Friday Quick Updates for May 17, 2013:
Two events tomorrow (Saturday), the first for writers, at 10 am, as 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 drafts”.
Also tomorrow (Saturday) Chapel Hill Comics hosts a signing with Lucy Knisley, from 1 to 3 pm: “We’ll have copies of Relish, as well as her previous memoir, French Milk, and copies of the Adventure Time comics for which she has provided stories! Here is our Facebook page for the event if you want to RSVP or invite your friends!”
If you missed Mary Robinette Kowal’s reading (and shadow puppet show!) at Quail Ridge Books last Friday, there’s a full video courtesy of the Geek Field Guide’s Warren Schultz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGrZbjm9t5A&feature=youtu.be
Speaking of the Geek Field Guide, there are 6 days left in their IndieGoGo campaign. They’ve got a long way to go to reach all of their goals, but will be going to Europe to take lots and lots and lots of very big pictures. More info, and some example photo sets including some real beauties of Duke Chapel: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geek-field-guide
Speaking of fundraising, local writer Lauren ‘Scribe’ Harris has a story in a Kickstarter-funded anthology which recently kicked off: “A new steampunk anthology and RPG from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!” More info: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034531507/the-ministry-initiative-steampunk-role-playing-and
There’s also two upcoming “online” events featuring local authors, both on Wednesday May 22. First, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) will be participating in a live chat on Shindig.com, and second, starting at 9 pm, Nathan Kotecki (The Suburban Strange) will be on Reddit for an AMA, in the /r/IAmA subreddit.
And speaking of Mur, two notes. One is that she’s posted the 3rd chapter of her free podcast of her forthcoming novel The Shambling Guide to New York City, and I’ve been hosting a Listen-a-Long of the episodes on The AudioBookaneers; check out the very, very nice starred review from Booklist, and subscribe to the podcast, and of course get your pre-orders ready! The second is that she’s just provided a very nice blurb for fellow Durham author Richard Dansky’s imminently forthcoming novel Vaporware: “A meticulous image of the real games industry so detailed that you’ll just assume the supernatural must be part of it. So immersive it makes you want to go check on that video game your spouse is spending so much time with…”
Whew! That’s quite a bit for quick updates, so other than apologizing for the slow emergence of the PDF edition for Bull Spec #8, on to the full list of upcoming events, followed by an updated web and print handout flyer. Cheers, and I’ll see you out and about!
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”
NEW: 18 (Saturday) 1 to 3 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts Lucy Knisley for a signing of her graphic novel memoir, Relish. “We’ll have copies of Relish, as well as her previous memoir, French Milk, and copies of the Adventure Time comics for which she has provided stories.” More info: http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=3006
21 (Tuesday) 7 pm — RTSFS book discussion group. Currently they are discussion this year’s Hugo Award nominees for best novel. Location: Barnes & Noble at The Streets at Southpoint shopping center, 8030 Renaissance Parkway Suite 855, Durham, NC 27713.
29 (Wednesday) — Quail Ridge Books hosts JOHN SCALZI – Hugo Winner With The Human Division at 7:30 pm.
NEW: 30 (Thursday) 7 pm — The Regulator Bookshop hosts Ian Baucom for Through the Skylight: “two tantalizing tales magically intertwine, crossing cultures and spanning centuries as three kids set out to save the lives of three others—who just happen to live in the Middle Ages! A stone lion roars….A sleek black cat speaks….A faun leaps from the canvas of a painting….When Jared, Shireen, and Miranda are each given one glittering gift from an old Venetian shopkeeper, they never fathom the powers they are now able to unleash; they never expect that their very reality is about to be utterly upended. Danger, it seems, has a way of spanning centuries.”
May 31 – June 2 (Friday to Sunday) — ConCarolinas in Charlotte, with writer guest of honor Timothy Zahn. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/
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
NEW: 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.“
[For more upcoming events, see the newsletter or the attached flyer.]