Friday July 12: Hopefully a bunch of you turned out for Alex Bledsoe at Flyleaf Books on Wednesday, and Stephen Kiernan at Quail Ridge Books yesterday! Before I get onto the upcoming events (Saturday’s Ehmm Theory signing at Ultimate Comics being the next), some quick local news bits:
- Monica Byrne’s “What Every Girl Should Know” to play the NYC Fringe Festival as reported by IndyWeek’s Byron Woods: “After its award-winning premiere in 2012, WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW, Durham playwright Monica Byrne’s speculative drama based on the history of birth control in the United States, is getting an extended life this summer.”
- Card game “Havok and Hijinks” announced their Kickstarter Launch Party to be held at Durham’s Atomic Empire on Saturday, August 10: “I am thrilled to announce that Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina, has kindly agreed to host the Havok & Hijinks Kickstarter Launch Party and, more importantly, you’re invited! Come out on Saturday, August the 10th to meet the Havok & Hijinks development team and spend some time at one of the most amazing gaming stores on the entire east coast. It’s big, well-stocked, and they even have local craft beer for those that like to drink. Festivities will begin right around 2 PM with a build-up to our launch at 5 PM!”
- It’s a play! It’s not a play! July 18-27, Urban Gardener Performing Arts presents Richard Butner’s “Vogue Men’s Fashions” at 213 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. More info at the Facebook event. “Vogue Men’s Fashions is not a play. It’s about a man who has come to 213 Fayetteville Street with a problem, a camera, and a lot of memories. Join him on his journey through a psychic landscape populated by Ewoks, turtles, and executioners. This show contains adult language and is recommended for mature audiences.”
Two local author book events coming up right around the corner, with Jenna Black (Replica) and Jay Posey (Three) closing out July, ahead of — just three weeks away! — the Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event on Saturday, August 3 at Quail Ridge Books, with Karen Lord, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Robert V.S. Redick, Nathan Ballingrud, Will Hindmarch, and Mur Lafferty. Time for the full-on panic mode that is putting the last things together for what should be an excellent evening of books and friends.
UPCOMING EVENTS LISTINGS:
13 (Saturday) — Ultimate Comics hosts a signing for new Action Lab comic Ehmm Theory with Brockton McKinney, Larkin Ford, and Jason Strutz. (All day?)
18-27 — Urban Garden Performing Arts presents Richard Butner’s “Vogue Men’s Fashions” at 213 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. More info at the Facebook event. “Vogue Men’s Fashions is not a play. It’s about a man who has come to 213 Fayetteville Street with a problem, a camera, and a lot of memories. Join him on his journey through a psychic landscape populated by Ewoks, turtles, and executioners. This show contains adult language and is recommended for mature audiences.”
25 (Thursday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts local author Jenna Black for her new novel Replica, first in a series set in near-future NYC.
28 (Sunday) — The annual NC Browncoats “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity screening of Serenity at the Raleighwood Cinema Grill. Note that this is a ticketed event and tends to sell out completely in advance. More info: http://www.ncbrowncoats.com/2013/01/blog-post.html
30 (Tuesday) 7 to 9 pm — The Barnes & Noble of the Streets at Southpoint hosts Durham author Jay Posey for a “meet and greet” signing for his debut post-apocalyptic novel, Three. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4468621
3 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts the annual Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event. This year it is an absolutely fantastic lineup with Karen Lord, Nathan Ballingrud, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Robert V.S. Redick, and Will Hindmarch all coming up from the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College, being joined locally by Durham author Mur Lafferty. We had a blast hosting Ann and Jeff back in 2011 and it’s sure to be another great evening. And! From 9 pm to late, The Raleigh Review is hosting an after-reading “meet the authors” reception (also free and open to the public) at their Writers’ Loft. And! See below for more info on additional events with Karen Lord while she is in the Triangle area. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/03/29/announcement-the-third-annual-bull-spec-summer-speculative-fiction-event/
4 (Sunday) — The Orange County Library hosts Karen Lord for an afternoon event at its main branch in downtown Hillsborough.
5 (Monday) 4 pm — The newly renovated Chapel Hill Library hosts Karen Lord for a “meet the author” event. Refreshments served at 3:30 pm ahead of the event.
5 (Monday) 7 pm — Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Karen Lord for a reading and signing of her deep future anthropological sf novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds.