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April 17 (Monday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for his new young adult science fiction novel Horizon. "He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible."
April 17 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Durham's The Regulator Bookshop hosts John Kessel for his new novel The Moon and the Other. "Welcome to the Moon of the 22nd century where politics, rival city—states, and a matriarchal society collide. Passions, both sexual and warlike, come to a boil as the players must decide what really matters to them."
May 5 (Friday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts Cory Doctorow for his new novel Walkaway. "Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his friends as Hubert, Etc—was too old to be at that Communist party. But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be—except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society—and walk away. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter—from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system. It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down."
May 30 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for hew new novel The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows forthcoming from Small Beer Press. "Kij Johnson has won the major awards for fantasy (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo). Now Johnson turns to the most elemental of fantasies – the fairy tale – as she lovingly re-creates Kenneth Grahame's world, and expands upon it."
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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 — … Continue reading
Monday Musings: N.K. Jemisin in Statesville this weekend, and Lev Grossman and Junot Diaz kick of the NC Literary Festival next week!
Monday, March 24, 2014: Via regular contributors The Exploding Spaceship comes news that Statesville, NC’s Mitchell Community College will host award-winning author N.K. Jemisin this weekend (Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29) as part of the 2014 Doris Betts Spring Writers … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Baen audio drama casting; H.G. Wells panel rescheduled; NC Lit Fest schedule; and upcoming events including Jenna Black and Kristen Simmons
Friday, March 14, 2014: Happy Friday everyone! There are some fun activities for teens and kids this weekend (a Divergent fan party on Saturday, Richard Peck’s The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail on Sunday), ahead of a three-author YA event at Flyleaf … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Allen Wold’s new collection, H.G. Wells panel, Mur Lafferty, NC Literary Festival adds Lev Grossman and Nathan Ballingrud, and (tons) more
Friday, February 28, 2014: Wow. There’s a lot to tell you guys about since my last news roundup 11 days ago. So much I hardly know where to begin! Let’s start with what’s new at bullspec.com: Coming to Town: Megan … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates, Monday edition: Alice Hoffman, Megan Shepherd and The Lovestruck Tour, and the Nevermore Film Festival
Monday, February 17, 2014: Tonight sees the first of two events with magical realist Alice Hoffman in the Triangle, ahead of Megan Shepherd, Megan Miranda, and the rest of “The Lovestruck Tour” later this week. Hoffman’s new book is The Museum of … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Mur Lafferty tomorrow, Deborah Johnson next week, a Book Club Moveable Feast this weekend, Jeremy L.C. Jones writes about Manly Wade Wellman, and more
Friday, February 7, 2014: Three “NEW-NEW” events this weekend, added to the calendar since sending the February newsletter barely a week ago, including Mur Lafferty’s Durham County Library (Southwest Regional Library) event on Saturday and a “Bookmarks Book Club Moveable Feast” event … Continue reading
Friday, January 10, 2014: I’m likely the last to post my own illogiCon panel schedule, so let me get that out of the way first: FRIDAY 3 PM — The Things About Thieves — SMITH FRIDAY 4 PM — The … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: The Manly Wade Wellman Award’s prospective eligibility list is announced, and the many things I missed in the January newsletter
Friday, January 3, 2014: As usual, as soon as I click “publish” and “send” on the newsletter all manner of books and events and news come flying in or are finally finalized. Finally. Ish. First, the North Carolina Speculative Fiction … Continue reading
(Early) Friday Quick Updates: The Manly Wade Wellman Award; some writing market and other links; and a special last-minute local author holiday bookstore
Thursday, December 19, 2013: The “Friday” quick updates are coming a day early today, ahead of a segment on 2013 in North Carolina science fiction and fantasy on WUNC’s The State of Things in the noon hour today. Tune in … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday alternatives; another Carolina Book Beat focus on local sf on Monday; and the latest on the regional author holiday book expo next Saturday!
Friday November 29, 2013: While I’m probably somewhere in between the sentiment offered by Shimmer and the most commercial of line-up offerings at the big box stores, I did want to send out a roundup of what’s going on this weekend, … Continue reading