Kingkiller Chronicles author Patrick Rothfuss to headline Ama-Con

New York Times best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss will bring his world of fantasy to this year’s Ama-Con, Amarillo Public Library officials announced Sunday.

 

Rothfuss, whose Kingkiller Chronicle series is slated for film and TV adaptations, will be keynote speaker at the event set for Aug. 5 and 6 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Authors Rachel Caine and A.G. Howard will also be on hand.

More than 8,000 people attended the two-day event last year, which has grown significantly since its 2012 debut.

“It started … as an event that was a gift for the people of Amarillo,” said Melody Boren, youth services librariant. “(Now) there are 80,000 square feet of awesomeness in the entire north half of the Amarillo Civic Center.”

Amarillo Museum of Art will organize an art show, and the Don Harrington Discovery Center will put on learning activities for children. Other panels at the 2017 Ama-Con will feature cosplay stars, comics and members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion.

“We work very hard to be sure that AMA-CON is content-rich, that it’s not just a place to go shopping and a place to see people dressed up, though that’s awesome and we love it,” said Stacy Clopton Yates, the library’s public relations coordinator.

The event is hosted by Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, and proceeds go toward programming.

“It’s only logical that libraries are a natural place for this to grow because we have graphic novels and comics in our collection as well as sci-fi and fantasy,” Boren said. “It’s a natural relationship.”

How to go

What: Ama-Con

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 6

Where: Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.

How much: $5 for one day or $8 for both days

Information: www.ama-con.com

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