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Upcoming Author Events
Litquake Opening Night Party with Jean-Christophe Valtat at Z Space
Theatre, 450 Florida Street ($15 advance, $20 at the door) - Friday,
October 11th at 7:00 pm
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From The Office
I'm afraid that, with one thing and another (not the least of which has
been getting our new newsletter service working right . . . -ish), I
don't have much to say this month. But I do have a favor to ask.
Top Sellers At Borderlands
Book Club InfoThe QSF&F Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 13th, at 5 pm to discuss YAMADA MONOGATARI: DEMON HUNTER by Richard Parks. Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 20th, at 6 pm to discuss REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Upcoming Event DetailsLitquake
Opening Night Party with Jean-Christophe Valtat at Z Space Theatre, 450
Florida Street ($15 advance, $20 at the door) - Friday, October 11th at
7:00 pm - THE FUTURE THAT NEVER WAS: A Tribute to Jules Verne, with
special guest Jean-Christophe Valtat. Advance tickets here: http://www.litquake.org/calendar-of-events/the-future-that-never-was
Litquake’s opening night party celebrates the legacy of French science-fiction writer Jules Verne and the 150th anniversary of his first published novel, FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON. With special guest Jean-Christophe Valtat, direct from Paris to celebrate the launch of his new book LUMINOUS CHAOS. Jean-Christophe Valtat is the author of several books including the steampunk novels AURORARAMA and LUMINOUS CHAOS, part of the Mysteries of New Venice series. Educated in the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne, he lives in Paris and teaches Comparative Literature. Valtat’s previous work AURORARAMA has been described as “perhaps what Jules Verne would write if woken from the dead and offered a dose of mushrooms.” Valtat will be in conversation with Borderlands' owner Alan Beatts. Live music by the Mark Growden Trio. Featuring tasty complimentary cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin and book sales by Borderlands Books, this event is co-presented through the kind efforts of Hendrick’s Gin, Consulate General of France in San Francisco, the French American Cultural Society, Borderlands Books, and 7x7 magazine.
Steven Brust and Skyler White, THE INCREMENTALISTS (Tor, Hardcover, $24.99) Saturday, October 12th at 3:00 pm - We're delighted to welcome Steven Brust to Borderlands for the first time! The beloved author of the JHEREG books will be joined by his co-author, up-and-coming urban fantasy writer Skyler White. Brust and White have a brand-new world to show you: Ours, but in which an ancient secret society tries to makes things better, a little bit at a time. If only they could agree what that meant! Now there's a showdown brewing in Las Vegas between Celeste, recently disembodied, bitter, and increasingly unstable, and Phil, who has loved her for hundreds upon hundreds of years. The battle will encompass and change this secret group, and maybe the entire world.
Litquake Event with Richard Kadrey and Adam Mansbach at Glass Door Gallery, 245 Columbus Avenue - Monday, October 14th at 7:00 pm - Join New York Times bestsellers Adam Mansbach and Richard Kadrey in a conversation about the chilling intricacies and gory ecstasies of writing about the supernatural. Hang on for a terrifying ride filled with zombies, devilish hit men, malevolent cult leaders, and demons galore as they discuss Kadrey’s latest hardboiled, irreverent urban fantasy KILL CITY BLUES and Mansbach’s high-concept literary horror debut, THE DEAD RUN. San Franciscan Richard Kadrey has written dozens of stories plus nine novels, including his latest, KILL CITY BLUES. Adam Mansbach: #1 New York Times bestselling author. Award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Cultural critic. THE DEAD RUN came out from Harper Voyager in September. Visit him here: www.adammansbach.com Borderlands will be on hand to sell books -- hope to see you there!
