Meetings

PSFS meets monthly, usually on the second Friday of the month. Meetings usually feature a guest speaker known in the SFF community along with lively back-and-forth discussions. 

Recent guests have included Carmen Maria Machado, Josiah Bancroft, Tom Purdom, Jon McGoran, Madeleine Miller, Fonda Lee, Jeanne Cavelos, Jonathan Lethem, Vandana Singh, PJ Manney, Jason Sanford, John Wiswell, Cat Rambo, Jo Walton, Stephanie Feldman, Ray Nayler, Premee Mohamed, Randee Dawn, Ellen Datlow, Walter Hunt, and Gregory Frost. 

Since Covid, our meetings have been a combination of remote (via Zoom) and in-person. Locations for in-person meetings are either at St. Mary’s Church at Penn, 3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia PA 19104, or the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104. 

Our next meeting will be Friday, June 14 at 8 pm. This online meeting will feature guest speaker Betsy Wollheim, legendary publisher of DAW Books (bio below). This meeting is free and open to the public. Email info@philcon.org for Zoom link!

Graphic with photo of Betsy Wollheim, guest at PSFS June monthly meeting 6-14-24

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wollheim has been a leading figure in SFF publishing for many decades, beginning as an editor at DAW Books in 1975 and taking over the company from her father, Donald A. Wollheim, as President of DAW in 1985. She ran DAW with co-publisher Sheila E. Gilbert until Gilbert’s retirement last year. During her career Betsy has worked with such noted authors as C.J. Cherryh, Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, Patrick Rothfuss, Nnedi Okorafor, Kristen Britain, C.S. Friedman, Jennifer Roberson, Saladin A. Ahmed, David Gerrold, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tanith Lee, Bradley Beaulieu, Wole Talabi, among others. In 2012, she became the first female long-form editor to win the Hugo Award during her lifetime. In 2022, DAW was purchased by Thinkingdom Media Group (Beijing) to be the SFF line of Astra Publishing House. Betsy continues to lead her list, as publisher of DAW, with her former employees and authors, on behalf of Astra.

Any questions, contact us at info@psfs.org.

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