Category: Books

Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons

Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA invites you to join them on November 25th at 7:00pm for “Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk about Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult, and Philosophy”:

How does Led Zeppelin connect to Gary Gygax? Can rock and roll be a religion? Is the Dungeon Master’s guide a holy text? Other than that weird kid who taught you how to play D&D in middle school, is anyone actually chaotic evil? Join three writers and gamers — Christopher Robichaud (http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/christopher-robichaud), editor of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy; Peter Bebergal (mysterytheater.blogspot.com), author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; and Ethan Gilsdorf (ethangilsdorf.com) author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks — for a free-ranging discussion about rock, D&D, the occult, philosophy, dungeonmastery, morality, soul craft, and spiritually. We’ll probably talk about the Satan Panic of the 1980s, too, and try to decode that mysterious art on Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.

See http://pandemoniumbooks.com/event/head-banging-dice-rolling-and-summoning-demons-talk-about-rock-dungeons-dragons-occult-and-phi for more details.

Author Appearance: John Cleese

Monty Python’s John Cleese will present his book “So, Anyway…” at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA on November 7th at 6:30pm. This event is sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. Tickets are available at http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/event/john-cleese-so-anyway.

Author Appearance: Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner

Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner will present Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present at Back Pages Books in Waltham, MA on November 7th at 7:00pm. Get details at http://backpagesbooks.com/event/comics-global-history-1968-present.

Author Appearance: Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger, author of the popular Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School books, will appear on the following dates to sign her new novel, Waistcoats and Weaponry:

To see her complete list of book tour dates visit http://www.gailcarriger.com/events.

Author Appearance: Caitlin Kittredge

Caitlin Kittredge will appear at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA on October 28th at 7:00pm to present her new novel from the “Hellhound Chronicles”, Black Dog. For details see http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/event/author-signing-caitlin-kittredge.

Author Appearance: Matt Herring

Matt Herring of the Secret Identity Podcast will appear at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA to present The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion, a guidebook to the popular TV show. Be there on September 20th from 3:00-5:00pm (unless your TARDIS delivers you somewhen else). See http://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/monday-events-buzz-more-and-more/ for details.

Author Appearance: William Gibson

Noted science fiction author William Gibson, known for cyberpunk novels such as Neuromancer, will be appearing at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, to present his new novel The Peripheral on November 13th at 7:00pm. This event is sponsored by Porter Square Books and tickets are required. For ticket details visit http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/william-gibson-peripheral.

Cary Elwes – As You Wish

Cary Elwes, the actor who played the Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley in The Princess Bride, has written a book about that experience called As You Wish. On October 17th he will appear in person at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, in an event sponsored by Porter Square Books. Tickets are required for this event, which starts at 6:00pm. Visit http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/cary-elwes-you-wish for details on the event, which includes a screening of the film.

Fantastic Vermont at the Burlington Book Festival

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/.

Author Appearance: John Scalzi

John Scalzi is on tour with his new novel Lock In and will be making two stops in New England:

See the entire tour schedule at http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/06/30/the-2014-lock-in-tour-how-to-get-signed-books-even-if-you-cant-make-the-tour/.

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