Upcoming fiction readings: selections from the full event listings for books without spaceships or ghosts

As I mentioned in last week’s roundup of upcoming young reader events, in looking over the newsletter event listings, I didn’t see many “grown up” speculative fiction readings in the coming months — other than of course Monica Byrne’s paperback launch of The Girl in the Road on February 17 and the Wake County Library “Let’s Talk Sci-Fi” series in March. While the picture changes quickly when you turn your focus on middle grade and young reader books, it’s even more crowded if you turn your attention to “mimetic” fiction. So! Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming soon for mystery, historical, literary, and other fiction readers: [Note: one or more of the novels may!? have a ghost, which may or may not exist only in the mind(s) of one or more characters. Close ’nuff.]



10 (Tue) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Charles Belfoure – ‘The Paris Architect’. (Fiction.)

10 (Tue) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Chapel Hill native Nic Brown discusses In Every Way, his new novel set in Chapel Hill and Beaufort. (Fiction.)

11 (Wed) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Melissa Pimentel discusses her novel Love by the Book, with a free drinks/appetizers reception at Lucha Tigre at 6:30 pm. (Fiction.) Read the rest of this entry »


Upcoming events for kids: selections from the full event listings for young readers

In looking over the newsletter event listings, I don’t see many “grown up” speculative fiction readings in the coming months — other than of course Monica Byrne’s paperback launch of The Girl in the Road on February 17. But the picture changes quickly when you turn your focus on middle grade and young reader books. So! Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming soon for the young and young at heart.



5 (Thursday) 5 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Raul Gonzalez – ‘Lowriders in Space’ — “Artist Raul Gonzalez (currently exhibiting in downtown Raleigh) is aka Raul the Third. But kids who pour over his work as illustrator for Cathy Camper’s Lowriders in Space will know him as awesome.  Lowriders merges Spanish, a bit of astronomy, and car lore for an out-of-this-world adventure.  Young (and maybe not so young) fans of graphic novels will love his drawing program, with a demo, activities, and advice for budding artists, ages 7+.  See what you can create with just a pen.” (Kids.) Read the rest of this entry »

News: Flyleaf Books to host Ann VanderMeer on Monday, April 21!

Fantastic news, everyone! On Monday, April 21, Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer for a discussion of her just-released anthology The Time Traveler’s Almanac. Published last year in the UK, this new definitive anthology of time travel stories gets a fantastic US release from Tor; read the preface at The Onion’s AV Club and Jason Sheehan’s review for NPR. And check out this cover:

The Time Traveler's Almanac

The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations. This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu’s “Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers”). In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth’s history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.”

VanderMeer has been such a supportive (and frequent!) visitor to the Triangle area — this is her 3rd event here in the past several years, from reading “The Bear Gun” (from The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities) at Fullsteam Brewery a few years ago to last summer’s appearance at Quail Ridge Books for an event supporting The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Spread the word!

Ack! Alack! I’ve been remiss, because you are invited!

So apparently among the people I failed to tell about today’s local sf holiday party are YOU, dear readers of bullspec.com. Yipes! If you’re in the Durham area and free to stop by between 3 and 8, let me know and I’ll shoot the address to you straight away. -Sam (sam@bullspec.com)

Monday Musings: A local author holiday book expo at Atomic Empire on Saturday December 7; and miscellaneous news

Monday, November 18, 2013: The big news today is that after thinking about it and half-planning to do it for a number of years now, this year we’re actually going to have a local author holiday book expo where local authors will be on hand to sign and personalize their books. So far, the lineup includes:

