Richard Kadrey, Gini Koch, Joe Hill, and the return of Elevengeddon in the near future.

Kadrey_Slide_1April 29 – 7 pmRichard Kadrey signs The Everything Box: A Novel – Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

April 30th – Independent Bookstore Day!  Changing Hands details  Poisoned Pen event page

May 4 – 7 pm – Aprilynne Pike signs Earthrise and Amy Tintera signs Ruined.  Changing Hands, Phoenix.

May 5th – 7 pm – Diana Gabaldon, K. C. Dyer at a special event for K. C. Dyer’s novel, Finding Fraser, inspired by Diana’s Outlander series. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ .  Note that at this special event, only items pre-ordered or bought at the event will be signed. 

May 6 – 7 pm – Lisa McMann signs The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons – Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

MAY 7 – Free Comic Book Day

Links to stores that have planned events – updates as I get more information. Use www.freecomicbookday.com to find the participating store closest to you.

May 7/8 – Arizona Comic Mini Expo Saturday at Samurai Comics in Mesa and Sunday at Samurai Comics in Phoenix

May 7 – Free Comic Book Day on Main St. in Downtown Mesa, hosted by Gotham Comics Comics and Coffee

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MCamp-Alienay 20 – Poisoned Pen SciFi Friday Book Club – 7 pm – This month’s selection is Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

May 23 – 7 pm – Gini Koch signs Camp Alien  Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

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June 1 – 7 pm – Elevengeddon: A Multi-Author SciFi event hosted by Kevin Hearne – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ  The return of an event that last year had eighteen authors appearing and this year it may be even more.  Current lineup includes Kevin Hearne (Host), Brandon Sanderson, Pierce Brown, Beth Cato, Adam Christopher, Ryan Dalton, Leanna Rene Hieber,Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tom Leveen, Michael Martinez, V. E.Schwab, Scott Sigler, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Dan Wells, and Django Wexler.

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June 7 – 7pm – Justin Cronin signs City of Mirrors Changing Hands Tempe  See website for ticket/purchase details

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April/May Author Events in AZ

Things are shaping  up for a pretty busy spring with lots of new appearances to talk about in AZ over the next couple of months.

April 11 – 7 pm –  Cinda Williams Chima signs FlamecasterBarnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

April 11 – 7 pm – Lisa McMann signs The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

April 15 – Poisoned Pen SciFi Friday Book Club – 7 pm – This month’s selection is City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

April 16 – Local Author Day – Barnes and Noble Chandler Fashion Square with Tom Leveen (Shackled) and Shonna Slayton (Cinderella’s Shoes) and others. 2:30 pm

April 16 – 7 pm – Alyss in Wonderland Steampunk Party with Frank Beddor for the release of Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox  Changing Hands, Phoenix

April 19 – 7 pm – Suzanne Young signs The Epidemic and Shannon Messenger signs Let The Wind Rise – Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

April 21 – 7 pmSuzanne Young signs The Epidemic – Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

April 29 – 7 pmRichard Kadrey signs The Everything Box: A Novel – Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

April 30th – Independent Bookstore Day!  Changing Hands details  Poisoned Pen event page

May 6 – 7 pm – Lisa McMann signs The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons – Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

May 20 – Poisoned Pen SciFi Friday Book Club – 7 pm – This month’s selection is Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

May 24 – 7 pm – Joe Hill signs The Fireman – Changing Hands, Phoenix – ticket/book purchase required

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AZSF Leaps into Spring with these upcoming author events

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March 3 – 7:00 pm – V. E. Schwab signs A Gathering of Shadows with fantasy author Sam Sykes and YA author Rae Carson – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ  More details at this New Times Article.

March 12-13 – Tucson Festival of Books 2016 – University of  Arizona, Tucson, AZ Participating genre authors include Charlie Jane Anders, Austin Aslan, Paolo Bacigalupi, Greg Bear, Zac Brewer,Terry Brooks, Rae Carson, Beth Cato, Jeffe Kennedy, Jonathon Maberry, Jeffrey Mariotte, Weston Ochse, Aprilynne Pike, Adam Rex, R. L. Stine, David Lee Summers, Sam Sykes, Judith Tarr, Chuck Wendig, Suzanne Young.  For the AZSF.org Guide to the Tucson Festival of Books, visit this page!

 

March 18 – Poisoned Pen SciFi Friday Book Club – 7 pm – This month’s selection is A Darker Shade of Magic by V E. Schwab

Aprstaveleybond 2 – 7 pm – Brian Staveley signs The Last Mortal Bond Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

April 14 – 7 pm – Paolo Bacigalupi signs The Water Knife  Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

April 15 – Poisoned Pen SciFi Friday Book Club – 7 pm – This month’s selection is City of Stairs by robert Jackson Bennett

April 30th – Independent Bookstore Day!  Local details forthcoming.

