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DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
Events and News from Borderlands Books
Chapter One - Event Information, News, and Special FeaturesJohn Birmingham, WITHOUT WARNING, (Del Rey, Hardcover, $26.00), Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm
Patricia Briggs, BONE CROSSED, (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95), Friday, February 6th at 7:00 pm
Rain Graves, BARFODDER: POETRY WRITTEN IN DARK BARS AND QUESTIONABLE
CAFES, (Cemetery Dance, Trade Paperback, $20.00), Saturday, February
21st at 3:00 pm
Michael Boatman and Deborah Grabien are guests of SF in SF at the
Variety Preview Room in the Hobart Building, 582 Market Street,
Saturday, February 21st at 7:00 pm
Potlatch 18 at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, February 27 - March 1, 2009
Kim Harrison, WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE, (Eos, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, February 28th at 3:00 pm
(for more information check the end of this section)
And stay tuned for some awesome events in spring. . . we're looking
forward to the Road Trip of the Drunken Fantasy Authors with Mario
Acevedo, Mark Henry, Caitlin Kittredge, and Cherie Priest, a romantic
zombie comedy (that's a rom-zom-com to you!) with S.G. Browne, the
triumphant return of Mark von Schlegell, the triumphant premiere of Ken
Scholes, Amber Benson's first solo novel, and his Lake-ness, Jay
Lake! You won't want to miss any of them!
* Cats, Cats, Cats -
Some of you may remember Sly, Ripley's half-brother, who stayed with us
for a few months back in 2007. Well, he's back, at least for a
bit! Sly's people are once again in transit, so for the next
month or so you can delight in the presence of three hairless cats.
* Amazon Drops Microsoft and Adobe E-Book Formats
If you're following the E-book Reader Wars, Amazon just fired another
volley. Publishers Weekly says, "Amazon.com has notified its
publisher and author clients that it plans to cease offering e-books in
the Microsoft Reader and Adobe e-book formats. In the future, the
online retailer says it plans to offer only e-books in the Kindle
format. . . . and the Mobipocket format, both of which are owned by
Amazon." Read the brief article here: <http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6631991.html?nid=2286&source=title&rid=1689110361>
* Sawyer Novel Becomes TV Series
From author Robert J. Sawyer comes the following exciting news: "ABC,
the most-watched television network in the United States, begins
filming a one-hour TV series pilot based on Rob's novel FLASH FORWARD
in Los Angeles on February 21, 2009. The pilot script was written
by David S. Goyer ("Batman Begins") and Brannon Braga ("Star Trek",
"24"), and David is directing. Rob is serving as consultant, and will
be writing one of the first-season episodes."
* Graham Joyce DOOMed
Graham Joyce, distinguished author and favorite of many Borderlands
employees, has confirmed that he's been hired to help develop the
storyline for DOOM 4. <http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3172288>
We can't wait! In the meantime, look for Graham's new novel which
will be released in the States shortly; HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH DEMONS
is coming from Night Shade Books soon!
* Interview with Chris Roberson
Another Borderlands fave, Chris Roberson, talks fables (and "Fables") with BookSpot Central: <http://www.bookspotcentral.com/2009/01/chris-roberson-interview-fables/>
* Science Fiction Canon?
i09 reports on the Guardian (UK) newspaper's list of 1000 books you
must read, including the must-read science fiction novels. <http://io9.com/5139743/a-first-stab-at-a-science-fiction-canon>
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From The Office
Due to the intensifying work on the cafe, this is an abbreviated
newsletter. We'll return next month with all the regular
features, reviews, and sarcasm you expect. I can pause long
enough to tell you that the tile is complete in the bathroom and
kitchen areas of the cafe, and Alan is frantically priming and
painting. More news to come next month!
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Notes From a DVD Geek
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Book Club Info
The Gay Men's Book Club
will meet on Sunday, February 8th, at 5 pm to discuss QUEEN OF ANGELS
by Greg Bear. Please contact the group leader, Christopher
Rodriguez, at email@example.com, for more information.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, FEBRUARY
15th, at 6 pm to discuss CHILDHOOD'S END by Arthur C. Clarke. The
book for March is UNDERTOW by Elizabeth Bear. Please contact Jude
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upcoming Event Details
John Birmingham, WITHOUT WARNING, (Del Rey, Hardcover, $26.00) Tuesday, February 3rd at 7pm -
From the book: "The author of the acclaimed novels WEAPONS OF CHOICE,
DESIGNATED TARGETS, and FINAL IMPACT returns with his most chilling --
and most mainstream -- story yet. . . . A thrilling novel that explores
what would happen if an unexplained phenomenon virtually erased the
United States overnight -- leaving the rest of the world to survive
without it." Come meet John Birmingham and ponder this
Patricia Briggs, BONE CROSSED, (Ace, Hardcover, $24.95) Friday, February 6th at 7:00 pm -
Patricia Briggs is the author of about a dozen books, and she's always
been great, but it seems that she's just recently come to major
national attention with the kick-ass Mercy Thompson novels. Mercy
is an auto mechanic and a shapeshifter, and a cooler heroine would be
difficult to imagine. In BONE CROSSED, Mercy has to deal with an
angry local vampire queen whom she has crossed; but because Mercy is
protected from direct reprisal by her powerful associates, (_really_
powerful. . .they're werewolves!) it won't be Mercy's blood the vampire
is after. It'll be her friends'. You can read an excerpt
from BONE CROSSED here: <http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/BoneCrossedChapter.shtml>
Rain Graves, BARFODDER: POETRY WRITTEN IN DARK BARS AND
QUESTIONABLE CAFES, (Cemetery Dance, Trade Paperback, $20.00),
Saturday, February 21st at 3:00 pm - From Cemetery Dance:
"Worlds created; nightmares given. The universe is a tiny grain of
sand, and by turns, it opens up into a revolving world of horrific
little poems in BARFODDER by Rain Graves. Each poem tells a
distinct story—from serial killers, to love and loss, to the raising of
Cthulhu in a haiku. Each poem in this collection was inspired by
and written in a dark bar or questionable café throughout her
travels...called forth by ominous candles, succulent liquors, and
velvet curtains to delight the reader with a sensory of dark, demonic,
luxurious imagery." Join us to hang out with this charming local
author and pick up some BARFODDER. Publishers Weekly describes
the collection of more than 100 short poems as "Lovecraft meets
Bukowski," and how can you resist that?
