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When The World Of Chattacon Comes Calling

Chattacon 47 painting by Amanda Makepeace
Amanda Makepeace
Chattacon 47 painting by Amanda Makepeace

(aired Thu 1/13/22)

Fans of sci fi and fantasy in all media - from this area and beyond, quite a few in costumes - will gather this weekend for Chattacon.

This year’s convention will be held tomorrow through Sunday at the DoubleTree Hilton in downtown Chattanooga.

Lee Sessoms is chair of Chattacom, Lanie Sessoms is head of events - and Malorie Cooper, who writes as M.D. Cooper, will be one of the literary guests of honor.

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