Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to the pre-mortem wake and roast for Jay Lake, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of Jay’s life. This is a time for celebrating Jay’s life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at Jay’s expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Here’s the schedule for the evening. Please plan your snarky and disrespectful stories accordingly.

6:00 PM: The festivities start with an informal gathering in the foyer of the banquet hall. You can pick up your badge at the Registration table therein. The merchandise table will also be there with preordered shirts, lapel pins and posters for sale. (There are also a *few* extra shirts. If you didn’t order yours in time, now’s your chance!) There will be a cash bar, so if you imbibe, bringing cash would be useful.

6:45PM: The cash bar and merchandise table will close briefly while they move into the banquet room.

7:00-8:30PM: Doors open for dinner and merriment. The bar will be open, and so will the buffet line. Eat, drink and be merry. There will be very large sticky notes (2’x2′) on the walls of the banquet room. The idea of these is to note “Things I Learned From Jay Lake”. There will be pens on strings next to the sticky notes – make notes!

The merchandise table will again be open, and it will be joined by Tor Books selling a great many of Jay’s Books.

The Merry Mourners are wandering before and after the buffet. Be sure to pay proper irreverent respect to the predeceased, or you may find yourself the target of their … “humor”.

9:00-11:00PM: Program/Speakers and Roast. Various peoples and friends recounting stories ribald and entertaining. Not for the faint of heart, but guaranteed to be entertaining.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Jay and this event, demand has been greater than we had planned. We want to honor Jay and provide for all the people who wish to join us. We need help covering all the costs for the over 200 people coming to celebrate Jay’s life. If you can, please donate to help make this event go off in the tasteless style it deserves! Donate at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WUN2JNRX9J7NN

To RSVP, email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply at the Facebook event.

Questions after reading the below? Email jaywake.questions@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 27, 6:PM – ?

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

Hotel rooms:
Unfortunately, there are no rooms available at the Holiday Inn, but we were able to secure a room block at the very nearby Embassy Suites. Thankfully, it is owned by the same hotel group and they were willing to give us a great rate of $129 per night and provide a free shuttle between the two hotels for our attendees.

To make a reservation, you can call 1-800-821-5879 and use the code JAW or make a reservation online:

  • Go to www.embassysuitesportlandairport.com.
  • In the left-hand column, enter July 26 as the Arrival date and July 28 as the Departure date. If you select a date or dates outside this range, you will not be able to make a reservation at our special rate since rooms have only been blocked for the nights of July 26 and 27.
  • Click on “Add special rate code” and fill in the Group Code box with the group code JAW.
  • Click on “Check Availability”
  • From there you can select the room type/rate and complete the rest of your reservation.

Please email jaywake.hotel@gmail.com if you have any hotel-related questions.

Would you like something to remember JayWake with and didn’t order a shirt in time? We have other memorabilia, all designed by Howard Tayler. 8.5×11 and 11×17 posters of the amazing Clockwork Departure, and lapel pins with the JayWake logo. Howard will be on hand to sign posters, so get yours there! We’ll be able to take credit cards as well as cash and checks.

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how Jay touched your life. This is a time to say how Jay touched you inappropriately. Please contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com for information on being a scheduled speaker.

We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you’d like to donate in another way.

The event art (bottom of page) turned out to be problematical for printing on a shirt, so the artist, Howard Tayler, decided to make a custom logo. This is us surrounding Jay with Redshirts!

We have the minimum order for shirts! Thanks to everyone who’s ordered so far. There’s still time to order. Any orders that arrive by Sunday July 13 at Midnight are guaranteed to be available at JayWake. If you don’t email jaywake.questions@gmail.com before Sunday Midnight, you’re relying on my guessing the right sizes to order. Get your order in now!

Here’s the logo:
JayWake Logo

And a mockup of the shirt itself (click to embiggen):
JayWake Logo Shirt

The shirts will be $20, and payment will be collected at JayWake. If you would like a shirt, send your size to jaywake.questions@gmail.com ASAP!


Clockwork Departure