Stephen Fry, National Treasure of the United Kingdom, has kindly agreed to judge the applicants for the commission to paint a portrait of his sorely missed friend, Christopher Hitchens.
Stephen and Christopher joined forces to debate Blasphemy and, memorably, against the Catholic Church.
Those of us who have seen the way another of our guests, Richard Dawkins, gave a goodbye hug to Christopher in the video of their last appearance together, when
Hitchens was terminally ill, could not fail to be touched.
Unfortunately, Stephen won't be able to attend our convention due to prior filming commitments.
Ian McEwan, the world famous multi-million selling author has kindly agreed to join our panel of judges who will determine the winners of our Atty Awards (Anti-Theism International trophies).
Ian's novel Enduring Love was adapted into a film of the same name. He won the Man Booker Prize with Amsterdam.
His following novel, Atonement, garnered acclaim and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. His later novels have included The Children Act, Nutshell, and Machines Like Me
Unfortunately, Ian is not available to attend our convention but we are honored to have his involvement as a judge.