Friday Quick Updates: The Escapism Film Festival; Brier Creek BN hosts an ebook authors event with Clay and Susan Griffith and Natania Barron; Writer’s Day at Flyleaf Books; John Claude Bemis and Stephen Messer; Ursula Vernon; Emily Croy Barker; and Jasper Fforde

Friday September 13, 2013: In lieu of recapping last week, on to today, which sees the first “full day” of The Escapism Film Festival at The Carolina Theatre of Durham — from the Stargate screening at 2 pm through Starship Troopers at 9:10 — after a few evenings of double features and ahead of Saturday and Sunday full-day schedules. Also tonight is a multi-author event at the Barnes and Noble of Brier Creek, with (among others) Clay and Susan Griffith and Natania Barron. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a multi-hour “Writers Day” at Flyleaf Books, with regional literary publishers, MFA programs, and authors all coming together. More info on all of that below.

And, some news! Mark Van Name has announced the title of his next Jon and Lobo book. Speaking of Van Name, he’s part of two new events in early October at the Wake County Libraries — Monday Oct 1st, a “Science Fiction panel at the Wake County West Regional Library. With David Drake, Mark L. Van Name, Terrence Holt, and Lisa Shearin.” and Tuesday Oct 8th “Science Fiction panel at the Wake County North Regional Library. With David Drake, John Kessel, Mark L. Van Name, and Mur Lafferty.” Both at 7 pm.

Next week is quite full, with events with John Claude Bemis (Tuesday, with Stephen Messer, among others at The Regulator), Ursula Vernon (Tuesday, Quail Ridge Books), Emily Croy Barker (Wednesday at The Regulator Bookshop for The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic), and Jasper Fforde (Thursday at Quail Ridge Books). As always check the latest newsletter for the full event listings, but below (after the flyer) are the next week and a half or so.

See you out and about! I am particularly looking forward to a big welcome for Greensboro native Barker on Wednesday, with conversations hopefully continuing somewhere on 9th Street afterwards.





NEW-NEW: 9-15 — The Carolina Theatre of Durham hosts the Escapist Film Festival, with Clash of the Titans, Stargate, Willow, Starship Troopers, The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, and more. Info at:

NEW-NEW: 13 (Friday) 7 pm — B&N of Brier Creek hosts an eBook Author Event with (among others) Clay and Susan Griffith, authors of the Vampire Empire series. More info:

NEW-NEW: 14 (Saturday) 2 pm to 6 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts The Hinge Literary Center presents Writers’ Day — “an opportunity to hear from and talk to some of the area’s most accomplished authors and publishers, as well as representatives of graduate writing programs from across the state. … 2:00-2:50: Meet the Publishers 3:00-3:50: Becoming a Poet 4:00-4:50: Becoming a Fiction Writer 5:00-5:50: Considering an MFA.”

NEW-NEW: 15 (Sunday) 4 pm — The Raleigh Review hosts Joseph Bathanti for a special event, “NC Poet Laureate Reading” at their Writers’ Studio and Bookshop, 3039 Medlin Drive, Raleigh, NC.

17 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Author John Claude Bemis, who is serving this year as the Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature, is leading a series of roundtable discussions with local children’s and YA authors about writing craft, creativity, and the magic of children’s literature.  The series includes events at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on October 5 at 2 pm, and Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm.  For more information, visit John’s website at or the Piedmont Laureate website at For the September 17 event at The Regulator, the participants are Stephen Messer (Windblowne, The Death of Yorik Mortwell), Stephanie Greene, Jackie Ogburn, and Frances O’Roark Dowell.

NEW: 17 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Hugo Award-winning Pittsboro graphic novelist Ursula Vernon – New ‘Dragonbreath’ in her continuing graphic novel series for young readers.

18 (Wednesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Greensboro native Emily Croy Barker for her new novel The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic. Facebook event:

NEW: 19 (Thursday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Jasper Fforde – ‘The Song of the Quarkbeast’.

NEW-NEW: 21 (Saturday) 10:30 am — Hillsborough author James Maxey will “be teaching a class on Ebook publishing Saturday Sept 21 from 10:30 to noon at the Orange County Library in Hillsborough.” Register online at: at

NEW: 21 (Saturday) 2 pm — McIntyre’s Books hosts Daniel Wallace – The Kings and Queens of Roam.

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