Friday, September 30, 2011

Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: October 2011

Vol. 1, No. 5, October 1, 2011:

Welcome to the October events and announcements newsletter from Bull Spec, this time just a day early for two last-minute September 30 reminders. The first is Durham author Stephen Messer's event tonight at 7 PM at Durham's Regulator Bookshop, to launch his new book for young readers, The Death of Yorik Mortwell. The second is the Bull Spec Year 3 Kickstarter fundraiser campaign, which ends today at 5 PM: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/830202652/bull-spec-year-three

Still up for grabs are signed book sets from local authors David Drake, Lewis Shiner, Mur Lafferty, and James Maxey, along with story critiques from Kij Johnson, original artwork from previous issues of Bull Spec, and more. Thanks to the amazing support so far, we've broken the $2,000 barrier, and I can't thank everybody enough for their support and for spreading the word about the campaign.

There's also a huge list of NEW events, from events for writers to finalized book release dates, to a slate of new readings and panels, some of which are this first weekend in October. Enjoy!



30 (Friday) 7:00 pm Durham author Stephen Messer will read from and sign copies of his new children’s novel, The Death of Yorik Mortwell, a mock-Gothic tale about Yorick, son of the Gamekeeper at Ravenby Manor, who meets an untimely demise. The ghostly Yorick haunts the manor and discovers many otherworldly creatures that inhabit the grounds, and that he has a part to play in saving not only his still-living orphan sister but also the manor and everyone in it. Messer is the author of a previous children’s novel Windblowne. More info: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/stephen-messer-0


NEW: Oct 1 (Sat), 2-4 pm: Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce a signing with CreatureBox (Dave Guertin and Greg Baldwin)We’ll have copies of Spider Island: I ♥ New York, which features an 8-page Spider-Kitty story with art by CreatureBox. It’s got fantastic art, and it’s just four bucks! We’ll also have copies of the Ratchet and Clank paperback collection, since CreatureBox illustrated the covers for the series! http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=1428

NEW: 1: The Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest will open to entries starting on Oct. 1st: http://www.williamledbetter.com/contest.htm

NEW: 2 (Sunday), 2-4 pm: John Kessel will be on a panel discussion of "The Writing Process" with the noted writers Sharon Ewell Foster, Lewis Shiner and Anna Jean Mayhew, moderated by D.G. Martin of NC Bookwatch. The panel will be from 2-4 pm at the North Regional library of the Wake County Library system, on Harps Mill Road off Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh. Free and open to the public.

NEW: 4 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: John Kessel will be giving a reading at Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC. The reading will be at 7:30 in Norris Theater on the Louisburg campus. Free and open to the public.

NEW: 5 (Wednesday), 7:00 p.m. -- The Winston-Salem Writers presents Teresa Frohock, author of Miserere: An Autumn Tale, at the Forsyth County Public Library, 660 West Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC. This event is open to the public.

NEW-NEW: 7 (Friday), 7 pm: Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis reads from The White City, the last book in his The Clockwork Dark trilogy from Random House Books for Young Readers, at The Regulator Bookshop: http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/event/john-claude-bemis

NEW: 8 (Saturday), 10 am: James Maxey: “How to get past the first chapter and finish your novel,” at the Orange County Main Library on Saturday October 8 at 10am.

NEW-NEW: 10 (Monday), 7-8 pm: Join author Mark Van Name as he talks about “Characters and Setting” in your writing as part of the Wake County library's "Readers to Writers Workshop" series. This one at the West Regional Library: http://www.wakegov.com/images/Library/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D96406577

NEW 15 Pittsboro by Gaslight https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174427262623261

18 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Regulator Bookshop: Durham author Stephen Messer will be part of a two children's authors in one (though I would argue he is a middle grade / young reader author to be specific!) for his September 27th published book The Death of Yorik Mortwellhttp://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/stephen-messer-kathleen-churchyard-two-childrens-authors-one-program

NEW-NEW: 18 (Tuesday), 7-8 pm: Continuing the Wake County "Readers to Writers" writing workshops, Mark Van Name talks "Plot & Conflict" at the Eva Perry Regional Library: http://www.wakegov.com/images/Library/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D96373397

NEW-NEW: 19 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm: Clay and Susan Griffith talk "Plot & Conflict" as part of the Wake County "Readers to Writers" writing workshop series, at the Cameron Village Regional Library: http://www.wakegov.com/images/Library/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D96392404

NEW: Oct 22 (Saturday), 5-7 pm: Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that we will host a signing party for The Zombie Hunters Book One on Saturday, October 22nd from 5pm until 7pm. Come by and pick up the first collection of this zombieriffic webcomic and get in the mood for a spooky Halloween! Have your book or poster signed by creator Jenny Romanchuk and talk to her about creating, publishing, and marketing a successful webcomic! http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=1465


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.

NEW-NEW: 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books hosts L.E. Modesitt, Jr. for a reading of his upcoming novel Scholar (Tor, Imager Portfolio series).

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.

NEW-NEW: 26 (Saturday), 9 pm to midnight: The Blotter Magazine is celebrating its 100th issue with a Barbecue Bash from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Pinhook, 117 W. Main St.DurhamNC. Storm Front, http://www.stormfrontlive.com, and The Gonzo Symphonic Presents,http://www.facebook.com/#!/thegonzosymphonicpresents, will perform. The public is invited. The Blotter Magazine, www.blotterrag.comexists to nurture underground, outsider literature and art, and to provide it to a wide audience. Our mission is to encourage and support new writers and artists. We hope to see you there.


NEW: 7 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books: John Kessel and Ruth Gross for "An Evening with Franz Kafka and Friends", including Kessel's newest anthology, Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka -- http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html

NEW: 9 (Friday) at 7:00 pm: Quail Ridge Books: Cassandra Clare brings us her latest, Clockwork Prince.  In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting.Clockwork Prince is the sequel to Clockwork Angel, and part of theInfernal Devices trilogy.  For ages 12 and up.  Cassandra Clare is best known for her hugely popular Mortal Instruments series. SIGNING LINE TICKET EVENT - receive a signing line ticket with the purchase of any of Cassandra Clare's books. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/cassandra-clare-ya-novel-clockwork-prince

UPDATED: 13: Local author new novel: 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/

NEW-NEW: 31 (Saturday) 9 pm to 1 am: Pittsboro's Davenport and Winkleperry hosts a New Year's Eve Clockwork Cabaret Steampunk Masquerade: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179760945440352


UPDATED: 2: Local author new novel: JL Hilton: Stellarnet Rebel from Carina Press, early 2012. "A science fiction romantic thriller." More info: http://jlhilton.com/stellarnet-rebel/

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/


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