Medical care is only free if you're Canadian.
How dare you, sir? 30 ROCK does not lie!
To correct myself: I only have experience in BC. Each territory and province does things diferently, I believe.
At the very least, he should be able to get prescription pharmaceuticals. I'm still fence-sitting regarding WFC, but if go, I'm bringing a prescription for my arthritis medication, which is perfectly legal (generic, even!) in the USA, but currently hard to get.
Looks like Simon Strantzas is gonna get lucky!!!
When I worked in book publishing, I often exhibited at Book Expo and at dozens of academic conferences. All are crawling with editors, people in marketing, and of course potential readers. I am not familiar with World Fantasy, but Toronto is a great city for book conventions, and I'm assuming from the word "World" in the name that it isn't trying to draw attendees from only Canada. Also, would you be able to sign copies of "Chasing the Dragon" at your publisher's booth? If so, being there and doing so provides excellent visibility, and they might even put your name on a sign or in a convention program. Do it, especially if you have a free sofa to sleep on. While you're there, buy some poutine from a truck that will almost certainly be parked within a block of the convention site.
Being present at a convention definitely increases the number of your books sold in the dealer's room, especially if you're sitting at your publisher's table. So yes, there's that to consider. Also, I love poutine!
And you have to get back into the awesome practice of saying "Eh" all the time!
And, Guelph misses you! LMAO!
And I can finally spend those Canadian Tire dollars!
They never expire. :) And I could add some of ours so you could actually have enough to buy something! LOL!
I've been to World Fantasy twice, once in Arizona right after The Road to the Dark Tower came out and once in Austin a few years ago. Both times I felt a little lost. I knew hardly anyone, and I'm not exactly in touch with the latest in SF/Fantasy. It's a huge con and much more professional in attitude than World Horror.
Depends on what you hope to get out of the con. I'm not sure that I'd go to another unless it was within driving distance.
Nothing against T-dot or Tee-oh, which is what we non-Torontonians call the city. In polite company.
Edited at 2012-07-25 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's much more professional and much better for one's career than World Horror, which is one of the reasons I like World Fantasy so much. And a lot of horror folks go there, too, because there's such a gray area between fantasy and horror. Heck, Peter Straub's going to be in Toronto!
WFC this year is best described as being "near" rather than "in" Toronto.
Go to Worldcon instead.
Richmond Hill or Mississauga are the same "Totonto-style" thing to New Yorkers. LOL! For me in Waterloo, it means more of a pain in the ass drive. :)
Guess which one I voted for?