George R.R. Martin and Chuck Palahniuk to Visit Seattle

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will be coming to Town Hall Seattle on July 3rd for an exclusive reading of the next installment  of the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter.

Chuck Palahniuk will also be making his way to Town hall on July 24th. The author of Fight Club and Choke will be promoting Invisible Monsters Remix, a re-release of his Invisible Monsters novel with additional chapters and behind the scenes memoirs mixed in.

Tickets for both George R.R. Martin and Chuck Palahniuk are available through Brown Paper tickets.

Source:Culture Fiend.

Rick Riordan Q & A

Last Thursday, Vancouver retailer Kidsbooks hosted a 45 minute Q & A with Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson Series at the Hellenic Community center in Kitsilano.

Riordan gave a retrospective of the influences (and the hairstyles) that led up to the creation of the hit young adult series, including Lord of the Rings, Norse Myths & Legends, and of course, Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths.

This is a picture of Riordan’s first manuscript for Big Red Tequila, the first novel of his murder mystery series for adults, published long before the Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson came about through a couple of factors. Riordan wrote all his books while he was a middle school social studies teacher, and he wanted to write something for his students without quite so many swears. The second factor was that his son, a reluctant reader, was so enamoured with the Greek myths that they had run out of myths to read together. So, Riordan wrote some new ones in the form of Percy Jackson.


He also showed off some of the international covers. This is the German cover of The Lightning Thief,  which is the only depiction of the minotaur I’ve seen with actual tighty-whities.


The fans were then treated to a sneak preview of The Mark of Athena, the next book in the Heroes of Olympus Series. For the price of admission, everyone also got a signed copy of  The Serpent’s Shadow, the third and final book of the Kane Chronicles series. Even though it was mostly an audience of kids and parents, I highly recommend seeing Rick Riordan speak for anybody who’s interested in writing fiction. He is an incredible speaker, and his journey is an inspiration for anyone who wants to put pen to paper. Seattle and Vancouver were settings in one of Riordan’s books, so it’s likely he will grace us with his presence again.

Rick Riordan is Coming to Vancouver!

Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson Series is coming to Vancouver! He will be hosting a 45 minute Q&A session at the Hellenic Centre on Arbutus Street. The tickets ($25) will be sold at and can be picked up at their Kitsilano, North Shore and Surrey Locations.


Seattle PI Liveblogs The Hunger Games Q & A

Tim Hall, a blogger over at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was on hand at the Hunger Games event at the University Mall in Seattle. Here’s his synopsis of the goings on.

  • The event planners and security let the rest of the kids on the outside get into the gated area. Awesome move by them. Those kids were so excited. I know because my ears hurt.
  • Talked to a woman who’s been in line since 9:00PM. Not 9:00AM. And yes, a grown woman. These Hunger Games fans are taking fandom to new heights.
  • When Jennifer, Josh, and Liam came walking out the Microsoft Store it got really loud. It felt like a Seahawks game.
  • I saw multiple kids crying, shaking, and crying some more. I wonder if I met Ken Griffey Jr. when I was 14 if I would’ve reacted like this.
  • Liam Hemsworth kept looking to my side of the stage causing the girl behind me to scream incredibly loud, regardless of how close she was to my ears.
  • The Q&A went well. The cast members answered questions from the crowd. I recorded the Q&A but all that came out was AHHHAAAAAAA and WILL YOU MARRY MEEEEEEEEEEEE! I think every cast member was asked to prom.
  • There was more crying and more screaming. These kids were losing it more and more every minute.
  • The cast members waved goodbye just like that it was over.

It sounds like the live event organizers once again underestimated the popularity of a young adult novel, and poor Tim had to go home with a tape recorder full of nothing but screaming. It still sounds like the fans had fun, and the opening night of the film will be nothing short of a gong show.

The Stars of the Hunger Games at University Village on March 10th

As if the fan frenzy wasn’t enough, the Hunger Games Movie is having a mall tour across America, and it’s going to be in Seattle this Saturday! Stars of the movie Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson will be present for a Q & A session at the University Mall on March 10th. So Katniss, Gale, and Peeta are all going to be in the same mall food court this weekend. I hope the mall’s equipped with riot gear.

Stargate novels expand into ebooks

Fandemonium publishing is releasing Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis Novels into e-book format. The publisher cites the changing nature of publishing and the current economic climate as the reason for the change. Fandemonium will also be offering Stargate SG-1: Transitions and Stargate Atlantis: Allegiance as print-on-demand titles for those who prefer their books battery free. More titles will be available as Fandemoniums print-on-demand facilities get online.

Source: GateWorld