Friday Quick Updates: Richard Dansky’s Vaporware; Animazement; and (this Wednesday) John Scalzi

Friday Quick Updates for Friday, May 24, 2013:

Durham author Richard Dansky‘s new novel Vaporware is now out from JournalStone! Congrats, Rich. I’ve been re-posting a few of the blurbs and guest posts and interviews about the book over on the Bull Spec Facebook and Twitter pages, so go check out this book about a video game project that refuses to be cancelled.

Locals Mark Van Name, Mur Lafferty, and Meagen Voss (among others) are heading up to Baltimore for Balticon this Memorial Day weekend, but here in Raleigh there’s the anime-centered convention Animazement:


Which brings crowds, directors, producers, writers, guests, and voice actors (and more) to the area.

In terms of other imminently upcoming events, there’s a big one on Wednesday as bestselling and Hugo Award winning sf author John Scalzi visits Quail Ridge Books. The event starts at 7:30 and officially concludes with a signing, but I know at least a few of us will be heading out for a quick nightcap after. (Fairly quick as it is a Wednesday, after all.)

And next Saturday (June 1) there’s a pair of events to check out. In the afternoon, Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis hosts a four-author young readers roundtable, with Frances O’Roark Dowell, Cate Tiernan, Clay Carmichael, and Kelly Starling Lyons. And on Saturday evening, Chapel Hill Comics hosts a launch party for Durham author Mur Lafferty’s new novel, The Shambling Guide to New York City, which comes out this Tuesday.

Almost lastly, one bit of fun news I announced yesterday is that fantasy author Robert V.S. Redick is joining the lineup for the summer speculative fiction event on Saturday, August 3 — it’s going to be a fantastic event so make sure you get it onto your calendars! (And it’s on the handy handout flyer, at the bottom of the post, perfect for sharing…)

Lastly, a big congratulations to The Raleigh Review on their Summit Award for their cover art and design. Rob and his team are great ambassadors for the voice of Raleigh in national literary fiction, and big supporters of Bull Spec, so, hey, again, congratulations to The Raleigh Review.


May 24-26 (Friday to Sunday) — Animazement, an all-volunteer, fan-run anime convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, celebrating popular Japanese visual culture in all of its forms. More info:

May 24-27 (Friday to Monday) — BaltiCon, a science fiction convention in Baltimore, Maryland with guests Joe Haldeman, Nnedi Okorafor, T.C. McCarthy, and others, and Triangle-area participants Mark Van Name and Mur Lafferty. More info:

May 29 (Wednesday) — Quail Ridge Books hosts JOHN SCALZI – Hugo Winner With The Human Division at 7:30 pm. [Facebook event]

May 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.”

JUNE 2013

May 31 – June 2 (Friday to Sunday) — ConCarolinas in Charlotte, with writer guest of honor Timothy Zahn. More info:

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:

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.”



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