If you’re interested in scheduling an event, just email me. I have small kids and a heavy writing schedule, so I don’t usually do public events unless I have a book coming out. But I always try to make time for schools, libraries, and JCCs. So go ahead and ask. Even if it’s only a skype visit, I can usually figure out some way to make it happen.
Science fiction and Fantasy Reading Group: Saturday July 23rd, 2 pm, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY. This is our first meeting, and the book this month is GREY by Jon Armstrong. GREY was Armstrong’s 2007 debut novel, and a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. Michael Chabon called GREY “a legendary book waiting to happen … a mad, stylish, trippy, endlessly inventive romp through the biohazardous wastes of post-genre literature.”
Science fiction and Fantasy Reading Group: Saturday June 25th, 2 pm, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY. This month’s book: WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor. This was one of the most acclaimed fantasy novels of 2010, a finalist for the Nebula and Lambda Awards, and a book hailed as a major contribution to both contemporary fantasy and African-American literature.
READERCON: Boston, MA, July 17th through 20th. Readercon is the biggest writing-oriented SF convention on the East Cost, and I’ll be going this year for the first time after wanting to go for many years and just never quite finding the time to get there. So I’m very excited about it. More information on panels, readings, etc should be up on their site in the near future.
Write On! Kids’ Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing Workshop (Comics Creators Welcome): Tompkins Country Public Library, Ithaca, NY, 3:30-5:00 pm August 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th, and 19th. I’m excited about this workshop, which is a new venture for me. I’m working with the library to try to bring a free workshop to local kids ages 9-15 modeled on the workshop that Gail Carson Levine has been running for years in Brewster, New York. The basic idea is to provide an in-depth introduction to the writing craft geared to middle grade sf/fantasy/comics fans. I’ll be leading the classes myself, but also bringing in other pros to talk about everything from writing historical fantasy to illustrating superhero comics. Our goal is to inspire, encourage, and give kids the basic tools to embark on what we hope will be a lifetime of fiction writing. Should be a lot of fun, and I’ll have more information here about guest writers as soon as I have the final line-up.