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The Blood Mirror Book Tour 2016

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Dear Friends,

It’s almost time. THE BLOOD MIRROR is coming out October 25thUSA/27th UK! It is with much excitement and some trepidation that I announce my tour for the (big?) release.

Borderlands San Francisco, CA – Tuesday, October 25 at 6pm

(RSVP to the Facebook Event and/or add event to your Google Calendar)

A store we love so much we re-scheduled the whole tour so we could make it on the one day they’re available. (The staff is leaving for a week the next morning to host events at World Fantasy.)

Favorite memory:
When perhaps the most award-winning audiobook narrator in the world Simon Vance said, “You’re an excellent reader. You could do your own books.” He was flattering me and it’s not at all true, but DANG was I flattered.


Tattered Cover, Denver, CO – Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm

(RSVP to the Facebook Event and/or add event to your Google Calendar)

I’ve now visited three different Tattered Cover locations on my tours. This time we’re back at the beautiful Colfax location. If you imagine an old English library with cozy nooks and warm wood, you’re imagining this place. Book lovers rejoice!
Favorite memory:
I was reminded what a privilege it is to be a writer when I met a woman for whom I did a small thing for me that was a big thing for her at a low point in her life. (Intentionally vague so I don’t sound like ra-ra me, I’m so great.)
Another was when a guy from New Jersey who was a HUGE fan just happened to be browsing in the store with no idea I was even on tour, and he looked up and there I was. As he told the story, a couple of fans from Germany, said, “That just happened to us, too!”


Schuler Books, Lansing, MIThursday, October 27 at 7pm

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A new stop for us, but I remember fondly that a bookseller at Schuler Books wrote my first big (very positive!) review for my debut novel. It was a huge encouragement. I’m also delighted to get back to Michigan where I attended college: “Take that, Professor Unnamed! I made it!”
Favorite memory: To be made!


Joseph-Beth Bookstore, Lexington, KY –  Friday, October 28 at 7pm

(RSVP to the Facebook Event and/or add event to your Google Calendar)

A new stop, but I’ve been told for years how fantastic this store is and how much I need to go there on tour. We’ve had amazing experiences at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, so we have high hopes.
Favorite memory: Could be of you!


Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA – Saturday, October 29 at 2pm

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One of the greatest indie SFF bookstores in the country and our good friends. Always a highlight of a book tour.
Favorite memory: Hanging out with staff until 1am at a cool 1950’s diner after my signing and hearing stories about wilder authors than I am. 😉


University Bookstore, Seattle, WA – Sunday, October 30 at 1pm

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Back in the glorious Pacific Northwest, where Duane W. reigns over a magnificent SFF section. He knows everyone and everything. On a lucky day, you might see Terry Brooks or Robin Hobb browsing the aisles here.
Favorite memory: Two–Seeing Terry friggin’ BROOKS in the audience as I’m trying to do my reading for my first ever tour. And, trying to spell the Hawaiian young man’s name that I swear was 16 letters long. It ended ‘-aloha’, that’s all I know. This nice young man may or may not be the reason that I hand out sticky notes and ask for names. Even if your name is “Bob, with the usual Z.”


Powell’s, Beaverton, OR – Tuesday, November 1 7pm

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My home bookstore, where the staff is smart, the authors are kind, and every reader is above average. Everyone knows the downtown Powells, but THIS is where the SFF cognoscenti go.
Favorite memory: Trying to number the books I signed as a special bonus. Between trying to talk to the readers, shake hands, answer questions, and write an inscription on the first page, I signed at least two books “To Brent Weeks, -Brent Weeks” and number #137 three times. Not my finest hour. (This may be the reason I stopped numbering books.)

Blackguard Captains!
We will again be selecting a few readers at each location to be a street team. This means if you like to share your excitement for Lightbringer and would like to help me out at my signing, you could get free books, front row seats, and even loot. Click HERE if you’re interested.

Some Answers to Some Common Questions:

