Geek Mountain State will be hosting a panel at the Burlington Book Festival titled “Fantastic Vermont: Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror In The Green Mountains” at 3:30 pm on September 21st.
Vermont has a long history of fantastic literature, from Rudyard Kipling to H.P. Lovecraft. Under the surface, the state is home to a number of genre authors and has been used as a location for more than a couple of genre stories. In this panel, representatives from Geek Mountain State will examine just what makes Vermont special and how it and New England are particularly ripe with fantastic stories. Andrew Liptak will moderate.
There are also a number of authors scheduled to attend who write in genre, including F. Brett Cox (co-editor of Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic), Andrew Liptak (editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and of Geek Mountain State), Brian Staveley (author of Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) and Kristin Dearborn (author of the horror novel Trinity).
Learn more at http://burlingtonbookfestival.com/.
The New England Steampunk Meetup group has two events coming up this weekend — a gathering in Brattleboro, VT on May 10th and a visit to the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT on May 11th. Future gatherings will be scheduled monthly. Join https://www.facebook.com/groups/280878418607228/ to find out where this wandering group will appear next!
The Open Fields Medieval Festival will be held in Thetford, VT on May 24th:
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Open Fields will hold its Medieval Festival on the Thetford Green from 11 am to 4 pm. During this family-friendly festival, the Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a Medieval village. A King & Queen, knights and ladies, peasants, craftsmen, shepherds, and farmers gather to celebrate the age via music, dance, games of skill and chance, food, parades, storytelling, Benny the Dragon, and feats of juggling and acrobatics. Costumes are encouraged.
Visit http://www.vtmedfest.com/ for more information.
The College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT, is hosting its Third Annual Popular Culture Conference, “American Horror from the Great Depression to the Great Recession.” On April 11th there will be a meet-and-greet dinner; on the 12th there will be three panel sessions discussing various aspects of the horror genre. For complete conference information visit https://www.csj.edu/pop-culture/.
Geek Mountain State and Quarterstaff Games of Burlington, VT are presenting the next installment of their Vermont SF Writer’s Series, “Green Mountain Fantasy,” which will focus on local fantasy stories from local authors. The event is scheduled for April 19th at 4:00pm. The author list has not been announced yet; learn more at http://geekmountainstate.com/2014/03/12/mark-your-calendars-green-mountain-fantasy-reading-event/ and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1418137118437253/?source=1.
The Green Mountain Gamers of Fairlee, VT will be hosting their next “MEGA Spring Meltdown” game day on April 12th. Board games and roleplaying games will be available; feel free to bring your own games as well. See http://www.greenmountaingamers.com/green-mountain-game-days/spring-meltdown/ for more information.
Authors Brian Staveley (The Emperor’s Blades), James Cambias (A Darkling Sea) and Ramona Wheeler (Three Princes) are on a joint author tour making multiple appearances in the area. Their complete tour listing is available at http://us.macmillan.com/Tour.aspx?id=1604&publisher=torforge. My apologies for missing the first few tour dates. These are the remaining appearances:
- February 11th, 7:00pm at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH.
- Februrary 13th, 7:00pm at The Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA
- February 15th, 3:00pm at Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, VT.
[Tip via Geek Mountain State and the Harvard Coop]
The University of Vermont is hosting its annual “Tolkien in Vermont Conference” the weekend of April 11th-13th in Burlington, VT. The main topic for this year is “Bombadil and Other Middle-earth Mysteries.” Watch http://tolkienvt.org/ for more information.
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