Friday, April 25, 2014: There’s a packed weekend and week ahead for the Triangle area, with plays, festivals and jousting, book events, new books, and more. While quite a few locals are heading up to RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia this weekend, quite a few more will be at Chapel Hill’s Storybook Farm on Saturday and Sunday for the third annual Festival of Legends, featuring jousting and other fighting demonstrations, live music and other entertainment, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and more. (Including Starrlight Mead and Mystery Brewing Company.)
Meanwhile, opening last night and continuing through May 10 is Spirits to Enforce at Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater Company. “In a secret submarine lair, 12 superheroes – the Fathom Town Enforcers – face their greatest challenge: a telemarketing fundraiser for their long-dreamed-of production of The Tempest.” Featuring many local and regional performers and directed by Duke’s Jeff Storer.
And next week we get a pair of book readings (Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange on Tuesday and Jen McConnel’s Daughter of Chaos on Wednesday) both at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, along with a 4-author event at Lady Jane’s Salon RDU on Wednesday featuring Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith (The Vampire Empire series) as well as Jennifer Delamere and Reese Ryan.
Also, on Monday April 28, I’m hosting a special 2-hour episode of Carolina Book Beat on WCOM-FM, with writer, editor, and musician Gray Rinehart, writer and actor Alex Wilson, and author and teacher Jen McConnel. It’s going to be fantastic! So tune in on 103.5 FM or online, starting at 10 AM; the next week, Monday May 5, my guest is Durham author Jay Posey, as his second “Legends of the Duskwalker” novel, Morningside Fall, comes out this coming Tuesday. The sequel to his post-apocalyptic debut Three, I’m looking forward to getting a chance to talk with him about the book’s influences as well as his work for Red Storm.
Meanwhile! I picked up a flyer for round two of a really neat event which sold out last year: on Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm, at Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, the North Carolina Symphony presents “Video Games Live: Bonus Round”, a new show building off the success of last year’s inaugural “Video Games Live”. This one features MegaMan, Silent Hill 2, Metroid, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, God of War, Mass Effect, StarCraft II, Dota 2, Beyond Good & Evil, Destiny, Final Fantasy, and Warcraft. “Call 919.733.2750 and mention the promo code PLAYNOW to buy your tickets for $48 (regularly $65).”
So! See you out and about? And for those heading to RavenCon or particularly The Festival of Legends, I could use some help getting upcoming event flyers out there. See the end of the post for the latest.
UPCOMING EVENTS, APRIL 2014
April 24 to May 10 — Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater Company plays host to Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher. “In a secret submarine lair, 12 superheroes – the Fathom Town Enforcers – face their greatest challenge: a telemarketing fundraiser for their long-dreamed-of production of The Tempest.” More info: http://manbitesdogtheater.org/
26-27 (Saturday and Sunday) — The Festival of Legends at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill.
29 — Local book release day for Morningside Fall (Duskwalker Cycle) by Jay Posey, a follow-on to his post-apocalyptic debut novel Three.
29 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Alena Graedon: “The Word Exchange”. “In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange. A dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange offers an inventive, suspenseful, and decidedly original vision of the dangers of technology and of the enduring power of the printed word. The Regulator is thrilled to welcome Durham native Alena Graedon to read and sign copies of her first novel.”
30 (Wednesday) — Clay and Susan Griffith to give a reading at Lady Jane’s Salon RDU: http://ladyjanesrdu.blogspot.com/
30 (Wednesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Jen McConnel for Daughter of Chaos. (Had been scheduled for April 9.)
1 (Thursday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Alena Graedon discusses her novel The Word Exchange. (See her April 29 event at The Regulator for a full write-up.)
3 (Saturday) 11 am — McIntyre’s Books hosts Durham native Alena Graedon – The Word Exchange. (See her April 29 event at The Regulator for a full write-up.)
3 (Saturday) 1 pm — B&N of Southpoint hosts Jay Posey for a reading and signing of Morningside Fall. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4684887
3 (Saturday) — Free Comic Book Day with writers and artists appearing at several participating comic book shops. Stay tuned for lineups and more information.
3 (Saturday) — Clay and Susan Griffith are teaching a session on collaboration at Triangle Area Freelancers Write Now! conference: http://www.triangleareafreelancers.org/WriteNow.html
5 (Monday) 6:30 pm — The Orange County Library (Main Branch) hosts a “lively” discussion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. “Join authors Ariel Djanikian, Nathan Kotecki, and James Maxey at the main branch of the Orange County Public Library for a lively discussion of the works of Jane Austen, with a focus on Pride & Prejudice.” More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/554453934673469/
5 (Monday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Christopher Moore – ‘The Serpent of Venice’.
[As always see the most recent newsletter for the full event and book release listings.]
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