Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: February 2012

Vol 2. No. 2, January 30, 2012:

Welcome to the February 2012 events newsletter from Bull Spec! I hope a lot of you made it out to celebrate new books from local authors JL Hilton, Natania Barron, and Cate Tiernan last month, not to mention illogiCon with Joe Haldeman, along with a visit from Tor debut author Marissa Meyer. January comes to a close by bringing author Drew Magary to town for his novel The Postmortal, with events at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books on January 31 and Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop on February 1.

Some NEW events below: Orson Scott Card comes to Quail Ridge Books on Feb 7, Karen Joy Fowler comes to NCSU on Feb 15, a special Andrew Neal cover for issue #1 of Adventure Time for Chapel Hill Comics, and NC Comicon has a date in Durham in November. Also: a deadline of February 1 for signing up to be a giver for World Book Night 2012 in April. Speaking of deadlines, January 31 is the last date to register as a supporting member for WorldCon, with one of the privileges being able to nominate and vote for the Hugo Awards.

Lastly… Wow. Issue #7 is still very very late. It really will be here “really soon now”, and I’m very sorry to all concerned for the delay.



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.” Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/176992959071540/

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.” Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/169936239780091/

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?)”

4 (Saturday), All Day: Carolina Games Summit at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC: speakers, exhibitors, tournaments, and more.

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. Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/295538490494536/

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).

10 (Friday), 7:30 pm: Launch party for James Maxey’s Greatshadow (the first book in a new fantasy series from Solaris Books) at Quail Ridge Books: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/james-maxey-dragon-fantasy-greatshadow — Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/261902680545846/

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: 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.

NEW: 18 (Saturday), 4 to 7 pm: Chapel Hill Comics hosts the launch party for Adventure Time #1, based on the hit animated TV series, with an exclusive alternate cover drawn by Chapel Hill Comics’s own Andrew Neal: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=1523

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

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.

NEW: 23: World Book Night 2012 — sign up by February 1 to be a book giver, including several sf titles: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

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).


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


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