Friday Quick Updates: Wilton Barnhardt, AtomiCon, Marisha Pessl, Jeff Parker, Jason Mott, and Richard Kadrey

Friday, August 23: Whew. It’s been a bit since I last put together the time to update, and this one’s just in time for a packed schedule coming up including new historical fiction satire from NCSU professor Wilton Barnhardt, the first AtomiCon, literary terror from Marisha Pessl, comics writer Jeff Parker, NC author Jason Mott’s speculative debut, Richard Kadrey — and that’s before next Friday comes around. Early September will see David Drake launch a new novel, a visit from The Dark is Rising author Susan Cooper, and more. Whew! Stay tuned… Meanwhile in publishing news, Charlotte Author Gail Z. Martin’s Ice Forged: Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Book 1 — published in print/ebook early this year — was just published in audio.

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UPCOMING EVENTS, AUGUST 2013

NEW-NEW: 23 (Friday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts NCSU Professor Wilton Barnhardt Debuts ‘Lookaway, Lookaway’, an historical fiction satire.

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’. (See above for August 24 event at Flyleaf for more info on the book.)

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).

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)

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)!”

SEPTEMBER 2013

NEW-NEW: 3 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Barnes & Noble of Cary hosts David Drake for a discussion/signing of his new book Monsters of the Earth (Books of the Elements, #3) on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm.

NEW: 4 (Wednesday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Susan Cooper, the Newbury Medal winning author of The Dark is Rising, for her new historical fiction novel for young readers, Ghost Hawk. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/newbery-medalist-susan-cooper-ghost-hawk

NEW-NEW: 7 (Saturday) — The annual Bookmarks Literary Festival in Winston-Salem, with a long list of participating authors including Jason Mott, Robin Hobb, Deborah Harkness, Megan Shepherd, Leigh Bardugo, and more. More info: http://bookmarksnc.org/

NEW-NEW: 7 (Saturday) — McIntyre’s Books hosts Wilton Barnhardt – Lookaway, Lookaway: A Novel.

NEW-NEW: 8 (Sunday) 3 pm to 5 pm — Book launch party for local author Jon Batson’s latest sf novel, MARS QUAKE. “Tasty treats, wine, cool prizes and give-aways. When astronomer Dana Wright thinks she has seen writing on Mars, she needs to look through a larger telescope. Senate aide Tom Matthews is willing to investigate it with her, but knows it is not writing but buildings, made by intelligent beings. How does he know? ADDRESS: Bosetti Art Tile – 1201 W Lenoir St, Raleigh, NC 27603.” More info: http://mars-quake-book-launch-party.eventbrite.com/

NEW-NEW: 8 (Sunday) 3-4 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Sarah J Maas discusses her new young adult fantasy novel Crown of Midnight.

NEW-NEW: 9 (Monday) 6:30 pm — The Barnes & Noble of Cary hosts Teen Fantasy author Sarah Maas, who has written a series Throne of Glass about a young female assassin. Her new book in the series is Crown of Midnight which she will introduce to her readers.

[See the most recent newsletter for further-ahead events including newly added events from Ursula Vernon, Jasper Fforde, and Lemony Snicket.]

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