December newsletter: The fourth annual Bull Spec guide to Carolinas science fiction and fantasy, ahead of the first annual regional author holiday book expo this Saturday!Posted: 5 December, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 12. December 5, 2013:
Finally! It’s here! Bull Spec announces the release of the fourth annual guide to regional science fiction and fantasy, covering 2013 in Carolinas (and some friendly neighbors) novels, anthologies, collections, young adult, middle grade, audiobooks, and more. The guide, organized both by format (novel, anthology, audiobook) and genre/age group (fantasy, science fiction, horror, young adult) includes works by Ariel Djanikian, Tony Daniel, David Weber, David Drake, Jay Posey, David Niall Wilson, Jacob Foxx, Alex Cavanaugh, James Maxey, Gail Martin, Tonia Brown, Matt Ross, Danny Birt, J. Michael Shell, Michael J. Sullivan, Maggie Schein, Mindi Meltz, Melissa Scott and Jo Graham, Faith Hunter, John Hartness, Jenna Black, Mur Lafferty, RS Belcher, Diana Bastine, Stuart Jaffe, David B. Coe, Cherie M. Priest, Daniel Wallace, Richard Dansky, Mike Allen, Jason Mott, Alex Wilson, Lewis Shiner, Nathan Ballingrud, Lauren Harris, Kelly Gay, Davey Beauchamp, Hank Davis, Natania Barron, Jason Morningstar, Beth Revis, Megan Shepherd, Author, David Macinnis Gill, Mike Jasper, Bridget Ladd, Alethea Kontis, Nathan Kotecki, L. Jagi Lamplighter, PT McHugh, A.J. Hartley, Ursula Vernon, Gabriel Dunston, Jeremy Whitley, Jason Strutz, Brockton McKinney, Clay Griffith, JM McDermott, Teresa Frohock, Alex Granados, Nancy A. Collins, Gray Rinehart, Jay Requard, Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, Steve White, Eden Royce, and more.
The guide is released in advance of the first annual regional author holiday book expo at Durham’s Atomic Empire on Saturday, December 7 from 3 to 8 pm, which includes nearly 20 of the Carolinas authors from this year’s guide, who will be on hand to sign and personalize their books. So far, the lineup includes: Natania Barron (Geek Mom), Clay and Susan Griffith (Vampire Empire), Matthew Ross (The Secret of Ji), James Maxey (Greatshadow), Nathan Kotecki (The Suburban Strange), Ariel Djanikian (The Office of Mercy), Jay Posey (Three), and more.
Meanwhile! Some publication notes and other news:
- K. B. Sluss, “Lost in Transit” in Daily Science Fiction (K.B. also posted a really nice review of Jason Mott’s The Returned and another of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman)
- In September, Jordan Taylor‘s short story “The Desire of All Things” was published in Shimmer 17
- Alan Watkins’ flash story “Blackout” was published at Dead Mule
- Alex Wilson‘s Writers of the Future winning story “Vestigial Girl” was podcast on Escape Pod back in July, read by Carolinas author Nathaniel Lee
- Durham author Stephen Messer shared a Herald-Sun article on the opening of a new bookstore in downtown Durham
- Local comics news? Yes. Brockton McKinney posts that Ehmm Theory #4 is out now!
- ECGC 2014 is open for registration: http://ecgconf.com/register/
Lastly, I couldn’t stop by too long, but this year’s NC Comicon was a smashing success. Great, lively, costumed crowds, a fantastic lineup of guests and vendors. If I didn’t see you there, and if I won’t see you this weekend at the holiday book expo, will I see you at illogiCon in January?
UPCOMING EVENTS, DECEMBER 2013
3 — Regional book release day for the anthology Kicking It edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (December 3)
NEW: 7 (Saturday) 2 to 4 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a Man v Liver signing with Neil Hinson and Paul Friedrich. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430873870461541/
NEW: 7 (Saturday) 3 to 8 pm — First annual regional author holiday book expo at Durham’s Atomic Empire, with (so far) Natania Barron, Clay and Susan Griffith, Matthew Ross, Bully Pulpit Games, Eryk Pruitt, Ariel Djanikian, Stuart Jaffe, and Bull Spec. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/11/18/monday-musings-a-local-author-holiday-book-fiesta-at-atomic-empire-on-saturday-december-7-and-miscellaneous-news/
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November newsletter: Bull Spec turns 4; NC Comicon this weekend; event updates for 2014; Kickstarters; and morePosted: 7 November, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 11. November 7, 2013:
Well, I had hoped to get the regional holiday book buying guide ready before this newsletter, but I haven’t, and I need to get the November newsletter sent out before its Ides come marching along. So! Look for the guide in the coming weeks and in the December newsletter, and in the meantime, I’ve done a decent (though not complete) job of keeping the 2013 preview updated.
So! Bull Spec launched officially on November 6, 2009, making yesterday the 4-year anniversary. Wow. Just… wow. Thanks to all the writers, artists, readers, and supporters who helped get things started and have kept things going.
Meanwhile, this weekend brings NC Comicon and Comiquest Film Festival to the Durham Convention Center, after the DCC’s October date with The Escapist Expo. It’s a fairly quiet November, events-wise, though I hope at least some folks got out last night to see James Dashner at Quail Ridge Books, and hey, it isn’t every month that a “double the size of last year” Comicon rolls into town.
Local sf in the news! Some links to share since the last newsletter:
- Durham author Nathan Kotecki on Carolina Book Beat in October [link]
- Jeremy Whitley and Tommy Lee Edwards on WUNC’s The State of Things yesterday [link] along with a write-up of the convention by Brian Howe in the current Indy Week
- Diana Bastine and Debra Killeen on Carolina Book Beat in November (no link yet, but should be available soon)
Also new this month, some Kickstarters to tell you about, though both are closer to their end dates than their launch dates so don’t wait too long to check them out:
- As I mentioned in Monday’s quick updates, Bull Spec art director Gabriel Dunston has two weeks to go on his Purgatory Pub (Book 1) Kickstarter, where he’s already collected pledges of $1500 towards his goal of of $3500. The first of a five book graphic novel series on the afterlife, Purgatory Pub asks “What do the Angel and Devil on your shoulders do when they are done harassing you?” and answers “They go to a bar and talk about you.” There’s a 2-chapter PDF preview available as well, so go check it out!
- An interview with Jaym Gates touches on the ongoing Kickstarter for her “War Stories” military sf anthology, which includes SC author T.C. McCarthy, previous illogiCon guest of honor Joe Haldeman, and a further lineup including Maurice Broaddus, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Karin Lowachee, Linda Nagata, Mike Sizemore, and more. Check out both the interview and the War Stories Kickstarter, which is about 75% funded with 7 days to go.
