I should start off this diary by apologizing for mis-pronouncing the name of the convention in the first few videos. As some of you may have seen me note from France, I think I’ve picked up Spanish-language habits from California. For non-French-speakers, the ‘s’ on the end of Imaginales is silent.
The first video is a good view of the main convention space. It contains some art exhibits, and you may catch a brief glimpse of the con suite at the far end, but mainly it is a dealers’ room and signing area.
The second video looks at the rest of the art exhibit, in particular one very splendid installation that appears to have been made by a local school class.
Next up, a look at the town of Épinal, or at least the part of it I walked through every day when going from my hotel to the convention site. My hotel was about 15 minutes away. There are other hotels that are closer, and cheaper ones that are further away.
One of the pleasant surprised of the event was the presence of street performers. These two were around most of the weekend. I was sat in the con suite with Hal Duncan when the blue lady first appeared. Hal tweeted something about only being on his second beer of the day and already he was seeing aliens.
All of the foreign guests appear to have had a wonderful time at the convention. Here is Bruce Holland Rogers who is on his second visit to Imaginales.
David Anthony Durham was on his first visit, but is keen to return.
Patricia Briggs also had a wonderful time. Note to European fans – Patty speaks German and her husband speaks Spanish.
The Prix Imaginales award ceremony was very slick and featured musical entertainment from an excellent local jazz band. Here they are playing Glenn Miller’s iconic “In the Mood”.
Lionel Davoust helped me with the technical arrangements for live-blogging the award ceremony. He also won one of the coveted Puss-in-Boots trophies. Here he is talking about it.
My primary objective in visiting France was to learn more about the French writers, in particular those who might be planning to attend Worldcon in Montréal. Lionel is one of them. Another is Jean-Claude Dunyach.
We Internet folks have a tendency to congregate at conventions. Here I am speaking to the producer of France’s leading science fiction podcast – Lucas Moreno of Utopod.com.
Hal Duncan is always excellent entertainment at conventions. Here is his take on France.
And finally, here is Stéphane Marsan of Bragelonne, a leading French SF&F publisher, saying some fascinating things about the book industry in France.