It’s a very packed weekend in terms of events, so let’s get to those first:
- 16 (Friday) 6:30 pm: (Non-genre event) McIntyre’s Books hosts bestselling Norwegian thriller novelist Jo Nesbo. More info: http://www.fearrington.com/village/event.asp?id=2317
- 16 (Friday) 7 pm: Celebrate the third anniversary of local independent bookstore Flyleaf Books at their open house, with Jill McCorkle reading from “My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places”. More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/flyleaf-anniversary-open-house-and-book-launch-jill-mccorkle-and-my-bookstore-writers-celebrat
- 17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) — NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center with a long list of guests and a great artist’s alley lineup: http://nccomicon.com/
- 17 (Saturday) 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Morgan Keyes for a reading and signing of new “ages 10 and up” fantasy novel, Darkbeast. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/morgan-keyes-new-fantasy-darkbeast
- 17 (Saturday) 4 pm — “Comics and Cookies” at Chapel Hill Comics, celebrating the success of two local Kickstarters, Alex Wilson (the Eagle Award winning comic “The Time of Reflection!”) and Sylvia Toth (Golden Age Bakery!). More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/484854638201840/
- 17 (Saturday) 8 to 10 pm — Pittsboro’s Davenport and Winkleperry hosts a book release party for “A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex” with local contributors: https://www.facebook.com/events/462488663795324/
- 19 (Monday) 6:30 pm — Local author Mark L. Van Name will host a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) related writing workshop at the Cameron Village Library.
Meanwhile this week also saw two new local author ebook releases:
- Stellarnet Prince by J.L. Hilton (Carina Press, Nov 12) — Go go Jen! Kind of hard to believe but this is the second book where I’ve somehow been snuck onto the acknowledgement pages. Book one (Stellarnet Rebel) was a good mix of space sf, video games, blogger journalism, and alien cultures. The ebook was out Monday, and the audiobook was released Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happened with Genny, Duin, and Belloc.
- The Collected Kessel by John Kessel (Baen, Nov 15) — Along with new DRM-free ebook editions of John’s novels, here is a new collection of forty-two of his short stories, novelettes, and novellas, with all-new story notes. As I mentioned yesterday, the story notes have been fascinating to read, and there are quite a few stories I haven’t seen reprinted before, across the more than three decades (so far, I say!) of a great American author’s career. Here’s where he’s been and a bit on how he got there, and why.