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Worldcon logo large70th World Science Fiction Convention. This year (for the seventh time in its history) it’s in Chicago, and it’s called Chicon 7.

Angry Robot will be out in force!

As well as three of the Angry Robot team – Editors Lee Harris and Amanda Rutter, and North American Sales/Marketing Manager, Mike Underwood – we’ll be joined by EIGHTEEN of our authors from all three imprints – Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A. We’ll also have a biiiiig table in the Dealer Room, where you can pick up past and current Angry Robot books, including September’s Angry Robot books and Strange Chemistry’s launch novels.

For those of you in Chicago who are not going to the convention, we have a multi-author book launch/signing at The Book Cellar on North Lincoln Avenue on Friday August 31st at 7.00pm. Join Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig, Kim Curran and Gwenda Bond as they sign their new novels, Seven Wonders, Mockingbird, Shift and Blackwood. Kim’s and Gwenda’s books launch our Strange Chemistry YA imprint.

For those of you who are coming to WorldCon, here are some of the panels, etc, at which you can find us (subject to change, and additional panels): Read More→

The Author, Mike ShevdonMike Shevdon, author of the mind-blowing urban fantasy series The Courts of the Feyre, will be signing copies of all three books – Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam and Strangeness and Charm – at the Bedford branch of Waterstones, this Saturday, July 20th.

Where: Waterstones Booksellers, 11-13 Silver St, Bedford

When: Saturday July 20th, 10.30am to 4.00pm (approx.)

Pertinent Details: (from Mike’s blog) “Do come along and get your books signed – the staff at Waterstones are very welcoming and helpful. The event starts at 10:30 and will continue until about 4pm if we still have books. Last time we had sold all the stock by 2pm, so my advice would be to come earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment.”

Here’s a Google Map to help you find your way:


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Night's Engines by Trent JamiesonTrent Jamieson is launching the Australian release of Night’s Engines – the second and concluding part of his rather fabulous Nightbound Land duology – with a ‘Come As Trent Jamiseon Dress-Up Party’ at Avid Reader in Queensland, Australia, tomorrow, July 19th (which, yes, is a little on the short-notice side, but in my defence I was on annual leave all last week and I’ve only just found out… – DT).

Details from Avid Reader, via Trent’s blog:

Come as Trent Jamieson Dress up Party!

To celebrate Night’s Engines and a stella year of writing and publishing books!

Free event but RSVP essential to events@avidreader.com.au or ph 3846 3422

Trent Jamieson must be the hardest working writer in Australia. We have had book launches for 5 Jamieson books in the past two years and we are SO PROUD! To celebrate publication of the second book in his Nightbound Land series we are holding our first ever dress up party. Come as Trent Jamieson means obligatory moustaches, beards and/or glasses. Dress up and have some fun or just come on down and celebrate with us in the traditional un-hirsute manner.

Where: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, QLD 4101

When: Thursday, July 19th, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

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Update: Trent had a wonderful time, thank you for asking.

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Jul
12

Edge-Lit Convention – Come and Meet us!

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This Saturday at the Quad in Derby, the first Edge-Lit Festival/Convention takes place. Angry Robot will be there (of course), so do come say “Hi.” Or even better, come say “Hi. I just found this £50 note – is it yours?”

Yes. Yes, it is.

You can find the full schedule of events here, but these are the panels and workshops with an Angry Robot or two in attendance (Angry Robot peeps in bold):

11.00am
The Writer and the Internet
Anne Lyle, Emma Newman, Mark Yon (mod)

12.00 Noon
Are We Still Afraid of Monsters?
Emma  Newman, Niki Valentine, Paul Kane, Ian Culbard, Simon Bestwick (mod)

12.00 Noon
Publishing Today
Lee Harris (mod), Christian Dunn, John Jarrold, Sarah Pinborough

12.00 Noon
Reading – Anne  Lyle, Mike Shevdon

2.00pm
Breaking Into Writing
Anne Lyle, Lee Harris (mod), Rod Rees, Gaie Sebold

2.00pm
Workshop – on Dialogue
Mike Shevdon

3.00pm
Reading – Emma Newman, Gaie Sebold

4.00pm
Does Fantasy Need Archtypes?
Anne Lyle, MD Lachlan, Gaie Sebold, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mark Yon (mod)

5.00pm
Ray Bradbury – A Retrospective
Emma Newman, Christopher Fowler, Graham Joyce, Sarah Pinborough, Mark Yon (mod)

6.00pm
The Edge Raffle
Hosted by Lee Harris and Sarah Pinborough

Tickets are £20/£25, and can be purchased at the Quad (online, or in person).

