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› What: Chat­ta­con 45

› Where: Dou­ble­Tree Ho­tel, 407 Ch­est­nut St.

› When: 5-11 p.m. Fri­day, Jan. 24; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Satur­day, Jan. 25; 10 a.m.1 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 26

› Ad­mis­sion: $60 adults,

$50 ages 8-12

› For more in­for­ma­tion:

https://chat­ta­con.org/

con­ven­tion,” so events are planned rang­ing from Satur­day morn­ing car­toons for the kids to pan­els for their par­ents.

Spe­cial guests for Chat­ta­con 45 will be au­thor Robert McCam­mon, artist Melissa Gay and au­thor Faith Hunter.

› Lit­er­ary Guest of Honor: McCam­mon is the au­thor of 23 nov­els and two short-story col­lec­tions. Start­ing with his first novel, “Baal,” in 1978, McCam­mon quickly be­came one of the best­selling hor­ror au­thors of the 1980s with three con­sec­u­tive nov­els hit­ting the New York Times Best­sellers List: “Swan Song,” “Stinger” and “The Wolf’s Hour.”

His 1991 clas­sic “Boy’s Life” won the World Fan­tasy Award for Best Novel. Af­ter “Gone South” in 1992, McCam­mon de­cided to try his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, which had al­ways in­ter­ested him.

Af­ter clash­ing with a new pub­lisher over the di­rec­tion of his new books, McCam­mon re­tired from pub­lish­ing for 10 years. He re­turned in 2002 with “Speaks the Night­bird,” the first book in his series about Matthew Corbett.

› Artist Guest of Honor: Melissa Gay is an award-win­ning il­lus­tra­tor of books and ta­ble-top role-play­ing games. She has done book cov­ers and il­lus­tra­tions for Hugo, World Fan­tasy and Stoker Award-win­ning au­thors, and her client list in­cludes Baen Books, Llewellyn World­wide, Hay House and Apex Press.

One of her pieces for the Sa­gaBorn RPG Core Rule Book won the 2018 Ch­es­ley Award for Gam­ing-Re­lated Illustrati­on.

Kerns points out that Chat­ta­con 45’s badge art, pro­gram cover and T-shirt art were cre­ated by Gay.

“They will be­come col­lec­tor’s pieces,” he says of the orig­i­nal art­work.

› Spe­cial Guest of Honor: Au­thor Faith Hunter will be the open­ing cer­e­mony’s guest speaker.

Hunter is the New York Times and USA To­day best­selling au­thor of two series: the Jane Yel­lowrock series and the Soul­wood series. She has also writ­ten the three Rogue Mage nov­els.

She is the co-au­thor or au­thor of 16 thrillers un­der pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Al­to­gether, she has more than 40 books in print.

Chat­ta­con 45 badges will be sold at the door for walk-ups.

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