A… uh, book tour? What does one do at a book tour, uh, stop?
We all get together and read quietly while holding our lighters aloft and swaying. First one to finish the book yells Bingo! Then all the losers have to tear up the pages they didn’t read yet, crumple them, set them on fire with their lighter, and throw the flaming pages at the person who finished first. Survivors win a napalm bookmark.
Oh, sorry.
You come and sit like in class. For 45-60 minutes, the author may talk, read a chapter or short story, or just take questions. Usually some talking and then time for questions at the end. You raise your hand and get called on. Real questions from the audience are the norm; long monologues that don’t actually contain questions are discouraged. You will normally remember the question you really wanted to ask only as you’re on your way home.
After the talking part, you get a chance to meet me and get your book personalized (“To Jedidiah Be’elzebub Moncrief,”) and signed. You have to stand in line for this part. So either sit in front (I’m not a spitter, honest), or be ready to chat with other book lovers for a while. We do some things to make the line more efficient if the crowd is big, but I’m always going to shake your hand, make eye contact, say hello, and sign your book. If you have a brief question, you’re welcome to ask it. It’s not expected, though. I’ll stay until every book is signed. (Some stores have their own protocol for how many books you can get signed each time you go through the line.) You can get a picture with me if you want.
If you don’t like lines or have elsewhere to be, so long as I have permission from the hosting store, I will sign some books when I arrive at the store and have them set aside so you can just grab and go–even before the talk if you like. (Hey, maybe your kid or your sister is a fan, but you’ve got no interest in fantasy. No problem.)

Can you come to my city?
Yes!… if it’s on the list above. Yes!… maybe next time. We do try to add new stops every tour.

Why aren’t you coming to my city? Why, Brent? Why do you hate North Dakotans/Tibetans/Merovingians/people in a town five minutes away from your tour stop?
Short answer: I go where my publisher sends me. And every Montanan hates North Dakotans.
Longer answer: It requires a fortuitous confluence of factors for a stop to get on a book tour list. Some of this is data driven: have a lot of my books sold in a certain geographical area with a certain population density? Some of it’s driven by the bookstores: I sell lots of books in the D.C. and NYC areas, but there aren’t any sizable bookstores that want to host SFF events. (Yeah, even to sell lots of books. Baffling.) Some of it’s driven by experience: We went to this town, and had an awesome experience with the bookstore and the fans… let’s go back! Some of it is scheduling: a great bookstore might want me to come and we’ve had great luck before, but they can only host me on days that I can’t be there. Some of this is simply Orbit’s budget: I’m on the West Coast, so the East Coast is just harder, and other countries didn’t make it onto the list at all this time. (This is a big country: it takes longer for me to fly to New York than it takes a New Yorker to fly to London.)

When’s the next book come out?
I hate you. Ahem. No, honestly, I’m working hard on it already. I’m not going to make any promises to fans (I have made promises to my publishers!) except this: I will continue to work hard not just to finish the book, but to finish it in a manner that makes it a compelling capstone to the Lightbringer Series. One factor in why this book tour isn’t longer is to give me more time to write. So forgive me if I can’t make it to you this time–I’ll try to make it up to you with more awesome epic fantasy, faster!

Space City Con 2014

You have a decision to make:

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So, given that I’m scheduled against the Game of Thrones panel, and I know some of you will accidentally wander into that one, I’ve decided to ADD AN EVENT.

Limited to the first ten people who email me (brent at brent weeks dot com), I’m doing a kaffeeklatsch. What’s a kaffeeklatsch? The eleven of us meet at a restaurant or coffee house, and chat for an hour or two. We can talk publishing, or my books, or how hot Jason Momoa is. No, not that last one. Informal, and a chance to hang out a bit. (Time and day to be determined, I’ll let you know via email.)

SpaceCityCon

Space City Con is happening this Friday through Sunday, January 3-6, in Galveston, Texas. Other authors include Cherie Priest and Larry Correia. So if you’re in Houston, Galveston, or somewhere within driving distance, come check it out!

Go HERE to buy your tickets and HERE to see a complete schedule.

My reading and Q&A will be on Saturday, January 4 in the Garden Cay room from 2:30pm to 3:45pm.

The Blinding Knife Book Tour

In order to celebrate and promote the release of The Blinding Knife on the 11th of September, Orbit is sending me on my biggest book tour ever.

A book tour is the one time in an author’s life when he gets to pretend to be cool. Roadies, cocaine, thousands of screaming fans, panties thrown on stage… EDIT Driving yourself, coffee, tens of polite fans, washing your underwear in the sink… It’s the life.

I confess, it does always take me a few days to adjust to that fiery orb in the sky when they take me out of my hobbit hole. So if you see me blinking and wincing a lot, it’s probably that. Or the psychotropic drugs. Or possibly the PTSD from my edits. But most likely it’s the Hobbit Hole Eviction Shell Shock. (Henceforth, HHESS.)

This will also be the first time, ever, where I get to do an international book tour. And because it’s so close–I will be stopping in Seattle, after all–this year the tour will include Canada! EDIT Oops, no, no. They’re whispering in my earpiece…

England! I am returning! I know: you haven’t been the same since I left in 1997. Those months we had together changed me, too. So, without further ado, here’s my book tour schedule. (That’s shhed-you-ul, in UK-ese.)

