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Despite otherwise glowing reports of this year’s WisCon, a wave of public alarm over Frenkel’s return has grown among attendees. After the con, WisCon issued multiple apologies, then set up a formal investigation into the Frenkel’s 2013 incident, as well as another involving a convention volunteer who allegedly engaged in nonsexual harassment of an attendee. On Friday, WisCon “provisionally” banned Frenkel from the con for the four years in a public statement: –Daily Dot

The YouTube star “continues to willfully infringe in blatant disregard of plaintiff’s rights of ownership,” the suit claims. So far the company’s lawyers have found “over 50 examples of blatant copyright infringement.” Now Ultra wants a court to step in and grant an injunction prohibiting Phan from using its music. It’s also seeking “either maximum statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringed work or unspecified damages to be determined,” according to Reuters. –The Verge

An uproar ensued after Gov. Pat McCrory announced Ms. Macon’s appointment last week. Several of the state’s previous poet laureates denounced his choice as a political appointment rather than one that rewarded literary merit. They criticized Ms. Macon as a novice who hadn’t earned the distinction of the post, and faulted the governor for choosing the poet laureate himself rather than allowing a committee of writers appointed by the state’s arts council to make the selection. –New York Times

Some of those taking part are stars of the world of romance novels, and some have noticed their sporty fellow guests.

For instance, there’s American author Megan Crane, who also writes best sellers as Caitlin Crews.

“The All Blacks are in this hotel. I’ve seen them with my own eyes and heart palpitations. In totally unrelated news, I’ve decided to become a sports fan. Say: of rugby,” she said on her Facebook page.

Which is kind of her, given that after years of being smashed in the line of duty top rugby players are not always the prettiest guys in the room. –

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  1. Maree Anderson
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 05:59:37

    I was at that conference last year. It was a riot! Especially when a couple of ABs (All Blacks) got out of the lift (Kiwi for elevator) and walked right into our RWNZ Friday night cocktail party on the mezzanine floor… and did classic double-takes at some of the costumes that had been donned for the evening. Talk about gob-smacked sportsmen *g* And they were very very good about being cornered for autographs and photos by groups of enthusiastic romance writers. I was lucky enough to be invited to breakfast with the lovely Megan Crane and her equally lovely hubby (who took pity on a writer breakfasting alone in the hotel restaurant), and they commented how approachable our Kiwi sports celebs are. Makes me realize how lucky we are to live in NZ :) Thanks for posting this reminder of what an amazing experience that conference was for me.

  2. Tae
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 08:43:43

    I attended WisCon for the first time this year. I know several people heavily involved with the Con. It’s been upsetting for most of them- the decision the concomm came to regarding Frenkel. I’ve heard people state that they will not be returning. It’s disheartening because I had hoped to become a regular attendee at WisCon.

  3. An
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 10:50:55

    I sincerely hope for more romances featuring rugby players now. Because OH MY HAWTNESS!! I know I would be drooling and stuttering all over the place.

  4. pooks
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 11:01:01

    I’m sure everyone has seen it, but just in case–best commercial ever. All Blacks (ish) and Kilts.

  5. Maree Anderson
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 18:30:10

    @pooks: OMG, I’d completely forgotten that ad — priceless!!!! Thank you….

  6. pooks
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 13:36:48

    @Maree Anderson: @Maree Anderson:

    You’re most welcome. I am always happy for a reason to track it down again.

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