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"Friday" Quick Updates, Thursday Morning Edition: new Piedmont Laureate James Maxey this afternoon, Stephen Hren tonight, MWWA nominations open, and other news and events

Posted on 2015-01-22 at 16:19 by montsamu

Thursday, January 22, 2015: Two events today of interest and some big news to pass along merit a early edition of Friday Quick Updates this week.

First, at 3:30 pm, Chapel Hill Public Library hosts a Meet the Author Tea with newly announced Piedmont Laureate for Speculative Fiction, James Maxey. I'm looking forward to what Maxey does with this fantastic platform this year, as he'll be tapped for a series of blog posts and appearances throughout the region, throughout the year. (Speaking of Maxey, he has

Posted in Friday Quick Updates | Tagged james maxey, manly wade well, piedmont laureate, stephen hren

Friday Quick Updates: Julia Elliott tonight, The Caroling Dead opens this weekend, A Browncoat Christmas on Sunday, three readings from Fred Chappell, crowdfunding roundup, and more

Posted on 2014-12-05 at 18:20 by montsamu

Friday, December 5, 2014: Readings, dark holiday comedy, and more await you, oh Triangle-area reader, starting tonight with multiple "Best Books of the Year" listee Julia Elliott at Durhams Regulator Bookshop at 7 pm for her collection The Wilds. If you missed her conversation with Bill Verner for's "Coming to Town" series, here's a pull-quote from one of Bill's questions: "medically induced human molting or lovelorn robots". I'm looking forward to it.

Starting tomorrow and running every

Posted in Friday Quick Updates | Tagged fred chappell, julia elliott, kickstarter

Friday Quick Updates: NC Speculative Fiction Night is tomorrow!

Posted on 2014-11-21 at 18:29 by montsamu


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See you tomorrow at Quail Ridge Books!

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Friday Quick Updates: William Gibson tonight, NC Comicon next weekend, James Maxey's Bad Wizard countdown sale, and more

Posted on 2014-11-07 at 18:44 by montsamu

Friday, November 7, 2014: Ever since seeing Zack Smith report about it for Indy Week's fall arts preview, I've been looking forward to tonight: William Gibson will be at Motorco in Durham! Presented by The Regulator Bookshop, less than 40 tickets remain for this 7:30 reading, talk, and signing so: get your tickets, invite your friends (each ticket is good for two people, after all), and see you there! To whet your appetites, a pair of local interviews are available including Richard Butner's for Bull Spec (

Posted in Friday Quick Updates | Tagged james maxey, motorco, nc comicon, stacey cochran, the raleigh review, william gibson, zelda lockhart

Friday Quick Updates: The Escapism Film Festival this weekend along with plays and musicals and comedy, John and Carole Barrowman announced as NC Comicon headliners, a free writing workshop, and more

Posted on 2014-09-19 at 15:34 by montsamu

Friday, September 19, 2014: Who's up for a show? You have your pick between film, stage, musical, and comedy performances tonight, with The Escapism Film Festival, Little Green Pig's HMLT, and North Raleigh Arts' Xanadu playing through the weekend. Some of the Escapism lineup? Ice PiratesThe Princess BrideMad Max Beyond ThunderdomeThe Neverending StoryThe Last of the Mohicans, and The Last Unicorn. Yup, it's set to be a fun weekend, though watch out for parking in downtown Durham as it's also Center

Posted in Friday Quick Updates | Tagged John Barrowman

Friday Quick Updates: Charles Soule, Teen Author Summer Slam, Maggie McNeill, book clubs, the Baen Writers Bootcamp, and more

Posted on 2014-08-15 at 13:37 by montsamu

Friday, August 15, 2014: Like clockwork, once the newsletter goes out, events I missed come to mind or come pouring in. While I've updated the online newsletter with these "NEW-NEW" August events, here they are:

  • NEW-NEW: 15 (Friday) 8 pm — Michael D. Acosta’s film Devolve Babylon to show at Geeksboro Cinema in Greensboro. Recently selected into the Eastern North Carolina Film Festival, DVDs are available at:
  • NEW-NEW: 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm — The RTSFS book club discusses John Scalzi’s Red
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Friday Quick Update: Manly Wade Wellman Award nominations close TONIGHT, Monica Byrne reading tomorrow, and! ConTemporal is coming

Posted on 2014-06-13 at 15:1 by montsamu

Friday, June 13, 2014: Today is the last day for nominations for the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award, which close tonight at midnight! If you are or were a member of illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, or ConGregate, you are eligible to vote; if you haven’t, please fill out the registration form and I will get your e-ballot to you right away.

Tomorrow, Durham author Monica Byrne is reading at McIntyre's Books at 11 am. She was on WUNC's "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio yesterday, discussing her

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Friday Quick Updates: ConCarolinas, The Manly Wade Wellman Award, Carolina Book Beat, MakerFaire, and more

Posted on 2014-05-30 at 17:24 by montsamu

Friday, May 30, 2014: Whew! A sold-out ConCarolinas is upon us, and quite a few folks are heading to Charlotte to see George R.R. Martin, Tommy Lee Edwards, Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, A.J. Hartley, Misty Massey, and too many others to list. I'll see people bright and early on Saturday at the 9 AM Breakfast and Books panel -- do bring some "show and tell" for the new books you'd like to recommend!

Meanwhile, nominating ballots have finally started going out (and coming back in) for the 2014 Manly Wade

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Friday Quick Updates: DeepSouthCon in Bristol this weekend, new event listings (Maker Faire, Serenity, John Scalzi) and more

Posted on 2014-05-17 at 0:56 by montsamu

Friday, May 16, 2014: DeepSouthCon opened today and continues all weekend at new convention ConTrails in Bristol, Virginia ("the bit that sticks out over Tennessee") with guest of honor Gordon Van Gelder, the legendary editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and artist guest of honor Charles Vess. Meanwhile, as always, I missed quite a few things in the May newsletter, which I've updated with "NEW-NEW" event listings including Maker Faire NC (June 7), the annual "Can't Stop the Serenity

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Friday Quick Updates: Spirits to Enforce, The Festival of Legends, Alena Graedon, Jen McConnel, and Clay and Susan Griffith

Posted on 2014-04-25 at 14:59 by montsamu

Friday, April 25, 2014: There's a packed weekend and week ahead for the Triangle area, with plays, festivals and jousting, book events, new books, and more. While quite a few locals are heading up to RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia this weekend, quite a few more will be at Chapel Hill's Storybook Farm on Saturday and Sunday for the third annual Festival of Legends, featuring jousting and other fighting demonstrations, live music and other entertainment, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and more. (Including

Posted in Friday Quick Updates | Tagged alena graedon, festival of legends, jen mcconnel, ravencon

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