MP Johnson, DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $10.95) Sunday July 13th at 3:00 pm
Richard Lupoff, WRITER VOL. 1 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $18.00 and Hardcover, $32.00), WRITER VOL. 2 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $20.00 and Hardcover, $32.00) & WHAT IF? VOL. 3 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $18.00 and Hardcover, $32.00), Saturday July 19th at 3:00 pm
Serena Valentino, THE BEAST WITHIN (Disney Press, Hardcover, $16.99) Saturday July 26th at 5:00 pm
Tobias S. Buckell, HURRICANE FEVER (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday July 27th at 3:00 pm
Joe Abercrombie, HALF A KING (Del Rey, Hardcover, $26.00) Monday July 28th at 7:00 pm
Glen Hirshberg, MOTHERLESS CHILD (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday August 2nd at 3:00 pm
Katharine Kerr, SORCERER'S FEUD (Osel Books, Trade Paperback, $14.50) Saturday August 23rd at 3:00 pm
Kelli Stanley, CITY OF GHOSTS (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday August 23rd at 5:00 pm
Brent Weeks, THE BROKEN EYE (Orbit, Hardcover, $28.00) Thursday August 28th at 7:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this newsletter)
And stay tuned for more exciting readings and signings, including Dana Fredsti, Ray Garton, and John Scalzi in September!
Juliet Blackwell, A VISION IN VELVET (Signet, Mass Market, $7.99), Kate Carlisle, THE BOOK STOPS HERE (Obsidian, Hardcover, $24.95), and Gigi Pandian, PIRATE VISHNU (Henery Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95), Saturday July 12th at 3:00 pm - Do you like witches or pirates? (We know you like books!) Why choose when you can enjoy all three at this event? Juliet Blackwell, Kate Carlisle, and Gigi Pandian return to their respective series, with even more mystery, magic and pirates. Come celebrate the release of three books! In A VISION IN VELVET, the sixth in Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series, Lily must save someone very important to her, her pot-bellied pig familiar Oscar. A witch is reaching out from the past, through her velvet cloak, and it's up to Lily to decide whether she is friend or foe and to prepare to fight if she must. In THE BOOK STOPS HERE, rare-book expert and appraiser Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be appearing on the San Francisco edition of the hit TV show This Old Attic. Her first subject is a very valuable (and likely very dangerous) first-edition copy of The Secret Garden. Then the show's host, Randolph, is accosted by an angry man who says the book was purchased on the cheap at his garage sale, and he wants it back, or else. Can she protect Randolph and herself? The past also reaches out in PIRATE VISHNU, Pandian's second Jaya Jones mystery. Historian Jones is stuck not only dealing with her complicated love life but also trying to solve two murders a century apart and decipher a treasure map left by one of her ancestors, the Pirate Vishnu of the title. If she succeeds she could very well rediscover sacred jewels thought lost forever. . . and if she fails she could end up being the next one to walk the plank.
MP Johnson, DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS (Eraserhead Press, Trade Paperback, $10.95) Sunday July 13th at 3:00 pm -Borderlands is proud and tickled as pink as Ms. LaRuse's wig to welcome MP Johnson for the release for his latest work, DUNGEONS AND DRAG QUEENS. It is quite simply everything you've always wanted in a fantasy novel and didn't know how to ask for. Drag Queens! Wizards! Monsters! Fabulous Wigs! And more! When Sleazella LaRuse, the reigning queen-of-queens of Green Bay, ends up in a completely different world as the intended bride of the serpent god Houmak, she must use all of her guile, skills, and lip-synching prowess to make her way, survive and maybe find love along the way. A delicious mix of irreverent humor, sword-and-sorcery and Drag-attude. Even if you've never been into drag you'll be into this simply because it's a great adventure story that never goes where you expect.
Richard Lupoff, WRITER VOL. 1 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $18.00 and Hardcover, $32.00), WRITER VOL. 2 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $20.00 and Hardcover, $32.00) & WHAT IF? VOL. 3 (Ramble House, Trade Paperback, $18.00 and Hardcover, $32.00), Saturday July 19th at 3:00 pm - Celebrated writer Dick Lupoff comes to Borderlands for the release of three books. Read behind-the-scenes stories of triumphs and hardships in WRITER VOL. 1 & 2. Memoir, criticism, analysis and anecdotes combine and inform each other and give you a real idea of what it means to be a working writer for 60 years. If you've enjoyed Richard Lupoff's work in the past, dig into these books to see what was happening behind the stories. Lupoff is also presenting the long awaited WHAT IF? VOL. 3, decades after VOL. 1 & 2. Lupoff returns to collect stories that were eligible for the Hugo, and in Lupoff's opinion should have won. Collecting stories from 1966-1973, it includes works by Joanna Russ, Samuel Delany, Gene Wolfe, Ursula LeGuin, and more!
Michael J. Martinez, THE ENCELADUS CRISIS (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has unfortunately been cancelled. Michael J. Martinez will be dropping by informally on Saturday, December 6th in the afternoon, so be sure to say hi then!
