Vol 1. No. 7, December 5, 2011:
Welcome to the December events newsletter from Bull Spec! I hope a lot of you made it out to see L.E. Modesitt, Jr. and Mary Doria Russell last month, and there are a ton of new events, including one tonight and several in early January, so look below and don’t miss them. And there are several upcoming events to remind you of as well, from this Wednesday’s John Kessel “Kafkaesque” event, to mid-January’s illogiCon which is bringing Joe Haldeman back to the Triangle.
Meanwhile: Books! Books! Books! In your holiday shopping for yourself and friends and family, don’t neglect to check out the absolutely massive list of books by local and regional authors which were published just this year: http://bullspec.blogspot.com/2011/11/2011-local-and-regional-author-holiday.html
Lastly… Wow. Issue #7 is late. It will be here before the end of the year, and I’m very sorry to all concerned for the delay. Also: Kickstarter rewards are finally coming in, to get out to all of you who so generously sponsored Year 3 as soon as I can.
UPDATE: There’s already one “NEW-NEW” event that I missed — look for “NEW-NEW” below!
1: Local author new edition : Wake Forest’s Michael Jasper’s 2006 novel Heart’s Revenge is now available in e-book from his own UnWrecked Press. More info: http://michaeljasper.net/novels/hearts-revenge/
NEW: 5 (Monday — TONIGHT!) at 7 pm: Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Hillary Jordan for a reading and signing of her near-future dystopian sf novel When She Woke — a revisiting of the themes of The Scarlet Letter which sees convicted felons modified to have their entire skin color changed to match their crimes: red for murder, etc. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/hillary-mantel-reads-signs-her-new-novel-when-she-woke — and a Facebook event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/318696298159235/
7 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books: John Kessel and Ruth Gross for “An Evening with Franz Kafka and Friends”, including Kessel’s newest anthology, Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka — http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html — and a Facebook event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/246822225374328/
9 (Friday) at 7:00 pm: Quail Ridge Books: Cassandra Clare brings her latest, Clockwork Prince. In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting.Clockwork Prince is the sequel to Clockwork Angel, and part of theInfernal Devices trilogy. For ages 12 and up. Cassandra Clare is best known for her hugely popular Mortal Instruments series. SIGNING LINE TICKET EVENT – receive a signing line ticket with the purchase of any of Cassandra Clare’s books. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/cassandra-clare-ya-novel-clockwork-prince
13: Local author new novel: Natania Barron, Pilgrim of the Sky from Candlemark & Gleam. “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/
NEW-NEW: 17 (Saturday), 4 pm to 7 pm: Chapel Hill Comics hosts the opening reception for their Kids’ Art Show — “As seen on Wired.com’s Geek Dad!” at: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/12/north-carolina-kids-art-exhibit/
31 (Saturday), 9 pm to late: Downtown Pittsboro’s Davenport and Winkleperry host The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade to usher in the New Year: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179760945440352
2: Local author new novel: Durham’s Cate Tiernan’s next book in her Immortal Beloved series, Darkness Falls, to be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
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
NEW: 5 (Thursday), 7 pm to 9 pm: Release party for local author JL Hilton’s Stellarnet Rebel (see above) at Raleigh’s Tir Na Nog.
NEW: 6 (Friday), 7 pm to 8 pm: Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Marissa Meyer for a reading and signing of her debut novel Cinder: “Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.” More info on the novel, and a prequel short story, here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/12/glitches
17: Regional author new novel: Greensboro’s Orson Scott Card’s newest novel, Shadows in Flight, to be published by Tor Books. More info: http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780765332004
NEW-NEW: 28 (Saturday), 3 pm: B&N New Hope Commons hosts the book release party for local author Natania Barron’s December 2011 debut novel Pilgrim of the Sky (see above). “Steampunk attire optional!”
NEW-NEW: 28 (Saturday), 3 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts Durham author Cate Tiernan for a reading and signing of her new YA novel Darkness Falls (see above).
NEW: 31 (Tuesday), 7 pm to 8 pm: Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Drew Magary for a reading and signing of his debut novel The Postmortal — published by Penguin in August: “Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity,The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying.”
31: Regional author new novel: Charlotte’s Gail Z. Martin’s newest novel, The Dread, to be published by Orbit Books. Sequel to 2011’s The Sworn and continuing her second series in her Chronicles of the Necromancer books. More info: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316192361.htm
NEW-NEW: 10 (Friday), 7:30 pm: Launch party for James Maxey’s Greatshadow (see above for book info) at Quail Ridge Books: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/james-maxey-dragon-fantasy-greatshadow
12: Regional author new novel: J. M. McDermott’s When We Were Executioners, book #2 in his Dogsland Trilogy from Night Shade Books after Never Knew Another, to be released: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12804203-when-we-were-executioners
1: Regional author new novel: South Carolina author T. C. McCarthy’s Exogene, book #2 in his The Subterrene War series after 2011’s Germline, to be released by Orbit Books: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11418025-exogene
1: Regional author new novel: J. M. McDermott’s Maze to be published by Apex Books: http://jmmcdermott.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/welcome-to-the-maze-maze-is-coming-in-march-2012/
27: Regional author new novel: Wilmington’s David Macinnis Gill’s Invisible Sun, sequel to his award-winning 2010 novel Black Hole Sun, to be published by Greenwillow Books.
3: Local author new novel: Baen to publish Pittsboro author David Drake’s newest novel in his Lt. Leary RCN series, The Road of Danger. More info: http://baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451635158
10: Ex-local author new novel: Tor Books to publish Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour in Glass, sequel to her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey which she launched at ReConstruction in Raleigh in August, 2010.
1: Local author new novel: Baen to publish Raleigh author Mark L. Van Name’s newest novel in his Jon & Lobo series, No Going Back. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451638103
22: Local author new novel: Hillsborough’s John Claude Bemis’s The Prince Who Fell From the Sky to be published by Random House Books for Young Readers.
17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card’s (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.
1: Local editor new anthology: Raleigh author and anthologist John Kessel’s latest anthology (co-edited with James Patrick Kelly) to be released: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology from Tachyon Publications.
14: Local author new collection: Raleigh author Kij Johnson’s fiction collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees to be published by Small Beer Press.
1: (Date TBD) Local author new novel: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith conclude their Vampire Empire series with book 3 (Title TBD) after 2010’s The Greyfriar and 2011’s The Rift Walker. From Pyr Books. More info: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com/
30: Regional author new novel: Greensboro author Orson Scott Card continues his Pathfinder (Simon Pulse, November 2010) series for young readers with Ruins.