What I’m Doing at BEA (and Also, in North Carolina) (And Also, Berkeley!)

I just came back from New York City, which was lovely to visit, and I will be back at the end of the month to do two events at Book Expo America. One of them will be open to the general public; the other will be at BEA proper. The one open to the general public involves current Nebula, Locus and Hugo Award nominee Cixun Liu? Curious? You should be!

Here’s what I’m doing:

Cixin Liu in Conversation with John Scalzi, Wednesday, May 27, 6-8:30 p.m., The China Institute (125 E. 65th St): Reception and book signing to follow. $10 members, $15 non-members, $5 reception only.

Basically, I will be interviewing Liu about science fiction in China, the challenges of writing science fiction in today’s world, and thoughts about science fiction crossing borders and languages. It’ll be a very cool chat, I expect.

Tor Books: The Next Generation, Thursday, May 28 10:45-11:15 a.m., Uptown Stage

Tor Books has published quality science fiction and fantasy for thirty-five years by some of the biggest names in genre today! But the Orson Scott Cards and Brandon Sandersons were once new authors themselves. Meet this year’s crop of debut authors and see what makes them tick in a rousing game of “Would You Rather: The SFF Edition” with host, John Scalzi (The End of All Things) and featuring: Ilana C. Myer (Last Song Before Night), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), Lawrence M. Schoen (Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard), and Fran Wilde (Updraft).

Nifty. And right after I’m done with my Thursday panel, I hop onto a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I am Author Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas. Other guests of honor include MST3K’s Joel Hodgson, Nebula Award-winner Catherine Asaro and artists Matt Busch and Lin Zy, plus there will be lots of other awesome guests. If you’re in the vicinity — or even if you’re not — this should be a convention worth attending. Come on down.

Also: New addition to my appearances: I’ll be in Berekely on June 6th for the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival. I’ll be doing a reading/Q&A and a panel on the future and climate change, with Paolo Bacigalupi (The Water Knife), Edan Lepucki (California) and Antti Tuomainen (The Healer). The festival is free, although you may need to RSVP for specific events. Check the site for details.

Also also: We’re in the very beginning stages of scheduling the book tour for End of All Things. More details on that when we figure things out.

And that’s me and my (public) travels for the next month.

14 Comments on “What I’m Doing at BEA (and Also, in North Carolina) (And Also, Berkeley!)”

  1. I swear every time I see it that particular author photo of you looks more like a certain douchcanoe who believes he’s your nemesis…

  2. Wow. I’m in town on the Berkeley date. If possible, i’ll be there.

  3. The ConCarolina’s harassment policy is very weak. Take a look: http://concarolinas.webfactional.com/?page_id=8

    Does this meet your standard from http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/07/02/my-new-convention-harassment-policy/?

    – It doesn’t say who to contact except in vague terms (security or staff, or 911)
    – It doesn’t give any indication of what behavior is unacceptable, except “harassment” in person or online
    – It doesn’t really give any indication that they really take it seriously, it looks really like a pro-forma statement made to tick off a checklist item in the planning process.

    It doesn’t sing out as a safe space for fans.

  4. I’ve known Ilana C. Meyer for about 14 years, and I am thrilled that her career is taking off like this. How wonderful! :D

  5. I’m extraordinarily sorry I can’t make the NYC interview. I sent the info to my SF- reading friends in New York. Maybe one of them will report back to me.

    If you’re there a day or two early, check out the Navy’s Fleet Week in New York. It’s quite the shindig.

  6. John, speaking of “Would you rather…” on Thursday (and oceans of thanks for being our host), would you rather I answered all your questions in Klingon? No, wait, that wouldn’t be fair to Fran or Ilana or Seth. But it’s sooooo tempting.

  7. Any hope for those of us far away to get a recording or transcript of the Cixin Liu conversation because that sounds AMAZINGLY INTERESTING.

  8. I’m hoping my husband will make it to the Cixin Liu conversation. If I were healthier I’d go myself. We both just read Three-Body Part Problem. Not to many chances to be in the same place as you.

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