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Jul
03

Supporting Independent Booksellers

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Here in the UK this week it’s Independent Booksellers’ Week. Indie booksellers are the lifeblood of the community, and as an independent publisher, we’re committed to supporting our friends on the high street.

Welcome to the Angry Robot Clonefiles initiative.

We sometimes feel our customers are having to choose between a physical book and an e-format, when what probably suits them best is to have both in the same package, and so we are going to start giving away the digital version of each of our novels free with the physical paperback, in selected indie bookstores.

We’re partnering with Mostly Books of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in the first phase of the new Clonefiles programme. From July 4th, Customers who buy Angry Robot novels from Mostly Books will be sent the DRM-free eBook version (the Clonefile) of the book as part of the sale, allowing them to read the novel on paper, on their Kindle, or on their ePub-based eBook reader. This Clonefile means that customers at Mostly Books can buy Angry Robot’s books and enjoy them in whatever format they prefer, whether physical or electronic!

We’ve always been champions of DRM-free eBook publishing and have always been eager to experiment with new business and distribution models. A dual-format offering for Indies seems like a natural extension of our customer-first ethos and a great way for Angry Robot to show our love for the UK’s fantastic Indie bookshop scene.

Mark Thornton of Mostly Books said, “As an indie bookshop, we offer a great browsing experience and discoverability and it is difficult to see really innovative ways that we can offer our customers a really valuable service with ebooks. But this is a bold and brilliant idea we think our customers will get excited about. It really offers an imaginative solution that plays to all our strengths.”

Following this pilot phase, we will be opening up the scheme to other independent bookstores, who will be contacted over the coming weeks and months (though enquiries from interested stores are welcomed).

Bookstores wishing to enquire about taking part in the programme should contact Angry Robot’s UK Sales Manager, Roland Briscoe at: indie@angryrobotbooks.com or visit our Clonefiles page.

These ARE the clones you’re looking for!

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Blackbirds, by Chuck WendigThe mighty Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird (forthcoming: September 2012) will be signing copies of (and quite possibly reading from) the former, next Friday evening, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Where: The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St. Doylestown, PA

When: Friday, June 22nd, 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm

Pertinent Details: Doesn’t look like there are any ticketing requirements, but it might be an idea to contact the Doylestown Bookship to check, just in case.

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Apr
05

EasterCon Update

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So, it’s EasterCon weekend. Huzzah! And it’s Easter. Huzzah! But it only lasts a few days. Boo!

If you’re booked into the convention, this is the updated list of what the Angry Robot mob are up to:

Friday

3pm – Archery in Fantasy, TV and Film
Mike Shevdon (who tells us, “I guarantee that if you see archery in a fantasy film after [this], you will not see it in the same light again. It’s a promise”.) Mike will also be getting his weapon out on stage. o_O

3pm – Before Watchmen
Adam Christopher, with James Bacon, Kim Curran, Gaspode and Steve K

6pm – What is I?
Aliette de Bodard, with Dr Bob, John Dallman and Damien Walter

8pm – Beyond Red Mars
Ian Whates, with Geoffrey A Landis, Paul McAuley, Gareth L Powell and Mary A Turzillo

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Saturday

11am – How Pseudo Do You Like Your Medieval?
Anne Lyle, with George RR Martin, Jacey Bedford, Anne C Perry and Kari Sperring

11am – Non-Anglophone SF
Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar, with Myra Caakan, Vincent Docherty and Nir Yaniv

1pm – Reading
Anne Lyle (followed by a signing at the Angry Robot stand in the Dealer Room)

5pm – The War on Terror (How Ten Years of Conflict has Shaped SF)
Lavie Tidhar, with Cory Doctorow, Farah and Paul Kincaid

7pm – WorldBuilding (When, How and How Much?)
Anne Lyle, with Suzanne Macleod, Robert VS Redick, Simon Spanton and Chris Wooding

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Sunday

11am – The Fantasy of William Shakespeare
Anne Lyle, with Claire Brialey, Jennifer A McGowan, Arianrhod o Gymru, Erin Horakova and Grant Watson

12pm – Wench! Fetch Yon Tankard Here…
David Tallerman, with Joe Abercrombie, Jaine Fenn and Bella Pagan

1pm – Youth and Youthfulness in SF
Aliette de Bodard, with Janet Edwards, Farah, Tom Pollock and Tricia Sullivan

