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Sam Sykes Intros Brent Weeks

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A few months ago, the kind folks at Bubonicon asked me if there was anyone else attending that would write a brief introduction about me for the Con’s program book. At the time, I only knew two other authors who were attending: Sam Sykes and George R.R. Martin. One of these two is a good friend.  So naturally I asked George.

He said no.*

That left me with Sam. Behold the horror:

Title of Brent Weeks intro

by Sam Sykes

Who is Brent Weeks?

The question cannot be answered by measure of time, but by measure of humanity. For to ask “who is Brent Weeks,” we must first ask, “Who are we to know Brent Weeks?”

Is he the author of bestselling books such as The Night Angel trilogy and The Lightbringer series? Of course. Are his books produced in countless countries and languages? Absolutely. Has he been nominated for many awards and earned the devotion of millions of readers who speak his name in whispers, as a dying man mutters to his children? This is known.

But it is what is unknown about Brent Weeks that makes him who he is.

Born in the rugged mountains of Montana, Brent Weeks bent the bars on his first crib and wandered out into the snow. There, he was adopted by a clan of grizzly bears. He grew large by suckling at the teats of a two-ton Kodiak and feasting on the chewed-up carcasses of deer she emptied into his craw. When he came of age, he challenged his bear father, Ursoc the Moon-Eye, to a duel and ate his liver, thus earning the right to be called a man.

Much of Brent’s skill as an author comes from stalking and devouring smaller, weaker writers. He is much-lauded for his prowess at the hunt, having accumulated a throne of the bleached bones of those who have challenged. Great magazines such as American Emu, Much Mucho Mali! and Ta-Da: The Magazine By and For Aspiring Magicians have been forgotten after Brent Weeks feasts upon their writers.

But a man is much more than his birth, and the legend of Brent Weeks does not end in bestseller lists and awards. It ends in fire. It ends in darkness. It ends in disaster.

Brent Weeks was the first man to land on the moon, and later, the first man to fake the moon landing so that humanity might have hope.

Brent Weeks was the founder of the East India Company and for a time was known as the “Naked Tiger” in the Raj’s court. Upon heavy reflections of his sins, Brent later disbanded the Company and penned, in penance, an account of exactly how many elephants he fired out of cannons at protestors.

Brent Weeks discovered the cure for Black Plague and, wishing something to use it on, invented the Black Plague and unleashed it upon Europe, killing millions.

The Inuit tribes of Northern Alaska have twenty-six different words for “Brent Weeks.” Twelve of them are curses. Five are noises a woman in labor or a grandmother slipping on an ice patch makes. Exactly two are words one utters to an elder to show respect, but in a grudging sort of way, like when they break wind at the dinner table and oh god it smells like onions but you can’t say boo because he’s your grandpa so you just sort of hum and say “Brent Weeks.”

To know Brent Weeks is to know more than simply excellent books and a brilliant imagination. To know Brent Weeks is to know (dramatic pause) ourselves.

*Yes, I made this up.

SFWA Readings

**UPDATE: Due to Brent’s writing schedule (he’s very close to finishing the next The Broken Eye edits and is due to turn it in the next week or so), he’s had to cancel his appearance at these two events. Author Kay Kenyon has taken his place, and Greg Bear and Terry Brooks will still be there!**

 

by CAPSLOCK

We are so excited to announce that Brent will be participating in two special SFWA readings this October with two very influential authors: the first event will be with Greg Bear and the second with Terry Brooks. Fantasy author Peter Orullian, author of the epic fantasy The Unremembered, is hosting both events, so you’ll be getting a triple dose of SF/F author awesomeness each evening!

Pub Logos

Brent’s first reading (with Greg Bear) will be on Tuesday, October 15th at the Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant in Seattle at 7pm. Go HERE to register.

The second reading (with Terry Brooks) will be on Wednesday, October 16th at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland at 7pm. Go HERE to register.

More details HERE.

Bubonicon 2013

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by CAPSLOCK
Just a reminder — Brent will be a co-Guest of Honor at Bubonicon 45 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event runs from August 23-25. Go HERE for more details!

Bubonicon 2013

by CAPSLOCK

Who has two thumbs and is the co-Guest of Honor at Bubonicon 45?

THIS Guy! Brent with thumbs up

So, if you missed the Epic Tour of Awesomeness in 2012, and can’t wait until his next book tour, buy your Con tickets, book your hotel and prepare your books for epic-author-signage to Albuquerque, New Mexico on this August 23-25.

