Friday quick updates, August 10

Couldn’t make it out to Flyleaf for the Michael J. Sullivan and T.C. McCarthy reading? I’m absolutely stoked to remind folks that Calvin Powers captured the readings on video for all to see. Thank you so much, Calvin! And thanks to the 40 or so folks who came to the event, whether from far away (Sullivan’s recap of the event mentions a family from Baltimore!), nearby, or somewhere in-between. (You’re not nobody, Teresa Frohock!)

Second, some new events have been scheduled since the August newsletter went out. You can scan the newsletter for “NEW-NEW” of course, but in brief:

  • Ultimate Comics will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on Saturday, August 25 with “a HUGE party!”
  • Andy Duncan at North Carolina State University on Wednesday, September 12 for a reading event at 7:30 pm — UPDATE: I had originally and incorrectly listed this as Sep 19.
  • Flyleaf Books hosts Forbes technology reporter Andy Greenberg for his new non-fiction novel THIS MACHINE KILLS SECRETS: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information, for a reading and signing on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm
  • Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre is moving to a new location on Westgate Drive, and has scheduled its grand opening for Saturday, September 29th. More info: http://scifigenre.com/moving.html
  • Quail Ridge Books hosts Greensboro author Orson Scott Card for Ruins, the second book in his Pathfinder series from Simon Pulse (young readers/young adult) on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm

Speaking of events, a reminder that coming up in 3 days (Monday!) at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, Anna North will read from and sign copies of her novel America Pacifica. Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on America Pacifica, an island in the Pacific that refugees from the West Coast have retreated to after a second ice age. For Darcy, life with her make-it-work mother is made up of seafiber clothes and dinners of jellyfish. When Darcy’s mother doesn’t come home one night, she kicks of a search that pulls her from the small life she knows in Little Los Angeles to a harrowing adventure far bigger than she could have expected. Anna North’s writing has appeared in publications like The Atlantic, Jezebel.com, and The Paris Daily Review. She is a senior editor at BuzzFeed.com and lives in Brooklyn.  Reading with Anna will be her friend Kristen-Paige Madonia, whose new YA novel, Fingerprints of You,”deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.” The event is scheduled to start at 7 pm.

At the book’s page at Amazon.com, you can read an “Author One-on-One” between Anna North and Kelly Link, getting some ideas about the book. Anyway, that’s all I have for this Friday — see you next week, by which time we’ll have definitely announced the next Bull Spec Teen Writers contest details!

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