Friday Quick Updates: book deals, new books and audiobooks, and new and upcoming events including a 5-author YA panel on Monday!

Friday, February 19, 2016: Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since the newsletter went out, yet somehow I don’t have a huge pile of corrections and missed items to pass along. I do have some “new new” things, and I’ll start with a pair of fantastic pieces of news:

  • NC State graduate and Baen Books editorial assistant Christopher Ruochhio Tweeted his Publisher’s Marketplace announcement of a “very nice” 4-book deal, his first, with Betsy Wollheim of DAW Books, for a new science fiction series to begin with The Murdered Sun: The Sollan Mosaic, Book One, pitched as “Patrick Rothfuss in space, in which humankind’s war with an alien race will create either the greatest mass murderer the universe has ever known, or its greatest savior.” Look for it (under a new title) in 2017!
  • Raleigh author Peter Wood announced the sale of his Boone-based SF story “Academic Cirlces” to Asimov’s. Congrats, Pete!

There’s also been some new books and audiobooks since the newsletter went out:

Detroit Christmas Performance 

  • Though it’s been available directly from the Baen website for some time, the Detroit Christmas radioplay is now out at Audible, featuring a huge list of local voice actors (Lex Wilson, Gray Rinehart, on and on).
  • Lisa Shearin’s 8th Raine Benares novel, Wedding Bells, Magic Spells, is out from NLA Digital.

A couple of other bits of book news this week as well. I mentioned Jay Requard’s forthcoming collection of Manwe the Panther stories coming from new Charlotte publisher Falstaff Books, but little did I know it was coming so soon. Thief of Shadows: Manwe the Panther, Volume 1 is already up for pre-orders, with a March 1 release date.

 TCC front cover

Speaking of pre-orders, Henry Vogel is giving Amazon’s Kindle Scout program another try, with a new novel called The Counterfeit Captain. “My tag line is: Lost among the lost, can she save them all? My book description is: Losing consciousness as her starfighter bleeds air, Captain Nancy Martin expects a lonely death. Instead, she awakens in a cavernous, empty docking bay. When she is mistaken for the vast ship’s mythical Captain, Nancy finds herself allied with ship native Sko against the enemy who attacked her starfighter. Soon, Nancy is on the run from her enemy, unaware of the far greater menace who controls the ship. Can the counterfeit captain unravel the ship’s mystery before her opponents destroy her?”

Before I get to the full upcoming events listings, I have two new events to pass along. First up, just across the weekend from today on Monday, February 22 is Magic and Mayhem: 5 Young Adult Authors at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh. “Join Young Adult authors Leigh Statham (THE PERILOUS JOUNREY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL), Jennifer Jenkins (NAMELESS), Julie Reece (THE ARTISANS), Vicki L. Weavil (CROWN OF ICE), and Jen McConnel (DAUGHTER OF CHAOS) for a night of Magic and Mayhem! There will be a Q&A panel followed by a book signing.”

 

Further ahead, another new event to pass along with great excitement: bestselling Ready Player One author Ernest Cline is coming to Flyleaf Book on Tuesday, April 19, on his tour for the paperback release of his second novel, Armada. This is going to be a packed bookstore and likely a fairly festive crowd, and I’m sure some of us will be hanging around for some post-signing line shenanigans in the area.

OK! Random stuff time!

  • This week’s Baen Books Free Radio Hour podcast features the usual host, Wake Forest author and Baen Books editor Tony Daniel, with four local guests: editorial assistants (and former interns) Christopher Ruochhio and Christopher Cifani, current intern Rachel Mintel, and! Wake Forest neuroscientist Dr. Tedd Roberts discusses his Baen.com nonfiction article “Are We Just Wired Differently”. Pretty nifty episode this time, guys. (Meanwhile, also mentioned is that the e-ARC for Pittsboro author David Drake’s next RCN novel Death’s Bright Day is now available as well.)
  • Pittsboro author Ursula Vernon went on an epic Twitter rant about The Potato Apocalypse that, well, you have to read to believe
  • VG247.com has the latest among the fantastic pre-release reviews for Durham author Richard Dansky’s latest game development projects, Tom Clancy’s The Division, which is currently in open beta until Monday, Feb 22
  • Musician Tom DeLonge Tweeted an excerpt from his foreword to his and Charlotte author A.J. Hartley’s forthcoming Sekret Machines
  • Durham author Nathan Kotecki announced both that he’s been accepted into NC State’s MFA program for the coming fall and that he’s going to be teaching a summer writing camp for 10-15 year olds at Duke School from June 13-17

All right, one last thing before the upcoming events listings. This is an event, too, but it’s just a bit outside my usual purvey here in the Triangle and its surrounds: Columbia, South Carolina is hosting the inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival this weekend (February 18-21) with Durham author Richard Dansky, Asheville author Nathan Ballingrud, and South Carolina author Julia Elliott among the authors. (And you can even catch them all in once place for at least one panel.)

Lastly, here are those upcoming events listings:

UPCOMING EVENTS, FEBRUARY 2016

NEW-NEW: 22 (Monday) 7 pm — Magic and Mayhem: 5 Young Adult Authors at the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh. “Join Young Adult authors Leigh Statham (THE PERILOUS JOUNREY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL), Jennifer Jenkins (NAMELESS), Julie Reece (THE ARTISANS), Vicki L. Weavil (CROWN OF ICE), and Jen McConnel (DAUGHTER OF CHAOS) for a night of Magic and Mayhem! There will be a Q&A panel followed by a book signing.”

23 — NC author book release day for Invader Moon by Rob Shelsky (Permuted Press).

25 (Thursday) 7 pm — The Regulator hosts A Community Conversation on Climate Change with Jedediah Purdy and “After Nature”. (Non-fiction.)

27 — NC author book release day for Zapheads: Blood and Frost by Scott Nicholson and Joshua Simcox (Haunted Computer Books)

26-28 (Friday to Sunday) — MystiCon 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia, with guest of honor George R.R. Martin.

NEW: 27 (Saturday) 2 pm — The Orange County Public Library presents Thrifty Lit: An Homage to Library Book Sales, an Author Panel with authors James Maxey, Samantha Bryant, and Katy Munger.

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