Over at bullspec.com there have been three new “The Hardest Part” guest columns since the last newsletter. Here they are:
- The Hardest Part: Nathan Kotecki on Pull Down the Night
- The Hardest Part: Gail Z. Martin on Deadly Curiosities
- The Hardest Part: Mike Allen on The Black Fire Concerto
Publication notes! I’m sure I’m as usual missing a few this month but:
- Durham author Nathan Kotecki’s second novel, Pull Down the Night, was out early in the month; it is a follow-on to his 2012 debut The Suburban Strange
- Becca Gomez Farrel has a new short story in Beneath Ceasless Skies: “It’s out on Amazon: http://t.co/hMTaUKWdkA and Weightless: http://t.co/43MUyIvw2u as of late last week, I believe. The story should be up for free on Beneath Ceaseless Skies’ website on 10/10. Called “Blow ‘Em Down.” Issue #131, 5th Anniversary Double Issue.”
- Georgia author JM McDermott, who is both a Bull Spec contributor and has come up for one of our Speculative Fiction Nights as well as local conventions, has his two most recent novels (Never Knew Another and When We Were Executioners, in his Dogsland series) now out in audio, and they’re my lead picks in my most recent AudioBookaneers Release Week roundup
- Speaking of new audiobooks, NC author Teresa Frohock’s novel Miserere: An Autumn Tale (reviewed in Bull Spec along with an interview of the author) is also newly out in audio
- John G. Hartness has a new addition to his Black Knight Chronicles series: Paint it Black: 4 (The Black Knight Chronicles)
Lastly this month, some 2014 events news to share:
- Author Laura Anne Gilman is joining the lineup for illogiCon! So, along with guests of honor Mary Robinette Kowal and Lawrence M. Shoen, and already-announced participants John Kessel, Gail Z. Martin, James Maxey, Tony Daniel, Misty Massey, Richard Dansky, Natania Barron, and more, there’s quite a good crowd of fantastic authors converging in Raleigh-Durham on January 10-12.
- As I announced yesterday, Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books will host author Carrie Vaughn, bestselling author of the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series, on Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm, for her forthcoming superhero novel Dreams of the Golden Age, a follow-on to her 2011 novel After the Golden Age.
- Another late-breaking, just-confirmed event to share with you is that Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books will host Wendy Webb for her forthcoming ghost story / occult / haunted house novel The Vanishing on Saturday Feb 1 at 11 am.
- And our regional friends up in Roanoke, VA, MystiCon, have announced John de Lancie, best known as “Q” from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as the media guest of honor for their Feb 21-23 convention.
Whew! See you out and about, -Sam.
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October Newsletter: Maile Meloy, Steven Brust, The Escapist Expo, Nathan Kotecki, Lemony Snicket, and the Wake County Libraries local sf author seriesPosted: 30 September, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 10. September 30, 2013:
Well, September brought readings from David Drake, Susan Cooper, Emily Croy Barker, Clay and Susan Griffith and Natania Barron, Jasper Fforde, and Robin Sloan, and October shows no signs of slowing with Maile Meloy, Steven Brust, Nathan Kotecki, Lemony Snicket, a month-long series of local sf author panels at the Wake County Libraries, The Escapist Expo, and, of course, more. The immediately upcoming events are:
- 1 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Science Fiction panel (one of six in an October series) at the Wake County West Regional Library. With David Drake, Mark L. Van Name, Terrence Holt, and Lisa Shearin. More info: http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/scifiauthors.aspx
- 1 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Maile Meloy for The Apprentices, sequel to her YA/YR debut The Apothecary. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/maile-meloy-apprentices
- 2 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Steven Brust (author of the Vlad Taltos series) for The Incrementalists. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/steven-brust-skyler-white-discuss-sign-their-urban-fantasy-novel-incrementalists
- 2 (Wed) 7 pm — Science Fiction panel (one of six in an October series) at the Wake County Southeast Regional Library. With Ariel Djanikian, Clay & Susan Griffith, and James Maxey. More info: http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/scifiauthors.aspx
- 4-6 (Friday to Sunday) — Second Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center. More info: http://www.escapistexpo.com/
Meanwhile, there’s a slew of news and publication notes that I either missed in August or accrued in September. Here we go:
- Asheville writer Nathan Ballingrud’s collection North American Lake Monsters gets a fantastic review in the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), by John Langan, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Monsters”. The collection is out from Small Beer Press, and Ballingrud was a panelist at August’s Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Reading.
- Three authors with NC ties are on the coming weekend’s NY Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction: Wilmington author Jason Mott’s The Returned debuts at #16; Raleigh author Wilton Barnhardt’s contemporary/historical satire Lookaway, Lookaway debuts at #25; and Asheville native Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is on the list for the third week, at #14
- Durham’s Mur Lafferty was announced as a guest writer at Wofford College’s Shared Worlds in 2014. Earlier, as I reported on Facebook and Twitter on Sep 1, Lafferty won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author at the World Science Fiction Convention. As I wrote up in the following Friday Quick Update: “I’ll join in with the NY Times and BoingBoing in offering absolutely huge congratulations to Mur!”
- Mark Van Name has announced the title of his next Jon and Lobo book: All the Worlds Against Us
- A new Kickstarter was launched — 5 days left — for an all-original anthology, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, which not only has a list of nationally well-known authors (Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, and Peter Clines, with a foreward by Jonathan Maberry) but also a sizable list of authors whose names should be well-known to readers of Bull Spec: Hillsborough’s James Maxey, Chapel Hill’s Natania Barron, and the frequent co-host of the NC Speculative Night event series, Jaym Gates, along with Bull Spec “alumni” Erin Hoffman
- I missed seeing this last month, and now need to scramble to pick up an August issue of Asimov’s which includes a new novelette, Stone to Stone, Blood to Blood by Durham author Gwendolyn Clare — Asimov’s will also be publishing another local author, Raleigh’s Peter Wood, in an upcoming issue
- Lauren Harris published Exorcising Aaron Nguyen (The Millroad Academy Exorcists) in ebook, available on Smashwords and in Kindle, among other places
- Angelic Knight Press published an anthology Manifesto UF with stories from a list of fantastic writers including NC author Teresa Frohock, along with fellow contributors Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Zachary Jernigan, Betsy Dornbusch, and more
- Tor Books released an all-original anthology Shadows of the New Sun which honors the work of Gene Wolfe; in the star-studded list of contributors (Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Michael Swanwick, Todd McCaffery, and Wolfe himself, among others) is Pittsboro author David Drake, with a new story “Bedding” — see an excerpt from the foreward and the table of contents posted at Tor.com
- Zack Smith, who does so much for the Triangle area’s creative community through his coverage at the Independent Weekly and other online venues — see his fantastic recent interview of Richard Kadrey — is the lead story writer in the new issue of the Regular Show comic book, #3, now out in stores from “Kaboom!” comics — check it out and then let Kaboom! know what you think via their contact form
- Gray Rinehart’s stories have been appearing with increasing regularity in places like Analog and Asimov’s, and his new filk album Truths and Lies and Make-Believe is out, both in digital and excellent-looking physical CD formats (cover design by Christopher Rinehart, using photo by Paul Cory, see below)
- The cover for Durham author Monica Byrne’s near-future debut sf novel The Girl in the Road (Crown, May 2014) has been released
- Local authors Mur Lafferty and Richard Dansky both have stories listed in Ellen Datlow’s long list for Best Horror short stories of 2012
- John Kessel was interviewed and featured at Weird Fiction Review: “I think the world is absurd, funny when it is not heartbreaking.”