  • Natania Barron (Geek Mom and Pilgrim of the Sky)
  • Clay and Susan Griffith (Vampire Empire paranormal Steampunk alternate history adventure book trilogy, various graphic novels)
  • Matthew Ross (The Secret of Ji epic fantasy book series, books one and two)
  • Bully Pulpit Games (Fiasco and Durance)
  • Eryk Pruitt (short horror film Foodie and the forthcoming 2014 Southern neo-noir novel Dirtbags)
  • James Maxey (fantasy series starting with Bitterwood and second fantasy series starting with Greatshadow, along with superhero novel Nobody Gets the Girl, among other books)
  • Nathan Kotecki (young adult paranormal series with books The Suburban Strange and Pull Down the Night)
  • Gabriel Dunston (comics and graphic novels, and the picture book The Castle on the Crag)
  • Jacob Foxx (science fiction series The Fifth World)
  • Ariel Djanikian (dystopian novel The Office of Mercy)
  • Jay Posey (post-apocalyptic novel Three) — from 3 to 4 pm
  • Stuart Jaffe (The Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries and post-apocalyptic fantasy series The Malja Chronicles, among other books)
  • Diana Bastine (author of the Young Adult fantasy novels The Source, Shapeshifter and Selkie)
  • Debra Killeen (author of the 5-volume award-winning fantasy series, The Myrridian Cycle)
  • Gray Rinehart (writer and musician, recent CD Truths and Lies and Make Believe will be on sale and we may even get a musical performance!)
  • Bridget Ladd (author, The Lotus Effect)
  • Zack Smith (writer, Adventure Time and Regular Show comic scripts)
  • Jeremy Whitley (writer, Princeless) — tentatively, the second half of the expo
  • … and of course Bull Spec magazine individual copies and 4-issue sets
  • And! The trusty Underwood manual typewriter which has made a few appearances over the years will be in attendance for a special community holiday fiction project.

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News: Quail Ridge Books to host author Carrie Vaughn on January 17, 2014

Well, well, well. It’s early November and already our fantastic local bookstores are working on 2014 events, the first of which on my calendar — other than illogiCon of course! — is now set for Friday, January 17, when Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books will host author Carrie Vaughn at 7:30 pm.

Author photo by Timothy Siobhan

Author photo by Timothy Siobhan

Vaughn is the author of the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series (from Kitty and the Midnight Hour in 2005 through Kitty in the Underworld earlier this year — so far), and she is appearing locally in support of her forthcoming superhero novel, Dreams of the Golden Age, a follow-on to her 2011 novel After the Golden Age.

Dreams of Golden Age comp

Dreams of the Golden Age
by Carrie Vaughn
Tor Books (January 7, 2014)

Thanks to Quail Ridge Books, Tor, and Vaughn for giving us another early reason — on top of illogiCon, of course! — to anticipate the New Year.

Monday: One last day with Karen Lord in Chapel Hill, and a Games and Narrative Panel at the Durham County Library

It’s a big last day in the Triangle area for Barbados author Karen Lord. First up at 10 AM she’ll be the main guest on weekly local radio program Carolina Book Beat on WCOM-FM, which broadcasts to Chapel Hill and Carrboro on 103.5 FM, and streams online for pretty much anywhere with an Internet connection.

Then in the afternoon the Chapel Hill Public Library hosts, well to be more specific: “The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library host the popular Meet-the-Author Teas. The teas offer the public a chance to hear a published author read from and discuss their works. Refreshments are served at 3:30. The program with the author will run from 4:00 to 5:00. Free. Please come and listen! The program will take place in Meeting Room A.”

Finally, at 7 PM, Flyleaf Books hosts Karen for a reading and signing [Facebook Event], along with a just-announced special guest, Carrboro’s own Writers of the Future winner, Alex Wilson.

So! If you haven’t had a chance to catch Karen on her whirlwind tour of the Carolinas, here are your last chances.

Meanwhile! It’s quite a Monday in the Triangle, as also at 7 pm, the Durham County Library is hosting a Games and Narrative Panel Discussion with Richard Dansky, Mur Lafferty, Jason Morningstar, and Daniel Solis, in the 1st Floor Auditorium of the downtown Main Branch. “Whether we’re gathered around a table or squinting at a screen, we have always used games to create and share stories. Join local game designers and authors for a panel discussion on stories, literacy, and games (both on, and off, the screen).”