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Ring In 2016 With These Upcoming Author Events!

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January 16 – 6:00 pm – Ryan Dalton signs The Year of Lightning – Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

January 19 – 7:00 pm – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro signs Haunting Investigation and Darynda Jones signs The Dirt on Ninth Grave – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

January 23 – 4:00 pm – YALLAPALOOZA 2016 – Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ- Participating Young Adult authors are Arwen Elys Dayton, Gavriel Savit, Jaleigh Johnson, Amy K. Nichols, Austin Aslan, Shannon Messenger, Amy Fellner Dominy, Janette Rallison, Shonna Slayton, Tom Leveen, and Janni Lee Simner.

JanStakeduary 26 – 7:00 – Kevin Hearne signs Staked – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

February 3 – 7:00 pm – Joe R. Lansdale signs Honky Tonk Samurai – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

February 5 – 7:00 pm – Marissa Meyer signs Stars Above – Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

February 9 – 7:00 pm –  Pseudonymous Bosch signs Bad Luck – Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

 

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March 3 – 7:00 pm – V. E. Schwab signs A Gathering of Shadows with Sam Sykes and Rae Carson – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

March 12-13 – Tucson Festival of Books 2016 – University of  Arizona, Tucson, AZ Participating genre authors include Charlie Jane Anders, Austin Aslan, Paolo Bacigalupi, Greg Bear, Zac Brewer,Terry Brooks, Rae Carson, Beth Cato, Jeffe Kennedy, Jonathon Maberry, Jeffrey Mariotte, Weston Ochse, Aprilynne Pike, Adam Rex, Marsheila Rockwell, R. L. Stine, David Lee Summers, Sam Sykes, Judith Tarr, Chuck Wendig, Suzanne Young

 

 

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Fall AZ Author Events

The highs have dropped below 100 so it must be fall!  Here’s what I’ve come across for author events and appearances through the end of the year, which includes a fair amount of YA/Tween events.

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Oct 12 – 7 pm- Rick Riordan – The Sword of Summer at Dobson Ranch High School, Mesa

Oct 14 – 7 pm – Kristen Hunt signs Blonde Eskimo at Changing Hands Phoenix

Oct 16-18 – Comic Media Expo – Mesa Convention Center, Mesa, AZ –  Authors include Tom Leveen, Gini Koch and Sharon Skinner.

Oct 17 – 2 pm- Shonna Slayton signs Cinderella’s Shoes – Barnes and Noble Dana Park, Mesa

Oct 22 – 5:30 pm  – Just for Friends : An Evening with Michael A. Stackpole  – University Club – Arizona State University – This is an event for the Virginia G. Piper Circle of Friends but a limited number of tickets are available to fans/writers via this eventbrite link if you use the password Stackpole

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Oct 23 – 7 pm – Vampire Lore from Transylvania to Ancient Peru – Presented by Dr. Sharonah Frederick, Assistant Director, ACMRS – Poisoned Pen – $10 Fee

Oct 24 – 2 pm – YA Horror Group Signing – Amy Lukavics signs Daughters unto DevilsGena Showalter signs Mad Zombie Party, and Kady Cross signs Sisters of Blood & Spirit  – Poisoned Pen

Oct 29 – 7 pm Jason Segel: Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic at Tempe High School

Oct 30-Nov 1 – TusCon 42 – Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, AZ – Author GoH Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant – Other authors include Linda Addison, Rick Cook, Dennis McKiernan, editor Beth Meacham, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Janni Lee Simner, Jennifer Roberson, Sharon Skinner, David Lee Summers, and more.

Nov 3 – 7 pm – Suzanne Young signs Hotel Ruby – Changing Hands Tempe

Nov 6 – 7 pm – Larry Correia signs Son of the Black Sword – Poisoned Pen

Nov 10 – 7 pm – Shannon Messenger: Neverseen – Changing Hands Tempe

Nov 11 – 7 pm – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman sign Illuminae – Desert Ridge Barnes and Noble

Nov 14 – 10:15 am to 4 pm – Desert Rose Scottsdale Library Conference – Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Nov 18 – 7 pm  – James Dashner: The Game of Lives – Changing Hands Tempe

Nov 20 – 7 pm- Shonna Slayton signs Cinderella’s Shoes – Barnes and Noble Desert Ridge, Phoenix

Dec 1 – 7 pm Gini Koch signs Alien in Chief – Poisoned Pen

Jan 26 –  7 pm – Kevin Hearne signs Staked – Poisoned Pen

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The AZSF Reading Series Launches at Sip in Scottsdale on September 22!

azsflogo1.jpgAZSF, in conjunction with The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, will be hosting the first in the AZSF Reading Series at The Sip Coffee and Beer House in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 22 at 7 pm.  The inaugural event will feature Tor Books authors Melinda Snodgrass, Jane Lindskold, and Victor Milan.  The Poisoned Pen calendar page has some additional information on the event.

