Friday, July 26, 2013: For those following along from nearer Asheville and points in the western half of North Carolina (and further) there’s a spectacular event this weekend (Sunday, July 28) at Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore, featuring six sf/f authors: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shared Worlds Reading & Signing. Beginning at 3 pm, the event features Karen Lord, Robert V.S. Redick, Will Hindmarch, Nathan Ballingrud, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
If those names seem familiar, which they should!, it’s nearly the same authorial lineup as next weekend’s Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Reading, which adds Durham author Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) and is at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books on Saturday, August 3, from 7 to 9 pm, followed by a reception at the Raleigh Review Writers’ Loft. I’ve been working pretty darned hard at getting the word out for this event, but can use all the help you can give me, whether it’s handing out event flyers (see below) or inviting your friends to the Facebook event or sharing the link, whatever you can come up with. Help wanted!
Between the two Shared Worlds events which neatly bookend both the region and the week, there are some other upcoming events as well (see below, please!) including Tuesday’s book launch signing at the B&N of Southpoint for Jay Posey’s post-apocalyptic debut novel Three and this Sunday’s “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity screening of the Firefly movie, which is (once again) sold out in advance.
In addition to the long list of new events added to the long-term calendar last week (Susan Cooper! Emily Croy Barker! James Dashner!) There’s another pair of new late August events, as Fantasy writer Richard Kadrey discusses Kill City Blues, his latest Sandman Slim novel at Flyleaf Books on Thursday, August 29, and Chapel Hill Comics hosts a double-signing on Saturday, August 31 with Lisa Hanawalt and Brian Ralph.
UPCOMING EVENTS, JULY 2013
27 (Saturday) 8 pm — 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.”
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) 3 pm — At the Durham County Library’s Main Branch (downtown, Roxboro St), children’s author, educator & musician, John Claude Bemis, the region’s 2013 Piedmont Laureate, will present a program celebrating the art of writing, including his traveling road show of fantasy for young readers, The Nine Pound Hammer, a magically folkloric retelling of the Legend of John Henry.
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) 3 pm — The Orange County Library hosts Karen Lord for a meet the author event at its main branch in downtown Hillsborough. More info: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=6923&EventID=177489
5 (Monday) 4 pm — The newly renovated Chapel Hill Library hosts Karen Lord for a “meet the author tea” event. Refreshments served at 3:30 pm ahead of the event. More info: http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/txp/?s=News&id=896
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. More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/karen-lord-caribbean-speculative-fiction-bull-spec