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February 17-19, 2023 — Westin Boston Seaport District
August 14, 2022

Announcing Boskone 60 Musical Guest: Dave Clement

We are proud to announce the Musical Guest for Boskone 60 will be Dave Clement and we look forward to welcoming him to Boskone, February 17-19, 2023.

“Decadent” Dave Clement is a virtuoso performer of folk, filk, Celtic, and old-time country music. He plays guitar, bodhran, cittern, and penny whistle. Until recently, he was one of the duo that made up Dandelion Wine. Although he’s been to Boskone before, this is his first time as Musical Guest.

Brought to you by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA®), Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the longest-running in New England. NESFA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and both NESFA and Boskone are run and put on entirely by fan volunteers.

For more information, please email info@boskone.org.

Boskone 60 Pre-Registration Rates

Convention rates are good through September 6, 2022.

Membership Category Full Convention
Adult $60.00
Young Adult (ages 18-25)* $35.00
Child (ages 5-17)* $25.00
Kids-in-Tow
(See Below for more information)
$0
Active Military* $50.00

*(ID may be required)

August 7, 2022

Announcing Boskone 60 Official Artist: Victo Ngai

We are proud to announce the Official Artist for Boskone 60 will be Victo Ngai and we look forward to welcoming her to Boskone, February 17-19, 2023.

Victo Ngai
Victo Ngai photo by Leungmo for TUMI

Victo Ngai is a professional illustrator and winner of many awards including the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist Award. In addition to her genre works she has also produced a wide variety of illustrations for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Folio Society, and Macmillan; and advertisements for Apple, Johnnie Walker, American Express, Lufthansa Airlines, and General Electric.Visit Victo Ngai’s website.

Brought to you by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA®), Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the longest-running in New England. NESFA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and both NESFA and Boskone are run and put on entirely by fan volunteers.

For more information, please email info@boskone.org.

Boskone 60 Pre-Registration Rates

Convention rates are good through September 6, 2022.

Membership Category Full Convention
Adult $60.00
Young Adult (ages 18-25)* $35.00
Child (ages 5-17)* $25.00
Kids-in-Tow
(See Below for more information)
$0
Active Military* $50.00

*(ID may be required)

July 31, 2022

Announcing Boskone 60 Special Guest: Tui Sutherland

We are proud to announce the Special Guest for Boskone 60 will be Tui Sutherland and we look forward to welcoming her to Boskone, February 17-19, 2023.

Tui T. Sutherland has written some forty books for children and teens, ranging from sticker books and easy-to-read books for beginning readers, to middle-grade and YA novels. She is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series Wings of Fire. This series is set in an incredibly well-developed world featuring dragons. She also writes under multiple pen names, including Erin Hunter, Rob Kidd, Heather Williams, and Tamara Summers. Visit Tui T. Sutherland’s website.

Brought to you by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA®), Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the longest-running in New England. NESFA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and both NESFA and Boskone are run and put on entirely by fan volunteers.

For more information, please email info@boskone.org.

Boskone 60 Pre-Registration Rates

Convention rates are good through September 6, 2022.

Membership Category Full Convention
Adult $60.00
Young Adult (ages 18-25)* $35.00
Child (ages 5-17)* $25.00
Kids-in-Tow
(See Below for more information)
$0
Active Military* $50.00

*(ID may be required)

July 24, 2022

Announcing Boskone 60 Guest of Honor: Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo HopkinsonWe are proud to announce the Guest of Honor for Boskone 60 will be Nalo Hopkinson and we look forward to welcoming her to Boskone, February 17-19, 2023.

Ms. Hopkinson is a multi-award-winning speculative fiction author and editor. Her awards include the Andre Norton Award, Astounding Award for Best New Writer, World Fantasy Award, Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the SFWA 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, and many more. Her novels and short fiction draw on themes that highlight Afro-Caribbean history, traditions, and folklore. In addition to her novels and short story collections, she has also edited two science fiction anthologies. She has been a writer in residence at Clarion East, West, and South. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Visit Nalo Hopkinson’s website.

