Friday Quick Updates: Elizabeth Langston, Chris Giarrusso, Atomic Comedy, Powerful Women in YA Lit, Mary Roach, and more

Saturday, April 12, 2014: Yeah, it’s Saturday, but I didn’t get these out yesterday and there’s a big weekend ahead. Er. Upon us.

First up, covering Saturday means 3 events to tell you about:

  • 10:30 am to 4 pm — Ultimate Comics hosts G-Man & Mini-Marvel Creator Chris Giarrusso for a signing of epic proportions! There will be FREE food, drinks, LIVE ART, and plenty of good times! This will be be a fun, all-ages event, so bring the whole family and don’t forget to ask for a FREE SKETCH! If the weather is nice we will break out the grill and cook up some hotdogs!”
  • 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Elizabeth Langston – ‘A Whisper in Time’.
  • 9 pm — Durham’s Atomic Empire hosts “Atomic Comedy” in a regular geeky comedy series. Show starts at 9:30 pm.

And! Tomorrow (Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!) at 2 pm, Flyleaf Books hosts Girl Power!: A Panel on Powerful Women in Young Adult Literature featuring Jessica Spotswood, Nathan Kotecki, Meagan Spooner, and Alexandra Duncan.

In other local writerly news, Raleigh author Betty Cross is a regular at area conventions, and her new novel Mistress of Land and Sea has just been released by Double Dragon eBooks. It’s a “YA epic fantasy” and is her third novel.

-Sam

UPCOMING EVENTS, APRIL 2014

12 (Saturday) — 10:30 am to 4 pm — Ultimate Comics hosts G-Man & Mini-Marvel Creator Chris Giarrusso for a signing of epic proportions! There will be FREE food, drinks, LIVE ART, and plenty of good times! This will be be a fun, all-ages event, so bring the whole family and don’t forget to ask for a FREE SKETCH! If the weather is nice we will break out the grill and cook up some hotdogs!”

12 (Saturday) 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Elizabeth Langston – ‘A Whisper in Time’.

12 (Saturday) 9 pm — Durham’s Atomic Empire hosts “Atomic Comedy” in a regular geeky comedy series. Show starts at 9:30 pm.

13 (Sunday) 2 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Girl Power!: A Panel on Powerful Women in Young Adult Literature featuring Jessica Spotswood, Nathan Kotecki, Meagan Spooner, and Alexandra Duncan.

13 (Sunday) 7 to 9 pm — As part of the NC Science Festival, best-selling non-fiction author Mary Roach will be in conversation with Frank Stasio at The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

15 (Tuesday) 7 pm — RTSFS book group discusses Jo Walton’s Among Others at the Southpoint B&N. More info: http://www.rtsfs.com/

15 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm — The Carrack Modern Art (111 W Parrish St, Durham) hosts “a night of readings featuring kathryn l. pringle, Brian Howe, Scott Daughtridge, and Gina Myers.” More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/828808007132930/

17 (Thursday) 6:30 pm — Launch party at downtown Durham pub 106 Main for Eryk Pruitt’s southern-fried neo-noir crime novel Dirtbags. “We’ll have copies to sell, or you can bring your own for a signature. Mike is slinging $3 well drinks all night long. Invite all your friends, bring some plus-ones or plus-twos. Let’s pack this place out and have a good time.” More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/282781161888049/

17 (Thursday) 7 pm — The Barnes & Noble of Brier Creek hosts Mur Lafferty for a signing of Ghost Train to New Orleans. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/83303

19 (Saturday) 8 pm until late — The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Party at the Haw River Ballroom, hosted by The Davenport Sisters. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1388306014723527/?ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited&source=1

NEW: 21 (Monday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer for a discussion of her just-released anthology The Time Traveler’s Almanac. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/2014/04/21/day

NEW: 23-24 (Wed-Thu) — ECGC — East Coast Game Conference — at the Raleigh Convention Center, with keynote speakers Mary DeMarle (Eidos) and Ken Rolston (The Elder Scrolls) and narrative track panelists Will Hindmarch, Mur Lafferty, and more. More info: http://www.ecgconf.com/

NEW-NEW: 24 (Thu) 7:30 pm — Author Teju Cole to give the Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Duke University, with the title “Here Comes Everybody: The Crisis of Equality in the Age of Social Media”. Held at the Schiciano Auditorium at the Fitzpatrick Center with a reception to follow. More info: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/blog/kenan-distinguished-lecture-with-teju-cole-apr-24/

[for full events listings see the most recent newsletter]

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