Modeled after science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery reading series elsewhere (such as Fantastic Fiction at KGB, NYRSF Readings, Writers with Drinks, and Noir at the Bar), we are looking to have a more social event than the normal bookstore appearance  where fans and readers can meet authors in a casual environment with drinks and snacks available for attendees.  Each event will feature two to three authors reading from their current or recent work, followed by socializing, book signing, and a few giveaways.

Sip is located at 3617 N Goldwater Rd where Goldwater merges with Scottsdale Road North of Osborne.  Parking is limited at the bar, but you can park in the Walgreen’s parking lot across the street.  Happy hour runs from 4 pm to 7 pm, so showing up a little early is recommended.

The authors participating in the September 22nd event are:

Jane Lindskold – Artemis Invaded

Jane Lindskold is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the incredibly popular Firekeeper series (Through Wolf’s Eyes,Wolf’s Blood), as well as more than sixty shorter works. Several of her novels have been chosen by VOYA for their Best SF, Fantasy and Horror list. Lindskold’s work has been repeatedly praised for its sensitive depiction of worlds and cultures different from our own–especially those that aren’t in the least human. She resides in New Mexico.

In Artemis Invaded, Jane Lindskold returns to the world of Artemis, a pleasure planet that Artemis-Invaded-200x300was lost for millennia, a place that holds secrets that could give mankind back unimaginable powers.

Stranded archaeologist Griffin is determined to make his way back to his home world with news of the Artemis discovery. He and his gene-modified native companion, the huntress Adara, and her psyche-linked puma Sand Shadow, set out to find another repository of the ancient technology in the hope that somehow Griffin will be able to contact his orbiting ship.

In the midst of this, Adara wrestles with her complex feelings for Griffin-and with the consequences of her and Sand Shadow’s new bond with the planet Artemis. Focused on his own goals, Griffin is unaware that his arrival on Artemis has created unexpected consequences for those he is coming to hold dear. Unwittingly, he has left a trail-and Artemis is about to be invaded.

Victor MilanThe Dinosaur Lords

The Dinosaur Lords is the start of a sprawling epic fantasy series by Victor Milan, who has written over 100 novels and is best known for his award winning novel Cybernetic Samurai and his contributions to George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards shared universe . In previous worlds he’s been a cowboy and Albuquerque’s most popular all-night prog-rock DJ. He’s never outgrown his childhood love of dinosaurs…and hopes you didn’t either.

Dinosaur-Lords-199x300“It’s like a cross between Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones.” –George R. R. Martin

A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden-and of war. Colossal plant-eaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meat-eaters like Allosaurus, and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from bat-sized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.

Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán’s splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…except the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engage in battle. During the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac-and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

Melinda SnodgrassThe Edge of Dawn

Melinda Snodgrass was a story editor and executive script consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her acclaimed episode, “The Measure of a Man,” was nominated for the Writer’s Guild Award for outstanding writing in a drama series. With George R. R. Martin, she co-created the popular Wild Cards series of shared-world novels and anthologies. She also writes urban fantasy under the name Phillipa Bornikova.  She lives in New Mexico.

Edge-of-Dawn-197x300What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you’re the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That’s the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Melinda Snodgrass’s Edge of Dawn.

Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin’s weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There’s only one problem – Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl.

Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi-and have already killed Mosi’s family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake-and time is running short.

The AZSF Reading series will be scheduling more events in the near future.  If you would like to be kept up to date on upcoming Arizona author events (including future AZSF Readings), keep an eye on the AZSF Blog, the AZSF.org Facebook Page or email me, Lee Whiteside, at azsf42 (at) gmail.com .

The AZSF Reading Series is being organized by Lee Whiteside in conjunction with The Poisoned Pen Bookstore.  Lee has been working with science fiction and fantasy authors via conventions and other events for almost 30 years.  He’s chaired multiple CopperCons and LepreCons, chaired the 2006 Nebula Awards Weekend, the 2009 North American Discworld Convention (honoring Terry Pratchett), and was the Books and Authors Manager for Phoenix Comicon from 2009 – 2014.  He also runs the official website for award winning author Connie Willis, ConnieWillis.net .