Brought to you by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA®), Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the longest-running in New England. NESFA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and both NESFA and Boskone are run and put on entirely by fan volunteers.

For more information, please email info@boskone.org.

Boskone 60 Pre-Registration Rates

Convention rates are good through September 6, 2022.

Membership Category Full Convention
Adult $60.00
Young Adult (ages 18-25)* $35.00
Child (ages 5-17)* $25.00
Kids-in-Tow
(See Below for more information)
$0
Active Military* $50.00

*(ID may be required)

February 17, 2022

Kaffeeklatsch Signups at Boskone 59

To help clarify the process of signing up for a kaffeeklatch at Boskone 59, we’re put together this simple set of instructions so that everyone knows what to expect.

In-person Kaffeeklatsches

For logistical reasons, only in-person members are able to sign up for and to attend in-person kaffeeklatsches. In-person members can sign up for kaffeeklatsches at the Program Ops table in the Harbor Foyer, near the Registration table. The sign up sheets are available on a rolling schedule to give everyone a better chance of attending the kaffeeklatches they most want to attend. Kaffeeklatsches will take place in the Galleria. Space is limited to 10 Boskone members.

Sign up sheets will be available at the following times:

  • No Friday Kaffeeklatsches           Sign up not available
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am    Sign up sheets available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm     Sign up sheets available at 10:00 am Saturday
  • Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am       Sign up sheets available at 10:00 am Saturday

VIRTUAL Kaffeeklatsches

Both virtual and in-person members are able to sign up for and to attend VIRTUAL kaffeeklatsches. The sign up process is managed online and can be accessed through the emailed link to the virtualization site for Boskone 59. You can only access the special virtualization site through the link in your email, not through the general Boskone website.

All VIRTUAL kaffeeklatsches will be held in Zoom and all members who sign up to attend one of these virtual sessions need to provide their own connection and equipment for logging into the virtualization site and into the Zoom meeting.

You must log into the virtualization site to reserve your seat in advance. Space is limited to 15 Boskone members.

Virtual sign up will be available at the following times:

  • Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm         Sign up available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am    Sign up available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm     Sign up available at 10:00 am Saturday
  • Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm        Sign up available at 10:00 am Saturday
February 7, 2022

Boskone Travel, Traffic, and Parking

For those of us who are driving to Boskone, and that includes cabs as well as Uber and Lift, please be aware that the New England Boat Show is happening at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BC&EC), which shares a driveway with the Westin.

The Westin has on-site parking  for $44 per day, but spot are limited. Valet parking is also available at the Westin for $54 per day. They also have an electric car charging station.

When driving, please be aware that traffic will likely be heavy at times, especially during the opening and closing hours of the Boat Show. On the bright side, this means that the BC&EC’s parking lot will be open during the day (and I believe that parking is around $20 per day, but you should verify that with the BC&EC’s attendant). Since their lot does close at night, please also be sure to also ask how late they will be open (each day that you use their lot) so that you can retrieve your car.

A nice alternative to driving is to take the Silver Line, SL1 or SL2, to the World Trade Center Station. For details on how to navigate the MBTA system see the Boskone website. We also have parking information listed as well.

Please be sure to plan some extra time to arrive at the convention before the first program item that you would like to attend. Safe travels! We look forward to seeing you there!

January 3, 2022

Updated Covid Vaccine & Mask Policy for Boskone 59

Boskone has committed to our members that every person attending Boskone has to have been vaccinated and wear a mask at the convention. We will maintain this policy regardless of the recent relaxation of the mandate by the City of Boston. To read more about the City of Boston’s mandate, please visit their website at

We believe that Boskone’s policy makes the convention a safe and comfortable place for all of our members, participants, and staff to attend in person.

COVID Vaccination & Mask Policy

  1. All people physically attending Boskone, 5 years old and older, must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. There are no exceptions.
  2. All people 2 years old or older [attending Boskone] must wear a mask in convention spaces (including open parties) at all times, except when eating or drinking in designated food and drink spaces. There are no exceptions.
  3. Children 4 and under must be with parents or guardians at all times and have a negative PCR test taken February 15, 2022 or later.

