Come See Me and Mary Robinette Kowal in San Francisco, 1/16/09
Posted on December 18, 2008 Posted by John Scalzi 27 Comments
An announcement for people living in or near the San Francisco area: On Friday, January 16, at 7pm, at Borderlands Books, 2008 Campbell Award winner Mary Robinette Kowal and I will be appearing together at for something we’re calling “John and Mary Show You Their Shorts” — Which is to say, we’ll be reading from a selection of mostly-humorous short pieces, for your delight and edification.
Mary and I have read together before, most recently at Denvention (which is where we picked up the hardware you see us with above), and we had waaaay too much fun, as did our audience, by all accounts. So we figured, heck, why not do it again? And afterwards we’ll hang about a bit to chat and autograph things you want autographed and so on and etc.
Basically, Mary and I are planning to have a hell of a good time, and so hope you’ll be there to have a hell of a good time with us. Also, in my case, it’s my only currently scheduled public appearance in the San Francisco area for 2009. So if you want to see me, this is the time and place to do it. So, remember: Friday, January 16, at 7pm, at Borderlands Books, in San Francisco. Can’t wait to see you there.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it, but the Borderlands folks are good folks. I order quite a few books from them, even though I’ve never been there or met them. Not quite as convenient as Amazon’s one-click, perhaps, but the customer service is orders of magnitude better.
So even if you don’t go, you should order books from them. :)
Ah, careful planning. Someone obviously told you that I’m leaving for London on the 13th…
Still, sorry I can’t be there, but if you have time in your schedule (and who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend in San Francisco?) I hope you’ll both hang around for SF in SF on the Saturday night. Our scheduled guests are Aimee Bender and Sean Stewart.
I’d love to see you and will be there if I can! It’s on my calendar, anyway.
Awesome! It’ll be so great to see you, Mo!
Cheryl: Sorry we’ll miss you and yes, aware of the SF in SF event, and will try to make it if I can.
Hurrah! I’ll plan on being there. I don’t go to signings much. What’s the protocol on bringing our own stuff into someone else’s place of business for signings? Or are we supposed to buy it there for signing?
I don’t have any personal objection if you bring outside stuff in, but if there’s a book you haven’t gotten that you want (mine or anyone else’s), picking it up at Borderlands would be a lovely thing, and something I recommend highly. It’s a great store and it deserves your business, not in the least because they’re hosting me and Mary for the evening.
This will be SUCH fun.
I can do that. And, in all events, I have nothing of Ms Kowal’s.
Sadness. I keep missing you by a few days :) Come to Boston sometime!
I love it. The one time in 7 years I’m actually in the state of Ohio, is the day you are in CA. Have a great time and post a podcast of a reading for us poor things who won’t be in San Francisco.
Rats. I will actually be in San Francisco that day, but since I’ll be getting in late that afternoon for a long weekend (and avoidance of inauguration insanity back home) spent with my 3 year old nephew (and his parental units), I don’t think i’ll be able to make it to Borderlands that evening (which will be 10pm in my head). “Sorry I can’t have dinner with you, I need to go to an SF reading” would not go over well. OTOH, I did have the please of attending the reading at Denvention, and I did get to hear MRK read at Philcon, so I won’t feel too deprived.
And yes, Borderlands is awesome. In fact, I am heading over after work today for their holiday potluck party.
I will be there, god willing and the creek don’t rise.
Ack!! I really want to be there. Really. No…really.
That’s a fabulous photo! I hope you’ll be back in time to stop in on ConFusion.
Pants. That’s about when I fly into LA for a Maya course. Ah well – at least next year I should be solidly stateside. Though I do say, sir – pants. Pants, and dirty tissues. Oh well. Stalk you properly next year.
Woohoo! That’s my store! Well, ok not MY store. But I work there!
I was wondering when you may be back. I am really looking forward to the event.
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I am the one who packs your books. :) Funny meeting you here.
This is very cool and I shall try my very best to attend. Thank you for the heads-up.
wow, cool! and on a night when i don’t have to work! i just might swing on down valencia and check out the show. and scritch the bald kitty.
Another Bay Areaite who is out of town that day. I’ll be at Anza-Borrego State Park south of Palm Springs.
Since I live in San Jose, I never heard of Borderlands. I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in the Mission.
Great! I’ve added it to my calendar. As long as you don’t have any restraining orders against me (and no reason at all why you should) I’ll do my best to be there.
Have an awesome time! The two of you should wend your way up Toronto at some point (when it’s not buried in snow).
Can’t make it. Scritch Ripley for me.
I’ll be in SF for MacWorld the first week of Jan and so I’ll just miss you. I guess I’ll miss out on Steve Jobs also. Would you like to do the MacWorld Keynote this year?
Hey, one of these things I can go to! Awesomeness will be served!
Also, if you’ve got some free time, you should come down to the Computer History Museum. I’ll show you around, free of charge!
Ever since androids dream was chosen for the book club I run I always wondered what the person could be like who would write such a fasinating opening line… Plus, my boyfriend loves your writing and while he hasn’t threatened anything bad would happen to me if we didn’t go, it’s been implied that negativity may befall me if we don’t. So see you there (with my slightly beaten up though bought at borderlands copy of androids dream). :)
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