Readercon: A Coda

So, after much hue and cry and a petition from many of Readercon’s regular attendees, possible attendees, former GoHs, etc. about the Board’s decision on the harassment case, Readercon has done an about face, issued a truly contrite apology, banned the harasser for life, and begun the process of figuring out how to move forward, write better policies, and provide a convention space that is safe for all attendees.

Well done, Readercon. Thank you for taking the time to listen to your constituents, and to take positive action. What began as deep disappointment and anger has begun to shift back towards a bit more faith in humanity. I’m glad. Really. Before all of this, I had heard lots of wonderful things about this convention, and I would be saddened to see our community lose all of that good.

Genevieve Valentine is pleased. And so am I.

I’ll happily resume the logistical planning of attending our first Readercon.


About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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