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: June 2013
The Chapel Hill Comics event with Lisa Hanawalt for My Dirty Dumb Eyes originally scheduled for Saturday June 29 has been postponed until the fall. But! They’ve added a Saturday, July 6 My Little Pony comic event with cover artist … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Studio Ghibli, George Takei, ConTemporal, Jamil Nasir and Alex Wilson, and The Clockwork Ball
Friday, June 21: It’s quite a week NEXT week, with George Takei leading a musical trip through science fiction at the North Carolina Symphony ahead of year two of the Steampunk convention ConTemporal, a joint event with Jamil Nasir and … Continue reading
Con Kasterborous ( www.conkasterborous.com ) is a Doctor Who convention in Huntsville, Alabama, which also happens to be the location for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal. Con Kasterborous … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Merrie Haskell at The Regulator, “Fierce Reads Tour” including Leigh Bardugo at Quail Ridge Books, Free RPG Day, and more
Friday, June 14: It’s a packed weekend with two readings tonight and two all-day events on Saturday. Tonight’s readings are: Merrie Haskell for her new middle-grade fantasy Handbook for Dragon Slayers at Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop at 7pm; and (also … Continue reading
Review of Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer (Baen hardcover June 4, 2013) Eight Million Gods is the story about a young adult American author named Nikki Delany, who is on the run from her mother, and she runs to … Continue reading
Review of ConCarolinas May 31-June2, 2013 The Charlotte Hilton University Place hotel used for the convention is in a good location to reach it from the interstates (I-85 and I-40) and the surrounding area has both fast food restaurants and … Continue reading
Durham author Richard Dansky has helped hawk Bull Spec to passers-by at the Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival while wearing a vintage Montreal Expos shirt; he let me excerpt his novel, Firefly Rain, in Bull Spec #2; he’s been pressed to … Continue reading
Review of Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 edited by Catherine Asaro (Pyr, May 14, 2013) This volume showcases those works published in 2011 that were on the 2011 Nebula ballot. All the stories were enjoyable and it was convenient to get … Continue reading