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September/October Author Events

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Aug 31 – 7 pmChristopher Moore signs Secondhand Souls at the Crescent Ballroom (See Changing  Hands website for ticket information)

Sept 2 – 7 pmSarah J. Mass in conversation with Rae Carson: Queen of Shadows – Changing Hands Tempe

Sep 12 – 1:00 pm – Beth Cato signs Clockwork Crown at MetroCenter Barnes and Noble

Sep 17 – 7:30 pm – Imagination and Climate Futures Lecture: Paolo Bacigalupi – Tempe Center for the Arts

Sep 19 – 3:30 pm Weston Ochse signs Grunt Traitor at Mostly Books in Tucson, AZ

Sept 22 – 7 pmThe AZSF Reading Series debuts at SIP in Scottsdale with Victor Milan, Melinda Snodgrass, and Jane Lindskold

Sept 28 – 7 pm Rae Carson: Walk on Earth a Stranger and Erin Bowman: Vengeance Road at Changing Hands, Tempe

Oct 1 – 7 pm Leigh Bardugo signs Six of Crows at Changing Hands, Phoenix

Oct 3 – 2 pm – Club Read: Lisa McMann: Unwanteds: Island of Graves at Changing Hands, Tempe

Oct 6 – 7 pm – Shonna Slayton signs Cinderalla’s Shoes at Changing Hands, Tempe

Oct 12 – 7 pm – Rick Riordan – The Sword of Summer at Dobson Ranch High School, Mesa

  Nov 11 – 7 pm – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman sign Illuminae – Desert Ridge Barnes and Noble

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Summer/Fall 2015 Author Events

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Check out these upcoming author events in the Phoenix Metro area:

July 24 – Yvonne Navarro at Barnes and Noble Desert Ridge 7 pm – Part of Barnes and Noble’s Fan Girl Friday Get Pop Cultured event.

Aug 8 – 5 pm – Austin Aslan and Amy K. Nichols at Changing Hands Phoenix.

Aug 17 – 7 pm  – Felicia Day Signs You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) at Changing Hands Tempe (Signing Only – Check website for ticket information)

Aug 18 – 7 pm – Tom Leveen signs Shackled at Changing Hands Tempe

Aug 22 – 7 pm – Tom Leveen signs Shackled at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Aug 26 – 7 pm – John Scalzi signs The End of All Things at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Aug 31 – 7 pm – Christopher Moore signs Secondhand Souls at the Crescent Ballroom (See Changing  Hands website for ticket information)

Sept 2 – 7 pm – Sarah J. Mass in conversation with Rae Carson: Queen of Shadows – Changing Hands Tempe

Sept 22 – 7 pm – The AZSF Reading Series debuts at SIP in Scottsdale (details forthcoming)

 

 

 

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Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan at Poisoned Pen May 16th

This coming Saturday will see two authors of historical fantasy appear at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale at 2 pm.  Mary Robinette Kowal will be signing her new book Of Noble Family and Marie Brennan will be signing Voyage of the Basilisk.

Relentless Reading did a write – up on the appearance when it was first announced including a video from the last time they toured together.  Expect some puppetry from Mary (who recently got a chance to perform on Sesame Street!).   They have also indicated that they will have some prizes for fans dressed like the characters in their books.

This is a good opportunity to see two engaging authors and also show the publishers that you want to see authors stop in the Phoenix area when on book tour.   Stay tuned to the AZSF Blog for news on more upcoming author events.

OfNobleFamily-400-220x328Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean Press.

Kowal is also an award-winning puppeteer. With over twenty years of experience, she has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve.

When she isn’t writing or puppeteering, Kowal brings her speech and theater background to her work as a voice actor. As the voice behind several audio books and short stories, she has recorded fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Marie Brennan Voyage-of-the-Basiliskis a former academic with a background in archaeology, anthropology, and folklore, which she now puts to rather cockeyed use in writing fantasy. Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series from Tor Books.

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April/May/June AZ Author Events

Here’s the latest science fiction and fantasy author events in the Phoenix area. 

April 25 – 7 pm – Changing Hands Tempe – Suzanne Young signs The Remedy

May 2  – All Day – Independent Bookstore Day – Changing Hands Tempe and Phoenix

May 4 – 7 pm Changing Hands Tempe – Star Wars Day! Adam Bray and Tricia Barr sign Ultimate Star Wars

May 14 – 7 pm – Changing Hands Tempe – Fierce Reads Tour with Marie Rutkoski, Lindsay Smith, Katie Finn and Lynn Matson

May 16 – 2 pm – Poisoned Pen Bookstore – Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan sign their latest books in a joint appearance.

May 28 – 7 pm – Poisoned Pen Bookstore – Scifi Extravaganza with 17 (and counting) Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors!  – Author Appearances by: Stephen Blackmoore, Beth Cato, Wes Chu, Myke Cole, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Jason Hough, Richard Kadrey, Michael Martinez, Brian McClellan, Naomi Novik, Andrea Phillips, Cherie Priest, Brian Staveley, Sam Sykes, Chuck Wendig, & Django Wexler.  

June 4 – 7 -pm – Changing Hands Tempe – Paolo Bacigalupi signs The Water Knife

June 8 – 7 pm – Poisoned Pen Bookstore – Gini Koch signs Alien Separation

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