Sapienza Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Peggy Rae Sapienza will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Sapienza has a long history of supporting science fiction, having chaired a Worldcon, co-chaired a World Fantasy Con, and chaired three Nebula Weekends. She was a strong supporter of the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. In addition, Sapienza helped create the modern Worldcon concourse and was active in fanzine fandom. She helped run SFWA events, such as the New York Reception and also copy-edited the SFWA Bulletin. In 2012, she was a Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the Worldcon. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

Sapienza Endowment Established

Chicon 7 has created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb using surplus funds. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to benefit the Northern Illinois University Library, Special Collections, for the procurement, preservation, and promotion of materials germane to the study of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and their fandoms. The initial endowment of $25,000 was made at a Reception during the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago and represents the last of Chicon 7’s surplus, and Chicon invites other individuals and organizations to donate to the endowment to improve its efficacy. Steven H Silver, who was one of three Chicon 7 Vice Chairs, will serve as the fund’s trustee.

Obituary: Peggy Rae Sapienza

Fan Peggy Rae Sapienza (b.Peggy Rae McKnight, 1944 ) died on March 22, about a month after undergoing heart surgery. Peggy Rae, who was married to Bob Pavlat from 1963-1983 and to John Sapienza from 1999 until her death, chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon (my first). She was long active in con-running and fanzine publishing. She was a driving force behind much of Washington and Baltimore fandom, and has chaired or co-chaired several recent Nebula Award Weekends. She helped create the modern exhibition concourse at Worldcons and in 2012, she was the fan guest of honor at Chicon 7.

Peggy Rae’s bio at Chicon 7