Friday Quick Updates: ConCarolinas, The Manly Wade Wellman Award, Carolina Book Beat, MakerFaire, and more

Friday, May 30, 2014: Whew! A sold-out ConCarolinas is upon us, and quite a few folks are heading to Charlotte to see George R.R. Martin, Tommy Lee Edwards, Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Misty Massey, and too many others to list. I’ll see people bright and early on Saturday at the 9 AM Breakfast and Books panel — do bring some “show and tell” for the new books you’d like to recommend!

Meanwhile, nominating ballots have finally started going out (and coming back in) for the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. Due to delays getting this first year set up, the nomination period has been extended through Friday, June 13, so there’s still time to register and make your voice heard.

In other news, I’ve finally made it easier (i.e. not “in person”) to sign-up to the monthly Bull Spec Newsletter. There’s still some bits to take care of (putting the form on the site, Facebook, etc.) but hopefully this lets people discover and sign-up (and unsubscribe etc.) more painlessly going forward.

Lastly, if I survive ConCarolinas (please, nobody invite George R.R. Martin to officiate any weddings of any kind) this weekend, on Monday morning at 10 AM I’ll be hosting  Carolina Book Beat with guest Monica Byrne for an on-air/Internet radio interview on WCOM-FM. Later on in June? Plenty, from Maker Faire NC next weekend through ConTemporal to close out the month. See you out and about!

-Sam

PS: Here’s the latest event flyer and the next week of upcoming events:

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JUNE 2014

2 (Monday) 6:30 pm — James Maxey and Nathan Kotecki’s “First Monday Classics” series at the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough continues with Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, with guest panelist Edmund Schubert. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441047636143009/

4 (Wednesday) 7 pm — Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore hosts Durham author Monica Byrne for her debut post-apocalyptic novel The Girl in the Road. More info: http://www.malaprops.com/event/monica-byrne-presents-girls-road

4 (Wednesday) 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 “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).” More info: http://ncsymphony.org/

6-22 — Raleigh Little Theatre presents Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. “ A novelist invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant to his house to conduct a séance for research for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his temperamental first wife.” More info: http://raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/13-14/blithe.html

7 (Saturday) — Maker Faire North Carolina at the NC Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. More info: http://www.makerfairenc.com/

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