TAFF Race Heads West

Nina Horvath of Austria and Wolf von Witting of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Spokane for Sasquan in 2015. The voting deadline is April 7.

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Kerr Fundraiser For Ailing Husband

Author Alis Rasmussen is hosting a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money to help author Katharine Kerr care for her husband, Howard, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Kerr’s solo care for her husband currently precludes her from writing and the funds raised by the crowdfunding would go to pay for a “health aide to come to the house or an adult day­care specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients.” THe stated funding goal would cover about five months of care.

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SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of its first Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants were won by Madhvi Ramani, who grew up in London and currently lives in Berlin. Each grant is for $500. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Ramani submitted her story “Zafir, the Saudi Superhero” for consideration.
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Baen Offers Joe Buckley Charity E-Book

Baen Books has announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they are releasing an e-book entitled The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Half of the proceeds from the volume will go to Operation Baen Bulk, which provides reading material for US troops. The other half of the proceeds will go to ReadAssist, which provides access to books for disabled readers. Joe Buckley is a character who has appeared in numerous books published by Baen and almost always is either killed or comes close to death. He has appeared in works by David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Sarah Hoyt, Travis Taylor, and others. This charity volume collects a variety of Joe Buckley death scenes.

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John Madigan Medical Fundraiser

Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.

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Wu Creates Legal Fund

Game Designer Brianna Wu, who was forced from her home earlier this month after threats related to GamerGate, has announced that she is forming a legal fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Wu is currently looking for legal advice to ensure that the fund meets all legal and tax requirements.

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.

Bhob Stewart Scholarship Fund

The New England School Of Art & Design has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in the name of Bhob Stewart. Stewart, who published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, taught at the school from 1970-1984.

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CUFF Resignation

Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.

CanSMOF Call for Applications

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 32, to be held in Manhattan Beach, California, December 5-7, 2014. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running with the other scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 15th 2014.

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