2017 Conference in Toronto, ON, Canada

In 1867, Jules Verne made his first and only trip to America, traveling from New York to Niagara Falls. One hundred and fifty years later, the North American Jules Verne Society commemorates this event with our 2017 Annual Meeting, held from Wednesday, June 7 through Sunday June 11, 2017 at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy, which is located @ 239 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1R5.
Our hotel is located at:
10 sleeping rooms (5 rooms with single King beds and 5 rooms with double Queen beds) have been set aside for our group. Cost will be $139 CDN plus tax per day. Rooms at this rate will be held until 15 May 2017. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel at +1 647.426.8118 Tel (press #0 to be connected to the front desk to make your reservation) or Fax +1 647.426.8188. In either case you must reference North American Jules Verne Society (NAJVS). Parking (with in/out privileges), if needed, is underground and will cost $19 CDN per day.
The hotel is located about ½ mile (900 m) from the library were our meetings will be held. Refer to this Google Map for more detail on the route.
The latest details as they become available will always be found here.


Given our location at the Merril Collection, we accept papers of all types, not only related to Jules Verne, but science fiction, steampunk, and given the anniversary, the historical understanding of the region as Verne encountered it in the mid-19th century.
Presentations should be 20-30 minutes in length and will be open to the public.
Please contact Dennis Kytasaari <djk_@_epguides.com> by May 15th to discuss making a presentation. A laptop with a digital projector will be available.
Need more information, or have any questions? Contact Dennis Kytasaari <djk_@_epguides.com>.
We’d like a head count of who (including spouses, etc) who is attending what activity. Please fill out this form and return it to Dennis Kytasaari at the address listed on the form (or scan and email a copy).
Planned presentations include:
  • Jean-Michel Margot - “History of Vernian Studies” AND “From Novelist to Salesman, or How Jules Verne Became a Popular Archetype”
  • Prof. Art Evans - “The English Translations of Jules Verne’s Sans dessus dessous
  • Prof. Terry Harpold - “Jules Verne, Climate Fiction Author avant la lettre ?”
  • Prof. Per Johan Moe - “Decoding Verne’s Un Billet de loterie. Le Numéro 9672” (1886) AND “Jules Verne and Arctic Exploration”
  • Dr. Brian Taves - “Hollywood Presents Jules Verne” AND “The Invisible Men of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Michel Verne”
We are also planning the possible screening of some rare Verne films.