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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2015 Tucson Festival of Books this weekend!

The 2015 Tucson Festival of Books is almost upon us, this weekend March 14-15 at the University of Arizona Campus.  As usual, there will be hundreds of authors including a fair number of science fiction and fantasy authors doing panels and signings.  This includes Scott Lynch, Sam Sykes, Elizabeth Bear, Gail Carriger (all pictured below L-R), Deborah Harkness, Jonathan Maberry, Beth Cato, Gini Koch, Dennis  McKiernan, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro.  Young Adult and Childrens authors with SF/F books include Adam Rex, Austin Aslan, Amy K. Nichols, Lisa McMann and many others.   The full schedule can be found here with the schedule only showing the SF/F panels is here.

Scott Lynch Sam Sykes Gail Carriger Elizabeth Bear

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AZSF Blog Returns From Hiatus (hopefully)

It’s been a while since there have been any regular posts on here.  I’m going to make a concerted effort to do more here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

 

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Fall Fannish Events/Signings

Author Events and Appearances 

Saturday September 21 – L. E. Modesitt, Jr. signs The One Eyed Man – 2 pm at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ – Science Fiction

Saturday September 21 – Suzanne Lazear signs Charmed Vengeance – 4 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ – YA/Steampunk

Monday September 30  – Fierce Reads Tour with Marissa Meyer, Leila Sales, S.A. Bodeen, and Alexandra Coutts – 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ – YA

Tuesday October 1 – Book Launch and Zombie Romp with Tom Leveen for Sick – 1:45 pm at ASU Old Main, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Tuesday October 1 – Tom Leveen signs Sick –  7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Tuesday October 1 – Shoemaker Lecture – David Brin, Humanity’s Place in a Very Strange Universe – 7 pm at Murdock Hall Room 101, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Thursday, October 3 – J. Scott Savage signs Making the Team (Case File 13 #2) – 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Tuesday, October 15 – C. J. Hill signs Friends and Traitors – 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Saturday, October 26 – Lisa McMann – Literary Lunch to launch Bang – 1 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Monday October 28 – Dan Simmons signs The Abominable – 7 pm at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ

Tuesday, Nov 14 – Anne Rice and Christopher Rice 6 pm / 7 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ – Signing only – Note ticket policy and restrictions

Sunday, Nov 17 – Melissa Marr, Aprilynne Pike, and Kimberly Derting – 3 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ

 Conventions/Events

Sept 28/29 – Keen Halloween – Sand Fitness Studio, MetroCenter Mall, Phoenix, AZ – Halloween workshops, Marketplace and Entertainment

Nov 2/3 – Tucson Comic Con – Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ   – 6th Annual Comic Convention

Nov 7-10 – Spacevision 2013 – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – Space Exploration convention with Phil Plait, Bill Nye, Lawrence Krauss and others speaking.

Nov 8-10 - TusCon 40 – Hotel CityCenter, Tucson, AZ – 40th Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

 

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Summer Signings and More….

Let’s see what’s coming up in the next couple of months….

June 23 – Pre-Release event for Kevin Hearne’s Hunted, the latest book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. 5 pm at Nando’s, 6715 E McDowell Rd Mesa, AZ 85215 

June 26 – Neil Gaiman signs The Ocean at the End of the Lane – South Mountain High School – NOTE – Event is sold out but signed books can still be ordered.

June 28 – Alex Bledsoe signs Wisp of a Thing – 7 pm at the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

July 29 – Girls Night Out with Aprilynne Pike (Earthbound), Suzanne Young (The Program), and C. J. Hill (Erasing Time).  7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

August 3 – Richard Kadrey signs Kill City Blues –  2 pm at the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

September 18 – Joe R. Lansdale signs The Thicket – 7 pm at the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

August 8-10 – CopperCon Revolution – Windemere Hotel, Mesa, AZ – Guests include Author L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Artist – Steve Leiloha, Media Guest Mike Grell, Historian Guest Trina Robbins, Local Author Guest Jennifer Roberson

August 23-25 – Bubonicon 45 – Albuquerque, NM – Co-Guests of Honor Brent Weeks and Tim Powers, Toasmistress Diana Rowland, Artist Guest Alan F. Beck

 

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Spring Signings and Conventions

Author Signings and Appearances:

February 9 – Lisa McMann signs Infinity Ring Book 3: The Trap Door at Changing Hands in Tempe at 3 pm.

