Friday quick updates: Big event announcements, The Court of Air, book groups, ConTemporal visits UNC-TV, and more

First, two major event announcements, in brief as we’re still working on the full write-ups for both. But, since beans are spilling left and right:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 7 to 9 pm: Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games) hosts a World Book Night / NC Speculative Fiction Night / Bull Spec #8 Launch Party! Confirmed participants include Richard Dansky, Steve Long, Justin Achilli, Jaym Gates, Matthew Ross, and Bull Spec #8 contributors Gwendolyn Clare, Rich Matrunick, Brenda Kalt, Alice Holleman, and Peter Wood and Paul Celmer.
  • Saturday, August 3, 7 to 9 pm: Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books hosts the third annual Bull Spec summer speculative fiction reading, welcoming a selection of Wofford College’s Shared Worlds visiting writers to the area including Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Karen Lord, Will Hindmarch, and Asheville’s Nathan Ballingrud, for an evening of readings, remarks, discussion, and a book signing.

Yeah! Look for bigger/splashier posts about these events very, very soon. Meanwhile, speaking of very soon, this weekend’s and other upcoming events, including a call for volunteers to help promote ConTemporal during an on-air UNC-TV fundraiser:

THE COURT OF AIR: A Steampunk Faerie Tale Party new-sf-reading-group

March 15 (Friday) 6 pm — Wake Forest’s Story Teller Book Store hosts “A Gathering of Authors” including paranormal fantasy author Steve Stone. More info: http://www.storystorewf.com/index.php/Events.html

March 16 (Saturday) 9 pm — Historic downtown Pittsboro’s Davenport & Winkleperry hosts THE COURT OF AIR: A Steampunk Fairy Tale Ball: “Lovers of Fantasy and Faerie come and escape to a land far, far away… Featuring an early performance by THUNDER & SPICE.”

March 17 (Sunday) 5 to 8 pm — Triangle Barcraft hosts a viewing party for Major League Gaming’s Winter Championships, at Blinco’s Sports Restaurant and Bar in Raleigh. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/226967414114684/

March 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts A. J. HARTLEY – With Children’s Fantasy Darwen Arkwright & The Insidious Bleck.

March 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm to 9 pm — RTSFS book group at the Barnes & Noble at the Streets of Southpoint in Durham, discussing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. More info for RTSFS Facebook Group members: https://www.facebook.com/events/233813673429260/

March 21 (Thursday) 7:30 pm — Interest meeting for a new monthly sf reading and discussion group, run by Kate Maddalena at Raleigh’s NC Museum of Science, to be held every third Thursday. PDF flier with more info: http://bit.ly/161TWtK

March 22 (Friday) 7 pm — B&N of Cary hosts Hugo Award winning Pittsboro graphic novelist Ursula Vernon for book #8 in her Danny Dragonbreath series of graphic novels for young readers, “Nightmare of the Iguana”. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4231658

March 23 (Saturday) 6:15 pm to 11:30 pm — ConTemporal 2013 will be promoted live on UNC-TV as part of taking phone calls for a UNC-TV pledge drive. “We will be taking pledges live on TV from UNC TV viewers. Please come dressed to show off your best Steampunk costuming! Costuming is not required but strongly encouraged. Why: UNC TV will be promoting ConTemporal 2013 live on air as part of this event. We must have a minimum of 20 volunteers to qualify for promotion. Please invite your friends, family and anyone interested in Steampunk and ConTemporal.” Training for volunteers begins promptly at 6:30, at 10 T.W. Alexander Drive in Durham.More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/533874939997393/?ref=3

March 28 (Thursday) 7 pm — B&N of Cary hosts Jeaniene Frost for Twice Tempted. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/79120

March 29-31 (Friday to Sunday) — Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics and Games) hosts a 3-day Magic: Vintage tournament. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/251182025017359/

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