From: Valya Dudycz Lupescu
Location: Chicago, IL
Dear Mr. Bear:
On March 17, 2012, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will honor Gene Wolfe with the first Fuller Award, awarded to a Chicago author who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to literature. We're planning a wonderful event at the fantastic Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills.
Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is our Toastmaster for dinner. Our Master of Ceremonies will be Gary K. Wolfe, and we've assembled quite a list of Special Guests: Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Michael Dirda, Michael Swanwick, Patrick O'Leary, Audrey Niffenegger, Luis Urrea, and more.
As part of the celebration, we are going to have a Commemorative Program that includes messages of congratulations or shared memories from Gene's friends and contemporaries. I would like to invite you to submit a short message for Gene that will be posted in the Program, to be handed out at the event.
If you'd like to write a message, I will need to have that text by February 15th. I can also send you a program after the event, if you'd like.
In case you'd like to learn more about the event, we have a website: http://chicagoliteraryhof.wordpress.com/
Feel free to contact me with any questions, and if you have any ideas about other people who might like to publish some congratulatory words for Gene, please let me know or feel free to forward my email address to them.
Thank you for your attention.
All the best.
Valya Dudycz Lupescu
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
From: Greg Bear
Sounds terrific, Valya!
"Gene Wolfe has challenged, amused, and elegantly entertained us with a dizzying variety of excellent stories and novels. Here's my all-too-brief note of thanks for the years of exhilirating fun! And many more to come!"