The next Pi-Con science fiction convention will be held the weekend of August 17-19 in Enfield, CT:
Pi-Con is a diverse collection of geeks. Our members are fans of books, movies, gaming, webcomics and print comics, tech and gadgetry, costuming, anime, and music. You’ll find people who are into steampunk, space opera, vampires, ren faires, superheroes, and dozens of other genres in various combinations. We’ll still be including all the best parts of previous Pi-Cons; you can discuss your favorite topics in panels and meetups, play tabletop games from our extensive library, see a show or two, and party until you can’t stay awake anymore.
Author Guest of Honor: Julie Czerneda
Mythology and Folklore Guest of Honor: Dr. Robert M. Price
Guest of Awesome: Shira Lipkin
Visit http://pi-con.org/ for details.
The Abbadia Mare Festival is a Renaissance festival being held at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA the weekend of July 21st and 22nd. How many renfairs can claim to have their own castle? Learn more at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com/.
Larry Tye is the author of the nonfiction book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero:
Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, a prize-winning journalist, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.
Tye will appear at the Boston Public Library (Copley Square) in Boston, MA on June 21st from 6:00-7:00pm. See more at http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99619975.
On June 22nd, from 6:00-8:00pm, Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA will host a signing by several science fiction authors, all of them part of the writers’ group Broad Universe:
Members of Broad Universe–a nonprofit international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror–will be reading from their works at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester on Friday, June 22, from 6-8pm.
The eight members of the New England chapter of Broad Universe participating in this event are Justine Graykin, Elaine Isaak, Rachel Kenley, Jennifer Pelland, Jennifer Allis Provost, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Morven Westfield, and Phoebe Wray.
Authors will read from their works, then answer questions from the audience.
See http://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/tag/broad-universe/ and http://www.anniesbookstopworcester.com/ for details.
Lev Grossman will present his novel The Magician King at Newtonville Books in Newton, MA on June 12th at 7:00pm. Visit http://www.newtonvillebooks.com/cms/2012/05/16/thu-june-12-7pm-lev-grossman-author-of-the-magician-king/ for details.
Comics artist J.K. Woodward, currently working on the Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover comics, will appear at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA on June 16th from noon until 4:00pm. Get the details at http://www.friendlyneighborhoodcomics.com/star-trek-dr-who-artist-signing,97.html.
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Author Keith R. A. DeCandido will sign books at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA on June 9th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. His latest novel is Goblin Precinct. Learn more at http://anniesbookstopworcester.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/please-welcome-keith-r-a-decandido/.
The Midsummer Faerie Festival is a fantasy-themed fair and solstice celebration being held in Oak Bluffs on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA on June 16th. Visit http://midsummerfaeriefestival.com/Welcome.html to learn more.
The 2012 Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire will be held in Ansonia, CT on three weekends: June 23-24, June 30-July 1, and July 7-8. Get details at http://mfrenfaire.com/.
Time travelers! Don’t be late for the 100th Annual Portland Time Convention, sponsored by the University of Southern Maine’s Planetarium in Portland, ME. (The first annual convention will have taken place in the year 2112, according to the website.) There will be scientific lectures about space, black holes, and time, plus an evening of time travel fiction readings. Set your chronometer for June 30th, 2012. Visit http://www.usm.maine.edu/planet/100th-annual-portland-time-convention-2 for details.