February 10 – Cory Doctorow signs Homeland at Changing Hands 4 pm

February 11 – Cory Doctorow in a special talk at ASU Phoenix Downtown Campus – 10:30 am – Topic: Hackers + Activism: Aaron Swartz, Anonymous and the Ethics of Digital Community

February 19 – Adam Rex signs Chu’s Day and Unlucky Charms – 5 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe.

February 25 – John Joseph Adams and Diana Gabaldon sign The Mad Scientists Guide to World Domination – 7 pm at the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale

March 19 – Cassandra Clare Launch Party for Clockwork Princess at Dobson High School  – 6 pm.  Book sales by Changing Hands.

March 24 – Terry Brooks signs Bloodfire Quest – 2 pm at the Changing Hands, Tempe.

Conventions and Events

February 14 – Science Fiction TV Dinner: The Bionic Woman – 6 pm at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

February 21 – Geek’s Night Out – Downtown TempeCostume Contest, a full size TARDIS, and lots more!

March 8-10 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention II – Tombstone, AZ

March 9-10 – Tucson Festival of Books - Tucson, AZ SF/F Authors include Heather Brewer, David Brin, Charles de Lint, Diana Gabaldon, Kevin Hearne, C. J. Hill, Nancy Holder, Richard Kadrey, Gini Koch, Tom Leveen, Jeff Mariotte, Dennis McKiernan, Adam Rex, Jennifer Roberson, Marsheila Rockwell, Patrikc Rothfuss, Janni Lee Simner, Sharon Skinner, R. L. Stine, and Sam Sykes plus many more authors of all genres.

May 9-12 – LepreCon 39 – Artist – Raymond Swanland, Author – Jack McDevitt, Art Industry – Jon Schindehette, Music – Nancy Freeman, Local Artist – Shelby Roberston

May 23-26 – Phoenix Comicon with authors including Brandon Sanderson, Timothy Zahn, Terry Brooks, Cherie Priest, John Scalzi, Delilah S. Dawson, Leanna Renee Hieber, Alexandra Monir, Kevin Hearne, Sam Sykes, Gini Koch, C. J. Hill, Suzanne Young, Aprilynne Pike, Janni Lee Simner, Adam Rex, Jeff Mariotte, Tom Leveen, and more. Also Babylon 5 20th Anniversary Celebration with J. Michael Straczynski and 14 Babylon 5 actors.

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New Signings and Conventions to Kick off the New Year!

We’ve got some signings and appearances of note in the first couple of months as well as some conventions and events.

Signings and Author Events

January 8 – Launch Party for Lisa McMann’s Crash at Changing Hands 7 pm.

January 13 – Timothy Zahn signs Star Wars: Scoundrels at Changing Hands – 12 pm

January 26 – Young Adult Writing Conference at Dobson High School 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

January 26 – YAllapalooza at Changing Hands 4:00 pm with Tom Leveen, Cecil Castelluci, Amy Fellner Dominy, Shannon Messenger, Suzanne Lazear, Janni Lee Simner, Kevin Emerson, Erin Jade Lange, Lisa McMann, Suzanne Young, James A. Owen, C.J. Hill (aka Janette Rallison), Laura Ellen, and Lisa Schroeder.

February 10 – Cory Doctorow signs Homeland at Changing Hands 4 pm

Conventions and Events

Jan 4-6 – TaiyouCon 2013  – Annual Anime Convention - Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa

Jan 26-28 – Amazing Arizona Comic Convention – Phoenix Convention Center – With Guests Jim Lee and Stan Lee

March 8-10 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention II – Tombstone, AZ

March 9-10 – Tucson Festival of Books - Tucson, AZ

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More Authors Appearing as the Holidays Approach

As the holidays approach, a lot of new books come out, which means a lot of authors doing book tours to promote them.  We’ve got a large number of YA/Teen authors stopping in the Phoenix area in November, many making multiple appearances (and likely stopping at a few schools).  There’s also a few authors with more adult books making stops as well (including a few locals with new books).  Try to get out to support the local bookstores and touring authors.  The more people that turn out and buy books, the more likely we’ll get to see more authors stop in the Phoenix area instead of skipping over us.