Serena Valentino, THE BEAST WITHIN (Disney Press, Hardcover, $16.99) Saturday July 26th at 5:00 pm - Valentino returns to the world of Disney to explore the background of another villainous character. Like her previous novel FAIREST OF ALL, which explored the past of the Wicked Queen from Sleeping Beauty, this one tackles a different complex and villainous character, the Beast from Beauty & the Beast. From the publisher's description of the newest novel THE BEAST WITHIN: "A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp -- like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?" Valentino's career has spanned comics, novels and hilarious How-To books; she is a writer of great range, wonderful descriptions and dark imagination. Come join us as we celebrate the release of her latest enthralling work.
Tobias S. Buckell, HURRICANE FEVER (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Sunday July 27th at 3:00 pm - Come to Borderlands to celebrate the release of Buckell's newest novel HURRICANE FEVER. A techno-thriller with slow believable ecological collapse and geo-politics that feel ripped right from the current political climate. From the publisher's website "Prudence 'Roo' Jones never thought he’d have a family to look after -- until suddenly he found himself taking care of his orphaned teenage nephew. Roo, a former Caribbean Intelligence operative, spends his downtime on his catamaran dodging the punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the simple calm of his new life -- until an unexpected package from a murdered fellow spy shows up. Suddenly Roo is thrown into the center of the biggest storm of all. Using his wits -- and some of the more violent tricks of his former trade -- Roo begins to unravel the mystery that got his friend killed. When a polished and cunning woman claiming to be murdered spy’s sister appears, the two find themselves caught up in a global conspiracy with a weapon that could change the face of the world forever." We were delighted when Tobias Buckell toured through Borderlands for his last book ARCTIC RISING. Join us for what promises to be another great time!
Joe Abercrombie, HALF A KING (Del Rey, Hardcover, $26.00) Monday July 28th at 7:00 pm - Abercrombie's version of a coming of age novel, as only Joe Abercrombie can write it! Blood, violence, intrigue and revenge all inform this newest novel. Born with only one good hand, Yarvi is looked down upon by his family and people. When his father dies, Yarvi is betrayed and sold into slavery: now the throne he never wanted has become his central goal. Survival is his main focus, but as he gathers a collection of allies and grows into himself, Yarvi will prove that he is more than anyone anticipated -- more skilled, more strong-willed, more vicious, more vengeful, and much more than half a king. Come to Borderlands and have your imagination set aflame in a totally new world by this author who has made fans of noted authors, cynical readers, and virtually anyone who enjoys a good story.
Glen Hirshberg, MOTHERLESS CHILD (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday August 2nd at 3:00 pm - The brilliant Glen Hirshberg is not your typical horror writer, and MOTHERLESS CHILD is about as far as you get from a typical vampire novel. From the publisher: "It's the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as 'the Whistler.' Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie's mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires. Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician's many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight." MOTHERLESS CHILD was originally published in a very limited edition from Earthling Publications, and sold out almost immediately. We're happy that this novel can finally get the huge audience it deserves!
Katharine Kerr, SORCERER'S FEUD (Osel Books, Trade Paperback, $14.50) Saturday August 23rd at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome Katharine Kerr back to Borderlands! Her newest novel is called SORCERER'S FEUD, the follow-up to SORCERER'S LUCK. From the book description: "Art student Maya Cayescu has always had secrets to keep -- her mysterious disease that has turned her into something like a vampire, her father's obsession with ritual magic, her own talents for the occult. Now, however, she has a secret far more dangerous than those: in self-defense, she killed a man with magic. Can her lover, the wealthy, powerful runemaster Tor Thorlaksson, protect her from the consequences? He has dangers of his own to face, because his family's evil past haunts him. Worst of all, a powerful spirit from the mists of time is hunting Tor down, in hopes of taking him away from Maya and making him her own -- forever." Don't miss this thrilling new title and the chance to meet Kit Kerr!
Kelli Stanley, CITY OF GHOSTS (Minotaur, Hardcover, $25.99) Saturday August 23rd at 5:00 pm - The third novel following Stanley's stunning CITY OF DRAGONS and CITY OF SECRETS takes us back to Miranda Corbie's ultra-noir San Francisco of 1940. From the book description: "For the United States, war is on the horizon. For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories -- long-suppressed and willfully forgotten -- to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past. . . if she survives. Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World. . . where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past."
Brent Weeks, THE BROKEN EYE (Orbit, Hardcover, $28.00) Thursday August 28th at 7:00 pm - We are thrilled to welcome Brent Weeks back to Borderlands! THE BROKEN EYE continues Brent's Lightbringer Series, but it's very difficult to summarize the new book without spoilers. So let's just say that you must come and meet Brent Weeks, one of the most successful and popular new fantasy writers. He's also charming, did we mention that? So don't miss this exciting opportunity to meet Brent and continue to explore the Lightbringer world! (And, if you'd like to win the chance to be a Blackguard Captain, get cool prizes and hang out with Brent, see the News section above.)
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