Two events, one flyer: Cory Doctorow and Brandon Sanderson

Operation wallpaper-the-town for two big-time events this month:

February 16 (Saturday) 2 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Cory Doctorow for Homeland, sequel to Little Brother. More info:

February 20 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm – Quail Ridge Books again hosts best-selling author Brandon Sanderson, this time for the conclusion of The Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. In addition, special guest Harriet McDougal will be joining Sanderson for the event. More info:

Here’s a 2-event flyer image to share:


And here are printable PDF flyers in color:


And grayscale:


OK, I lied. I do have another “flyer”, the current handout sheet:


Which looks like this:


Except the PDF is in grayscale.

Updated mid-November Flyer

Here’s the latest handout flyer, updated for mid-November distribution at NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center. Day 1 was a huge success, and Day 2 is just getting underway:

But! Don’t print that, instead pick either the bw or color PDF. Also, I updated the holiday guide to include a few things that running into some folks at NC Comicon helped jog back into my memory. (Zack Smith’s digital comic, and the comic anthology Shakespeare Shaken which has multiple local contributors.)

November newsletter: Granados, NC Comicon, Cherie Priest, and more

Vol 2. No 8. November 2, 2012:

This weekend there are three events kicking off a busy month of November, which brings Cherie Priest back to the Triangle for her new book, another chance to catch Durham author Nathan Kotecki, and features NC Comicon in Durham:

Before I get to the events calendar, a few bits of rapid-fire news:


PS: As usual, a handout flyer for the November+ highlights, in color and grayscale.


3-4 (Saturday to Sunday) — Ultimate Comics hosts a 24 hour comics day event from Nov 3 Sat to Nov 4 Sunday noon to noon; participants will full 24-page comics in 24 hours. More info:

4 (Sunday) 2 pm — Alex Granados reading and signing his debut novel Cemetery Plot at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro:

NEW: 5 (Monday) 7 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts Cinda Chima for a reading and signing of her young adult fantasy novel The Crimson Crown, the fourth and final novel of her Seven Realms series. More info:

9 (Friday) — Granados at The Storetellers Bookstore in Wake Forest, during the town’s Art after Hours event.

NEW: 9-12 (Friday to Monday) — The Rocky Horror Show at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, presented by Pauper Players. Tickets:

NEW: 10 (Saturday) 11 am — McIntyre’s Books hosts Ilie Ruby for her second novel, The Salt God’s Daughter, “Imbued with a traditional Scottish folktale and hints of Jewish mysticism”. More info:

NEW: 12 (Monday) 7 pm — Durham author Nathan Kotecki visits The Regulator Bookshop for a reading and signing of The Suburban Strange. More info:

12 — Local author new novel: J.L. Hilton’s Stellarnet Prince, sequel to January’s Stellarnet Rebel, to be published by Carina Press.

13 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm — Granados at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books.

15 (Thursday) 7 pm — Granados at Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop.

NEW-NEW: 16 (Friday) 6:30 pm: (Non-genre event) McIntyre’s Books hosts bestselling Norwegian thriller novelist Jo Nesbo. More info:

NEW: 17 (Saturday) 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Morgan Keyes for a reading and signing of new “ages 10 and up” fantasy novel, Darkbeast. More info:

NEW-NEW: 17 (Saturday) 8 to 10 pm — Pittsboro’s Davenport and Winkleperry hosts a book release party for “A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex” with local contributors:

17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) — NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center with a long list of guests:

NEW: 19 (Monday) 6:30 pm — Local author Mark L. Van Name will host a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) related writing workshop at the Cameron Village Library.

NEW: 28 (Wednesday) 6 pm: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss his non-fiction book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer at Duke University’s Page Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required and will be available through the Duke Box Office starting November 7. Visit for more information:

NEW: 30 (Friday) 7 pm — Cherie Priest returns to the Triangle, as Flyleaf Books hosts a reading and signing from her forthcoming Clockwork Century novel, The Inexplicables. More info: [Facebook event]

NEW: 30 (Friday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Allie Condie for Reached, the conclusion of the #1 NYT bestselling “Matched” trilogy, a YA dystopia. More info:


NEW-NEW: 1 (Saturday) 5 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a My Little Pony comic book release party. More info:

NEW-NEW: 5 (Wednesday) 6:30 pm — Fullsteam Brewery hosts a screening of the locally-produced short horror film, Foodie. More info:

NEW-NEW: 9 (Sunday) 2 to 10 pm — The 3rd annual Bull Spec / RTSFS Holiday Party in Durham. (If you can’t see the Facebook event, join the RTSFS mailing list, or Facebook group, or friend Sam on Facebook, or just email me.) For more info:

NEW-NEW: 13 (Thursday) 6 pm — The Orange County Main Library hosts four local authors (Alex Granados, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Gray Rinehart, and James Maxey) for original “winter tales”. More info:

NEW: 15 (Saturday) 4 to 7 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a Geek Mom book event, with local contributor Natania Barron among other guests.

