Handling the Unavoidable Info-dump

Themes:
Literary,  Writing,  Editing
What:
Discussion Panel
When:
Sunday May 28   07:00 PM to 08:00 PM (1 hour)
Where:
5th Floor - Homeland
As you know, Bob, it's often considered more elegant to establish backstory or setting details gradually rather than in an infodump.  Sometimes, though, the demands of the rest of the novel leave little choice.  What are some of the tricks to infodump in a way that at least keeps the reader interested, and doesn't disrupt the other elements of the story?  Are there ever points at which an infodump is preferable over other methods of communicating setting detail?
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Author & Information Security Pro
Speaker
President
Speaker
Army Research Laboratory
retired attorney
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Simon Fraser University
Writer, Musician, Materials Scientist