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He’ll be participating in a number of panels and giving a special Guest of Honor presentation along with Tim Powers (the other Guest of Honor), Diana Rowland will be Toastmistress, and Alan F. Beck is 2013’s Guest Artist. Other attendees include George R.R. Martin, Samwise Sykes, Mario Acevedo, Carol Berg, Adam Jarmon Brown, Craig A. Butler, Peri Charlifu, Steven Gould, Darynda Jones, Jane Lindskold, M.J. Locke, Victor Milan, Pati Nagle, Scott Phillips, Joan Saberhagen, Debbie Lynn Smith, Melinda Snodgrass, Gabi Stevens, S.M. Stirling, David Lee Summers, Ian Tregillis, Robert E. Vardeman, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis and Courtney Willis.

Brent’s New Children’s Book!

UPDATE: As most of you have already guessed, this post was an April Fools’ Day announcement. We’ve just posted the alternate masthead (above) and here’s another book cover (below left) that we thought about using. Big thanks to Lauren Panepinto for her genius cover designs for the prank!

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I’m delighted to finally be able to announce why my forthcoming Lightbringer novels have been delayed, perhaps indefinitely. I’ve been working on a delightful new series for children, called Ninja Kitty. I’ve already signed on with Rover, a new imprint of Orbit, for six books. While I understand that some fans will be disappointed to hear that it will be 6-7 years until the next Lightbringer book comes out, I’ve always felt that it’s important for an artist to be brave enough to go in new directions, even if he is, unfortunately, in the middle of another series. I believe that the Ninja Kitty series will also be a great way to introduce young children to my work, so that by the time they’re 10 or 11, they’ll be ready to be introduced to the themes of cannibalism, prostitution, and murder that are so central to the Night Angel books. In addition, kitties give me a great way to tie my work to existing memes. Think of any kitten pic you’ve ever seen on the internet. Now think, NINJA KITTY printed over that. Great, huh? That’s actually how my agent pitched it. Being an artist is great, but at the end of the day I’m here to make money. Lots of it. And I’m not supposed to say this, but there have been some really exciting preliminary talks with a certain director who brought the much-beloved movie about bending air *cough cough* to the big screen.

I’ve answered some questions about the book below:

Why did you decide to write a children’s book?

Well, six books, and that’s just to start. 1) Children’s books are easy. 2) Have you seen the crap parents will buy for their kids? Why not get in on that? 3) Market synergies. I’m not going to leave a dollar on the table.

What’s it been like to write in an entirely new genre?

Easy, and my assistant fixes all the minor details, like when I forget the kitties names and or the plot. I find I can write one of these in a couple days, max.

When will the book be published? 

As soon as we can get all the media tie-ins organized.

Oh, and I suppose that I should post the official press release from Orbit:

“Orbit is pleased to announce their new children’s imprint, Rover. The launch title, by New York Times Bestselling Author Brent Weeks, will be One Kitten, Two Kitten… Ninja Kitten! and leverage synergies with Orbit’s many corporate partners to create a multilateral bifurcated print/digital/collectible platform. Senior Editor Devi Pillai says, ‘Rover seemed like a natural next step fr us. As a part of a corporate mega-conglomerate, Orbit feels a duty to monetize as much of its customers’ lives as possible. We realized we’d been shamefully neglecting early childhood thus far. Plus, kitties.'”

Looking for Subjects for e-Reader Experiment


*UPDATE 3: We now have enough entries and are closing the comments! Thanks so much for your help. You’ll be getting an email in the next day or so if you’re selected.*

*UPDATE 2: We now have enough Kindle and Nook entries. Does anyone have a Sony e-Reader PRST2 or PRST2HBC? Also still looking for Kobo entries.*

*UPDATE: I now have enough Kindle entries! I still need Sony e-Readers, Nooks, Kobos etc.*

Hey everyone, I’m trying to figure out a way to digitally sign books for people who prefer e-reading. My trouble is that I don’t have every brand of e-reader, and I’m not sure that the directions I’ve found on the internet are accurate, for example, for all generations of Sony e-Reader. Would some of you who own various e-readers be willing to help me out? If so, please leave your e-reader name and generation in the comments section below. (I also need your email address, but I should already have that from you signing in to leave a comment.) Your commitment then will simply be to follow the instructions I send you for how to import that signature into your e-reader–and then tell me if it worked. (Which should take a total of about 5 minutes. Longer if you have to tell me it didn’t work, of course!)

What do you get out of helping me? The warm, fuzzy feeling of having helped me, natch! Oh, and a signed copy of your favorite author’s e-books. (That’s right, I’ve got Joe Abercrombie right here. In my cellar. It’s dark and cold down there. Don’t think I’ve fed him for the last fortnight or two. He’ll be eager to cooperate. Muhaha.)

