Vol 2. No. 5, Thursday, June 7, 2012:
Wow, did May fly by or what? New books (Mark L. Van Name’s No Going Back, John Claude Bemis’s The Prince Who Fell From the Sky complete with launch party extravaganza last Saturday), more events (David Halperin, Alethea Kontis, Free Comic Book Day) and last weekend’s ConCarolinas in Charlotte. We also had a good bit of local and regional author awards news ranging from storySouth selections to another Nebula Award for Kij Johnson.
June is shaping up to be quite a month as well, with more events (Jeremy Whitley at Ultimate Comics on Saturday, Kevin Hearne at Flyleaf Books on Tuesday, a whole panel of local authors at the B&N of Cary late this month), more new books (James Maxey’s Hush), and ConTemporal on June 21-24, there’s plenty to keep busy.
Looking longer-term, there’s some bad news and good news. The bad news is that while the event fairy giveth, the event fairy can also take away. I’m pretty bummed to announce that the planned August 5th event with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Tobias S. Buckell, and Karin Lowachee has had to be canceled. It was just too much to try to swing another post-Shared Worlds road trip this year. But! The good news is that Flyleaf Books will still be hosting an absolutely fantastic event on August 5th: two regional science fiction and fantasy authors, South Carolina’s T. C. McCarthy (Germline, Exogene, and the forthcoming Chimera) and Virginia’s Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations series) are coming to town for a mini Orbit regional author-palooza. So keep that time slot booked, and start spreading the word! (How, you may ask? Why, with this handout, of course, and with the Facebook event link below!)
NEW: 9 (Saturday) 12p to 4p — Ultimate Comics hosts Jeremy Whitley for a signing of the collected Eisner-nominated Princeless comic book, complete with fencing demonstration: https://www.facebook.com/events/200028633453186/200038296785553/
16 (Saturday) 10 am to 5 pm — MakerFaire NC at the NC State Fairgrounds: http://makerfairenc.com/
13-17 (Wednesday through Sunday) — The North American Jules Verne Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Marion, NC, near the site of the Great Eyry referenced in Verne’s novel Master of the World. More info: http://www.najvs.org/meetings.shtml
NEW: 16 (Saturday) — Free RPG Day with events and giveaways around the Triangle, particularly including Raleigh’s Game Theory and Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre.
21 (Friday) — Durham’s Carolina Theatre hosts The Moth: Between Worlds, a live storytelling event. The guests have not yet been finalized. More info: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/moth-between-worlds
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/
26 — Local author new novel: Solaris Books to publish Hillsborough author James Maxey’s Hush — continuing his new fantasy series which began with Greatshadow in January.
NEW: 26 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Barnes & Noble of Cary hosts its annual local author science fiction and fantasy panel, with this year’s lineup including Tony Daniels, David Drake, Kelly Gay, James Maxey, Lisa Shearin and Mark Van Name: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3365214
17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card’s (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.
NEW: 23 (Monday) — Star Trek: The Next Generation is back on the big screen to celebrate its 25th anniversary with two hand-picked episodes, with three Triangle-area theaters among many state- and nation-wide, including Crossroads 20 in Cary, Brier Creek 14, and North Hills 15. (Hat tip to Laura Haywood-Cory on this one!) More info: http://www.startrek.com/article/tng-25th-anniversary-event-in-theaters-july-23
UPDATE: 29 (Sunday) 8 pm — The Raleigh Browncoats will present their annual charity screening of the Firefly movie, Serenity, at the Raleighwood Cinema Grill. Doors open at 6 pm for the raffle and costume contest, followed by the film. More info: http://www.ncbrowncoats.com/
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.
UPDATE: 5 (Sunday) 2 to 4 pm — Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts the 2nd Bull Spec summer literary sf festival with South Carolina author T.C. McCarthy (Germline, Exogene, and the forthcoming Chimera) and Virginia author Michael J. Sullivan (The Riyria Revelations). Last year was a veritable Steampunk Cabinet of Curiosities. This year, it’s a mini Orbit regional author-palooza. Spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/events/326070144135719/
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.
NEW: 31 – September 6 — Durham’s Carolina Theatre’s Summer Classics Film Series concludes with Sam Raimi’s ARMY OF DARKNESS and John Milius’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/films/summer-classics-film-seriesSEPTEMBER 2012
4 — Local author new novel: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith conclude their Vampire Empire series with book 3, The Kingmakers, after 2010’s The Greyfriar and 2011’s The Rift Walker, from Pyr Books. More info: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com/
NEW: 14-16 (Friday to Sunday) — The Escapist Magazine presents the first Escapist Expo at the newly renovated Durham Convention Center, with game designers, writers, comics, music, and more: http://www.escapistexpo.com/
NEW: 1 (Monday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Michael Chabon (the author of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) for a reading and signing event of his forthcoming non-genre novel, Telegraph Hill. More info: http://quailridgebooks.com/event/michael-chabon-telegraph-hill
NEW: 9 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm — Kij Johnson returns to the Triangle for a reading and signing of her forthcoming collection from Small Beer Press, At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories, at Quail Ridge Books. More info: http://quailridgebooks.com/event/kij-johnson-nebula-winner-new-stories
17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) — NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center: http://nccomicon.com/
TBD — Local author new novel: J.L. Hilton’s Stellarnet Prince, sequel to January’s Stellarnet Rebel, to be published by Carina Press.
11-13 (Friday to Sunday) — illogiCon 2 will be held at the Embassy Suites of Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle on January 11-13, 2013, with writer guest of honor Tim Powers and webcomic guest of honor Garth Graham: http://www.illogicon.com/