SF in SF Litquake event: Caped Crusader Victories with Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumiere and Tim Pratt at the Variety Preview Room in the Hobart Bldg. 582 Market St. - Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm - SF in SF presents editor Claude Lalumière and authors Tim Pratt and Camille Alexa reading selections of their work from SUPER STORIES OF HEROES AND VILLAINS, an adventurous anthology of original superhero stories that release guardians and villains from the comic book realm. Q & A with moderator author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing in the lounge follows; book sales by Borderlands Books. Camille Alexa's fiction appears internationally in multiple languages. Her award-nominated collection PUSH OF THE SKY, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Montreal native Claude Lalumière wrote OBJECTS OF WORSHIP and THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES. He edited twelve anthologies, including SUPER STORIES OF HEREOS AND VILLAINS. Hugo Award-winner Tim Pratt’s latest collection is ANTIQUITIES AND TANGIBLES AND OTHER STORIES. He has also been nominated for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards.
Litquake event with Anne Perry at Glass Door Gallery, 245 Columbus Avenue - Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm - Mystery. . . history. Famed New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry combines the two to take the reader far far away, yet still focus on current issues. Author of more than 80 mystery novels, primarily set in an historically accurate Victorian England, Anne will discuss the art and craft of writing with San Francisco mystery writer William C. Gordon. Gordon’s 1960s San Francisco noir novels also use dislocation in time to explore universal concepts and memorable characters. Borderlands will be on hand to sell books!
Litquake Lit Crawl Phase 2 at Borderlands Books with Diana Orgain, Sheldon Siegel, Kelli Stanley, and Simon Wood - Saturday, October 19th from 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm - We are delighted to once again take part in one of the most exciting literary events in San Francisco - the LitCrawl! This is a three-hour pub-crawl-style literary event with dozens of venues and hundreds of authors, all taking place right here in the Mission District. This year, join us to inaugurate Borderlands Books’ mystery section with thrilling tales of covert action, desperate criminals, and San Francisco noir! Diana Orgain is the bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series and the co-author with NYT Bestselling Author, Laura Childs, of GILT TRIP. <www.dianaorgain.com> Sheldon Siegel is the New York Times best selling author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Kelli Stanley is a critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning author of crime fiction. She lives in San Francisco and appreciates fedoras and Scotch. Simon Wood is the Anthony Award winning author of a dozen books as well as over 150 published stories and articles. He used to race cars, too.
Litquake Lit Crawl Phase 3 at Borderlands Cafe with Steven Boyett, Ellen Klages, Allison Moon, and Annalee Newitz - Saturday, October 19th from 8:30 - 9:30 pm - Fantastic creatures & extinction events! Borderlands Cafe is pleased to host four eclectic, speculative authors for the last phase of the Lit Crawl. Come for the lesbian werewolves, stay for the unicorns & atomic bombs. Steven R. Boyett's <www.steveboy.com> novels include ARIEL, ELEGY BEACH, and MORTALITY BRIDGE. As a DJ he produces two of the world's most-popular podcasts, Groovelectric and Podrunner. Ellen Klages is the award-winning author of the novels THE GREEN GLASS SEA and WHITE SANDS, RED MENACE, and the story collection PORTABLE CHILDHOODS. She lives in a small house full of many odd things. Allison Moon is the author of Tales of the Pack, a series of novels about lesbian werewolves. Annalee Newitz is the editor of io9.com, and the author of SCATTER, ADAPT AND REMEMBER: HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION.
Mira Grant, PARASITE (Orbit, Hardcover, $20.00) Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 pm - Mira Grant, acclaimed author of the marvelous FEED trilogy, returns with the first of a brand-new series! In PARASITE, mankind owes its good health to "a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives. . . and will do anything to get them." Join us to meet Mira and check out this extraordinary new novel!
S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, Rain Graves and Loren Rhoads, THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO (Damnation Books, Trade Paperback, $21.99) Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 pm - Last year, a small group of horror writers held their second retreat in a haunted house in Northern California. On November 3 at 3 p.m., contributors to THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO will read stories and memoirs inspired by the four days they spent with the ghosts. Readers will include Rain Graves, S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, and Loren Rhoads.
