Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: January 2012

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.


-Sam


JANUARY 2012


5 (Thursday), 7 pm to 9 pm: Release party for local author JL Hilton’s Stellarnet Rebel at Raleigh’s Tir Na Nog Irish Pub. From Carina Press: “A science fiction romantic thriller.” More info including an excerpt: http://www.stellarnetrebel.com/ 


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

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/ — Get registered and tell the programming committee what you want to see!


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: 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: http://www.solarisbooks.com/titles/title_details/greatshadow — book #2, Hush, is due in July!

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

FEBRUARY 2012


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)

MARCH 2012


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/

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


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.


APRIL 2012


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.


MAY 2012


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.

JUNE 2012

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


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.

21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Chapel Hill with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest and comic book guests of honor Studio Foglio. More info: http://contemporal.org/


JULY 2012


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.


31: Local author new novel: Solaris Books to publish Hillsborough author James Maxey’s Hush — continuing his new fantasy series which begins with Greatshadow in January (see above).

AUGUST 2012


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.


SEPTEMBER 2012


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/


NOVEMBER 2012


NEW-NEW: 17-18: NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center: http://nccomicon.com/


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5 Comments on “Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: January 2012”

  1. montsamu says:

    Added readings from Stephen Messer (January) and Karen Joy Fowler (February) — look for "NEW-NEW" in the post.

  2. montsamu says:

    Added OSC event at Quail Ridge Books (Feb 7th, Quail Ridge Books).

  3. montsamu says:

    Added NC Comicon in November in a new bigger venue, the Durham Convention Center.

  4. montsamu says:

    Added a few events at Malaprop's in February.

  5. montsamu says:

    Oops! I had my wires crossed. Malaprop's is in Asheville, which is a little outside my little corner over here. The events were in FEBRUARY:NEW-NEW: 10 (Friday), 7 pm: Malaprop's hosts "LOVE & MONSTERS: SCOTT POOLE READING & SIGNING". Confessed horror fiend and College of Charleston history professor Scott Poole looks at the significance of our nightmares in Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting. From sea serpents to vamp and zombie love, Poole looks at what our monsters say about us.NEW-NEW: 11 (Saturday), 3 pm: Malaprop's hosts "BETH REVIS & MEGAN MIRANDA READING & SIGNING". Two awesome young adult authors together at Malaprop's! Local author Beth Revis joins us to share from her newest, A Million Suns, the second in her Across the Universe trilogy. Across the Universehas been called "compulsively readable" (Booklist), "gripping" (Publishers Weekly), and "unforgettable" (Kirkus). Charlotte author Megan Miranda discusses her first novel, Fracture. A former scientist and high school teacher, Miranda has already received a starred review fromPublishers Weekly, which said, "The fluid writing, empathetic characters, and big questions raised elevate this paranormal romance into a haunting meditation on what it means to be human and to truly live."And also a graphic novel book club meeting.


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