July 28 (Thursday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Tony Daniel for the local launch party of his new novel: "Prolific fantasy author (Guardian of Night) Tony Daniel visits on Thursday, July 28, at 7 pm with The Dragon Hammer, the first installment of the saga of Wulf von Dunstig, the 16-year-old third son of a duke destined for an uneventful life as a ranger. But when destiny comes calling, there is only Wulf to answer. After a devastating invasion of his native land, Wulf must rally the peaceful valley of Shenandoah, and free his family and land from the grip of intruders controlled by vampiric evil. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to fight for what is right. It’s time to wield the Dragon Hammer. For ages 14+."
July 29 (Friday) 7 pm — The Dangerous Ladies 2.0 Tour visits Flyleaf Books: "Beth Revis, Gwenda Bond, Megan Miranda, and Megan Shepherd celebrate their latest young adult releases with a panel and book signing! Join us for a spectacular evening discussing these DANGEROUS LADIES and their amazing novels for teens! Fantasy readers, Sci-Fi enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and lovers of contemporary realism can all find something to enjoy in one of the books by these great Southern authors."
August 1 (Monday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts bestselling Dutch fantasist Thomas Olde Heuvelt: "Thomas Olde Heuvelt joins us on Monday, August 1, at 7 pm with Hex. In this English language debut by the Dutch novelist — and Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee — a 17th century woman accused of witchcraft puts a curse on the town before being put to death. Now in the 21st century, the townspeople must keep their secret or face death themselves. To ensure that the residents conform, a team monitors input from 24/7 surveillance. But is the town really safe, especially in the age of social media? This new voice in dark fantasy will have you keeping your lights on if you read this at night."
August 2 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Drew Magary (author of "The Postmortal") for his new novel The Hike. "When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects."
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Monthly Archives: May 2013
UNC/Duke professor Tyler Curtain has an avid interest in literary sf and fantasy translations, and introduced me to Duke ecology PhD student Matthew Ross, whose translation from the French of Pierre Grimbert’s bestselling and award-winning The Secret of Ji: Six … Continue reading
I stopped by Day 1 of Animazement at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday early afternoon, and already the 3-day anime-centered convention was well underway. Even before I made it inside the Convention Center doors, Fayetteville Street was awash in … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates for Friday, May 24, 2013: Durham author Richard Dansky‘s new novel Vaporware is now out from JournalStone! Congrats, Rich. I’ve been re-posting a few of the blurbs and guest posts and interviews about the book over on … Continue reading
I’ve very excited to announce that we’ve added another author to the already amazing lineup for the 3rd annual Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction event. That author is Robert V.S. Redick, author of The Chathrand Voyage Quartet, recently completed with … Continue reading
I met North Carolina author Tonia Brown at ConTemporal last summer, mostly by accident as she was on a panel with Cherie Priest and Phil and Kaja Foglio. But she was funny, she had a clear idea of how to … Continue reading
Review of Kevin (from Archie Comics) by Paul Kupperberg (Grosset& Dunlap paper-over-board novel, April 18, 2013) Kevin Keller is the first openly gay kid at Riverdale High. He had a comic miniseries which was very successful, so he went to … Continue reading
In honor of the finale of this season of Doctor Who, Your Humble Columnists present a review of our trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. First of all, pay attention when you buy tickets because they offer … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates for May 17, 2013: Two events tomorrow (Saturday), the first for writers, at 10 am, as Hillsborough author James Maxey will be teaching a class at the Orange County Library in Hillsboroug from 10 til noon called … Continue reading