NEW-NEW: 31 (Monday) 9 pm til late — Davenport and Winkleperry host The Clockwork Ball to ring in the New Year, Steampunk style. More info:


11-13 (Friday to Sunday) — illogiCon 2 will be held at the Embassy Suites of Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle on January 11-13, 2013, with writer guest of honor Tim Powers and webcomic guest of honor Garth Graham, and toastmaster Mark L. Van Name:


NEW-NEW: 2 (Saturday) 3 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts NY Times bestselling “True Blood” author and NC native Kim Harrison for Ever After, the latest in her Hollows series.

NEW-NEW: 16 (Saturday) 2 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Cory Doctorow for Homeland, sequel to Little Brother. More info:

NEW-NEW: 20 (Wednesday) TBD pm – Quail Ridge Books again hosts best-selling author Brandon Sanderson, this time for the conclusion of The Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. More info:

JUNE 2013

27-30 (Thursday to Sunday) — ConTemporal 2013 at the North Raleigh Hilton, beginning with the Thursday evening guest of honor dinner and continuing all weekend, as this Steampunk-themed convention is back for a second year. More info:


(See above the calendar for PDF links more suitable for printing.)

September handout flyer, v1.

While I’m soon to pull the trigger on the full September newsletter, here’s the handout flyer of highlights for September and early October. It’s a busy month ahead!

Update: Corrected an inaccurate listing. Andy Duncan’s reading at NCSU is on Sep 12 at 7:30, not Sep 19 at 7. See you there!

(Don’t print the JPG! There’s a handout-2012-september-v1 (color) and handout-2012-september-v1-bw (grayscale) PDF for that!)


4 Chapel Hill Comics hosts sf and horror author Scott Sigler for a reading from his Galactic Football series and graphic novel Infected. 7 pm.

9 Raleigh’s Tir Na Nog hosts “NerdMusik!” with Mikey Mason, Danny Birt, and more. 6 to 8:30 pm.

12 North Carolina State University hosts author Andy Duncan for a special reading event. 7:30 pm.

13 Quail Ridge Books hosts Clay and Susan Griffith for a reading and signing of The Kingmakers: Vampire Empire 3. 7:30 pm.

14-16 The Escapist Magazine presents the first Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center.

20 Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theater hosts Neil Gaiman and other storytellers as part of The Unchained Tour. Tickets online and at Flyleaf Books. 7:30 pm.

20 Durham’s Motorco Music Hall hosts award-winning author Junot Díaz for a reading. Tickets online and at The Regulator Bookshop. 7:30 pm.

21 Flyleaf Books hosts fantasy author Brent Weeks for book 2 of Lightbringer, The Blinding Knife. 7 pm.

24 Flyleaf Books hosts epic fantasy author Steven Erikson for book one in his new Malazan prequel trilogy, Forge of Darkness. 7 pm.

1 Quail Ridge Books hosts Michael Chabon for a reading and signing from his forthcoming non-genre novel Telegraph Avenue. 7:30 pm.

9 Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for a reading and signing from her new collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees. 7:30 pm.

Event flyer for Sunday’s Flyleaf Books reading with T.C. McCarthy and Michael J. Sullivan!

OK. Let’s see these flyers posted all over the Triangle, please?

Event flyer for Sunday August 5 Flyleaf Books hosts T.C. McCarthy and Michael J. Sullivan

Color PDF: orbit-2012-august-v1

Black and white PDF: orbit-2012-august-v1-bw

Facebook event link:

If handing out or stacking on a giveaway table, the handout PDF handout-2012-july-v4 (b/w version: handout-2012-july-v4-bw) are still the way to go. Thanks guys!

Event flyer, mid-July update

While there are more events going on than fit onto one page just now, here’s the current event handout/flyer. Spread it far and wide!

View this document on Scribd

Bull Spec Dragon*Con Flyers

Happy trails, all you fine folks heading to Dragon*Con! Here are some flyers which will help you keep track of the Bull Spec contributors and interviewees and such, though there’s more even than I had room to list:



So please! Print, post, share! And come by The Missing Volume in the Marriot Marquis dealer room to check out a copy of Bull Spec!

edit: Yipes! I forgot a big event which is happening tomorrow (Saturday): the Parsec Awards! The finalists list includes Durham author Mur Lafferty’s “Marco and the Red Granny”, the fiction podcast she edits (Escape Pod), and her excellent “I Should Be Writing” podcast as well. (And her daughter’s “Princess Scientist’s Book Club” podcast!) This year’s ceremony details are: “The 2011 Parsec Awards ceremony will be held on September 3rd at DragonCon. The event will be in Hyatt Regency V Ballroom, the same place it has been for the past several years. The doors will open at 4pm, and the ceremony will begin around 4:30, or when we are able to get things set up, whichever comes later.” And there will be a cash bar reception in the same location after the ceremony.

WorldCon fun! Just not for Sam.