United States:
Tuesday, September 11: Powell’s, Beaverton (near Portland), OR, 7 PM
Wednesday, September 12: University Bookstore, Seattle, WA, 7 PM
Thursday, September 13: Borderlands, San Francisco, CA, 7 PM
Friday, September 14: Tattered Cover, Denver, CO, 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 15: Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA, 2 PM
Sunday, September 16: Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica, CA, 2 PM
Monday, September 17: Book People, Austin, TX, 7 PM
Tuesday, September 18: A Real Bookstore, Fairview (near Dallas), TX, 7 PM
Wednesday, September 19: Barnes & Noble, Orlando, FL, 7 PM
Thursday, September 20: Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA, 7 PM
Friday, September 21: Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, 7 PM
Saturday, September 22: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH, 7 PM

United Kingdom:

Wednesday, September 26: Forbidden Planet, London
Thursday, September 27: Waterstone’s, Nottingham
Saturday & Sunday, September 29/30 – Guest of Honour at FantasyCon, Brighton

With more UK stops to come! If you have a location to suggest, please contact Orbit UK via the form on orbitbooks.net.

And as a parting gift, here are my favorite (only) memories from my last tour. Presenting The Black Prism tour in 24 seconds.

Because I Love Australia…

… and the UK, too. (Just in smaller font.)

I am going to be attempting an experiment which I have every reason to believe will have catastrophic results. That’s right: I’m going to invite technology to run amok in my home. For Australians, before anyone else, I will be doing a video chat on Saturday, October 8th at 1pm (Sydney time). Originally, I had hoped to just do one video chat because I have a strong suspicion it will just be me talking to myself. Then I realized that my main fan bases are on three equidistant points around the globe. So if I do a video chat at a reasonable time for me, my fans in either the UK or Australia would be getting screwed (I mean, I’m cool and everything, but I wouldn’t stay up until 3am to hear me talk. So I don’t expect you to do so, either).

So my elegant solution? Risk embarrassment and loneliness twice. Australia, you get the first chat, and possibly the technical difficulties. Then, the next day, I will host another video chat for my brethren across the pond, even if some of your ilk do call people like me “gingers”. The UK chat will be at 6pm, Saturday, October 8th (UK time).

Of course, I won’t be checking your IP address to see where you’re coming from and all are welcome. The chats will be held at:

3AM on Saturday October 8th (Greenwich Mean Time)

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5PM on Saturday, October 8th (Greenwich Mean Time)

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The video chat will welcome you to send in your questions via  a chat channel. My interviewer will then ask me the questions and we’ll do our best together to keep things organized and flowing. I expect each chat to last about an hour, but if the audience is reasonably small, I will do my best to answer all questions.

I’ll post the link on this page a few days before the chat, and you can always easily find it through my Ning pages here.

 

Mysterious Galaxy: Redondo Beach This Friday

To help celebrate the release of the mass market paperback of The Black Prism and the opening of the new Redondo Beach location of the justly-famed Mysterious Galaxy, I will be flying down to California this Friday to do a quick signing. If you’re in the area, please come and see me and check out the new store! If you haven’t heard, they’re kind of a big deal. If you’re interested in science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and horror, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a store with more knowledgeable staff or better selection.  I’ll be reading previously unseen chapters from my work, and signing your books at 7:30 pm at 2810 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278, on Friday, September 23rd.

 

Powell’s Signing — Thursday, September 8

Although I enjoyed my time at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, it’s always good to be home.  And what better way to celebrate the release of The Black Prism in mass market paperback than with fans in my own neighborhood?

So this Thursday, September 8, I’ll be reading from The Blinding Knife, answering questions, and signing books starting at 7pm. More details are here, and directions to Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing are here.

 

Updated Dragon*Con Schedule

Here is the best information I have for the events I’ll be attending at Dragon*Con. Note that I’ve added a nearby off-site KaffeeKlatsch/Literary Beer. (For those of you who’ve never heard of such strange things, this will basically be an opportunity to sit down with a group of 10-15 people and me and chat for an hour or two.)

Title: Crossing the line: Too much or not enough Attending Authors (besides Brent): Gary Kim Hayes, Shelly Shapiro, Elizabeth Moon, A.J. Hartley, Nancy L. Holder
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 hour)
Description: How much violence, blood and gore is too much? Is there a limit? Are you flirting with that line?

Title: Blood & Steel Attending Authors (besides Brent): David B. Coe, Gail Z. Martin, Carole Nelson Douglas
Time: Sun 10:00 am PM Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length:1 hour)
Description: Tales of swords, sorcery, and grim adventure.

