Another September has almost arrived, which means I’ve reached the second anniversary of this blog! My thanks go to all you readers and tipsters who’ve made this a success.
Here’s what I have on the calendar for September so far:
Sept. 19: Arrrr, me hearties! This be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So get to swashbuckling!
Sept. 25-26: King Arthur’s Harvest Faire
Sept. 11: Medieval Tournament
Sept. 2: King Richard’s Faire Preview
Sept. 4-6, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26: King Richard’s Faire
Sept. 18: Strange Horizons Anniversary Event
Sept. 22: Author Appearance: William Gibson
Sept. 23: Author Appearance: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Sept. 26: Author Appearance: Neil Gaiman, Karen Hesse, Grace Lin, and Jerry Spinelli
Sept. 28: Author Appearance: Charles Yu
Sept. 28: Author Appearance: James Howard Kunstler
Sept. 30: Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Sept. 24-26: JemCon (Jem and the Holograms)
Sept. 11: Rhode Island Science Fiction Club Film Festival
If you’ll be in downtown Boston on September 2nd, head over to the Hatch Shell and catch a free preview of King Richard’s Faire from 11:00am-1:00pm. Many of their performers will be there entertaining the crowd.
[Tip via Boston Events Insider]
The Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” event celebrates authors and artists of literature for children. This year’s honorees are Neil Gaiman, Karen Hesse, Grace Lin, and Jerry Spinelli; all four of them will speak and sign books. The event takes place September 26th at 2:00pm at the library. See http://www.bpl.org/general/associates/literarylightschildren.htm for details.
[Tip from James of RISFC]
Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the online speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons by hosting a reading by several local authors who have been published in Strange Horizons. The list of authors scheduled to appear includes Mary Alexandra Agner, Angela Ambroz, Francesca Forrest, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Lee, Jennifer Pelland, Margaret Ronald, Vandana Singh, Sonya Taaffe, and Connie Wilkins. The event will be held on September 18th from 2:00-3:30pm. For more information see http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=12611.
James Howard Kunstler will sign his post-apocalyptic novel The Witch of Hebron, the sequel to A World Made by Hand, at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA on September 28th at 7:00pm. Visit http://www.harvard.com/events/press_release.php?id=2610 for details.
The Rhode Island Science Fiction Club (RISFC) will be having a Sci-Fi Film Festival at the Warwick Public Library in Warwick, RI on Saturday, September 11th from 9:00am-5:00pm. The film list currently includes Godzilla: Final Wars, Young Frankenstein, It Came From Outerspace (1953), and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It’s free to the public and refreshments will be provided. See http://risfc.org/ and http://www.warwicklibrary.org/wpl/ for more information.
[Tip from James at RISFC]
Guillermo Del Toro, director of “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” and other movies, will appear with co-author Chuck Hogan to present The Fall, the second book in their Strain vampire trilogy. The event is sponsored by the Harvard Book Store and will take place at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA on September 23rd at 6:00pm. Tickets are required; for more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.harvard.com/events/press_release.php?id=2615.
Tomorrow, August 28th, has been declared to be “Read Comics in Public Day”. According to organizer and comics blogger Brian Heater:
The concept is fairly simple: we’re asking that everyone take an hour or two out of their day on August 28th (also the birthday of Jack “King” Kirby, incidentally) to read a comic book in a public setting—a park bench, a beach, a bus, the front steps of your local library (we do ask, however, that you be mindful of local loitering laws). Let strangers see you reading a piece of sequential art.
Take to the streets. Be proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, “a comic book” (the phrase “graphic novel is also acceptable, but let’s face it, it sort of defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you’ve got an extra—what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?
Meetups have been organized in these New England locations:
Also check out http://readcomicsinpublic.com/
for information on contests and other events. Their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/readcomicsinpublic
may be the best place to watch for last-minute information on more meetups. (All of these Facebook links can be viewed by people without Facebook accounts.)
Author Suzanne Collins is on a book tour to present Mockingjay, the latest entry in her Hunger Games series. Here are her appearance dates in New England:
- August 27 (yes, that’s today, sorry): RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT 1:00PM-2:30PM
UConn Co-op, Storrs, CT 7:00PM-8:30PM
- August 30: Borders, Braintree, MA 7:00PM-8:30PM (“Fan Fest” starts at 4:00PM)
- August 31: The Children’s Book Shop, Brookline, MA 1:00PM-2:30PM
Wellesley Booksmith, Wellesley, MA 6:00PM-7:30PM
for a complete list of dates.
The Grub Street writers’ workshop has announced a class that may be of interest to aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers:
Noted fiction editor, Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner, crime and SF writer Michael Marano will be offering a new class this fall on “Writing the Smart Page-Turner” at Grub Street, Inc., a non-profit creative writing center dedicated to nurturing writers and connecting readers with the wealth of writing talent in the Boston area. The class is geared for writers who work in all kinds of genres, from SF/Fantasy to Romance to Suspense/Thrillers to just about any other genre you can name, and is designed to help authors find their own distinct literary voice while working within those genres. Classes will also be dedicated to practical concerns, like finding the right publishing venues to send your work, and how to work with editors and agents. Details can be found here http://tinyurl.com/2ego4km.
The class begins September 16th and runs for 10 weeks. You can learn more at the link above and at http://www.grubstreet.org.