Please contact us (at info@boskone.org) if you have any questions.

 

If you have any other questions about our policies, please visit Boskone’s Policy page for more information.

 

Register for Boskone 59 Today

As a reminder we have memberships for in-person members as well as virtual members. Both membership types provide access to the items that will be conducted as virtual items. Approximately 1/3 of the program will be virtual and recorded for later viewing for a period of 30 days.

Buy your Boskone 59 Membership!

 

December 23, 2021

Book your Boskone 59 Hotel Room

Hotel reservations are now open. Join us!!

Boskone’s convention dates are February 18-20, 2022.

The Westin Boston Seaport District
425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
(617) 532-4600
Located in Boston’s Seaport district, the Westin Boston Seaport District is close to excellent food, museums, and shops.

Book your reservation today!

Don’t miss a second of Boskone

We negotiate special hotel rates for our convention members to keep you warm and comfy during the convention. The Boskone hotel rates at the Westin Boston Seaport District include in-room WiFi. There is also free WiFi in the lobby area.

Guest Room Rates

  • $169 plus tax (currently 14.45%) for Single/Double/Triple/Quad

Guest Rooms – Reservation Link for all Room Choices

  • Non-Party Kings
  • Non-Party Doubles
  • Party Kings
  • Party Doubles

*Party Block Notice: When making your reservation for a room in the “Party Block,” please note that this year we’re requiring people to book for both Friday and Saturday to avoid holes in the party block that could potentially be filled with non-Boskone attendees would could potentially complain about noise and cause parties to shut down early.

If you don’t mind being a “buffer” room, please let us know.

 

For your convenience, the room block covers the convention dates PLUS the shoulder dates, which will be listed in our hotel block. Our block rates are good through January 27, 2022 or until the block is sold out. NOTE: Boskone’s room block almost always sells out. So, please book your room early.

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

Hotel Reservation Logistics & Issues

  • Handicapped Accessible Room: After you reserve a handicapped-accessible room,  email hotel@boskone.org so we will make sure your room is correct.

 

More information is available at http://www.boskone.org/hotel.

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2021

Boskone 59 is Hybrid this Year, February 18-20, 2022

Boskone is returning to Boston in-person and the virtual world in 2022! We look forward to returning as a hybrid convention that is both in-person and online, and memberships are available now for both types of memberships.

Boskone 59’s Guests

Programming for both in-person and virtual members begins at 2:00pm on Friday, February 18 and ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 20, 2022. All program times are listed in the East Coast time zone. Visit the Boskone 59 program participant list to see who else is coming, but please note that their appearance may shift from in-person to virtual depending upon their choices.

Join Us In-Person!

Buy your Boskone 59 in-person membership today: $60.00
Join us in person at the Westin Boston Seaport District in Boston, February 18-20, 2022.
Boskone’s in-person members will have access to all of our on-site activities as well as the virtual items that will be presented in program rooms and recorded for later viewing for 30 days. Program items will include all of our traditional items such as panels, kaffeeklatches, discussion groups, readings, autographing, and more.

Boskone keeps the safety of our members in mind, and we ask that everyone attending is vaccinated and wears a mask in common spaces and during all convention activities. If you are in designated areas such as restaurants or the con suite, you may remove your mask while eating or drinking. We ask that you replace your mask as soon as you are done, and avoid sitting and talking with others for long stretches with uneaten food or empty plates in front of you while not wearing a mask.

Join us Online

Buy you Boskone 59 virtual membership today: $29.59
Join us virtually, from the comfort of anywhere, February 18-20, 2022.
Boskone’s online sessions include 3 streams of programming that feature our online only participants as well as some in-person participants who will join virtual program items through a special online set up at the hotel. Virtual program items will include panels, readings, presentations, kaffeeklatsches, and more. Most of our virtual items, including our opening ceremony will be recorded for later viewing for 30 days. Virtual members will have access to a Zoom Q&A system for asking questions and connecting with other members in chat.