Columbus Ohio and A New Edition to the Family

Okay. First and foremost, I should mention a reading/signing that I have thrown together in true spur-of-the-moment Rothfuss fashion.

On May 31st, at 7:00, I’m going to be in Columbus Ohio.

Here are the salient details.

May 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Reading, Q&A, and Signing
Barnes and Noble The Ohio State University Book Store
1598 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Facebook Event

I haven’t had much time to spread the word about this one, so if you know someone in the area who’d be interested, I’d take it as a kindness if you tipped them off. I don’t know when I’ll be back in the area.

In other news, look what’s happening this week in China:

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The Name of the Wind is coming out there this week. I haven’t actually seen the physical copies of the book yet, but they did send me these pictures.

They broke it into two volumes because of the length, but as I understand it, they’re selling them together. So there won’t be a wait between volume one and volume two.

Aren’t the covers gorgeous? They make me feel much classier than usual.


This entry was posted in appearances, foreign happenings. By Pat69 Responses


  1. sshepard
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    Those covers are very cool. Would love to own a copy of them, even if I can’t read it.

  2. docgussack
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    Very pretty! Congratulations!

  3. Allara
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Yes, those are very beautifully designed covers. I think the US could learn a thing or two from whoever did those.

    • DietchyPeach
      Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM | Permalink

      well that is poop, why does every other country in the world get cool cover art?

  4. themantheycalled mikeal stanne
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

    what is this? 4th comment on the famous patrick rothfuss’s blog?

  5. Dryft
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM | Permalink

    Wow! No disrespect to the amazing artists that have produced your American covers, but I’m with Allara – it would be so cool to see art like this on US shelves.

  6. He without a clever name
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM | Permalink

    Those are pretty great covers, but my heart will always belong to the french covers. We’ve got a print of The Name of the Wind french cover from amazon, it’s a real eye catcher for visitors. It’s between this or our Labyrinth door knockers that most people comment on:

    That was actually the first time I’ve deviant art searched The Name of the Wind in awhile…I really like this anime one.

    …and this one. Too cute!

    I got post happy…

  7. Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    Really wished you had said Cleveland.
    Absolutely lovely covers.

  8. slick447
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM | Permalink

    First off, those covers look awesome.

    Secondly, any chance you’ll be throwing together a spur of the moment reading around your area sometime mid-June? I’m taking a Road Trip of Self Discovery (Working Title) around roughly a third of America, and will be passing nearby. It would be great to be able to stop by and see one of my favorite authors.

    • Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM | Permalink

      Have you looked at the tour schedule?

  9. gkidd1985
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

    Love those book covers, seriously cool.

    Next, I may have missed it this year, but I think you should throw a couple signed foreign language copies into the auction next year for the fundraiser. I know I’d bid on a Chinese language copy signed or unsigned.

    Any chance of an Arabic version? That would be crazy cool to own as well.

    • Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

      The problem is, most people would find a foreign edition useless, if not downright irritating.

      That why we run the online store. (See the Tinker’s Packs icon up in the right hand corner of the blog there?)

      People can buy foreign copies of the books there and all the money raised goes to Worldbuilders.

      • gkidd1985
        Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

        Didn’t realize I could do that, thanks Pat. I like to collect copies of my favorite books. I think it’d look great to display several different versions of the book in my home office. Now I’ll just have to wait for you to visit TN to get one signed.

        Keep up the good work Pat, you’re truly making a difference.

        • christie
          Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

          Just FYI, you can also order signed copies of the books in”The Tinker’s Packs”.

          • gkidd1985
            Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

            I saw that shortly after making the last post. ;)


  10. Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM | Permalink

    A noble clicking embiggens the smallest picture.

  11. lepidoctora
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    A beautiful detail: Most given names in Chinese are made up of three words (most, not all): one for the family name, and two for the personal name. Here there are three words or characters for the title in Chinese, so the name of the book directly parallels a given name in Chinese. For some reason I am delighted by this.

    Speaking of conferences… Sir Majesty Rothfuss, I see that you will be in the Great White North in November 2012 at the World Fantasy Convention. Are fans welcome there? I visited their website and it seems to be a place more for professionals (authors, editors, artists, assorted powerful minions) to hobnob than for fans to mob. I don’t know that you’ve ever been in Canada before and I’d really like to meet you, but I don’t want to crash the fancy party.

