Glen GoodKnight (1941-2010)

Glen GoodKnight, founder of the Mythopoeic Society, died November 3. As Bonnie Callahan told readers of a Yahoo group:

“….Glen GoodKnight passed away on Wednesday night. He had been in poor health for a number of years, but was actively participating in many online activities, cataloging his collection for eventual sale/donation, and appeared to be in stable condition.”

I was often in the home of Glen Goodknight and his partner Ken Lauw when I was on Glen’s 1997 Mythcon committee. It was the ideal fan’s home, walls covered with bookcases, though unlike other fans Glen’s shelves were filled with editions of Lord of the Rings in every language it had appeared: collecting them was his passion. He was a highly interesting and very knowledgeable fan.

Glen founded the Mythopoeic Society in 1967 in the aftermath of the legendary “Bilbo-Frodo Birthday Picnic” held in September of that year. He invited fans to his house on October 12 to form a continuing group. The 17 attendees became the Society’s first members. Within a few years they had planted 14 discussion groups around the country. In 1972 at the suggestion of Ed Meskys of the Tolkien Society of America the two organizations merged and overnight the Society grew to more than a thousand members.

Mythcon I in 1970 was organized to help knit the Society’s different groups together. Glen married Bonnie GoodKnight (later Callahan) at Mythcon II in 1971.

Glen edited 78 issues of the Society journal Mythlore between 1970 and 1998.

After staying away from Mythcons for several years, Glen returned to celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary at Berkeley in 2007. Greeted with a standing ovation, he delivered an emotion-filled reminiscence of the Society’s early days. Glen came back to Mythcon the following year, too. I was glad to see him renewing his links with the Society. Now I’m sad to know I won’t be in his company again.

Ken Lauw and Glen GoodKnight at 2007 Mythcon.

Read Owen’s First Dragon Book Free

Here, There Be Dragons, the first book in James Owen’s The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, is a free read online through November 9.

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series is a grand fantasy adventure that tells the story of four travelers – who happen to be C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and H.G. Wells – as they travel through lands that may be familiar to readers of myths, legends, and fantasy literature.

At the site created for the series you can also find a video trailer for The Indigo King (the series’ third installment), downloadable wallpapers, and excerpts from four audiobook versions of the novels.

James Owen was a guest of honor at the 2009 Mythcon.

Mythcon 40 Extends Papers Submission Deadline

Mythcon 40 chair Sarah Beach says the committee “has decided to give folks a chance to follow up on their last minute paper ideas, and has extended the proposal deadline to May 22.” These are the scholarly and fannish presentations that energize every Mythcon. Accepted proposals get assigned slots on the program.

Check the Society website for the contact information for submission.

With James Owen as Author Guest of Honor and Diana Pavlac Glyer as Scholar Guest of Honor, how could the conference be anything but stellar?

“We are really looking forward to a wonderful conference this year,” promises Sarah. “ If you have not registered yet, do so soon. Don’t be left out of this special anniversary celebration!”

Sierra Preps for Mythcon

Diana Glyer and James A. Owen

James A. Owen autographing Sierra and friend with their favorite books

Diana will be Scholar GoH at Mythcon 40, which takes place July 17-20 on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

By happy coincidence, she was able to meet Mythcon’s Author GoH, James A. Owen, when he did a signing of his new book The Indigo King at nearby Vroman’s Bookstore on January 19.

Owen is well-known as the artist and writer of the independent comic book Starchild, and of the young adult fantasy Here, There Be Dragons, first novel in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.

Diana got Owen to autograph her copy of The Search for the Red Dragon, second in the series, which he did with a flourish – adding below his name a beautifully-sketched dragon’s head, in red ink.

Sierra went on that adventure with her mother and as you can see, she found a little friend willing to compare notes with her about their favorite books.