Days of Blood & StarlightThe Candy Shop WarThe Brides of Rollrock Island

Friday, November 9 – Obert Sky signs Potterwookie – 6:30 pm at Barnes and Noble, San Tan Village, Chandler, AZ

Friday, November 9 – Laini Taylor signs Days of Blood and Starlight – 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Saturday, November 10 – Laini Taylor signs Days of Blood and Starlight – 3 pm at Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, November 10 – Fall Writing Workshop with Jennifer Ashley, Gini Koch and others.  Scottsdale Civic Center Library – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13 – Brandon Mull signs Candy Shop War- Arcade Catastrophe  – 6:30 pm at Barnes and Noble Dana Park in Mesa, AZ

Tuesday, November 13 – Margo Lanagan signs The Brides of Rollrock Island - 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

The InexplicablesThe Skybound SeaThe Tangled Bridge

Wednesday, Nov 14 -Triple Bill!  Cherie Priest signs Inexplicables, Sam Sykes signs The Skybound Sea, and Rhodi Hawk signs The Tangled Bridge at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale – 7 pm (live webcast here)

Wednesday, November 14 – Margo Lanagan signs The Brides of Rollrock Island - 6 pm at Barnes and Noble, Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Wednesday, November 14 – Brandon Mull signs Candy Shop War- Arcade Catastrophe  – 7:00 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ 

Monday, November 19, Christopher Pike signs Witch World - 7 pm at Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Five)Alien vs. AlienSEAL Team 666

Sunday, Dec 2 – Kevin Hearne signs Trapped -  2 pm ((live webcast here) at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale

Tuesday, December 4 – Gini Koch signs Alien Vs. Alien – 7 pm at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale

Saturday, December 8 – Weston Ochse signs Seal Team 666 – at the Barnes and Noble Westside in Tucson, AZ

Sunday, December 8 – Weston Ochse signs Seal Team 666 – at Hastings, 3758 E Fry Blvd,
Sierra Vista, AZ

Friday, December 14 – Gini Koch signs Alien Vs. Alien – 7 pm at the Desert Ridge Barnes and Noble

Saturday, Dec 15 – Weston Ochse signs Seal Team 666 - 2 pm ((live webcast here) at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ

Upcoming Events include:

November 9-11 - TusCon 39 – Annual Tucson SF/F Convention with S.M. Stirling in Tucson, AZ

January 25-27 – Amazing Arizona Comic Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

 

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Authors Abound in October-December

Saturday, October 6 – Club Read with Lisa McMann: Island of Silence –  2 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe

Saturday, October 6 – Shannon Messenger signs Keeper of the Lost Cities – 5 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe

Saturday, October 6 – Gini Koch Writers Workshop at the Well Red Coyote bookshop in Sedona - 2 pm

Sunday, October 7 – Catherynne M. Valente signs The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - 3 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe.

Friday, October 12 – Jasper Fforde signs The Woman Who Died a Lot at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale – 7 pm (live webcast here)

Tuesday, October 23 – Diana Gabaldon signs Trail of Fire (A Lord John Grey novel – UK Edition) at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale – 7 pm (live webcast here)

Wednesday, October 24 – YA Quintuple Bill with Becca Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Miles, Kresley Cole, Tonya Hurley, and Heather Brewer. – 7 pm at Changing Hands in Tempe

Saturday, November 10 – Fall Writing Workshop with Jennifer Ashley, Gini Koch and others.  Scottsdale Civic Center Library – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov 14 -Triple Bill!  Cherie Priest signs Inexplicables, Sam Sykes signs The Skybound Sea, and Rhodi Hawk signs The Tangled Bridge at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale – 7 pm (live webcast here)

Sunday, Dec 2 – Kevin Hearne signs Trapped -  2 pm ((live webcast here)

Tuesday, December 11 – Gini Koch signs Alien Vs. Alien – 7 pm at the Desert Ridge Barnes and Noble

Saturday, Dec 15 – Weston Ochse signs Seal Team 666 - 2 pm ((live webcast here)

Upcoming Events include:

October 13 – Phoenix FearCon V Film Festival

November 3,4 – Tucson Comic Convention

November 9-11 - TusCon 39 – Annual Tucson SF/F Convention with S.M. Stirling in Tucson, AZ

 

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