Journal entry by Jane Hawkins

If you plan to attend Vonda's Memorial, will need a place to stay, and room prices are a problem, some locals are offering space in their homes. Please contact and we will see what we can do.

If you need to stay at a hotel, our diligent and resourceful Suzle has some reasonable choices for you.
We have arranged for a small courtesy block at the Talaris Convention Center, the closest hotel to the Mountaineers location. If you want to reserve, please do so immediately. This block is not guaranteed, so if the hotel is booked up, you will not get a room.
To reserve, call the Talaris main line at 206-268-7000 and use the code “Vonda’s Memorial”. You will be offered a special rate of $20 off their best available rate at the time the reservation is made for any night between June 7th – 10th. A credit card to secure all reservations is required, and you will be able to cancel up to 48 hours without penalty. The room rate includes parking, Wi-Fi, and a many-choice continental breakfast.
For other nearby hotels, we set up a special link to information, but it reverts back to its original home page, so please check travel sites like TripAdvisor, and set it up for hotels and B&Bs, for 1-2 miles near Seattle's University District (the area nearest to the Mountaineers), and your other parameters.  
NOTE: The Hotel Graduate (for former Hotel Deca, site of many Potlatches and Corflus) replaced the penthouse suite with a new bar/restaurant. It is called The Mountaineers Club. If you search for the University District hotels, note that this is not The Mountaineers, which is on Sandpoint Way -

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Journal entry by Jane Hawkins

Less than a week before Vonda's Memorial and I think plans are going well. Vonda was fond of sushi and I may have achieved overkill on the sushi order. :-) I will also have enough copies of several of her books to give them to people who attend: The Moon and The Sun, Fireflood and Other Stories, and Superluminal. If you are in from out of town, I encourage you to send me an email so I can include you in any gatherings before the memorial. I also encourage you to think about whether you might like to say something after the main speakers. Maybe tell us how you met her or something about what she meant to you.

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Journal entry by Jeanne Gomoll

REMEMBERING VONDA now available for sale as trade paperback ($12.12), and for free as a downloadable pdf.


Jane Hawkins had an idea: to collect all the lovely stories written around Vonda’s death, and to put them in one place for us all to enjoy. This book is that place.Stephanie A. Smith and Jeanne Gomoll joined forces to edit the book. Vonda’s community—her friends, colleagues, readers, and admirers—shared their fondest memories, stories, praise and love for the dear friend they had recently lost.

All proceeds from books sold through LuluDotCom will benefit Clarion West.

Award-winning SFF author Vonda N. McIntyre died April 1, 2019. The world lost a force of nature, a brilliant, kind, generous, fiercely talented artist. In this volume, friends, colleagues, admirers, fans all pay tribute to a radiant life. McIntyre’s oeuvre includes Dreamsnake (Hugo and Nebula award winner, ’78), The Moon and the Sun (Nebula ’98; a movie based on it is awaiting release); as well as stories, novelizations and tie-ins, including the Star Trek novel The Entropy Effect. She founded the Clarion West workshop and was a “fairy godmother” to hundreds of students; a quiet, tireless feminist, Kentucky-born McIntyre moved to Seattle with her family and became a life-long resident, as well as a prolific creator of crochet topoplogy; McIntyre also collaborated with Ursula K. Le Guin, and was a founding member of the Book View Cafe, an author-owned publishing cooperative. McIntyre both shaped and nurtured the SF/F community; as her friend Jane Hawkinshas said “we shall not see her like again.” 

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Vonda N.’s Story

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Vonda was a treasure  as a writer and as a friend, as a citizen and a sister, as a human who walked this earth and made it a better place. We will not see her like again.

Her memorial will be held Sunday afternoon on June 9 at The Mountaineers Goodman Auditorium at 7700 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle, Washington. Doors will open at 1:45. At 2pm the sushi will arrive. Vonda loved sushi and we will have lots of it, made by a sushi chef whose first English book was Vonda's The Voyage Home. At 3 we will start gathering for a toast and some stories about her. Please think about sharing a story of when you met her or the book that most moved you or some time when she said or did something that seemed especially Vonda to you.

Several wonderful obituaries have been published, including Vonda's official obit by Tom Whitmore, which you can find in the 4/4/19 Journal entry, here on CaringBridge. We are all pleased to see Vonda's accomplishments lauded by the New York Times, The Guardian, Geekwire and File 770.