4.30pm – Reading
Adam Christopher

6pm – The BSFA Awards
Hosted by John Meaney and Donna Scott (AR author Lavie Tidhar nominated for Best Novel for Osama, published by PS Publishing)

8pm – Death of the Author
Adam Christopher and Ian Whates, with Tanya Brown, Roz Kaveney and Ian Watson

9pm – Multicultural Steampunk
Lavie Tidhar with Gail Carriger, Jared Shurin, Kim Lakin-Smith and Genevieve Valentine

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Monday

11am – What TV Shows Would We Like to See? 
Aliette de Bodard, with Stevie Carroll, Michael Cule and Lexin

1pm – Dystopian YA
Amanda Rutter, with Cory Doctorow, Caroline Hooton, Emma Newman and Tom Pollock

2pm – The Data Deluge and the End of Science
Aliette de Bodard, with Liz Batty, John Bray, David L Clements, Lesley Hall and Nicholas Jackson

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Oh, and:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
All of us
– One or more of the hotel bars.

You can also meet some of Strange Chemistry’s authors there, too.

Click here for the full EasterCon schedule.

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Your Attention, if you Please!

Just a quick reminder: it would be grand if any and every fantasy fiction fan in the Greater Manchester area (or within reasonable travelling distance of Manchester City Centre) could get their meat-suits down to the Manchester Arndale branch of Waterstones Booksellers tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, from 1.30 – 3.00 in the afternoon.

This will be for the purpose of saying hello to and getting books signed by Anne Lyle (The Alchemist of Souls) and Andy Remic (The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles).

Full details in our previous post on the subject.

Thank you. As you were.

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Mar
27

Angry Robot at EasterCon

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Next week we’ll be at EasterCon! Hooray! It’s nearly full, though, so you’ll have to buy your membership quickly, if you haven’t already! Boo! As ever, Angry Robot will be out  in force. This is where you find us, in one of the most interesting EasterCon schedules we’ve seen in years:

Friday

3pm – Before Watchmen
Adam Christopher, with James Bacon, Kim Curran, Gaspode and Steve K

6pm – What is I?
Aliette de Bodard, with Dr Bob, John Dallman and Damien Walter

8pm – Beyond Red Mars
Ian Whates, with Geoffrey A Landis, Paul McAuley, Gareth L Powell and Mary A Turzillo

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Saturday

11am – How Pseudo Do You Like Your Medieval?
Anne Lyle, with George RR Martin, Jacey Bedford, Anne C Perry and Kari Sperring

11am – Non-Anglophone SF
Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar, with Myra Caakan, Vincent Docherty and Nir Yaniv

1pm – Reading
Anne Lyle (followed by a signing at the Angry Robot stand in the Dealer Room)

5pm – The War on Terror (How Ten Years of Conflict has Shaped SF)
Lavie Tidhar, with Cory Doctorow, Farah and Paul Kincaid

7pm – WorldBuilding (When, How and How Much?)
Anne Lyle, with Suzanne Macleod, Robert VS Redick, Simon Spanton and Chris Wooding

.

Sunday

11am – The Fantasy of William Shakespeare
Anne Lyle, with Claire Brialey, Jennifer A McGowan, Arianrhod o Gymru, Erin Horakova and Grant Watson

12pm – Wench! Fetch Yon Tankard Here…
David Tallerman, with Joe Abercrombie, Jaine Fenn and Bella Pagan

1pm – Youth and Youthfulness in SF
Aliette de Bodard, with Janet Edwards, Farah, Tom Pollock and Tricia Sullivan

4.30pm – Reading
Adam Christopher

6pm – The BSFA Awards
Hosted by John Meaney and Donna Scott

8pm – Death of the Author
Adam Christopher and Ian Whates, with Tanya Brown, Roz Kaveney and Ian Watson

9pm – Multicultural Steampunk
Lavie Tidhar with Gail Carriger, Jared Shurin, Kim Lakin-Smith and Genevieve Valentine

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Monday

11am – What TV Shows Would We Like to See? 
Aliette de Bodard, with Stevie Carroll, Michael Cule and Lexin

1pm – Dystopian YA
Amanda Rutter, with Cory Doctorow, Caroline Hooton, Emma Newman and Tom Pollock

2pm – The Data Deluge and the End of Science
Aliette de Bodard, with Liz Batty, John Bray, David L Clements, Lesley Hall and Nicholas Jackson

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Oh, and:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
All of us
– One or more of the hotel bars.

