Prince's Gambit: A Casual Vampire: The Masquerade Card Game by Justin Achilli, funding on Kickstarter through Thu, April 20 2017 11:59 AM EDT.
April 17 (Monday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for his new young adult science fiction novel Horizon. "He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible."
April 17 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Durham's The Regulator Bookshop hosts John Kessel for his new novel The Moon and the Other. "Welcome to the Moon of the 22nd century where politics, rival city—states, and a matriarchal society collide. Passions, both sexual and warlike, come to a boil as the players must decide what really matters to them."
May 5 (Friday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts Cory Doctorow for his new novel Walkaway. "Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his friends as Hubert, Etc—was too old to be at that Communist party. But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be—except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society—and walk away. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter—from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system. It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down."
May 30 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for hew new novel The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows forthcoming from Small Beer Press. "Kij Johnson has won the major awards for fantasy (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo). Now Johnson turns to the most elemental of fantasies – the fairy tale – as she lovingly re-creates Kenneth Grahame's world, and expands upon it."
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Monthly Archives: October 2012
Out just in time for Halloween, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing has published Cemetery Plot, the debut novel by local writer, North Raleigh News columnist, and WUNC “The State of Things” director Alex Granados. I first met Alex through … Continue reading
From Monday’s reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gZZ2R-O-Os The Kingmakers is book 3 of their Vampire Empire trilogy. The reading here (sorry for sound quality, just iPhone built in mic) is from The Rift Walker, book 2. Book 1, The Greyfriar, along with the … Continue reading
Note: Welcome WPTF listeners! Some other things mentioned on the show: Teen Writing Contest and the Local Events Newsletter. As was done in 2010 and 2011, here are collected the books and other related things from local and regional authors, … Continue reading
There have been – and are yet to come! – a long list of novels, anthologies, comics, graphic novels, and other related goodies published by or including local authors and artists and other local and regional creators this year. So, … Continue reading
THE NEGATIVE ZONE #004: BRANDON GRAHAM by Andrew Neal You know who I love? I love Brandon Graham. Well, I love his comics. I don’t know him very well… yet. If you know me from the comic industry, either as … Continue reading
British author David Tallerman‘s short story “The Burning Room” appeared in Bull Spec #4 and was later included in Ellen Datlow’s online Full Honorable Mention List for Best Horror of the Year volume 4. Tallerman has published dozens and dozens … Continue reading
A couple of interesting things going on this weekend: This weekend (Oct 13-14) is Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literary Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC (a bit northeast of Charlotte, between I-77 and I-85). Among other authors involved, … Continue reading
Portland author Tina Connolly is a Clarion West graduate and the author of a long and growing list of well-received short stories, including “Selling Home” in Bull Spec #6. She’s also a podcast narrator, both out and about on several … Continue reading
Friday Updates: new events, Nathan Kotecki on Saturday, Hope Larson on Sunday, Kij Johnson on Tuesday, and more local author publication notes
As usual, as soon as I send out the newsletter I find out about publication news and events that I’ve missed. This month is no exception, although the events list is indeed exceptionally long. But first, some upcoming events: NEW: … Continue reading