Friday, July 29, 2011

Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: August 2011

Vol. 1, No. 3, August 1, 2011:

Welcome to the August events and announcements newsletter from Bull Spec, a few days early for updates and new events right at the turn of the calendar, the new events being a pair of events at Quail Ridge Books on Sunday and Tuesday. There's also a pair of new September local author book launches, for Lewis Shiner's Dark Tangos and Clay and Susan Griffith's The Rift Walker: Vampire Empire, Book 2. Meanwhile, Bull Spec Issue #6 will be in stores early next week, and is already online at both bullspec.com and e-retail at Weightless Books and Wizard's Tower Bookstore.



NEW: 30 (Saturday): Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games celebrates its 5-year anniversary with cake and gaming, and by openings its doors (and shelves) to local authors. Short ceremony at 2 pm. More info: http://scifigenre.com/store/eventViewer.aspx?nEventID=1129

*!* 30 (Saturday), 7 pm (musical guests at 6 pm): Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, SJ Chambers, Ekaterina Sedia, Durham author Mur Lafferty, Greenville artist Scott Eagle, Winston-Salem writer Nadine Wilson, and a few surprises for the release of the VanderMeer co-edited anthology The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, as well as to talk about the recently released book The Steampunk Bible. The musical guests are the Davenport sisters, the folks behind the weekly Steampunk radio show Clockwork Cabaret. Update: One of the artifacts of Lambshead's Cabinet, a Jake von Slatt creation, will be debuted at the event. More info: http://bullspec.blogspot.com/2011/05/cabinet-of-curiosities-literary.html

NEW: 30 (Saturday), 9 pm to after Midnight: The Gaslight Ball: A Steampunk Party at historic downtown Pittsboro's Davenport & Winkpleperry. $5 admission. More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=240963939266216

NEW! 31 (Sunday), 3 pm: Whether you're coming in from out of town for the CABINET event or, well, just happen to live here anyway, Quail Ridge Books is hosting Ransom Riggs for a reading and signing of his debut novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at 3p. Billed by USA Today as “[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs.” and marketed as mainstream fiction for ages 12 and up, it's  already both a NY Times bestseller and optioned as a feature film by 20th Century Fox. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/ransom-riggs-chilling-miss-peregrines

NEW: 2 (Tuesday), 5 pm: Quail Ridge Books: Maggie Stiefvater brings her novel Forever, "her thrilling conclusion to the #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy, on Tuesday, August 2, at 5 p.m. In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. InLinger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Werewolves rule! For ages 12 and up." More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/maggie-stiefvater-forever

2: Local author book release: The Mark Van Name-edited anthology The Wild Side: Urban Fantasy with an Erotic Edge includes a story from Van Name as well as local contributor Gina Massel-Castater. From Baen. More info: http://www.webscription.net/p-1422-the-wild-side-urban-fantasy-with-an-erotic-edge-arc.aspx

NEW: 5-7 (Friday to Sunday): Burlington: An unofficial (yet Joss Whedon approved) charity staging of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166829343373509

15: Local author book release: Rebecca Rowe's new science fiction novel Circle Tide to be released by EDGE Science Fiction.

NEW: 27 (Saturday), 11 am: Speculative fiction author Allen Wold, who lives in Durham, N.C., and has published more than a dozen novels, will speak at an Avant-garde Writers event at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Danville, Va., public library auditorium.

27 (Saturday), 3 pm: Launch party for Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis's closing book in his Clockwork Dark trilogy, The White City, at the Public Market House in downtown Hillsborough. More info: http://johnclaudebemis.com/2011/04/launch-party-for-the-white-city/

NEW: 27 (Saturday), 11a-5p: Ultimate Comics hosts the next in their NC Comicon signing series, this one a huge (HUGE!) spread of local creators. Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF), John Mahoney (LAST MORTAL), Firetower Studios (ORDER OF DAGONET, PRINCELESS), Brockton McKinney, and Angi Shearstone (BloodDreams).

NEW: 28 (Sunday), 2-3 pm: Bemis at Flyleaf Books for The White City. More info: http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/john-claude-bemis-presents-conclusion-his-clockwork-dark-trilogy-and-our-august-flyleaf-summer

*!* 30 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Bestselling author of The Magicians, Lev Grossman, to be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on his tour in support of the sequel, The Magician King. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/lev-grossman-reads-his-new-novel-magician-king

31: Local author book release: Lewis Shiner's new novel Dark Tangos to be published by Subterranean Press. More info: http://www.subterraneanpress.com/index.php/2011/05/02/announcing-dark-tangos-by-lewis-shiner/

6: Local author book release: David Drake (with John Lambshead) starts a new SF space opera series with Into the Hinterlands. From Baen. More info: http://david-drake.com/2011/hinterlands/

NEW: 7 (Wednesday), 7 pm: Local author Lewis Shiner reads from and signs his new novel Dark Tangos. More info: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/lewis-shiner-1

7 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: Bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes to Quail Ridge Books on his tour in support of his forthcoming Legends of Shannara book, The Measure of the Magic.

NEW: 15 (Thursday), 7:30 pm: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith launch book two of their Vampire Empire series, The Rift Walker, and Quail Ridge Books. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/clay-susan-griffith-rift-walker-vampire-empire

20: Local author book release: Pyr to publish The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire: Book 2) by Raleigh's Clay and Susan Griffith. Sequel to last November's The Greyfriar.

27: Local author book release: Random House Books for Young Readers to publish The Death of Yorik Mortwell by Durham's Stephen Messer. More info: http://stephenmesser.com/?page_id=119

1: Local author book release: John Kessel’s next anthology for Tachyon, Kafkaesque, collects “Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka”, including stories from JG Ballard, Terry Bisson, Borges, Paul Di Filippo, Jeffrey Ford, and more. More info: http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html

5-6 (Saturday and Sunday): NC Comicon at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. Also check out theirsummer signing series which has June 25 and July 16 events already scheduled.

15 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books hosts Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow, to present her latest novel Doc, a retelling of the life of "Doc" Holliday.

3: Local author new edition: The David Drake onmibus Voyage Across the Stars collects his Hammer’s Slammers novels Cross the Stars and Voyage. From Baen. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451637717

13-15: New local SF convention illogiCon (January 13-15, 2012) in Raleigh with literary guest of honor Joe Haldeman. More info: http://illogicon.com/

31: Local author book release: Solaris Books to publish the first book in a new fantasy series from Hillsborough author James Maxey, which starts with Greatshadow.

MARCH 2012
2-4: StellarCon (March 2-4, 2012) in High Point with literary guest of honor Patrick Rothfuss. More info: http://stellarcon.org/

JUNE 2012
1-3: ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) in Charlotte with writer guest of honor Jack McDevitt. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/

21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Raleigh with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest. More info: http://contemporal.org/

A trio of forthcoming first novels from local authors without confirmed release dates:
  • Jay Requard: The Night from Apex-based Peak City Publishing, Late 2011. "This new dark fantasy story takes place in Tarinthol, a world fueled by action, magic, intrigue, and dark plots." More info: http://jayrequard.blogspot.com/
  • Natania Barron: Pilgrim of the Sky from Candlemark & Gleam, Late 2011. "A novel that might be best described as mythpunk. With elements of fantasy, science fiction, Romantic poetry, steampunk, and multiverse theory, well, it isn’t exactly the sort of book that finds a comfortable little niche to sit in." More info: http://pilgrimofthesky.com/
  • JL Hilton: Stellarnet Rebel from Carina Press, early 2012. "A science fiction romantic thriller." More info: http://jlhilton.com/stellarnet-rebel/


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