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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: November 2011

Vol. 1, No. 6, November 1, 2011:

Welcome to the November events and announcements newsletter from Bull Spec! This time, a bit late instead of early. But there's plenty to talk about this month, starting with NC Comicon this weekend and continuing through author events, new books, and more author events in November and December. A couple of things which I'd hoped to have ready for this newsletter but aren't quite there are: 1. the second Bull Spec teen writing contest will begin soon 2. I will get a local author holiday gift guide together fairly soon as well, covering the books published this year by local authors. Look for details in the near future on the blog. Also, very (very) soon (I hope!) Bull Spec #7 will be published. One of these weeks...


Lastly, I cannot fail to mention that -- thanks to all of you -- the Bull Spec Year 3 Kickstarter was a great, great success. We raised over $2000, and I've finally got the ball rolling on getting the rewards into your supporting hands. Thank you, yet again.



-Sam

Update: 1-page PDF flyer available here.

NOVEMBER

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. Event on December 7 at Quail Ridge Books (see below). More info: http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html


1: The Kickstarter "pre-order" campaign for local author Natania Barron's debut novel Pilgrim of the Sky kicked off and is already off to a great start: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/candlemarkandgleam/print-release-of-pilgrim-of-the-sky?ref=live

5-6 (Saturday and Sunday): NC Comicon at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. A big lineup of artists and writers, a well-stocked dealer room, and more. A recent spot on NBC 17 is worth watching: http://nccomicon.com/?p=640 and there's a Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151473324943296


NEW: 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts L.E. Modesitt, Jr. for a reading and signing for Scholar, his newest fantasy novel: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273997142640391

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: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/mary-doria-russell-sparrow-author-doc

NEW-NEW: 18 (Friday), 6 to 8 pm: Gerry Canavan presents "Shipwrecked Passengers on a Doomed Planet" as part of Duke Univsity's Literature Grad Student Colloquium. "I’m presenting from chapter three of my dissertation, on ecology and apocalypse in 1970s and post-1970s science fiction[.]" More info: http://gerrycanavan.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/111811-shipwrecked-passengers-on-a-doomed-planet/

NEW: 26 (Saturday), 9 pm to late: The Gaslight Ball: A Steampunk Party at downtown Pittsboro's Davenport & Winkleperry: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233637586690915

NEW: 29 (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."

DECEMBER


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


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


13: Local author new novel: Natania Barron, Pilgrim of the Sky from Candlemark & Gleam. "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: 31 (Saturday), 9 pm to late: Downtown Pittsboro's Davenport and Winkleperry host The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade to usher in the New Year: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179760945440352


JANUARY 2012

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: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11511696-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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