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For all of you who’ve been interested in seeing me, but who don’t live in any of the cities I’ll be visiting on my book tour, Orbit had the great idea of sending me on The Great First Annual Video Blog Tour. Sure, sure, other guys have done blog tours before, but TGFAVBT is new, different, amazing, novel! TGFAVBT has video.

That’s right. Some other authors might make you read several thousand words of text interview on your computer screen–and then expect you to read 210,000 more words in their book. Sheesh! They’ll tire your eyes out! Not me. Sit back, blink once in a while, look away from the screen for a bit as an Interesting Person walks past you in the coffee shop, and you can still hear the mellifluous strains of baritonal brilliance. Alternately, mute the sound and watch awkward hand gestures! Try to guess the times at which I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about! Imagine the contortions of the video editor, trying to make me look good!

The choice is yours. Personally, I can’t bear to watch. Too embarrassing. Plus, I was there.

Seriously, thanks to my blog hosts, who asked great questions and let me come stomp around their blogs and track dirt in. And thanks to A. at Orbit, who had the idea. This was just us trying to have some fun and hit a bunch of your questions.

Note: We’ll be releasing a new video interview each Monday of August, check here for new links.

Released 8/2:  John at www.graspingforthewind.com

Released 8/9: Liviu at www.fantasybookcritic.com

Released 8/16: Janicu at www.janicu.livejournal.com

Released 8/24: The Book Smugglers at www.thebooksmugglers.com

GraphicAudio releases final Night Angel audio

If you enjoy audiobooks or their good-looking sister, the radio stage play, you may want to check out GraphicAudio. They’ve just released the final volume of Beyond the Shadows. I’ve had really good feedback so far, but if you’re on the fence or just curious what the deal is, they have free samples of their production on their website. GraphicAudio has also posted an interview with me, and another interview with the multi-talented director and musician Johann Dettweiler.

Spanish Cover!

I am delighted to reveal the cover for the Spanish language edition of The Way of Shadows. El camino de las sombras will be released in Spain September 10th, and will be available in other Spanish-language markets (including in the United States) on December 7. Check out the goodies below!

The release of Book Two, Al filo de las sombras, is scheduled for November 19th, 2010. The release of Book Three, Más allá de las sombras, is scheduled for early February 2011. These release dates are for Spain only.


Spanish language cover
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The Color Quiz

I’ve had some questions about the color quiz above, so I thought I’d answer them in one fell swoop. Orbit came up with the idea with the hope *nudge nudge* that people would share their results and spread the word about The Black Prism coming out on August 25th. I helped with the design of the quiz (based on tests prospective drafters in The Black Prism undergo), and I wrote the questions, answers, and brief description of magic in this new world I’ve created. Then Orbit handled the art and the coding–for which I am forever grateful. For the sake of not having this quiz take too long, things are a bit simplified from what you’ll find in the book, but we hope you’ll really enjoy it!

If you’re curious about how things might have turned out if you answered differently, please feel free to take it more than once.

San Diego Comic-Con

I’m told I need have no fear: these are “our people.” The demography of geekery. More fanboys than an Apple WWDC. (And a worse wifi connection.)

I’ll be at the San Diego Comic-Con from Thursday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 25th. It will be like this–except with far more midichlorians.

Here’s a list of my public events. Come say hi!

Thursday at 1:30-2:30. Panel in room 24 ABC: Once Upon a Time: Larger-than-Life Heroes and Heroines (with Lynn Flewelling (The White Road), Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance cycle), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings), and Megan Whalen Turner (the Queen’s Thief series). This will be my first-ever panel at any convention. Glad I decided to start small. *gulp* Softball questions welcome.

2:30-3:30 Book signing immediately after the panel with (I presume) all the other panelists. (Scheduling at Comic-Con is hard, and often changes. Check here and search “Brent Weeks” to make sure everything’s still where it’s supposed to be. I will update this page if I’m made aware of any changes, though.)

Friday 2-3: Book signing at the Orbit Booth #1116

Saturday 2-3: Book signing at the Orbit Booth #1116

Sunday 3-5: Joint reading/signing/Q&A with Pat Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson at Borders (668 6th Avenue San Diego CA 92101 619-702-4200). This last event is off-site, so if you weren’t able to get tix to Comic-Con, but live close enough, two-thirds of this event is supposed to be awesome.

Power to the People! Or…

Well, you’ve spoken. The Demand It Now Tour voting has closed, votes have been tabulated, bookstores have been contacted, and the winning city is… Orlando, Florida! So, it will either be me and legions of screaming fans (in book circles this is defined as “ten”); or me, the clerk, and one fan who logged in to a lot of different computers to show his enthusiasm. Power to the fan with a muscular clicking finger. May your ip addresses prosper.

Ah, I can see it now…

Props to Parnell for making fun of both himself and something that makes writers wake in a cold sweat.

Seriously, we’re delighted that so many of you wanted me to come to your home town, and even if your city (or country) didn’t snag me, the data will be useful for Orbit when they put together a tour next time. And speaking of Orbit–they not only added Orlando, but they also totally came through by adding ANOTHER top vote-getter to the tour:  Denver, Colorado! (That’s Caul-uh-reh (as in rad)-dough, people, not Caul-uh-RAW-dough.)

Ew, I just kind of grossed myself out with the caul thing.

All the tour details are below. Please come. Please drag a friend with you. I’m a nice guy, my wife is nicer, and hey, The Black Prism ain’t half bad.

Book Tour!

To celebrate the launch of The Black Prism, Orbit is sending me on a book tour. I’ve been trying to put together a rider to rival some of these. I think I’ll demand Vegemite. I’m a simple man.

August 25(on-sale), 7:00 PM PDT

Borders #152
2605 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton OR 97005

August 26, 7:00 PM PDT

University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98122
www.ubookstore.com

August 27,  7:00 PM PDT

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Claremont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego CA 92101
www.mystgalaxy.com

August 28, 2 PM PDT

Borders #149
100 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale CA 91204

August 29, 2 PM CDT

Barnes & Noble #2884
7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas TX 75225

August 30, 7:00 PM EDT

Barnes & Noble #2704
2418 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

August 31, 7:30 PM MDT

Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue
2526 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
www.tatteredcover.com

September 2, 7:00 PM PDT

Borderlands
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco CA 94110
www.borderlands-books.com

September 4, 12 noon PDT

Costco #97
13130 SE 84th Avenue
Clackamas OR 97015

***Updated***

September 7, 7:00 PM PDT

Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

www.powells.com

****UPDATED AGAIN****

September 25th, Noon PDT

Borders Store 512

4980 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93309

661-328-9800

****UPDATED ONE LAST TIME****

November 14th, 5:00 pm PST

Sci-Fi Authorfest IV

Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

www.powells.com