Click here for the full EasterCon schedule.

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Jan
31

Meet us at the SFX Weekender

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Once again, we’re out in force at a convention near you!*

This coming weekend, Angry Robot authors and Overlords will be strutting their funky stuff (Oh, no!) to the musical stylings of Mr Craig Charles as well as lounging in various bars and appearing on panels and signing books – you know the drill.

Authors appearing:
Dan Abnett, Adam Christopher, Anne Lyle, Andy Remic, David Tallerman, Lavie Tidhar, Guy Haley and Ian Whates

And the Angry Robot office crew:
Marc Gascoigne, Lee Harris, Darren Turpin, and Amanda Rutter

These are the various panels/signings we’ll be taking part in (Angry Robots are listed in bold):

FRIDAY

12.00pm – The Bar is Open

3.00pm – Elf Preservation
Gav Thorpe, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Graham McNeill, Juliet McKenna and Joe Abercrombie ponder if it’s really fantasy if it doesn’t have magic and monsters. Jared Shurin hosts.

3.00pm – Signing: Dan Abnett and Adam Christopher

4.00pm – Using History
Adam Christopher, Paul Cornell, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pat Kelleher and Maria Dahvana Headley talk about how the past can help your fiction. Hosted by Sandy Auden.

5.00pm – How do you put the Punk into Steampunk?
Lavie Tidhar, Stephen Hunt and Robert Rankin talk to Jonathan Green.

5.00pm – Signing: Guy Haley and Gav Thorpe

6.00pm – How to get Published
Anne Lyle, Anne Clarke and others. Guy Haley hosts the discussion.

6.00pm – Signing: Andy Remic and Lavie Tidhar

SATURDAY

12.00pm – Space Opera
Dan Abnett, Peter F Hamilton, Jaine Fenn, Michael Cobley and Aaron Dembski-Bowden ask if books are the only medium flying the flag for spaceships. Alastair Reynolds hosts.

1.00pm – Ready, Steady, Flash!
Lee Harris challenges Paul Cornell, Stacia Kane, Tony Lee and Juliet E McKenna to write short stories in just five minutes.

4.00pm – It’s not a Story – It’s a Map!
David Tallerman, Ian Whates, China Miéville and Gaie Sebold wonder: does fantasy place world-building over character? Juliet E McKenna hosts.

5.00pm – Signing: David Tallerman and Ian Whates

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*Disclaimer: Applicable only to people near Prestatyn, Wales.

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Sep
26

Meet us at FantasyCon

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It’s that time of the year, again – FantasyCon is once more upon us.

As ever, Angry Robot will be out in force. If you’re in Brighton this weekend, do pop along and say “Hi.” It’s well-worth attending.

Here’s where we’ll be (other folk will also be on these panels, of course):

Friday
2.00pm
Adam Christopher and Lee Harris on the panel Maintaining Your Online Presence

3.00pm
Guy Adams in Making a Living as a Writer

4.00pm
Gary McMahon in Has Crossover Overtaken Genre?
Adam Christopher – Reading from his debut novel, Empire State

10.30pm
Gary McMahon Reading

Saturday
10.00am
Marc Gascoigne in Judging a Book by its Cover

11.00am
Peter Crowther – Book Launch: Darkness Falling
(Pre-order your copy of the Limited Edition Hardback here with FREE eBook!)

1.00pm
Dan Abnett in Where Next in SF?

2.00pm
Adam Christopher in New Genre Voices

2.30pm
Anne Lyle Reading

4.00pm
Dan Abnett in Comics: Indies vs Majors

4.30pm
Mike Shevdon Reading

5.00pm
Ian Whates interviews Guest of Honour, Gwyneth Jones

9.00pm
Peter Crowther in Favourite Books

10.00pm
Guy Adams in Tie-In and Series Fiction

11.00pm
Guy Adams – guest DJ in Sarah Pinborough’s Disco of Doom*

Sunday
10.00am
Ian Whates in How to Market your Novel/Book

11.30am
Guy Adams Reading

1.00pm
BFS Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Includes Best Novel category, in which Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon is shortlisted.

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*Might not be the actual title

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Sep
19

Angry Robot Hour!

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Well personally I think we should have one of these every week.. but I’m told this is, for now, a one-off special event for all our Antipodean chums.