Michael Boatman and Deborah Grabien are guests of SF in
SF at the Variety Preview Room in the Hobart Building, 582 Market
Street, Saturday, February 21st at 7:00 pm - We are happy to
help SF in SF welcome these authors! Each author will read a
selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience
moderated by author Terry Bisson. Authors will schmooze &
sign books after in the lounge. Books available for sale courtesy of
Borderlands Books. Seating is limited, so first come, first
seated. Bar proceeds benefit Variety Childrens Charity - learn
more at <http://www.varietync.org/>.
We REALLY encourage you to take BART into the City, or use MUNI to get
here - parking can be problematic in San Francisco, to say the
least. We are less than one block away from the Montgomery St.
station. Trust us - you don't want to be looking for parking and
be late for the event! Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Potlatch 18 at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, February 27 - March 1, 2009 -
"Potlatch, the convention, is an all-volunteer, non-profit, literary
event for the readers and writers of speculative fiction. At Potlatch,
people talk to each other and participate in panel discussions about
reading and writing speculative fiction. You’ll find conversations at
the program events, in Algonquins (spontaneous member-generated
programming), in writers workshops, in the consuite, in the halls, and
in elevators. Proceeds from Potlatch benefit Clarion West—an intensive
six-week workshop for writers who are preparing for professional
careers in science fiction and fantasy." Borderlands will be on
hand in the Dealers' Room, and this is always an enjoyable
convention. More info here: <http://www.potlatch-sf.org/>
Kim Harrison, WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE, (Eos, Hardcover, $25.99), Saturday, February 28th at 3:00 pm -
We are always delighted to host the bewitching Kim Harrison, and all
the more so as she presents the seventh Rachel Morgan novel, WHITE
WITCH, BLACK CURSE! Kim has all sorts of exciting things in the
works, including a new young adult book coming out in June called ONCE
DEAD, TWICE SHY. Don't miss this chance to meet Kim and hear
about the future of The Hollows!
Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge. You are welcome
to bring copies of an author's books purchased elsewhere to be autographed
(but we do appreciate it if you purchase something while at the event).
For most events you are welcome to bring as many books as you wish for autographs.
If you are unable to attend the event we will be happy to have a copy of
any of the author's available books signed or inscribed for you. We
can then either hold it until you can come in to pick it up or we can ship
it to you. Just give us a call or drop us an email. If you live
out of town, you can also ship us books from your collection to be signed.
Call or email for details.
Chapter Two - Book Listings
Small Press Features
IN THE CLOSET - THE READER'S BLOCH VOL. 2 by Robert Bloch (Subterranean
Press, Limited Edition (750 copies) Hardcover, $40.00)
THE EXQUISITE CORPUSCLE edited by Jay Lake and Frank Wu (Fairwood Press, Trade Paperback, $25.00)
New and Notable
THE SHARING KNIFE VOL. 4 by Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos, Hardcover,
$26.99) - The fourth of the tremendously popular Sharing Knife series.
LITTLE (GRRL) LOST by Charles de Lint (Viking, Trade Paperback, $8.99)
- I love this quirky story of the unlikely friendship between awkward
T.J., whose family has just moved to the city, and the six-inch tall
Elizabeth, a punk-y "little" with a really, really big attitude.
Recommended by Jude.
MAP OF MOMENTS by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (Bantam, Trade
Paperback, $12.00) - It is difficult to discuss this novel without
giving too much away, but suffice it to say that our very unlikely
professor hero finds himself in just-post Katrina New Orleans mourning
his young, dead, difficult lover, when he is given a very special map
and an opportunity to -- maybe -- make everything right again by
re-living a series of specific moments in New Orleans' history.
Recommended by Cary and Jude.
LAST WATCH by Sergei Lukyanenko (Hyperion, Trade Paperback, $14.95) -
The ongoing battle between the forces of darkness and light seem to be
heading toward a climax in the last of the NIGHT novels.
Recommended in advance by Alan.
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