- And a new novella from Lewis Shiner is out, “Doctor Helios“, out in Subterranean Magazine
Whew! And lastly, hopefully you’ve been enjoying the new Coming to Town features on bullspec.com — to recap, Richard Dansky and I have interviewed Jason Mott, Richard Kadrey, Emily Croy Barker, and Steven Brust — so far! — in this series of interviews with authors coming to town for a reading or other event. Stay tuned for more!
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September Newsletter: Jason Mott and Richard Kadrey in late August, then David Drake, Susan Cooper, Emily Croy Barker, Jasper Fforde, Robin Sloan, and (in October) Lemony SnicketPosted: 26 August, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 9. August 26, 2013:
First off, thank you all for making the August 3 Summer Speculative Fiction Reading such a success! To the authors, our hosts Quail Ridge Books and The Raleigh Review, and of course all of you who came out to join in and support the event, ask questions, and talk books and writing into the wee hours: thank you, thank you, thank you! In terms of other events, the middle of August was fairly quiet, though the month did bring new novels from NCSU professor Wilton Barnhardt (Lookaway, Lookaway, a satirical historical fiction), Greensboro native Emily Croy Barker (The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic), and Asheville native Marisha Pessl (Night Film, a literary mystery) who was in the Triangle area over the weekend.
Secondly, you may notice that there are still a few days left in August and yet here is the “September” newsletter. What gives? Well, there is both an event tomorrow that I found out about since the August newsletter went out, and I wanted to give another round of notice to three other late August events as well:
- NEW: 27 (Tuesday) 7 pm — North Carolina author Jason Mott launches his new novel The Returned at Flyleaf Books. “In this sparely written first novel, poet Mott posits intriguing questions about our uneasy relationship with death. Harold and Lucille Hargrave are stunned to find their eight-year-old son, Jacob decades after the boy’s death by drowning standing on their front porch, along with Martin Bellamy, a government agent for the International Bureau of the Returned.” (Booklist starred review) Update: As part of the event, Durham author Nathan Kotecki (The Suburban Strange) will interview Mott. The novel is also the basis of the forthcoming 2014 ABC series “Resurrection”.
- 27 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts NCSU professor Wilton Barnhardt for his historical fiction satire novel Lookaway, Lookaway (St. Martin’s and Macmillan Audio, August 20). And check your local listings, as Barnhardt has several additional readings in the local and regional area.
- 29 (Thursday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Richard Kadrey for Kill City Blues, the latest in his Sandman Slim series of dark urban fantasy. Kadrey was generous enough to take the time to answer some questions from Durham author Richard Dansky for the first installment of a new Bull Spec web series, “Coming to Town”, featuring authors with book tour stops in the Triangle area: http://bullspec.com/2013/08/26/coming-to-town-richard-kadrey-interviewed-by-richard-dansky/
- 31 (Saturday) 6 pm to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts Signing with LISA HANAWALT & BRIAN RALPH! “Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, we will host Lisa Hanawalt and Brian Ralph on Saturday, August 31, from 6pm until 9pm! Lisa will sign her newest book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes (out now), and Brian will sign his newest book, Reggie-12 (Drawn & Quarterly is getting us copies early for the signing)!”
And September is jam-packed as well, with events with David Drake, Susan Cooper, Ursula Vernon, Emily Croy Barker, Jasper Fforde, Daniel Wallace, Robin Sloan, and more. And, just announced, late October will see Lemony Snicket make a few stops in North Carolina, including at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books. Enjoy, and help spread the word about these events!
UPCOMING EVENTS, AUGUST 2013
NEW: 27 (Tuesday) 7 pm — North Carolina author Jason Mott launches his new novel The Returned at Flyleaf Books. “In this sparely written first novel, poet Mott posits intriguing questions about our uneasy relationship with death. Harold and Lucille Hargrave are stunned to find their eight-year-old son, Jacob decades after the boy’s death by drowning standing on their front porch, along with Martin Bellamy, a government agent for the International Bureau of the Returned.” (Booklist starred review) Update: As part of the event, Durham author Nathan Kotecki (The Suburban Strange) will interview Mott. The novel is also the basis of the forthcoming 2014 ABC series “Resurrection”. Read the rest of this entry »
August Newsletter: Karen Lord, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and more at the August 3rd Summer Speculative Fiction Reading; Richard Kadrey; and (in early September) Susan CooperPosted: 1 August, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 8. August 1, 2013:
August is here, which means after months of planning and preparation the Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Reading is just TWO days away! Award-winning authors and editors, from near (Durham and Asheville) and far (Florida and Barbados) will be coming together for a fantastic event this Saturday, August 3, at Quail Ridge Books, starting at 7 pm. Don’t miss it, or you’ll miss: Karen Lord, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Nathan Ballingrud, Robert V.S. Redick, Will Hindmarch, and Mur Lafferty! — and don’t miss the “meet the authors” reception hosted by the Raleigh Review at their Writers’ Loft after the readings and signings are done.
And speaking of Barbados author Karen Lord, we are definitely making the most of her time here. First up, today (Thursday, August 1) in the noon hour, she joins Frank Stasio on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC’s The State of Things. If you miss it, look for the re-broadcast (both statewide and online) in the evening, or catch the podcast which is usually available by mid-afternoon.
Then, on Sunday August 4, Karen will be at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough for a 3 pm “meet the author” event. And her Monday is jam-packed: at 10 AM she’ll be on the radio again for Carolina Book Beat on WCOM-FM. At 4 pm (refreshments start at 3:30 pm) she’ll be hosted by the Chapel Hill Library for a “Meet the Author Tea” in their Friends of the Chapel Hill Library series. And finally, at 7 pm, she’ll be reading and signing The Best of All Possible Worlds at Flyleaf Books.