(I really only need one or two of each kind of e-reader, so I’ll close the comments once I have enough.) Thanks!

Re-post: Shindig Event TONIGHT

UPDATE: Thanks for a great event! It was a real joy to see you guys, and I hope we get a chance to see non-pixelated versions of each other soon! And thank you to Shindig for putting this together, despite  the early hour and a hurricane!

– Brent

 

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Don’t forget that Brent is coming to a computer screen near you TONIGHT! You can re-read the original post HERE for more details, but here’s the nitty-gritty:

Wednesday, November 7th: The Australia (Virtual) Book Tour Stop (hosted Shindig Events), 7pm Sydney, Australia time, 12am Pacific Standard Time.

Brent will be presenting a reading and then answering questions from participants. The event will last 1 hour.

What time is that for you? Check HERE. (Also has a button to add it to your Microsoft Exchange-Compatible Calendar.) Or add the event to your Google Calendar by clicking below:

P.S. Because Shindig and their servers are located in New York City, we may have extra technical difficulties because of the hurricane problems there. They tell me if your page freezes at any time to just “refresh” and things should be fine. If we run into more significant difficulties, Brent will reschedule for the future.

NW SciFi Authorfest 6

by CAPSLOCK

Brent will be participating in the sixth annual SciFi Authorfest this November 4th, from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon. Other participating authors include Peter Orullian, M.K. Hobson and Todd McCaffrey.

Get your books signed by Brent and chat with him and other awesome SciFi authors!

More details HERE.

(Also, new poll!)

This photo re-posted (again) over Brent’s objections.

A (Virtual) Book Tour Stop in Australia

I couldn’t make it Australia for my book tour this time around, but some photons and electrons got together with a great idea to represent–REPRESENT!–me in Australia. Here’s the deal:

Shindig Events hosts live video chats for authors, and we have one scheduled on Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm Sydney, Australia time. (That’s midnight between the 6th and 7th, for me on the Pacific Coast of the U.S.!) All you have to do if you want to see my reading (mostly as seen on my tour, minus the interpretative dance–yes, interpretative dance, can’t do it while in my chair) is tune in at the right time.  You only need a webcam, the latest version of Adobe Flash, and a good internet connection (no download or install required).

Of course, since this is an event on the internet, it isn’t limited to people from Australia. All are welcome. However, because of how time zones work, it will be hideously inconvenient for everyone else. That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. (Having a spherical planet is a good thing.)

After my reading, I will take questions, just like in a real live signing. Shindig is pretty cool in that–just like in a real signing–everyone else can see who’s asking the question, too. (You turn on your webcam, I call on you, everyone sees and hears what you ask. (So actually, a little better than real life, where the guy in the front asks the question and no one else has a clue why the author goes off on mitochondria for a few minutes.)

Because I’ll be reading from an upcoming work, there will be no video for those who miss it–and though I know there’s software out there that would allow others to tape the whole thing, I ask that you don’t. Being untaped gives me freedom to share more and still edit it in the future and change my mind on things, so if this experiment goes badly, in the future I will simply have to share less, both in Q-and-A’s and in internet readings.

Also, given that this is new tech, I can’t promise no glitches. Think of this as experimental. Shindig looks like it has an awesome thing going, but from experience Skyping to Australia, I know to expect small delays as the busy little electrons burrow their way through copper.

Book Reading: 30-ish minutes

Question and Answer: 30-ish minutes

Time: 7PM Sydney/12AM Pacific Standard/3AM New York/8AM London

To participate or to learn more, go HERE.

Repost: The U.K. Book Tour

by CAPSLOCK

Waterstones, Birmingham New Street  – 7pm Tuesday, 25th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3 redeemable on the price of the book in-store.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Bristol Galleries – 1pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Forbidden Planet, London – 6pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Milton Keynes – 12 noon Thursday 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Nottingham Bridlesmith – 7pm Thursday, 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £5 / £3 with loyalty card.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone

Waterstones, Leeds – 12.30pm Friday 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate – 6pm Friday, 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? It is strongly preferred that copies of The Blinding Knife carry a Waterstones receipt (any Waterstones is fine and this rule is just for the new book).  If you pre-order The Blinding Knife at Waterstones before 13th September you get it for half price – just £7.50!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes but see above.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

FantasyCon, Brighton – all day Saturday, 29th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – you must be registered as a guest at FantasyCon.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Edinburgh West End – 6pm Tuesday, 2nd October

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Full details and ticket info is available for the Waterstones’ events are HERE. Details for the Forbidden Planet event in London is HERE. Brighton / FantasyCon information is HERE.