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Monday miscellany: call for winter short stories for charity; the Odyssey workshop announces winter classes; and the Piedmont Laureate Program seeks candidates for its short fiction award

Posted on 2013-11-11 at 19:15 by montsamu

Monday, November 11, 2013: Here I'm just going to put out three unrelated things that I've been meaning to write about but just haven't found the time or space to do so.


First, and this one's a long, long time in coming, with a hat tip to Pete Wood for sending along this call for stories, on behalf of Triangle Radio Reading Service:

Triangle Radio Reading Service is planning a "Local Writers' Christmas/Winter Stories" program
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Release Day: Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Posted on 2013-10-15 at 20:50 by montsamu

A very happy release day indeed to Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="280"] Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
by Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss
Abrams Image (October 15, 2013)[/caption]

"This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps

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Friday Quick Updates: Lisa Hanawalt and Brian Ralph, David Drake, and Susan Cooper

Posted on 2013-08-30 at 15:11 by montsamu

Friday, August 30, 2013: Wow, what a week. Readings from Wilton Barnhardt, Marisha Pessl, Jason Mott, and (last night) Richard Kadrey, and now it seems the area is emptying of its creative critical mass as people head variously to DragonCon (Clay and Susan Griffith, Gail Z. Martin, Natania Barron, Laura Haywood-Cory, AJ Hartley, Gray Rinehart, Glennis LeBlanc, Davey Beauchamp, John Hartness, Jay Requard, and Bull Spec's own The Exploding Spaceship, Gerald and Angela Blackwell, among many others), WorldCon (

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Friday Quick Updates: Shared Worlds authors in Asheville this weekend; Jay Posey (Tuesday); and next weekend's Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction Reading!

Posted on 2013-07-26 at 21:14 by montsamu

Friday, July 26, 2013: For those following along from nearer Asheville and points in the western half of North Carolina (and further) there's a spectacular event this weekend (Sunday, July 28) at Asheville's Malaprop's Bookstore, featuring six sf/f authors: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shared Worlds Reading & Signing. Beginning at 3 pm, the event features Karen Lord, Robert V.S. Redick, Will Hindmarch, Nathan Ballingrud, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.


If those names seem familiar, which they should!, it's nearly the

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Reminder: Jenna Black at Flyleaf Books and Lydia Netzer at Quail Ridge Books tomorrow, Thursday, July 25

Posted on 2013-07-24 at 19:53 by montsamu

As I mentioned in the last Friday Quick Update, tomorrow (Thursday, July 25) sees two readings of note in the Triangle area; pick one and head out! (Because picking both would be hard...)

First up, at 7 pm: Flyleaf Books hosts local author Jenna Black for her new novel Replica, first in a new series set in near-future NYC. More info:

Shine Shine Shine

Next, at 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts author Lydia Netzer for the new paperback edition of Shine Shine

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Friday Quick Updates: new and upcoming events including Jenna Black, Lydia Netzer, Jay Posey, and (in September) Susan Cooper

Posted on 2013-07-19 at 20:57 by montsamu

Friday July 19, 2013:

First off, as I've updated the July Newsletter with them, here are some newly-added events coming up in the next few months. And no, it's not a typo that one of the events is for one Susan Cooper, author of the beloved children's fantasy series The Dark is Rising.


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Friday Quick Updates: Ehmm Theory, Urban Garden Performing Arts, Jenna Black, Jay Posey, and in just a few short weeks the Bull Spec summer speculative fiction event!

Posted on 2013-07-12 at 17:17 by montsamu

Friday July 12: Hopefully a bunch of you turned out for Alex Bledsoe at Flyleaf Books on Wednesday, and Stephen Kiernan at Quail Ridge Books yesterday! Before I get onto the upcoming events (Saturday's Ehmm Theory signing at Ultimate Comics being the next), some quick local news bits:

  • Monica Byrne's "What Every Girl Should Know" to play the NYC Fringe Festival as reported by IndyWeek's Byron Woods: "After its award-winning premiere in 2012, WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW, Durham playwright Monica Byrne’s
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Sam on Carolina Book Beat, Monday July 8 at 10 AM

Posted on 2013-07-08 at 1:57 by montsamu

Whew! Sorry for a lot of radio silence from me of late; bought a new house (don't worry -- it's still in Durham of course) and took a long-planned family vacation, which with two kids running amok was not particularly restful, and then have been dealing with moving and then cleaning and fixing up the old house for sale, etc. I know I have a ton of emails and Tweets and other various messages (luckily no subpoenas of yet) to get to and respond to. So much to do! But first...

I was on Carolina Book Beat to

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Comics events updates

Posted on 2013-06-29 at 12:58 by montsamu

The Chapel Hill Comics event with Lisa Hanawalt for My Dirty Dumb Eyes originally scheduled for Saturday June 29 has been postponed until the fall. But! They've added a Saturday, July 6 My Little Pony comic event with cover artist Elena "Yamino" Barbarich.

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Friday Quick Updates: Studio Ghibli, George Takei, ConTemporal, Jamil Nasir and Alex Wilson, and The Clockwork Ball

Posted on 2013-06-22 at 1:50 by montsamu

Friday, June 21: It's quite a week NEXT week, with George Takei leading a musical trip through science fiction at the North Carolina Symphony ahead of year two of the Steampunk convention ConTemporal, a joint event with Jamil Nasir and recent Writers of the Future winner Alex Wilson, and another Clockwork Ball at Davenport & Winkleperry. And, starting this weekend at Durham's Carolina Theatre, is Part 2 of The Studio Ghibli Collection film series, starting tonight with Kiki's Delivery Service and Pom Poko a

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