Well, I see a long contrail (ha ha) of “See you guys, I’m off to World Con!” so it must be that time again: time to live vicariously through others, and try to get the word out about Bull Spec. First, I hope you all have a great time. No, really, I do.

Secondly, some flyers! I’ve lately enjoyed peeking at the participants lists of these conventions and noting how many folks can be found in the pages of Bull Spec. This time, I spy, with my little eye, 10 — count ‘em, TEN! — such folks at World Con:

  • Lou Anders (interviewee, issue #4)
  • Lev Grossman (interviewee, issue #6)
  • Joe Haldeman  (interviewee, issue #3)
  • Daniel M. Kimmel (“Them!”, issue #5)
  • Mur Lafferty (review of The Wolf Tree, issue #6)
  • Nick Mamatas (“Oh, Harvard Square!”, issue #4, and a growing list of reviews)
  • Tim Pratt (“Hell’s Lottery”, issue #5)
  • Brandon Sanderson (interviewee, issue #3)
  • Jonathan Strahan (interviewee, issue #5)
  • Jacob Weisman (interviewee, issue #3)
And what I wanted to do was put together a BINGO sheet and have folks scavenger hunt their way to prizes via stalking and forcing these folks to sign said sheets. Well, we’ll skip the forcing and go straight to stalking and the prizes. This flyer is double-sided. The first side is for me. The back side is for you — easy reference to the published panel schedules for the above folks. (And a few extra things.)

And here’s a color version of the first page, suitable for posting on walls, doors, etc. You know, generally wallpapering, etc.:

Now, what this doesn’t have is the long list of “Friends of Bull Spec” or even the full list of contributors who will be out there. M. David Blake (“Absinthe Fish” in issue #5) is heading to Reno, as is Preston Grassmann (“Cael’s Continuum” in issue #5, along with an interview with Hannu Rajaniemi in the same issue), and I’m sure there are more. But, sadly, you don’t have to collect them all. You just have to find Marc (M. David Blake) and ask him nicely, and, while supplies last, he will have some Bull Spec goodies for folks.

So: enjoy! Print! Share! Have a blast, and good luck also to all the Hugo and Campbell nominees! (Particularly including Bull Spec contributors Lou Anders, Jonathan Strahan, Lev Grossman, Kij Johnson, and Brandon Sanderson. But, yeah, all of you.)

So many, many things.

First, a “fall” flyer is here, which stretches from mid-September through November. Contents are basically:

FALL 2010

12 McIntyre’s Books hosts Warren Rochelle for a reading and signing of his new novel The Called
21 Duke University hosts William Gibson for a local stop on his tour promoting his new novel Zero History

22 Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for a reading and signing of his new young adult novel Behemoth, sequel to Leviathan
26 Mark Van Name reads from and talks about his new science fiction novel Children No More at The Regulator Bookshop; author’s proceeds donated to Falling Whistles, a child soldier rehabilitation charity

12 Clay and Susan Griffith will read and sign their upcoming novel The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire at Quail Ridge Books
16 Cate Tiernan will read and sign her new young adult novel Immortal Beloved at The Regulator Bookshop

Not listed there is NC Comicon on 13-14 November in Morrisville. When there’s a little more room off the top, I’ll get a new flyer put together, hopefully to include the Bull Spec #3 launch and a few more things in the works along the local rumor mill.

OK. Second! Bull Spec #3 has cover art, and Firetower Studios’ Jason Strutz is the source. He’s posted a nice little walkthrough of starting with a sketch and building it into the finished piece:

You can see how far he came from my original!

Hm. I’m sure there was more to mention when I sat down…

September 2010 events flyer.

The flyers seem to be a fairly popular little thing, so here is the September 2010 Local Events/News flyer. It is a PDF file which you may and probably should print out a bunch of times and put everywhere.



1 Michael Jasper’s contemporary fantasy webcomic In Maps and Legends (art by Niki Smith) returns with a new issue
2 Mark Van Name reads from and talks about his new science fiction novel Children No More at Quail Ridge Books; author’s proceeds donated to Falling Whistles, a child soldier rehabilitation charity
7 Quail Ridge Books hosts bestselling epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson for a reading and signing of his new novel The Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive, Vol. 1
12 McIntyre’s Books (Fearrington Village) hosts Warren Rochelle for a reading and signing of his new novel The Called
21 Duke University hosts William Gibson for a local stop on his tour promoting his new novel Zero History


And look for Bull Spec #3 in late September!

And the current list of local stores in which you might find Bull Spec:

The Regulator Bookshop
Sci-Fi Genre
Barnes & Noble (Southpoint)
Barnes & Noble (New Hope Commons)
Ultimate Comics (9th St)
Gothic Bookshop
Sweets & News (Northgate)

Internationalist Books
Chapel Hill Comics
Ultimate Comics (Farrington Rd)
Flyleaf Books

Barnes & Noble (SE Maynard)

All Fun & Games

Quail Ridge Books
Foundation’s Edge
Capitol Comics
Game Theory
NCSU Catalyst

Story Teller’s Book Store


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