Friday, September 20, 2013: Whew! This past week was another packed week of readings, with Clay and Susan Griffith and Natania Barron, The Hinge’s Writers’ Day at Flyleaf Books, Ursula Vernon’s latest “Dragonbreath” book, John Claude Bemis hosting Stephen Messer and other writers, Emily Croy Barker, and Jasper Fforde. (Not to mention a packed weekend of screenings at The Escapism Film Festival.)
And this weekend and the week ahead, there’s every bit as much to do, whether James Maxey’s ebook publishing class for writers on Saturday morning, to readings from Daniel Wallace, Allan Gurganus, and Robin Sloan, and more.
Some news bits from the past week:
- Asheville writer Nathan Ballingrud’s collection North American Lake Monsters gets a fantastic review in the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), by John Langan, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Monsters”. The collection is out from Small Beer Press, and Ballingrud was a panelist at August’s Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Reading.
- Three authors with NC ties are on the coming weekend’s NY Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction: Wilmington author Jason Mott’s The Returned debuts at #16; Raleigh author Wilton Barnhardt’s contemporary/historical satire Lookaway, Lookaway debuts at #25; and Asheville native Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is on the list for the third week, at #14
- Durham’s Mur Lafferty was announced as a guest writer at Wofford College’s Shared Worlds in 2014
And lastly, I clearly had no idea how big a deal the Wake County Libraries was making of local science fiction and fantasy writers in October. What I thought was 2 events turned into 3, then 4, and then, well it ends up being six events:
- October 1 (Tuesday) 7 pm — at the Wake County West Regional Library. With David Drake, Mark L. Van Name, Terrence Holt, and Lisa Shearin.
- 2 (Wed) 7 pm — at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library. With Ariel Djanikian, Clay & Susan Griffith, and James Maxey.
- 8 (Tuesday) 7 pm — at the Wake County North Regional Library. With David Drake, John Kessel, Mark L. Van Name, and Mur Lafferty.
- 10 (Thursday) 7 pm – at the Cameron Village Regional Library. With Jenna Black, Tony Daniel, John Kessel, and Mur Lafferty.
- 13 (Sunday) 2 pm – at Wake County’s Eva Perry Regional Library. With Jenna Black, Clay & Susan Griffith, S. Mark Rainey, and Lisa Shearin.
- 20 (Sunday) 2 pm – at the Wake County East Regional Library. With Tony Daniel, Ariel Djanikian, and James Maxey.
So, October science fiction in Wake County is, I believe, pretty well and covered. Happy Friday, see you next week.
UPCOMING EVENTS, SEPTEMBER 2013
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 http://bit.ly/MaxeyEPUB
21 (Saturday) 2 pm — McIntyre’s Books hosts Daniel Wallace – The Kings and Queens of Roam.
21 (Saturday) 2-4 pm — The Durham County Main Library hosts “Dungeons and Dragons in the Library”. More info: http://durhamcountylibrary.org/events/dungeons-and-dragons-in-the-library-3/
22 (Sunday) 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Raleigh Gets Celebrated in Collection — “Raleigh gets its due in 27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose and Poetry. NC State’s Wilton Barnhardt, who wrote the introduction, will be joined Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. by other contributors for the launch of this new collection. He’ll introduce Betty Adcock, Rob Christensen, Grayson Haver Currin, Tina Haver Currin, Tracie Fellers, Angela Davis-Gardner, G.D. Gearino, Tom Hawkins, Scott Huler, John Kessel, Bridgette Lacy, Amanda Lamb, Kelly Starling Lyons, Lenard Moore, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, Elaine Neil Orr, Peggy Payne, David Rigsbee, Liza Roberts, Sheila Smith McKoy, June Spence, and Eleanora Tate. Maybe this will set a Quail Ridge record for most authors at an event?”
23 (Monday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts D.J. MacHale – ‘SYLO’.
26 (Thursday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Allan Gurganus – ‘Local Souls’.
27 (Friday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Robin Sloan for the paperback edition of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. More info: Robin Sloan discusses his novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore (paperback release).
1 (Monday) 7 pm — Science Fiction panel (one of six in an October series) at the Wake County West Regional Library. With David Drake, Mark L. Van Name, Terrence Holt, and Lisa Shearin. More info: http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/scifiauthors.aspx
1 (Monday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Maile Meloy for The Apprentices, sequel to her YA/YR debut The Apothecary. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/maile-meloy-apprentices
2 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Steven Brust (author of the Vlad Taltos series) for new novel The Incrementalists. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/steven-brust-skyler-white-discuss-sign-their-urban-fantasy-novel-incrementalists
2 (Wed) 7 pm — Science Fiction panel (one of six in an October series) at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library. With Ariel Djanikian, Clay & Susan Griffith, and James Maxey. More info: http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/scifiauthors.aspx
4-6 (Friday to Sunday) — Second Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center. More info: http://www.escapistexpo.com/
[As always, for the full list see the most recent newsletter.]