Since the last newsletter, there are tons and tons of new events added: Richard Kadrey, Emily Croy Barker, Susan Cooper — the award-winning author of The Dark is Rising — and more. See you out and about!
UPCOMING EVENTS, AUGUST 2013
NEW: 3 (Saturday) 11 am to 5 pm — Ultimate Comics’ 10th anniversary “Ulti-versary Month” kicks-off with a signing event by Chris Giarrusso, creator of G-Man, Mini-Marvels, “and those lovable Image homage covers. Come in from 11am-5pm to meet Chris, get a sketch, and grab some FREE Food & Drinks!” More info: http://ultimatecomics.com/2013/07/ultimate-comics-10th-anniversary/
3 (Saturday) 3 pm — At the Durham County Library’s Main Branch (downtown, Roxboro St), children’s author, educator & musician, John Claude Bemis, the region’s 2013 Piedmont Laureate, will present a program celebrating the art of writing, including his traveling road show of fantasy for young readers, The Nine Pound Hammer, a magically folkloric retelling of the Legend of John Henry.
FEATURED: 3 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts the annual Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event. This year it is an absolutely fantastic lineup with Karen Lord, Nathan Ballingrud, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Robert V.S. Redick, and Will Hindmarch all coming up from the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College, being joined locally by Durham author Mur Lafferty. We had a blast hosting Ann and Jeff back in 2011 and it’s sure to be another great evening. And! From 9 pm to late, The Raleigh Review is hosting an after-reading “meet the authors” reception (also free and open to the public) at their Writers’ Loft. And! See below for more info on additional events with Karen Lord while she is in the Triangle area. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/03/29/announcement-the-third-annual-bull-spec-summer-speculative-fiction-event/
4 (Sunday) 3 pm — The Orange County Library hosts Karen Lord for a meet the author event at its main branch in downtown Hillsborough. More info: http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=6923&EventID=177489
5 (Monday) 4 pm — The newly renovated Chapel Hill Library hosts Karen Lord for a “meet the author tea” event. Refreshments served at 3:30 pm ahead of the event. More info: http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/txp/?s=News&id=896
5 (Monday) 7 pm — Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Karen Lord for a reading and signing of her deep future anthropological sf novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds. More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/karen-lord-caribbean-speculative-fiction-bull-spec
NEW: 10 (Saturday) 2 to 5 pm — Durham’s Atomic Empire hosts a launch party for card game Havok & Hijinks: “I am thrilled to announce that Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina, has kindly agreed to host the Havok & Hijinks Kickstarter Launch Party and, more importantly, you’re invited! Come out on Saturday, August the 10th to meet the Havok & Hijinks development team and spend some time at one of the most amazing gaming stores on the entire east coast. It’s big, well-stocked, and they even have local craft beer for those that like to drink. Festivities will begin right around 2 PM with a build-up to our launch at 5 PM!”
NEW-NEW: 23 (Friday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts NCSU Professor Wilton Barnhardt Debuts ‘Lookaway, Lookaway’.
23-35 (Friday to Sunday) — Atomic Empire hosts an “epic weekend of role-playing” at its first “AtomiCon”. More info: http://z6.invisionfree.com/Scifi_Genre_Forums/index.php?showtopic=9297
24 (Saturday) 2 pm to 3 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Marisha Pessl reads and signs her new novel Night Film. “An inventive–if brooding, strange and creepy–adventure in literary terror. Think Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King meet Guillermo del Toro as channeled by Klaus Kinski.” (Kirkus) More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/marisha-pessl-reads-and-signs-her-new-novel-night-film
NEW: 24 (Saturday) — Ultimate Comics hosts comics writer Jeff Parker: “Meet Jeff Parker, writer of Batman ’66, Hulk, Red She Hulk, Agents of Atlas, Fall of the Hulks, X-Men First Class, Thunderbolts, Dark Avengers and many more titles. Get him to sign your comics, and maybe talk him into doing a sketch (he’s a great artist as well)!” More info: http://ultimatecomics.com/2013/07/ultimate-comics-10th-anniversary/
NEW: 24 (Saturday) 9 pm til late — Pittsboro’s Davenport & Winkleperry hosts the last (for now!) Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Party to close their old location, ahead of an October 1 planned re-opening in a new location. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/614650678550166/
NEW-NEW: 25 (Sunday) 2 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts NYT Bestseller Marisha Pessl – ‘Night Film’.
27 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts NCSU professor Wilton Barnhardt for his forthcoming historical fiction satire novel Lookaway, Lookaway (St. Martin’s and Macmillan Audio, August 20). And check your local listings, as Barnhardt has several additional readings in the local and regional area.
NEW-NEW: 27 (Tuesday) 7 pm — North Carolina author Jason Mott launches his new novel The Returned at Flyleaf Books. “In this sparely written first novel, poet Mott posits intriguing questions about our uneasy relationship with death. Harold and Lucille Hargrave are stunned to find their eight-year-old son, Jacob decades after the boy’s death by drowning standing on their front porch, along with Martin Bellamy, a government agent for the International Bureau of the Returned.” (Booklist starred review) Update: As part of the event, Durham author Nathan Kotecki (The Suburban Strange) will interview Mott.
NEW: 29 (Thursday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Richard Kadrey for Kill City Blues, the latest in his Sandman Slim series of dark urban fantasy. More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/fantasy-writer-richard-kadrey-discusses-kill-city-blues-his-latest-sandman-slim-novel
NEW: 31 (Saturday) 6 pm to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts Signing with LISA HANAWALT & BRIAN RALPH! “Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th Anniversary Festivities, we will host Lisa Hanawalt and Brian Ralph on Saturday, August 31, from 6pm until 9pm! Lisa will sign her newest book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes (out now), and Brian will sign his newest book, Reggie-12 (Drawn & Quarterly is getting us copies early for the signing)!”
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July Newsletter: ConTemporal, Writers of the Future, Alex Bledsoe, Ehmm Theory, Jenna Black, and Can’t Stop the SerenityPosted: 27 June, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 7. June 27, 2013:
I’m sneaking this into the end of June because tomorrow (Friday, June 28) has two noteworthy events to mention before we turn the page into the events of July:
- ConTemporal, the Triangle-area-based Steampunk-centered multi-disciplinary convention for authors, artists, makers, costumers, musicians, gamers, fans, and more, opens its second year, at the North Raleigh Hilton. The “Port” opens at 3 pm, with programming getting started at 5 pm and continuing all weekend.
- Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Jamil Nasir for his new sf novel Tunnel Out of Death (Tor Books), along with local writer Alex Wilson for the publication of the latest anthology from Writers of the Future, which includes Wilson’s prize-winning story. Billed as a “dual reading”, this event starts at 7 pm. [Facebook event]
Speaking of July, though, it’s going to be a fun month, with readings from Alex Bledsoe, Stephen Kiernan, and Jenna Black, a comic book signing — a just-announced July 13 event at Ultimate Comics for Ehmm Theory — and to cap the month off the annual charity event by the NC Browncoats, “Can’t Stop the Serenity” on Sunday July 28. And! It’s a big month for regional speculative fiction, too, with new books from Asheville’s Nathan Ballingrud (his collection North American Lake Monsters is actually out a bit early, and reviewed quite positively by Tor.com), the aforementioned Triangle’s own Jenna Black (Replica), fellow Triangle author Kelly Gay (a short story in the anthology Carniepunk), and Durham writer Jay Posey, whose debut post-apocalyptic novel, Three, will have a local event, but it’s just not scheduled yet as of this writing. Stay tuned! (And don’t stop for too much rest after July, because August is just around the corner, with the big August 3 Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Event at Quail Ridge Books!)
But looking back at June again, one category of thing jumps out at me: podcasts. Here’s a quick rundown of a few to check out from June:
- Getting Paid – Episode #2 – Freelancing and Scoring the Perfect In-House Job by Gabe Dunston: “In this episode I talk with illustrator, Robb Mommaerts. He is the artist behind some of Cryptozoic’s new products such as the Food Fight game and The Lookouts comic.”
- Mating Habits of the Modern Geek – Episode #23 – Hints and the Friend Zone: What You’re Probably Missing by Kelley Hightower: “In this episode, Sean Ryan and I discuss several different hints, clues, and tells for determining if that special someone you have your eye on may feel the same about you…or whether it’s time to stop bothering them. We explore the less-than-erogenous zone that is the Friend Zone, and why to women, Friendship is Magic while men avoid it like the plague.”
- The Shambling Guide to New York City – Chapter 8 by Mur Lafferty — a chapter by chapter podcast of a new audiobook published in late May by Hachette Audio. (More Mur news I can’t resist sharing, among so much: a great write-up from io9, “Now This is the Urban Fantasy Heroine We Want”, and the inclusion of The Shambling Guide to New York City in the LA Times’ summer reading list.)
One last special shout-out this month, for local writer and critic Zack Smith, who is the pen behind the backup story in the next issue of KaBOOM! Studios’ Regular Show comic. Issue #1 sold out in 48 hours, and indeed, Zack is the “handsome devil” (his own words, c’mon, I have to quote them) on the “Next Issue” page of recently-published Issue #2. Congrats, Zack!
UPCOMING EVENTS, 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. Guest of honor Ursula Vernon, along with Lee Martindale, Tom Smith, toastmaster Sal Sanfratello, and more. More info: http://contemporal.org/
28 (Friday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Jamil Nasir for his new sf novel Tunnel Out of Death (Tor Books), along with local writer Alex Wilson for the publication of the latest anthology from Writers of the Future, which includes Wilson’s prize-winning story. [Facebook event]
29 (Saturday) 6 pm to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics will host Lisa Hanawalt on Saturday, June 29, from 6pm until 9pm, when she will sign her new book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes. More info: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=3158UPDATE 7/29: This event has been postponed until the fall.
29 (Saturday) Late to Later — Pittsboro’s Davenport & Winkleperry hosts THE CLOCKWORK BALL: A Steampunk Party.
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June Newsletter: Mur Lafferty, Walter Mosley, Merrie Haskell, Leigh Bardugo, Khaled Hosseini, Free RPG Day, George Takei, ConTemporal, and morePosted: 31 May, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 6. May 31, 2013:
Whew. May was quite a busy month, with: visits from (among others) Mary Robinette Kowal (recap here and Warren Schultz’s video here) and John Scalzi (Calvin Powers posted a video of Scalzi’s reading for those who missed it); Daniel Wallace launched his new book The Kings and Queens of Roam with multiple local events and an interview on WUNC’s The State of Things; comics events with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Lucy Knisley; and the invasion of several hundred cosplayers into downtown Raleigh in the form of Animazement (some photos here). Local comics writer Jeremy Whitley was on WUNC’s The State of Things as well, to talk about the lack of heroic female characters in comics.
Meanwhile, another bumper crop of new books from local authors; whether you are interested in high fantasy, horror/sf/thrillers, a quirky/smart/paranoid take on urban fantasy, or comics collections, you’re pretty much covered:
- Ending (The Laurian Pentology, Book 4) by Danny Birt (Dark Quest Books, May 24) — “Alaris has enacted his continent-spanning plans, and he races against time to get to the ancient tower of mages, Pinnacle, to enact yet more. But Pinnacle is not his ultimate goal: even mage-kind is but a tool to Alaris. How much, then, do mere individuals matter to him?”
- Vaporware by Richard Dansky (JournalStone, May 24) — “Video game projects get shut down all the time, but when the one Ryan Colter and his team have poured their hearts into gets cut, something different happens: the game refuses to go away. Now Blue Lightning is alive, and it wants something from Ryan – something only he can give it. And everybody knows how addictive video games can be…”
- The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, May 28) — “Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human. Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.”
- And Bull Spec art director Gabriel Dunston has a new e-book collection of “selected comics from the first full year of journal comics from my graduation from ECU to the birth of my daughter” — Funny Thing Happened Today (Book 1)
Some other quick news bits:
- Tickets are now on sale for the Raleigh Browncoats’ “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity screening of Serenity on July 28th
- From June 12-19, Hillsborough author James Maxey’s superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl will be promotionally priced at 99 cents on Amazon Kindle, so if you haven’t picked up a copy…
- Local writer (and actor, and…) Alex Wilson is joining the Friday June 28th Jamil Nasir event at Flyleaf, to launch the latest volume of Writers of the Future, which includes his prize-winning story
- Bull Spec poetry editor Dan Campbell has a great non-fiction piece in Interfictions Online, talking Tolkien and Old Norse, on maps and weaving and myths
- Jay Posey writes that he is “excited to be donating portion of proceeds from my novel THREE to Hope For The Warriors®! Deets here.”
- Announcement: author Robert V.S. Redick joins the lineup for the Bull Spec August 3 summer speculative fiction event at Quail Ridge Books
In other Bull Spec news, both The Exploding Spaceship and The Hardest Part web feature series were very active this month, and! the PDF edition of just-released issue #8+9 is also finally out at both Weightless Books ($) and Wizard’s Tower Books (£) — I’m very sorry for not yet getting the PDF issue emailed out to Kickstarter backers, and hope to get to that this weekend. Meanwhile the first review has come in, from Tangent Online.
