Vol 2. No. 1, January 4, 2012:
Welcome to the January 2012 events newsletter from Bull Spec! I hope a lot of you made it out to see Hillary Jordan, John Kessel, and Cassandra Clare last month, and there are a ton of new events, including one tomorrow night (JL Hilton at Tir Na Nog, Thursday) and another in two days (Marissa Meyer at Flylear Books, Friday) and several more in January, so look below and don’t miss them. And don’t forget mid-January’s illogiCon which is bringing Joe Haldeman back to the Triangle, January 13-15!
Lastly… Wow. Issue #7 is still very late. It will be here in PDF “really soon now”, and I’m very sorry to all concerned for the delay. I don’t think it’s possible for print copies of issue 7 to make it here in time for illogiCon, which is very frustrating and is a real setback. On a more positive note, many of the Kickstarter rewards have been delivered, and if you’re looking for your T-shirt or a pendant I have them and am working my way through the list.
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
NEW: 11 (Wednesday), 12 pm: Local author James Maxey will be on WUNC’s The State of Things to discuss his recent superhero novel Burn Baby Burn and forthcoming fantasy novel Greatshadow.
NEW-NEW: 13 (Friday), 7 pm: Durham author Stephen Messer joins Asheville author Allan Wolf to read and discuss their recent books: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/evening-nc-childrens-authors-allan-wolf-and-stephen-messer-ages-7
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: 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. “Steampunk attire optional!”
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, Tiernan’s next book in her Immortal Beloved series.
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: 1 (Wednesday), 7 pm: The Regulator Bookshop hosts Drew Magary for The Postmortal: “Drew Magary will read from and sign copies of his new novel The Postmortal, which imagines a world twenty minutes in the future wherein the cure for aging has been discovered. Magary explores the implications of such a discovery and the problems that may arise, including evil green people, euthanasia programs, a new religious cult. This story of a pre-apocalypse is a dark comedy that is by turns tragic and comic. Drew Magary is a blogger for Deadspin.”
NEW: 4 (Saturday), 10 am: The Orange County Library in Hillsborough hosts Hillsborough author James Maxey for a class on: “Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (And What Do You Do Once You Have One?)”
NEW: 4 (Saturday), All Day: Carolina Games Summit at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC: speakers, exhibitors, tournaments, and more.
NEW-NEW: 7 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts Greensboro author Orson Scott Card for a reading and signing of his new “Ender’s Shadow” novel, Shadows in Flight.
NEW: 8 (Wednesday), 6 pm: The Orange County Library hosts a panel discussion on “Where do you get your ideas?”, moderated by James Maxey, with panelists John Claude Bemis (Nine Pound Hammer), A. J. Mayhew (The Dry Grass of August), Ed & Janet Howle (The Long Road to Paris), and Natania Barron (Pilgrim of the Sky).
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
NEW-NEW: 15 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: NCSU hosts Nebula Award-winning sf writer Karen Joy Fowler (author of Sarah Canary and the best-selling The Jane Austen Book Club) for a reading. The reading will probably be in the Thompson Theater on Dunn Avenue on the NCSU campus, where other recent readings have been. The reading is open to the general public and there is free parking in the parking deck next to the theater. More information and a confirmed location will be available closer to the event date.
24-26: Mysticon in Roanoke, Virginia with guests of honor author Sherrilyn Kenyon and actress Nicki Clyne (Cally Tyrol on SyFy’s Battlestar Gallactica)
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/
21-25: “The Monstrous Fantastic”, the 33rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL with guests of honor China Miéville and Kelly Link.
23-25: MidSouthCon in Memphis, TN with guests of honor author Michael Stackpole, writer and editor Cat Rambo, and more.
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.
13-15: RavenCon in Richmond, VA with guests of honor author Glen Cook and artist Matthew Stewart.
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
17-20: Nebula Awards Weekend in Arlington, VA with toastmaster Walter Jon Williams.
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.
15-17: DeepSouthCon in Huntsville, AL with guest of honor author Lois McMaster Bujold, with Lou Anders, David Drake, David Weber, and Toni Weisskopf among other participants.
17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card’s (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.
20-22: LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN with literary guest of honor Brandon Sanderson, master of ceremonies Eric Flint, and a special lineup of 25th anniversary guests including Timothy Zahn, Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle.
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/
NEW-NEW: 17-18: NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center: http://nccomicon.com/