested in joining the party. The more the merrier!

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Boskone Book Club tradition continues with Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist

The annual Boskone Book Club continues in 2017! Join us for a conversation that brings con-goers together to consider one noteworthy work at length. This year we are reading The Rithmatist by Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson.

The discussion will also include a short Q&A with the author about the book. To participate, please read the book and come ready with your observations.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist is Brandon Sanderson’s New York Times bestselling epic teen adventure and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013.

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.


If you wish to join the Boskone Book Club discussion, please read the book, and come ready with your observations. We look forward to seeing you at Boskone 54!

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Boskone 53’s “The Grimm Future” is now an eBook

At Boskone 53, NESFA Press introduced its new hardcover science fiction anthology The Grimm Future, edited by Erin Underwood. We received a number of requests for an ebook, which is now available to purchase online for $9.95 at:


Book Description:

Blending fresh new science fiction with a futuristic dash of magic, The Grimm Future is a unique anthology of reimagined Grimm fairy tales from some of today’s most exciting authors—along with the original stories that inspired them. The Grimm Future examines our humanity and what that term might come to mean through the eyes of future generations as society advances into an age when technology consumes nearly every aspect of our lives or has ultimately changed life as we know it. How might these timeless stories evolve? Given the relentless onrush of technology, there is even greater need for fairy tales and Grimm magic in our future. Read on!

Table of Contents:

  • “Intrduction” by Erin Underwood
  • “Pair of Ugly Stepsisters, Three of a Kind” by Garth Nix, based upon multiple Grimm fairy tales, including “Little Brother and Little Sister,” “Rapunzel,” “Little Red-Cap,” and “Cinderella”
  • “The Iron Man” by Max Gladstone, based upon “Iron John”
  • “Zel and Grets” by Maura McHugh, based upon “Hansel & Gretel”
  • “For Want of a Nail” by Sandra McDonald & Stephen D. Covey, based upon “The Nail”
  • “The Shroud” by Dan Wells, based upon “The Shroud”
  • “Long-Term Employment” by Mike Resnick, based upon “Death’s Messengers”
  • “Swan Dive” by Nancy Holder, based upon “The Six Swans”
  • “The White Rat” by Dana Cameron, based upon “The White Snake”
  • “Origins” by Carlos Hernandez, based upon “The Star-Talers”
  • “Angie Taylor in: Peril Beneath the Earth’s Crust” by John Langan, based upon “The Brave Little Tailor”
  • “The Three Snake-Leaves” by Jeffrey Ford, based upon “The Three Snake-Leaves”
  • “The Madman’s Ungrateful Child” by Peadar Ó Guillín, based upon “The Bremen Town-Musicians”
  • “Stories of the Trees, Stories of the Birds, Stories of the Bones” by Kat Howard, based upon “The Juniper Tree”
  • “Be Still, and Listen” by Seanan McGuire, based upon “Little Briar-Rose”
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Purchase an ad in the Boskone 54 Souvenir Book

Publishers. Book Stores. Authors. Fans. You still have time to reserve ad space in the Boskone 54 Souvenir Book. This publication is really lovely and a great way to get your books, events, and groups in front of an audience who loves speculative fiction, film, art, music…and science!

Boskone54_AdInfosheetSouvenir Book Advertising Rates

Advertise in the Boskone 54 Souvenir Book! A printed edition of the souvenir book is printed and available to all members of Boskone at the convention, and is also available as a PDF after Boskone!

Advertising Rates

Back cover (color): $495 $350
Back cover (greyscale): $400 $270
Inside Cover: $330 $215
Full Page: $260 $95
½ Page: $160 $65
¼ Page: $95 $35

For more information, contact Boskone 54 via email at

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Reserve Space in the Boskone 54 Dealers Room

b54-dealersroom274x274pxAre you looking to reserve a table in the Boskone Dealers Room? If so, the information on where to go and what to do has been posted on the Boskone website. Here’s a quick summary of things, but you should visit the Boskone Dealers Room web page for all of the information that you will need.

The Boskone Dealers Room provides a varied shopping experience. Our attendees are, of course, fans of science fiction and fantasy, but we also have readers of literary hard science fiction, writers in the genre and science enthusiasts.

Please note that we are using a different process this year for registering tables in the Dealers Room. This new process streamlines the table reservation process, allowing dealers to make their space requests through the Boskone/NESFA store in one easy and convenient step.

Table Rates:
Boskone features a 3-tiered rate structure for dealer space requests. All tables are 6 feet long and 30 inches wide.  If you have specific needs for behind-table space, please note it on your application. Two chairs and 2 tablecloths are included with each table requested.

  •    TIER A, $40: Low-priced (no more than 1/2 cover price or $3) books, magazines, fanzines
  •    TIER B, $70: All other SF/F books, magazines, fan publications, filk, and related art (prints)
  •    TIER C, $100: Everything else (jewelry, clothing, sculpture, buttons, video, games, etc.)

In addition to knowing what Tier Table(s) you would like to purchase, there is some additional information that we will need to know about your business and your space requirements, including:

  • Company Name
  • Website URL
  • Massachusetts Tax ID #
  • Description of Merchandise
  • If space is not available, do you want to be placed upon the waiting list?
  • Location requests: walls, corners, islands, or straight spaces
  • Set up configuration other than table surface such as backdrops, ceiling hangings, displays, bookcases, etc.
  • Any other special information.

Convention Hours & Load In/Out Time:

Set-up: Friday 12noon to 5pm
Open: Friday 5pm – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 3pm
Teardown: Sunday 3pm – 6pm

For the full set of Dealers Room information and for the links to reserve your space in the Dealers Room, please visit Boskone Dealers Room web page.

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Boskone 54 Hotel Block Now Open

Don’t miss a minute of Boskone 54! Consider a stay at the Westin Waterfront Hotel and stay toasty warm. Book your hotel room now at Boskone’s special rates since the hotel block is sure to sell out.


Westin Waterfront

425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
(617) 532-4600

Boskone Rates

  • Single/Double rate: $166
  • Triple rate: $186
  • Quad rate: $206

These rates are available until January 17, 2017.

If you have any issues with your hotel reservation, contact as soon as possible.

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Volunteer for Boskone

Are you interested in volunteering your skills, energy and time either helping with pre-convention work or at-convention work for Boskone 54? If so, please take a moment to fill out our super simple Volunteer Survey.

Volunteer for BoskoneBoskone is the longest running science fiction and fantasy convention in New England. Our 54th convention takes place in Boston, MA at the Westin Waterfront Hotel from February 17-19, 2017. Boskone is known as one of the best, most low-key and cozy cons on the East Coast, not to mention an art show that offers a fantastic selection of spec fic art.

We are a 100% volunteer run convention that brings together 1,000+ fans, authors, scientists, artists, musicians, publishers, editors and more in order to enjoy an inspiring, entertaining, and unique convention that offers a warm and inclusive environment no matter the weather conditions outside.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to take on a variety of tasks that range from event planning to AV & IT tech work, volunteer wrangling, creative design, registration check in, packet stuffing, etc.

If you’re interested in giving your time to Boskone, please take a moment to complete the Volunteer Survey and let us know what you’re interested in doing and how much time you have available. Please fill out as much or as little of the form as is pertinent to your experience and interests.

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get to know more people, and to earn volunteer hours that can be used toward a free membership for Boskone 55 (next year’s convention, which takes place in February 2018).

Thank you so much!

Erin Underwood
Boskone 54, Chair
February 17-19, 2017

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