There are several NEW events below, and the weekend gets off to quite a start on Saturday (June 1) with both a multi-author event in the afternoon (John Claude Bemis, Cate Tiernan) and Mur Lafferty’s book launch party at Chapel Hill Comics in the evening. The month ends with quite a bang as well with the second year of ConTemporal, this year at the North Raleigh Hilton; for those closer to the western regions of the Triangle, there are events at Flyleaf Books and Davenport & Winkleperry to close out the month as well. See you out and about!
May 31 – June 2 (Friday to Sunday) — ConCarolinas in Charlotte, with writer guest of honor Timothy Zahn. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/
NEW: 1 (Saturday) 2 pm — Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis hosts a four-author presentation at the Orange County Library in downtown Hillsborough: “A discussion with four of the Triangle’s most exciting children’s book authors: Frances O’Roark Dowell, Cate Tiernan, Clay Carmichael, and Kelly Starling Lyons. We’ll be talking about our favorite books, how we became authors, stories from our childhoods, and generally sharing lots of inspiration to writers of all stripes. Come and meet these wonderful local authors who write everything from young adult paranormal romance, to middle-grade mysteries, realistic fiction, and picture books. For more information visit Celebrating Children’s Literature with Local Authors.”
1 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a launch party for Durham author Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City, forthcoming in late May from Orbit. More info: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=3107
2 (Sunday) 3:00 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts SUSANNA KEARSLEY, The Firebird. “With a simple touch, she can see an object’s past. All who have wanted it. All who have owned it. All who have stolen it.“
5 (Wednesday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts mystery author WALTER MOSLEY – With Little Green. The book is the latest in Mosley’s Easy Rawlins series; Mosley is also an sf author, most recently with a series of “Crosstown to Oblivion” paired short novels from Tor.
7 (Friday) 8 pm — The NC Symphony hosts “Video Games Live” presenting symphonic performances of video game themes. More info: http://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&viewref=calendar&detailid=1063&eid=1850
8 (Saturday) 2 to 4 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts Tom Batiuk on Saturday, June 8, from 2pm until 4pm, when he will sign The Complete Funky Winkerbean books one and two. More info: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=3120
NEW: 12 (Wednesday) 7 pm — Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop hosts Claude A. Piantadosi for his new non-fiction book on the past, present, and future of the U.S. space program, Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration. More info: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/claude-piantadosi
NEW: 14 (Friday) 7 pm — Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop hosts Merrie Haskell for new new middle-grade fantasy/adventure Handbook for Dragon Slayers, which “mixes magic, mythical creatures, thrilling action, and a wonderful cast of characters.” More info: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/merrie-haskell
14 (Friday) 7:00 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts “Fierce Reads Tour” as “Five fantasy and sci-fi authors join us with their new books! ANNA BANKS, Of Poseidon and Of Triton; LEIGH BARDUGO, Shadow & Bone and Siege & Storm; JESSICA BRODY, Unremembered; EMMY LAYBOURNE, Monument 14 and Monument 14:Sky on Fire; and GENNIFER ALBIN,Crewel.” For ages 12+.
15 (Saturday) — Quail Ridge Books hosts fiction author KHALED HOSSEINI – With And The Mountains Echoed.
15 (Saturday) — Free RPG Day at gaming stores worldwide. “Established in 2007, Free RPG Day works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of gamers.” More info: http://www.freerpgday.com/
27 (Thursday) — A sf-themed even from the NC Symphony: ‘Join George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” of Star Trek fame, as he guides you through the galaxy accompanied by music from E.T., Star Wars, Close Encounters, and,of course, Star Trek.’ Go to http://ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&viewref=calendar&detailid=1019&eid=1752&sdate=6%2F1%2F2013 for tickets.
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. Guest of honor Ursula Vernon, along with Lee Martindale, Tom Smith, toastmaster Sal Sanfratello, and more. More info: http://contemporal.org/
NEW: 28 (Friday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Jamil Nasir for his new sf novel Tunnel Out of Death (Tor Books), along with local writer Alex Wilson for the publication of the latest anthology from Writers of the Future, which includes Wilson’s prize-winning story.
NEW: 29 (Saturday) 6 pm to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics will host Lisa Hanawalt on Saturday, June 29, from 6pm until 9pm, when she will sign her new book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes! More info: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=3158
NEW: 29 (Saturday) Late to Later — Pittsboro’s Davenport & Winkleperry hosts THE CLOCKWORK BALL: A Steampunk Party.
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May Newsletter: Free Comic Book Day, Daniel Wallace, Mary Robinette Kowal, John Scalzi, and Mur LaffertyPosted: 3 May, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 5. May 3, 2013:
Well, it finally happened, the new issue of Bull Spec is actually out in the world! Some of the more remote bookstores I haven’t quite gotten to yet, but subscriber mailings are in USPS’s hands and quite a few Triangle bookstores are “in stock”. It’ll be a few days yet on the PDF edition, but look for an announcement on the website when it’s available. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many supporters at the launch at Atomic Empire as part of NC Speculative Fiction Night as well, and I’m looking forward to reviews starting to trickle in over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile! There are several new books out from local and regional authors last month that I want to make sure to tell people about:
- Bitterwood: The Complete Collection by James Maxey (March 31) — “This omnibus edition collects the original three novels of the critically acclaimed Bitterwood Trilogy, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed, plus the prequel short short story “Tornado of Sparks” that first appeared in the Solaris Book of New Fantasy. As an added bonus, this collection includes a complete, never before published fourth novel set 1000 years before the events of trilogy, Dawn of Dragons.” — That fourth novel, Dawn of Dragons, is also available standalone.
- Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6) by Faith Hunter (Roc, April 2) — “The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.”
- The Heretic (Raj Whitehall) by Tony Daniel and David Drake (Baen, April 2) –An all-new novel in this series, being re-launched through re-issues until: “Humanity settled the stars, only to fall into a catastrophic collapse. On one planet, a single artificial intelligence, a computer program known as Center, found a military genius of grit and daring in Raj Whitehall, and the Galactic Republic rose again.”
- Gnomaggedon by Tonia Brown (April 2013) — “Pack up your dice and character sheets and join us for the release of the goriest, goofiest, gnomeiest novel to ever hit your Kindle. Gnomaggedon has all of the elements of a traditional fantasy with just enough filthy humor and bloody conquest to make you want to wash your hands when you’re done reading it.”