If you’re going to Conflux, Australia’s premier SF convention, at the end of the month, be sure to join a trio of our best authors for some metallic fun and games. Out in force and pressing the flesh of all you grateful meat-things will be local Robot representatives Jo Anderton, Trent Jamieson and Kaaron Warren, for a full hour of meet & greet & readings plus (we’re told/warned) some appropriately AR-themed refreshments.

Oh, if only we could be there too… (don’t finish that sentence).

Aug
17

Empire State preview over at Noir Week

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Those stand-up gents and dames over at Tor.com are running Noir Week right about now, and we thought we might just muscle in on a piece of their action.

So head on over thattaway for an exclusive sneak-read of a chapter from Adam Christopher‘s wondrous Empire State, a whole five months before it’s published.

Yes, really. Fly, fly now!

Aug
10

Where to find us at WorldCon

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Next week, if you’re at Renovation (this year’s WorldCon) in Reno, you’ll find three Angry Robots wandering the hallways in search of tea, wine or cake. This is who’ll be there, and where we’ll be:

Lauren Beukes

Wed 16:00 – 17:00
Social Media, Online Technologies, and the Way We will Live

Wed 18:00 – 19:00
Literary Beer: Hall 2 Bar

Thu 09:00 – 10:00
Stroll with The Stars

Thu 12:00 – 13:00
Where to Start With Comics E1

Thu 16:00 – 17:00
Futuristic Fashion and Wearable Art D05

Fri 10:00 – 12:00
Writers Workshop (Already fully booked, sorry!)

Fri 14:00 – 14:30
Reading: Lauren Beukes A15

Fri 17:00 – 18:00
The Future of Cities A01+6

Sat 12:00 – 13:00
Meet the Campbell Award Nominees A03

Sun 12:00 – 13:00
Autographing: Sun 12:00 Hall 2

Aliette de Bodard

Wed 13:00 – 14:00
Molecular Gastronomy: When You have more Gadgets in Your Kitchen than Your Mom (Panel), A04 (RSCC)

Wed 16:00 – 17:00
Interview with Aliette de Bodard (Interview), A09 (RSCC)

Thu 14:00 – 15:00
Autographing: Thu 14:00 (Autographing), Hall 2 Autographs (RSCC)

Thu 15:30 – 16:00
Reading: Aliette de Bodard (Reading), A14 (RSCC).

Fri 11:00 – 12:00
Minority Representation in SF Art and the Ugly Reality (Panel), D05 (RSCC)

Fri 16:00 – 17:00
F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in on: Fantasy Series not Based on Medieval European Culture (Panel), A10 (RSCC)

Sat 11:00 – 12:00
KaffeeKlatsch: Sat 11:00 (KaffeeKlatsch), KK1 (RSCC)

Sat 1:30pm-3:00pm
Lunch meeting

Sat 16:00 – 17:00
Cross-Cultural Influences in SF (Panel), A03 (RSCC)

Lee Harris

Thu 11:00 – 12:00
Angry Robot (Publisher Presentation), A11

Thu 15:00 – 16:00
KaffeeKlatsch: Thu 15:00 (KaffeeKlatsch), KK1

Fri 11:00 – 12:00
Minority Representation in SF Art and the Ugly Reality (Panel), D05

Fri 16:00 – 17:00
Beyond _Doctor Who_: The Rest of British SF on TV (Panel), A05

Sat 10:00 – 11:00
Web Publishing and the Future of Magazines (Panel), A16

Sun 11:00 – 12:00
There’s a Bimbo on my e-Book! (Panel), A09

We hope to see some of you there.

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Our lot get about a bit, you know. And they’re always happy to see you. So here’s a list of where some of our authors are going to be over the next couple of weeks.

Aliette de Bodard
Signing at Borderland Books in San Francisco on Sunday Aug 7th, 3.00pm-4.30pm.
Various panels and kaffeklatches at Renovation (WorldCon) from Aug 17th-21st.

Lauren Beukes
Appearance on FCC Free Radio, 14th Aug, between 12.00 and 2.00pm
Reading at Mid-Manhattan Library, NY, Monday 15th Aug, 6.30pm
Appearance at KGB Bar, NY, Tuesday Aug 16th, 7.00pm
Signing at Borderland Books in San Francisco, Sunday Aug 21st, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Appearance on Studio 360, airdates to be confirmed.
Various panels and kaffeklatches at Renovation (WorldCon) from Aug 17th-21st.
Possibly more to come…

Matt Forbeck, Maurice Broaddus
Attending and signing at Gen Con, Indiana, Aug 4th-7th.

If you are at any of these events, make sure you stop and say Hi.

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