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

      It’s official attendees only at the convention. But I’ll probably try to set up a booksigning for the public when I’m in the area because I don’t get up there very often…. Keep tuned to the blog for details.

      • Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

        P.S. Cool fact about the name. I hadn’t known that….

        Thanks for sharing.

        • lepidoctora
          Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM | Permalink


          Thanks for letting me know about the convention. (I was actually considering cutting a few days out of school and paying to be an attending member, but I’d have stuck out like a sore thumb).

          P.S. It’s moose season in November!

          • rjleduc
            Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

            I don’t know about you, but I have already bought a membership and plan to attend.

            I looked at the website for the 2011 World Fantasy Convention and the program page talks about readings and signing sessions, so I take that to mean that there will be a number of fans there.

            I’m assuming that the 2012 will have similar programming announced eventually.

          • lepidoctora
            Posted May 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM | Permalink

            I just decided to go for the attending membership. :) I’ll deal with red tape at school if and when it arises.

  12. duke7883
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    So far my favorite copy of the Name of the Wind is the 50th anniversary Gollancz edition. That was the easiest purchase decision ever.

  13. Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    Now that is some majestic cover right thar.

  14. Jonas
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:06 AM | Permalink

    haha, if they already split this part in 2, will wise man’s fear become a trilogy?

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

      I’m guessing it will have to be….

  15. cromotocciano
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    The cover in the spanish edition is kind of generic. Those are very pretty.

    About signing… Are you coming to Barcelona any time soon? :)

  16. Bradford
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:11 AM | Permalink

    That’s fantastic! By “happening this week in China” do you mean it is coming out for sale in China this week? Or just that the cover is being finalized in China this week? I am in China right now and would love to pick up both volumes as soon as possible for a friend.

    Any further details you could provide would be great.

    • 214314
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

      Hi, this is the Chinese translator.
      The book is coming out for sale next week, and there is already an online store for pre-order ( However, the real books might take some time to hit the shelfs. How long do you think you’d stay in China? If you’re leaving soon, I’m happy to mail an advanced copy to you. :D

      • 214314
        Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

        *shelves*, my apologies… One second of wondering thoughts and the hand slips…

        • Bradford
          Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:12 AM | Permalink

          Can I lie and say I’m leaving soon? I live in China. I have for about a year and I will for a few more. But it would be beyond awesome to tell my friend she is one of the only people in the world to own a Chinese copy of The Name of the Wind. I’d be happy to pay a little extra for an advanced copy.

          • 214314
            Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

            The thing is, there is absolutely no difference between my copies and the ones that are going on market shortly after. The ‘advancement’ is only temporal, and quite short at that. I don’t think it’ll be long before the book is out there for anyone to buy, and the awesome feeling may as well evaporate before your friend even had time to boast about it…
            So yeah, I think it’s quite meaningless to give you one if you’re not leaving soon :P

        • Bradford
          Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:21 AM | Permalink

          Feel free to email me at Bradford Culwell gmail if you are willing to sell me an advanced copy.

          • Bradford
            Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:23 AM | Permalink

            Sorry. There should be a “dot” and an “at” in there that got eaten by comment demons. Bradford dot Culwell at… you get the idea.

        • simonealyse
          Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM | Permalink

          Hi there –

          Is there any way we can purchase the books off dangdang and have them posted to Australia?


          • 214314
            Posted May 28, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Permalink

            Hi, I checked the website, and the answer is yes. It takes 4-8 weeks and at least 50% of the price of the book (if you buy TNOW only, that’s 59+30=89 yuan in total, about AU$14).
            If you wait for several weeks, other online stores should also have the book, and you can compare their fees. (e.g., which is, you know, Amazon.)
            Or you could wait until Pat’s tinker’s pack has them. :p

  17. Alex
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

    Is it purely coincidental that Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton will be in Columbus at the same time?

    • He without a clever name
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM | Permalink

      …What are they going to be in Columbus for? It’s a couple hours away for me, but if there’s going to be a a mini convention of awesome up there…

      • Alex
        Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

        Felicia and Wil are going to be at origins that week.