- Rogue Descendant (Nikki Glass, #3) by Jenna Black (Pocket Books, April 30) — “No longer the leader of the Olympians, Konstantin has now gone into hiding. Konstantin is vulnerable, and Anderson believes now is the perfect time to destroy his nemesis. He orders private eye Nikki Glass to use her powers to locate Konstantin, and she balks at the idea until a series of attacks leads her to believe that Konstantin is gunning for her and Anderson instead of remaining safely in hiding.”
- Ending (Laurian Pentalogy, #4) by Danny Birt (Dark Quest Books) — “Alaris has enacted his continent-spanning plans, and he races against time to get to the ancient tower of mages, Pinnacle, to enact yet more. But Pinnacle is not his ultimate goal: even mage-kind is but a tool to Alaris. How much, then, do mere individuals matter to him?“
- … and! Mur Lafferty’s podcast of her forthcoming novel The Shambling Guide to New York City has already gotten started with Chapter One.
And! May is absolutely packed with events, from Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 4th, to readings from Daniel Wallace, Mary Robinette Kowal, and John Scalzi, to more comics events, writing classes, and book discussion groups. Check out what’s going on this month, and spread the word!
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April Newsletter: Tony Daniel and David Drake, and NC Speculative Fiction Night with Bull Spec #8 LaunchPosted: 4 April, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 4. April 4, 2013:
There is a lot to get to in this newsletter, from announcements, to local author publication notes, to new events, so: right to it, then!
- April 23 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics and Games) hosts a World Book Night / NC Speculative Fiction Night / Bull Spec #8 Launch Party event. Special Guests Rich Dansky, Steve Long, Justin Achilli, and Matthew Ross. Bull Spec Magazine Contributors Gwendolyn Clare, Rich Matrunick, Brenda Kalt, Peter Wood and Paul Celmer, and Alice Holleman. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/03/21/announcement-world-book-night-nc-speculative-fiction-night-bull-spec-8-launch-party/
- August 3 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts the annual Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event. This year it is an absolutely fantastic lineup with Karen Lord, Nathan Ballingrud, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and Will Hindmarch all coming up from the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College, being joined locally by Durham author Mur Lafferty. We had a blast hosting Ann and Jeff back in 2011 and it’s sure to be another great evening. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/03/29/announcement-the-third-annual-bull-spec-summer-speculative-fiction-event/
- I thought I would pass along to you that my short story “The Breath Thief” will be appearing in Volume 9, Issue 3 of the Tales of The Talisman, which will be the winter 2013/14 issue. — Karissa B. Sluss, Garner, NC
- Big Pulp is running my story “A Question of Storage” as the cover for the March issue and copies have just hit the stands and ebookstores [Kobo link here]. — John Bowker, Carrboro, NC
- Crowded Magazine‘s debut issue (which includes my short story “Athlete’s Foot”) got reviewed in Tangent Online. “…The story is lighthearted and an entertaining read and I love the way Ferris caught the mindset of [protagonist] Tyler as an athlete desperately trying to stay in the sport he loves; the character is a major strength of the story.” — Bill Ferris, Chapel Hill, NC
- Congratulations to Durham author Mur Lafferty on (again!) being nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer!
- Congrats to Bull Spec poetry editor Dan Campbell, whose short story “All the Distances” has been shortlisted for the 2013 James White Award: http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/archives/795 — additionally, Campbell has a story forthcoming in Something Wicked Volume Two
OTHER HIGHLIGHTED NEW EVENTS:
- April 6 (Saturday) 7 pm — Bull Spec art director Gabriel Dunston is launching his new illustrated children’s book “The Castle on the Crag” at All Fun N Games in Cary, Saturday April 6th from 7pm-9pm (or later): http://www.firelightsmedia.com/2013/03/20/new-book-castle-on-the-crag/
- April 19-20 (Fri-Sat) — The CRDM program at NC State is hosting a research symposium on April 19-20 titled “Emerging Genres, Forms, Narratives—In New Media Environments.” More info: http://crdm.chass.ncsu.edu/sites/symposium/schedule
- May 18 (Saturday) 10 am — Hillsborough author James Maxey will be teaching a class at the Orange County Library in Hillsboroug from 10 til noon called “Behind Every Great Book is a Great Rewrite.” From Maxey: “It’s going to start from the assumption that you’ve managed to write the first draft of a story or novel, and focus on the things that you should look to fix in later draft”
- June 1 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts a launch party for Durham author Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City, forthcoming in late May from Orbit.
Whew! And amidst all this, I hope people enjoyed getting out and about in March, and now I need to get back to those final touches on the next Bull Spec – for if it doesn’t finally finally FINALLY go to the printers REAL SOON NOW, well, I’ll be in a lot of trouble. So… I’ll need to lean on you guys a bit for spreading the word about the launch party on April 23, and about the summer event on August 3, and… well, a lot of things. Thanks for your continued support and interest, and I can’t want to start putting another issue into as many of your hands as possible.
5-21 — NC Science Festival with events statewide. More info: http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/
NEW: 6 (Saturday) 7 pm — Bull Spec art director Gabriel Dunston is launching his new illustrated children’s book “The Castle on the Crag” at All Fun N Games in Cary, Saturday April 6th from 7pm-9pm (or later): http://www.firelightsmedia.com/2013/03/20/new-book-castle-on-the-crag/
9 (Tuesday) 7 pm — B&N of Cary hosts Tony Daniel and David Drake for The Heretic. More info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/78969
13-14 (Saturday-Sunday) — Durham Arts Council’s Spring Art Walk. More info: http://durhamartwalk.com/
18 (Thursday) 7:30 pm — Science and Speculative Fiction Book Club at the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center, held every 3rd Thursday each month. The April book is Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling. More info: http://bit.ly/161TWtK
NEW-NEW: 18-19 (Thu-Fri) Duke University hosts a symposium entitled “Community and Emergent Order in Non-State Spaces” with talks from Kim Stanley Robinson, David Friedman, and Paul Cantor, among others. More info: http://english.duke.edu/news-events/archive/2013/04/15/symposium
NEW: 19-20 (Fri-Sat) — The CRDM program at NC State is hosting a research symposium on April 19-20 titled “Emerging Genres, Forms, Narratives—In New Media Environments.” More info: http://crdm.chass.ncsu.edu/sites/symposium/schedule
19-21 (Fri-Sun) — DeepSouthCon at JordanCon in Roswell, Georgia with guests Seanan McGuire, Eugie Foster, and Michael Whelan, along with the Phoenix and Rebel Awards.
