Hey there everybody, I’m packing my bags to head to Phoenix Comic Con right now, and after that I’ll be doing some events in Texas as well, so I figured I’d give y’all a heads-up as to where and when I’ll be.
- Tempe and Phoenix
For those of you who live in Phoenix but who aren’t really convention-goers, I’ve got a signing the night before the convention starts on Wednesday (meaning tonight). It’s at Changing Hands Bookstore.
Wednesday, June 4
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, Arizona 85283
After that, most of my events will be at the convention itself. So if you live in the area, or are otherwise interested in going, they’ve still got badges available, and they’ll be selling some onsite as well.
Here’s my schedule:
Thursday, June 5
7:00pm-8:00pm Books and Authors Kickoff – North 127 AB
With Carrie Vaughn, Charlaine Harris, John Scalzi, L.E. Modesitt Jr, Naomi Novik, Paul & Storm, Pierce Brown, and Scott Lynch
Friday, June 6
11:30am-12:30-ish – Signing – VIP20
4:30pm-5:30pm, Magic Systems: Urban Fantasy Vs. Epic Fantasy – North 132
With Jaye Wells, Jim Butcher, Myke Cole, and Stephen Blackmoore
8:30pm-10:30pm Paul & Storm Concert, with Patrick Rothfuss and John Scalzi – North Ballroom 120
This is going to be an epic event. I know you think I’m just saying that, but you have no idea. It’s already Paul & Storm, John Scalzi, and me. But we’ve talked to a few other cool folks who are going to be at the con, and there will be surprise guests who pop in and out as the show goes on. It’s going to be like a mini W00tstock.
They’ve got us in the largest ballroom at the con, so lots of people will be able to attend. If you’re going to pick one day and one event to go to, this is it.
Also, I’m thinking of doing my first ever public reading of the Auri book there. Just a piece of it. But still.
Saturday, June 7
12:00pm-1:00pm Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss, Sheraton Valley of the Sun
1:30pm-2:30pm ish Signing – VIP20
4:30pm-5:30pm, Author Batsu Game – North 132
With Aprilynne Pike, Delilah S. Dawson, John Scalzi, Leanna Rene Heiber, Myke Cole, and Sam Sykes
Batsu is a type of Japanese game show where contestants are given a challenge-and punished if they fail to complete it. I can only imagine what this is going to be like, seeing the line-up of other authors involved….
Sunday, June 8
10:30am-11:30am, The Really Epic Epic Fantasy Panel – North 132
With Elizabeth Bear, L.E. Modesitt Jr, Melanie Rawn, Sam Sykes, and Scott Lynch
3:00pm-4:00pm Writing Rogues – North 132
With Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Pierce Brown, Sam Sykes, and Scott Lynch
4:30pm-5:30pm Signing – VIP20
Amanda has been mourning the fact that she couldn’t come on this trip with me for a long time, and for good reason. There are going to be some seriously cool people there, an cool things to do. If you can go, you should make a point to do so, even if for only one day.
- Austin and Dallas
After the convention, I’ll be flying to Austin to touch base with Brian Brushwood to learn how to eat, and potentially breathe, fire.
Possibly to eat fire then breathe it back up. That seems to be the way it should work, right?
Am I nervous? Well… Yes. I mean, I’m learning how to Breathe Fire around someone whose last name is Brushwood. That’s pretty much tempting fate to fuck with you.
But he’s a professional, and besides, I promised to do it as one of the Worldbuilders Stretch goals last year, so at this point I’m pretty much honor-bound to follow through on my own stupid promises.
On top of learning how to breathe fire, I (meaning Amanda) got a signing set up with less than a week of lead time.
The bookstore is a bunch of truly awesome people, and if you’re anywhere even remotely near Austin, you should make a point of coming to this signing to show your support of enthusiastic, passionate local bookstores.
Monday, June 9
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703
I’d particularly like it if y’all shared this event, since it’s happening on such short notice.
After Austin, I’ll be meandering over to Dallas to do a show with Paul & Storm. I love doing these shows with them, and it’s always a good time. If you’re anywhere near the Dallas area, you should consider coming out and seeing it, especially if you’ve never seen Paul & Storm live before. These shows are a special kind of cool, and there’s always the chance that you’ll get to see me embarrass myself singing…
And then I’ll get to come home, hold my baby and watch Oot play, and then work on the book some more.
If any of you know of people in these areas that might be interested that I’m swinging by, I’d appreciate it if you’d help spread the news to them, as I don’t get down into that part of the world very often.
Be seeing some of you soon. As for the rest of you, you’ll have to be content with the eventual video of me lighting myself on fire….