Malinda Lo, INHERITANCE (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $18.00) and Tim Pratt (editor) RAGS & BONES: NEW TWISTS ON TIMELESS TALES (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $18.00) Saturday, November 9th at 3:00 pm - We're happy to welcome local authors Malinda Lo and Tim Pratt! Malinda's new novel is INHERITANCE, the sequel to ADAPTATION, which is a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Book Award and a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2013. Before she became a novelist, Malinda was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. Tim Pratt is a novelist and editor, who has most recently worked with Melissa Marr to bring you RAGS & BONES, a collection of classic tales retold by some of our most favorite current authors! Join us to meet these two fantastic writers, who will read, sign, and chat about the art of writing speculative fiction. Bring your questions!
Jeffrey Siger, MYKONOS AFTER MIDNIGHT (Poisoned Pen Press, Trade Paperback, $14.95 and Hardcover, $24.95) Sunday. November 10th at 3:00 pm - Borderlands is pleased to host distinguished writer Jeffrey Siger, author of the Inspector Kaldis series. These thrilling novels are all set in exotic Grecian locales. From the book description: "Mykonos holds tight to its past even as it transforms from an obscure, impoverished Aegean island into a tourist mecca and summertime playground for the world’s rich, a process making the Mykonian people some of the wealthiest in Greece. Yes, the old guard is still a force to be reckoned with despite the new money. One of them, a legendary nightclub owner, has been found savagely bludgeoned in his home. All evidence points to obvious thugs. Yet the murder has put long hidden, politically explosive secrets in play and drawn a dangerous foreign investor to the island paradise. Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece’s special crimes division, is certain there’s a far more complex solution to the murder than robbery, and he vows to find it."
Gail Carriger, CURTSIES AND CONSPIRACIES (Little, Brown, Hardcover, $18.00) Monday, November 11th at 7:00 pm - Help give Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series, a warm welcome! CURTSIES AND CONSPIRACIES is the second novel in The Finishing School series. It takes place about 20 years before the events in SOULLESS, and continues the story of Sophronia and her friends (and enemies) at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, a clandestine espionage school housed in an almost-constantly floating dirigible. Now a conspiracy is afoot -- one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her brand-new training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot, and also survive the London Season with a full dance card!
Ellen Kirschman, BURYING BEN (Aakenbaaken & Kent, Trade Paperback, $15.95) Saturday, November 16th at 3:00 pm - BURYING BEN is Ellen Kirschman's fourth book and first nove. It's a mystery, inspired by the stories and secrets she heard during her thirty years as a police psychologist. From the book description: "Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie that she tries to counsel, commits suicide without any warning and leaves a note blaming her. Overnight, her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already battered sense of self-worth. Dot resolves to find out not just what led Ben to kill himself, but why her psychologist ex-husband, the man she most wants to avoid, recommended that Ben be hired in the first place. Ben's surviving family and everyone else connected to him are determined to keep Ben's story a secret, by any means necessary. Even Ben, from the grave, has secrets to keep." We're excited to host Ellen and hope you'll enjoy BURYING BEN!
Free Presentation on Practical Book Repair with Sophia S.W. Bogle - Friday, November 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Ms. Bogle, of www.SaveYourBooks.com will show you simple and archival means to improve the value of your books. Bring your books and get your questions answered! Sophia is an expert book restorer with a diploma in book conservation from the American Academy of Bookbinding and more than 25 years of experience.
Book Repair Class with Sophia S.W. Bogle ($30) - Saturday, November 23rd from 3:00 - 6:00 pm - Learn how to clean up your ex-library books from an expert book restorer. No experience, tools or materials necessary. Practice books will be provided. The class is $30 -- Reserve your spot now by calling 541-601-7543. Class size is limited to 12.
Borderlands event policy - all events are free of charge unless otherwise stated. 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 the book(s) until you can come in to pick them up or we can ship 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 for a nominal fee. Call or email for details.
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