NEW-NEW: 20 (Saturday) 10 am to 5:30 pm — Durham County Library presents its third annual Comics Fest with guests, prizes and activities for children, teens and adults at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road. “This year’s guest cartoonists include Eisner winner Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile), Hugo winner Ursula Vernon (Digger, Dragonbreath), Harvey winner Scott Hampton (The Books of Magic, Batman), Eisner nominee Ben Towle (Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean) and Jan Burger (Uitke and the Magic Penny). Workshops and presentations will cover cartooning basics, visual storytelling and the comic art process from sketch to sales floor.” For details and a complete schedule, visit durhamcountylibrary.org/comicsfest or call 919-560-8590.
NEW: 23 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics and Games) hosts a World Book Night / NC Speculative Fiction Night / Bull Spec #8 Launch Party event. More info: http://bullspec.com/2013/03/21/announcement-world-book-night-nc-speculative-fiction-night-bull-spec-8-launch-party/
24-25 (Wed-Thu) — East Coast Game Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. More info: http://www.ecgconf.com/
25 (Thursday) — Star Trek TNG episodes on the big screen continue on April 25th, with “Best of Both Worlds” parts 1 and 2. More info: http://trekmovie.com/2013/02/04/star-trek-tng-s3-best-of-both-worlds-film-single-discs-coming-april-30th-tng-theater-screening-april-25th/
NEW-NEW: 26 (Saturday) — Last day for the art exhibition Farfetched: Mad Science, Fringe Architecture & Visionary Engineering at NCSU’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design. More info: http://www.ncsu.edu/gregg/exhibitions.html
NEW: 26 (Saturday) 9 pm — Davenport & Winkleperry hosts THE CLOCKWORK BALL: A Steampunk Party: “Attention Pilots of Airships and their Crews, Mad Scientists, Explorers of the Unknown, Admirers of Verbosity, Respecters of the Strange, Those Lost in the Throes of Opium or Absinthe, Teetotalers, Scallywags, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dandies, Fops, and Urchins… Hosted by that darling duo, Emmett Davenport & Lady Nikolai Attercop. They will be spinning Jazz, Blues, Swing, Dark Cabaret, Gypsy Punk, & Dance music from times gone by or times that never were.”
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March newsletter: Ariel Djanikian, David Drake, Nathan Kotecki, A.J. Hartley, Ursula Vernon, and morePosted: 25 February, 2013 | |
Vol 3. No 3. February 25, 2013:
Welcome a bit early to the March newsletter! I’m sneaking this one in ahead of the end of the month to make sure everybody gets a chance to hear about the Office of Mercy reading event tomorrow (Tuesday, February 26!) as new Chapel Hill author Ariel Djanikian debuts her debut novel at Flyleaf Books. And just a few days away, for those not making the commute over to Greensboro-High Point for StellarCon, is David Drake’s signing at new Pittsboro bookstore Circle City Books on Saturday.
Looking back on February (so far!) it’s been quite a busy month, with Kim Harrison, Cory Doctorow, and Brandon Sanderson all bringing in packed, standing-room-only audiences. The Exploding Spaceship logged a report on the Harrison event, and Calvin Powers provided a video of the Doctorow event, and if you have some pictures, audio, or video of anything else going on last month, send it my way.
Meanwhile, there are some new local books which came out in the past few weeks:
- 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology edited by M. David Blake (Rampant Loon/Stupefying Stories, Feb 8) — free e-anthology “Containing 80 complete short stories by 43 different authors, as well as additional information about another 58 potential candidates” for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, including locals Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Mur Lafferty, Rich Matrunick, T.C. McCarthy, and more.
- Six Heirs (The Secret of Ji, #1) by Pierre Grimbert, translated from French by Matthew Ross and Eric Lamb (AmazonCrossing, February 19) — Translator Ross hails from the Raleigh-Durham area; also available in audio, read by Michael Page for Brilliance Audio — “From France’s most celebrated author of fantasy. The Known World is a sprawling region ruled by mortals, protected by gods, and plied by magicians and warriors, merchants and beggars, royals and scoundrels.”
- The Office of Mercy: A Novel by Ariel Djanikian (Viking Adult, February 21) — Debut novel for this new Chapel Hill author: “Weaving philosophy and science together into a riveting, dystopian story of love and adventure, The Office of Mercy illuminates an all-too-real future imagined by a phenomenal new voice in fiction.
- Star Trek: The Original Series: Devil’s Bargain by Tony Daniel (Pocket Books/Star Trek, Feb 26) — “Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Federation mining colony Vesbius, a frontier settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event, threatening the lives of all the colonists and the disruption of ore production vital to Starfleet. However, the colonists refuse to abandon this settlement, not wanting to leave their claims. It is after these irrational decisions that Spock suggests that perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission….”
And for the impatient, here are some highlights from some of the NEW events below:
- NEW: February 26 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Ariel Djanikian reads from her science fiction novel The Office of Mercy.
- NEW: March 2 (Saturday) 11 am — McIntyre’s Books hosts Ariel Djanikian discusses her dystopian love story, The Office of Mercy.
- NEW: March 2 (Saturday) 2 pm — David Drake will be at Circle City Books in Pittsboro to sign the new paperback edition of The Road of Danger and read from a forthcoming work.
- NEW: March 9 (Saturday) 3 to 4 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts: “Two NC authors share their visions of the strange with us on Saturday, March 9, at 3 p.m. Nathan Kotecki brings us The Suburban Strange.
- NEW: March 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts A. J. HARTLEY – With Children’s Fantasy Darwen Arkwright & The Insidious Bleck.
- NEW: April 9 (Tuesday) 7 pm — B&N of Cary hosts Tony Daniel and David Drake for The Heretic.
- NEW: May 29 (Wednesday) — Quail Ridge Books hosts JOHN SCALZI – Hugo Winner With The Human Division at 7:30 pm.
- NEW: June 27 (Thursday) — A sf-themed even from the NC Symphony: ‘Join George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” of Star Trek fame, as he guides you through the galaxy accompanied by music from E.T., Star Wars, Close Encounters, and,of course, Star Trek.’
- NEW: July 28 (Sunday) — The annual NC Browncoats “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity screening of Serenity at the Raleighwood Cinema Grill.
- NEW: August 3 (Saturday) 7 to 9 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts the annual Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event. This year it is an absolutely fantastic lineup with Karen Lord, Nathan Ballingrud, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and Will Hindmarch all coming up from the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College. We had a blast hosting Ann and Jeff back in 2011 and it’s sure to be another great evening.
NEW: 26 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Ariel Djanikian reads from her science fiction novel The Office of Mercy. Author Djanikian now calls Chapel Hill home, so let’s get out to welcome this new local author! Here’s a Facebook event to pass around: https://www.facebook.com/events/539125676117811/
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