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LitCon 2018 will be Saturday, November 10, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Cedar Falls Public Library and the Cedar Falls Community Center.

LitCon is a free, family-friendly mini-con that celebrates literature and fantasy with panels, games, activities, crafts, authors, and vendors. 

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LitCon is a free, family-friendly mini-con that celebrates literature and fantasy with presentations, games, activities, crafts, authors, and vendors.

Guest Authors

We are pleased to announce our Guest Authors for LitCon 2018!

ELLEN HOPKINS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels TrianglesCollateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit

GRADY HENDRIX is the author of "Horrorstör" the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore you'll ever need. His stories about UFO cults, killer Chinese parasites, Cthulhu dating your mom, and super-genius human-hating apes have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and "The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination." He's co-author (along with his wife) of the award-winning "Dirt Candy: A Cookbook," the world's first graphic novel cookbook. Learn more at 

PHIL HESTER has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of comics from nearly every major American publisher, and includes runs on such titles as The DarknessWonder WomanAnt-ManUltimate Marvel Team-UpNightwingInvincible UniverseBatman BeyondThe Flash: Season Zero, and his current Image project Mythic with artist John McCrea. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his family. Find him on Twitter @philhester

Schedule of Events

09:00 - 09:15  Ask a Stormtrooper, Community Center
09:15 - 10:00  "Donald gets Drafted: The Disney Studios During the Second World War" by  Zachary Lowe, Library Second Floor Meeting Room
09:45 - 10:15  Youth Costume Contest (age 0-12), Library Youth Department
10:30 - 11:00  Stormtrooper Storytime, Library Youth Department
10:30 - 12:00  Comic Artist Phil Hester (all ages), Library Second Floor Meeting Room
11:30 - 11:45  Ask a Stormtrooper, Community Center
12:00 - 01:00  Butterbeer Happy Hour (free, all ages), Community Center
01:00 - 02:15  Author Ellen Hopkins Program and Book Signing, Library Second Floor Meeting Room
02:00 - 02:30  Adult and Teen Costume Contest (age 13+), Community Center
02:30 - 02:45  Ask a Stormtrooper, Community Center
02:30 - 04:00  Paperbacks from Hell Live with Grady Hendrix (teens and adults), Library Second Floor Meeting Room

Ongoing Events:

09:00 – 03:00  Local Author Alley, Library First Floor
09:00 – 03:00  Vendor Lounge, Community Center
09:00 – 01:00   Photobooth, Community Center
09:00 – 04:00  Game Room hosted by Friendly Meeple, Library YA Room
11:00 – 01:00   Food Vendors, Community Center
11:00 – 02:00   Youth Crafts, Library Youth Department
02:00 – 04:00   Face Painting, Library Youth Department

Author's Alley

Stop by the library main building to see our Author's Alley, featuring local authors:

Adrianne Finlay** (website
E.M. Johnson (website)
Steven Philip Jones** (website)
Mary Potter Kenyon** (website
Nathan Reese Maher^^ (website)
Matthew Nordin (website)
Alexandra Penn^^ (website)
A. M. Sanders (website)
Waterloo Writing Project (website)

**Stop by to enter a giveaway hosted by the author!
^^Stop by to watch a reading or demonstration! 

Vendor Lounge

Stop by the Cedar Falls Community Center to shop local vendors and artists and learn about other local organizations! 

Austin Hamblin Comics** (website)
Dire Atrium^^ (website)
Green Unicorn Art ( website) and Peppermint Pati Crafts
Harlan’s Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre (website)
Phil Hester (twitter)
Lord of Infernal Engines Studios (website)
Phoenix Dawn Creations** (website)
Society for Creative Anachronism^^ (website)
Steve Potter (website)
The Three Pegases (website)
Unnecessary Apostrophe Studios**^^ (website)
William’s Whittling and Woodworks^^ (website)

**Stop by to enter a giveaway hosted by the vendor!
^^Stop by to watch or participate in a demonstration! 

LitCon 2018 Mascot Contest Winner

Our 2018 Mascot Contest is NOW OVER! The contest ran from MARCH 1 through MAY 31, 2018. Our winner is 20-year-old UNI student Megan Roethler, who has this to say about her winning entry:

From a young age I have always enjoyed using my imagination to create things. I would go dragon hunting with grandpa, build a survival shelter with my younger brother, and feed my pet T-Rex sticks I collected from the backyard. 
As I got older, I realized my ability to think on the spot came from my mother always encouraging me to read and learn. 
Eventually, I decided to use my creativity as my profession and am currently a fine arts and art history double major at UNI. 
This character is a reflection of myself as a child, and my hope for children now to use reading as fuel for their own creativity.

LitCon Mascot Winner 2018

 LitCon is Sponsored by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation Kathryn Ray Endowment for use by the Cedar Falls Public Library.