*NOTE: There is some confusion about whether this event is at 10 am or at 10 pm. I’ve asked the programming staff and will update this page as soon as I know.*

*UPDATE: The panel is at 10PM.

Title: Dragon*Autographs Attending Authors (besides Brent): Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, C.L. Wilson
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 hour)

Please note that there will be NO books for sale at this signing, so please bring your own copies for me to sign. (I will sign bookplates  for those who forget their books… but let’s be honest, that’s not quite as cool as a signed book, is it?)

Where: M301-M304 (Marriott)

*We may also be adding a KaffeeKlatch/Literary Beer or booksigning at a nearby bookstore — will update with details as soon as they’re available!*

We will be having an unofficial KaffeeKlatch/Literary Beer off-site from Dragon*Con but nearby at 3pm on Sunday. We’ll likely limit the numbers so you can actually talk to me. I’ve never been to Dragon*Con or the bar where the event will be held, so I’m kind of feeling my way through the dark here. It’s free, but you must register. To register, simply email me (brent [at]brentweeks.com) with “DragonCon” or “Dragon*Con” in the subject line and I’ll email back where it will be. You can register for yourself and a guest. First come, first served.

Brent Goes to Dragon*Con!

After many emails from fans in the Southeast, wondering why I’ve never made a stop in the region on a book tour, I’m finally going to visit. That’s right: Brent Weeks is coming to Dragon*Con, from September 2 – September 5. Watch out, Atlanta!

For more details on the whole thing, go here. To register, click here. Look forward to seeing you there!

My panel and autograph schedule is below.

Title: Crossing the line: Too much or not enough
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 hour)
Description: How much violence, blood and gore is too much? Is there a limit? Are you flirting with that line?

Title: Blood & Steel
Time: Sun 10:00 am 10:00 pm (NOTE: Yes, 10 at night. The original information I got was wrong.) Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length:1 hour)
Description: Tales of swords, sorcery, and grim adventure.

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 hour)

Please note that there will be NO books for sale at this signing, so please bring your own copies for me to sign. (I will sign bookplates  for those who forget their books… but let’s be honest, that’s not quite as cool as a signed book, is it?)

Where: M301-M304 (Marriott)

*We may also be adding a KaffeeKlatch or booksigning at a nearby bookstore — will update with details as soon as they’re available!*

 

Mr. Brent Goes to WorldCon

I’ll be attending WorldCon in Reno beginning in just a few days. As you can imagine, it’s jam-packed with sci-fi and fantasy goodness. For a full schedule, check out this page. For a handy-dandy pamphlet to consult as you decide between a Brent Weeks autograph session or a Kaffeeklatch with Harry Turtledove (wait, you’re skipping my autographing session?!) check out this link.  And if you’re interested in finding out where an individual author will be when, go here.

But if you want to go where the fun is…

New Pro Orientation – Understanding Publishing: Friday, September 19, 10am-11am

This panel has been arranged solely to help Brent understand publishing. Oh… no, nope, apparently, the man on the other end of this headset says I am supposed to be helping John Berlyne, Lucienne Diver, Sandra Tayler, and Ann C. Crispin tell you what to expect when dealing with publishers and why contracts are your friends. Everyone else on the panel has far more experience than I, but I will do my best to look natty.

Where: D04 (RSCC)

Postmodern Fantasy Panel: Friday, September 19, 2011 5pm-6pm

There’s been considerable discussion of Fantasy, Fantastika, and Post-Modernism.  What is this about, and why is it interesting for those who read, review, or critique present day fantasy? Brent will be discussing with other panelists N. K. Jemisin, William Lexner, Nick Mamatas, Peadar Ó Guilín and Brandon Sanderson.

Where: D03 (RSCC) 

Autographing: Saturday, August 20, 2pm – 3pm

Other authors signing books at the same time, in the same area include: Philippa Ballantine, Laurel Anne Hill, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Tee Morris, Susan Palwick, and Carrie Vaughn.

Where: Hall 2 – Autographs (RSCC)

KaffeeKlatsch: Saturday, August 20, 4pm – 5pm

Chat informally with Brent Weeks in a small group! There are only 10 spots available, so make sure to sign up at the program desk. Although a few other authors are listed in the program alongside Brent, the authors have separate discussion groups. Brent will happily share his wide knowledge of… wait. Well, Brent will happily chat with you anyway!

Where: KK1 (RSCC)

And what happens when you gather thousands of introverted writers, trying to be extroverts? Yep, the real action will be at The Bar.