Friday Quick Updates: Charles Soule, Teen Author Summer Slam, Maggie McNeill, book clubs, the Baen Writers Bootcamp, and more

Friday, August 15, 2014: Like clockwork, once the newsletter goes out, events I missed come to mind or come pouring in. While I’ve updated the online newsletter with these “NEW-NEW” August events, here they are:

  • NEW-NEW: 15 (Friday) 8 pm — Michael D. Acosta’s film Devolve Babylon to show at Geeksboro Cinema in Greensboro. Recently selected into the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, DVDs are available at: WWW.gogwellfilms.com
  • NEW-NEW: 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The RTSFS book club discusses John Scalzi’s Redshirts at the B&N at Southpoint. “I’m sure we will be [also] discussing who won the Hugos this weekend. For Sept Half a King by Joe Abercrombie and for October Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.”
  • NEW-NEW: 21 (Thursday) 7 pm — Durham County Southwest Library’s Sub-Genre-O-Rama Book Club discusses Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis, an “Amish-vampire-police procedural romance novel”. More info: http://meetup.com/sub-genre-o-rama
  • NEW-NEW: 29 (Friday) 10 pm — Durham author Mur Lafferty will be the guest for “Mr. Diplomat” at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill. Free. More info: http://www.dsicomedytheater.com/shows/details/mister-diplomat/

Still that’s only a slice of what’s going on this weekend and next week. Today at 5:30 pm, comics writer Charles Soule will hold a writing workshop at Ultimate Comics, ahead of a signing tomorrow from 11 am to 3 pm. “The writer of Letter 44, Superman Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns , She Hulk, Inhuman, 27, as well as the upcoming Death of Wolverine mini series will be in the store signing! Mark your calendar now! Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the newest superstars in comics!”

Saturday, August 16, Ultimate Comics hosts writer Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Wonder Woman, Death of Wolverine).  Ladies of the Night: Short Stories by Maggie McNeill

On Sunday at 1 pm, Quail Ridge Books hosts a Teen Author Summer Slam (panel and signing) with authors Vanessa Barger, Brynn Chapman, Nicole Conway, AJ Matthews, Jen McConnel, Leigh Statham, Pab Sungenis, Vicki L. Weavil, and Heather Young-Nichols, with snacks, giveaways, and more.

And next week, both Internationalist Books (Monday the 18th) and Flyleaf Books (Tuesday the 19th) host  “The Honest Courtesan” Maggie McNeill for her mixed-genre short story collection Ladies of the Night. “Though popular blogger Maggie McNeill is best known for her perceptive, witty and razor-sharp essays on the facts about and issues surrounding sex work, her short fiction has also been highly praised. This book, her first published collection, contains thirty-seven stories ranging from fantasy to reality and from comedy to horror, whose heroines are all quite different from one another but have one thing in common: membership in the world’s oldest profession. But what makes them interesting isn’t entirely bound up in their work; in fact, you may find that, with a few notable exceptions, they aren’t all that different from other women you may know, either in fiction or in real life. The strange and fantastic situations they find themselves in, however, are another matter entirely…”

Meanwhile, in further-ahead things, here’s one that writers may want to pencil into their calendars and consider and plan ahead for. Baen editor Tony Daniel writes: “Not your ordinary writing workshop. By a long shot. Literally. I’ll be one of the instructors here next summer.” The “here” he mentions is the Baen Writers Bootcamp which will be held in Wake Forest, NC next summer (Friday July 24 to Sunday August 2) with faculty including Baen editors Daniel, Jim Minz and Toni Weisskopf. Guest lecturers and practicum leaders will include Tom Kratman, Travis “Rocket City Redneck” Taylor, and David Drake, as well as a number of weapons experts. (And apparently a rocket will be launched.) Info such as price and materials and requirements are up, and there’s a sign-up field for an email notification when registration is opened.

-Sam

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UPCOMING EVENTS, AUGUST 2014

NEW-NEW: 15 (Friday) 8 pm — Michael D. Acosta’s film Devolve Babylon to show at Geeksboro Cinema in Greensboro. Recently selected into the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, DVDs are available at: WWW.gogwellfilms.com

NEW: 15 (Friday) 5:30 pm — Comics writer Charles Soule will hold a writing workshop at Ultimate Comics, ahead of:

16 (Saturday) 11 am to 3 pm — Comics writer Charles Soule at at Ultimate Comics: “The writer of Letter 44, Superman Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns , She Hulk, Inhuman, 27, as well as the upcoming Death of Wolverine mini series will be in the store signing! Mark your calendar now! Don’t miss your chance to meet one of the newest superstars in comics!” More info: http://ultimatecomics.com/2014/06/charles-soule-aug-16/

NEW: 17 (Sunday) 1 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Teen Author Summer Slam (panel and signing) with authors Vanessa Barger, Brynn Chapman, Nicole Conway, AJ Matthews, Jen McConnel, Leigh Statham, Pab Sungenis, Vicki L. Weavil, and Heather Young-Nichols. Snacks, giveaways, and more.

NEW: 18 (Monday) 7 pm — Internationalist Books and Community Center hosts “The Honest Courtesan” Maggie McNeill for her mixed-genre short story collection Ladies of the Night. [Facebook]

NEW: 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Maggie McNeill discusses her short story collection Ladies of the Night. “Though popular blogger Maggie McNeill is best known for her perceptive, witty and razor-sharp essays on the facts about and issues surrounding sex work, her short fiction has also been highly praised. This book, her first published collection, contains thirty-seven stories ranging from fantasy to reality and from comedy to horror, whose heroines are all quite different from one another but have one thing in common: membership in the world’s oldest profession. But what makes them interesting isn’t entirely bound up in their work; in fact, you may find that, with a few notable exceptions, they aren’t all that different from other women you may know, either in fiction or in real life. The strange and fantastic situations they find themselves in, however, are another matter entirely…”

NEW-NEW: 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The RTSFS book club discusses John Scalzi’s Redshirts at the B&N at Southpoint. “I’m sure we will be [also] discussing who won the Hugos this weekend. For Sept Half a King by Joe Abercrombie and for October Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.”

NEW-NEW: 21 (Thursday) 7 pm — Durham County Southwest Library’s Sub-Genre-O-Rama Book Club discusses Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis, an “Amish-vampire-police procedural romance novel”. More info: http://meetup.com/sub-genre-o-rama

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