Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: September 2011

Vol. 1, No. 4, September 1, 2011:

Welcome to the September events and announcements newsletter from Bull Spec, a few days early again for updates and new events right at the turn of the calendar. One of the big updates motivating this late August “September” newsletter: due to Hurricane Irene’s possible impact on the outdoor event, John Claude Bemis’s “medicine show” launch party for The White City has been moved from Saturday August 27 to Saturday September 10. Another is the addition of a big, big event on Saturday, luckily indoors and still very much on. That event is the Ultimate Comics 8th anniversary party with a huge lineup of local writers and artists, running pretty much all day from 11a to the early evening. Meanwhile, Bull Spec Issue #6 is in all of the local stores which carry it, and is about two weeks into a Kickstarter campaign for Year 3 which runs through the rest of September: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/830202652/bull-spec-year-three

Anyone going to Dragon*Con next weekend?



NEW: 26 (Friday), 7-8p: The Regulator Bookshop hosts Duke professor emeritus Orrin H. Pilkey and his son Keith Pilkey for their book Global Climate Change: A Primer: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/orrin-h-pilkey

NEW: 27 (Saturday), 11a-5p: Ultimate Comics hosts the next in their NC Comicon signing series, this one a huge (HUGE!) spread of local creators. Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF), John Mahoney (LAST MORTAL), Firetower Studios (ORDER OF DAGONET, PRINCELESS), Brockton McKinney, and Angi Shearstone (BloodDreams). It’s also acting as their 8th anniversary party: http://www.ultimatecomicsonline.com/?p=1298 and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150725641679496

27 (Saturday), 11 am: Speculative fiction author Allen Wold, who lives in Durham, N.C., and has published more than a dozen novels, will speak at an Avant-garde Writers event at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Danville, Va., public library auditorium.

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER: 27 (Saturday), 3 pm: Launch party for Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis’s closing book in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The White City, at the Public Market House in downtown Hillsborough. More info: http://johnclaudebemis.com/2011/04/launch-party-for-the-white-city/
NEW: 28 (Sunday) Raleigh Comic Book Show at Crabtree Valley Holiday Inn: http://www.conventionscene.com/2011/01/04/raleigh-comic-book-show-2011-schedule/
*!* 30 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Bestselling author of The Magicians, Lev Grossman, to be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on his tour in support of the sequel, The Magician King. To help spread the word, here are PDF flyers in color (http://www.box.net/shared/dyru007atuh9t6nxkajr) and black and white (http://www.box.net/shared/e99je5pozzselcnqb115). More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/lev-grossman-reads-his-new-novel-magician-king

31: Local author book release: Lewis Shiner’s new novel Dark Tangos to be published by Subterranean Press. More info: http://www.subterraneanpress.com/index.php/2011/05/02/announcing-dark-tangos-by-lewis-shiner/ and don’t miss his reading at The Regulator on September 7th (below).


NEW: 1 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts “Three Bestselling Adult/Young Adult Paranormal Fiction Authors: Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost & Kelley Armstrong.” Melissa Marr – author of the Wicked Lovely series (YA) and the adult book GRAVEMINDER. Jeaniene Frost, author of the upcoming ONE GRAVE AT A TIME and the Night Huntress series. Kelley Armstrong, author of the Otherworld series, as well as the YA series Darkest Powers.

6: Local author book release: David Drake (with John Lambshead) starts a new SF space opera series with Into the Hinterlands. From Baen. More info: http://david-drake.com/2011/hinterlands/

7 (Wednesday), 7 pm: Local author Lewis Shiner reads from and signs his new novel Dark Tangos. More info: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/lewis-shiner-1 — update: there will be a live tango demonstration at the reading!
7 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: Bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes to Quail Ridge Books on his tour in support of his forthcoming Legends of Shannara book, The Measure of the Magic.

NEW: 10 (Saturday), 3 pm: Launch party for Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis’s closing book in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The White City, at the Public Market House in downtown Hillsborough. More info: http://johnclaudebemis.com/2011/04/launch-party-for-the-white-city/

15 (Thursday), 7:30 pm: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith launch book two of their Vampire Empire series, The Rift Walker, and Quail Ridge Books. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/clay-susan-griffith-rift-walker-vampire-empire

20: Local author book release: Pyr to publish The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire: Book 2) by Raleigh’s Clay and Susan Griffith. Sequel to last November’s The Greyfriar.

27: Local author book release: Random House Books for Young Readers to publish The Death of Yorik Mortwell by Durham’s Stephen Messer. More info: http://stephenmesser.com/?page_id=119


18 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Durham author Stephen Messer will be part of a two children’s authors in one (though I would argue he is a middle grade / young reader author to be specific!) for his September 27th published book The Death of Yorik Mortwellhttp://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/stephen-messer-kathleen-churchyard-two-childrens-authors-one-program


1: Local author book release: John Kessel’s next anthology for Tachyon, Kafkaesque, collects “Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka”, including stories from JG Ballard, Terry Bisson, Borges, Paul Di Filippo, Jeffrey Ford, and more. More info: http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html
5-6 (Saturday and Sunday): NC Comicon at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. Also check out theirsummer signing series which has June 25 and July 16 events already scheduled.

15 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books hosts Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow, to present her latest novel Doc, a retelling of the life of “Doc” Holliday.


3: Local author new edition: The David Drake onmibus Voyage Across the Stars collects his Hammer’s Slammers novels Cross the Stars and Voyage. From Baen. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451637717

13-15: New local SF convention illogiCon (January 13-15, 2012) in Raleigh with literary guest of honor Joe Haldeman. More info: http://illogicon.com/

31: Local author book release: Solaris Books to publish the first book in a new fantasy series from Hillsborough author James Maxey, which starts with Greatshadow.

MARCH 2012

2-4: StellarCon (March 2-4, 2012) in High Point with literary guest of honor Patrick Rothfuss. More info: http://stellarcon.org/

JUNE 2012

1-3: ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) in Charlotte with writer guest of honor Jack McDevitt. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/

21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Raleigh with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest. More info: http://contemporal.org/


A trio of forthcoming first novels from local authors without confirmed release dates:
  • Jay Requard: The Night from Apex-based Peak City Publishing, Late 2011. “This new dark fantasy story takes place in Tarinthol, a world fueled by action, magic, intrigue, and dark plots.” More info: http://jayrequard.blogspot.com/
  • Natania Barron: Pilgrim of the Sky from Candlemark & Gleam, Late 2011. “A novel that might be best described as mythpunk. With elements of fantasy, science fiction, Romantic poetry, steampunk, and multiverse theory, well, it isn’t exactly the sort of book that finds a comfortable little niche to sit in.” More info: http://pilgrimofthesky.com/
  • JL Hilton: Stellarnet Rebel from Carina Press, early 2012. “A science fiction romantic thriller.” More info: http://jlhilton.com/stellarnet-rebel/
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