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Fans gather to live out their fantasy

By Don Aucoin

Appearing wholly unrepentant beneath his wide-brimmed black hat, Terry Pratchett lounges in an armchair as a prosecutor rattles off the charges against him before scores of spectators who are hanging on every word.

The bestselling British author of fantasy novels is guilty, the prosecutor bellows, of “the shame of being accused of `literature,’ of taking shelf space from those of note,” and, further, of trying to “pervert and corrupt the sensibilities of common reading folks.” Pratchett grins and gives a thumbs-up to the crowd, which cheers lustily. “Order! Order!” the bewigged judge shouts. One woman cries: “What do you mean, `common’?”

Read the original article at: Boston Globe

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