        • Posted May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

          I’ll be there too. But I’m mostly ghosting the con.

          • Alex
            Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

            That’s fantastic. I wasn’t going to be able to make the signing, so hopefully I can say hello on Saturday at Origins.

  18. Rhia
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    Those might just be the most beautiful covers yet.

  19. fordern
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    Memories of being forced to read my first Chinese book are flooding back to me, but reading another Chinese book doesn’t seem near as bad now that Kvothe will be accompanying me (once again). Plus I can finally get my friends who detest reading English to read it! (Are we getting a traditional Chinese version?)

    The covers have a much warmer feeling to them, but still retain the dark mood of the tale. It’s just unbelievably pretty.

    • 214314
      Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

      They already have a traditional Chinese version in Taiwan, but you can only buy it from Taiwan, and the translation is totally different, as well as the cover. :)

      • Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

        I’m pretty sure we have a few Taiwanese editions in The Tinker’s Packs store, too.

  20. Posted May 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I’ve always been curious, so might as well ask here.

    Content-wise are foreign editions the same as the original English? Obviously there is the liberty brought on by translation but are there regional sensibilities that might force some changes in certain countries?

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

      Yes to both. The content is the same, but we do take regional sensibilities into consideration too in the translation.

      But I’ve never allowed something to be changed in order to avoid offending people. Or given permission cut something out of the books, like a scene or a character or anything like that.

  21. Shadow
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    It’s funny but no matter how nice the covers are for the North American editions I always like the foreign covers better. I really, really like those chinese covers and even though I can’t read the language I’d like to have them.

  22. leaf101
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

    AHHHH!!! I’m in Columbus on June 1st!!!

  23. Kashiraja
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    seriously. can we have some awesome covers in english too? wise man’s fear was great too though.

  24. Kashiraja
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    and congratulations on making the world a better place by writing a nice book.

  25. Little My
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

    I’m still partial to the Finnish edition cover. And, of course, that crazy Italian one that has nothing to do with anything.

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

      Heh. That was a fun blog…. I felt a little bad about it though when I met my Italian editors….

      • Little My
        Posted May 24, 2012 at 8:11 PM | Permalink

        I bet this was the blog you felt bad about. But wasn’t it worth it just to name the dude on the cover “Gothy McHotbod”? Because, you know, reading it is still making me laugh out loud.

        • Kashiraja
          Posted May 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

          the Finnish is very beautiful

  26. Brady Dill
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM | Permalink

    Nice wordplay in the title.

  27. Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    As so many nice folks before me have already stated, “Congratulations Pat!”
    It must be pretty damn amazing for you to sit back and really think a bit on how many languages embrace your story. That is so cool and I don’t mind admitting that I’m a tad jealous.
    We are all happy for you.

  28. HeroineOfCanton
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    The 30th is my birthday and the 31st is the first day of my vacation. You’re doing this just for me, aren’t you?! See you there!

  29. IvoryDoom
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    Congrats Pat! I kind of like how they split the book into two parts to make it smaller. Much more portable! I love your books but they are REALLY heavy in my purse. LOL

    These covers are very nice, but I’m really partial to the american covers that feature real drawings by hand. Not that the realism these feature isnt extremely intriguing, interesting how the publishing worlds differ between cultures.

  30. Mauren Rimloth
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    Those covers are AMAZING!!!

  31. jaydelott
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

    That is some extremely classy graphic design. So when NOTW is split in halves, where does the break come? Is it the same for every foreign version that gets bisected?

  32. Tom A
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    You should do an AMA on Reddit Pat :)

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

      Already did.

      • Gavin
        Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM | Permalink

        Pat you have to be careful telling people where your going to be otherwise crazed fans might pull a Misery and kidnap you and force you write. P.S. Do you think Stephen King wanted to be kidnapped which is why he wrote that book?

  33. simonealyse
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    Hrmm I want these!

    When do you think they will be in the Tinker shop for purchase?

  34. Posted May 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I’m from Brasil and this is the first time I write in your blog, even reading it from long time.
    Those two covers are amazing. I love it.
    May be some day Brasil will be in your schedule.
    See ya

  35. Posted June 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM | Permalink

    Damn those covers are sexy. Sheesh.

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