Archive for September, 2009

Barnes & Noble Reading/Signing (Burlington, NC)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 23rd, 2009 • Events

I’ll be appearing at the Burlington Barnes & Noble to do a short reading from Finch, followed by Q&A and a signing.

“VanderMeer’s stark tone is brutally powerful at times, and his deft mix of genre-blurring style with a layered plot make this a joy to read.” – Publishers Weekly

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Borders Reading with Paul Tremblay and David Anthony Durham (Boston, MA)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 23rd, 2009 • Events

Please join me for readings, discussion, Q&A, and signing at Borders Bookstore (511 Boylston Street), along with Paul Tremblay and David Anthony Durham.

“VanderMeer’s stark tone is brutally powerful at times, and his deft mix of genre-blurring style with a layered plot make this a joy to read.” – Publishers Weekly

Booklife
Finch

The Real Unreal: Cities, with Geoff Manaugh, Jeff Ford, and Ron Hogan (Borders, New York City)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 23rd, 2009 • Events

Columbus Circle Borders Bookstore in New York City (10 Columbus Circle) – CITIES REAL AND UNREAL: Readings and discussion with World Fantasy Award winners Jeff VanderMeer and Jeffrey Ford, and BLDGBLOG creator Geoff Manaugh, moderated by Beatrice.com’s Ron Hogan. What do writers take from the real world when creating their fantastical creations? What does the real world take from fantasy? A playful exploration against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities! VanderMeer’s new noir phantasmagoria, Finch, takes place in a once-prosperous failed city-state and features a detective who must navigate its many ambiguities to solve a double murder. Manaugh’s BLDG BLOG BOOK from Chronicle Books is a biography of the city through essays and interviews. Ford has written about both historical and fantastical cities in his many critically acclaimed novels and stories. Come out to celebrate the squalor, the possibilities, and the madness of cities.

(Erm, and we’ll probably all go out to a pub or bar afterwards…)

“VanderMeer’s stark tone is brutally powerful at times, and his deft mix of genre-blurring style with a layered plot make this a joy to read.” – Publishers Weekly

Booklife
Finch

Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, New Jersey)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 23rd, 2009 • Events

I’ll be reading from Finch and talking about Finch and Booklife at Brookdale Community College (765 Newman Springs Road), in the Student Life Center (SLC), Room–Navesink I. Jeffrey Ford teaches at Brookdale. Should be a fun gig.

Booklife
Finch

Aidan Doyle: International Man of Mystery

Jeff VanderMeer • September 23rd, 2009 • Culture, Photos


(Full story here.)

For the past few months, Aidan Doyle, who I first met at Clarion South, has been traveling the world—countries like China, Mongolia, Russia, Estonia, Finland. He’s done more than a bit of travel writing for various places, but also keeps a blog here where he’s been posting about his experiences. Really interesting stuff.

Here’s Aidan at an undisclosed location picking up mad skillz, and a few teaser photos from his travels below the cut.

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Miyazaki Squee!

Jeff VanderMeer • September 22nd, 2009 • Culture

A collection of essays, interviews, images, and more that gives readers insight into the great animator’s life and work. (Thanks, Nick!)

BLDGBLOG on Body Baroque (with a side of Veniss Underground)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 21st, 2009 • Culture

The remarkable Geoff Manaugh has posted a fascinating entry about a project that “explores religious ritual and the human body, alongside an interest in “transitory sculptures,” processional routes, and a kind of body-futurist rediscovery of architectural ornament. Vortices of limbs ossify into cathedrals; overlapping anatomies become windows and valves.” Along the way, he quotes from Veniss Underground’s corpse cathedral scene. Check it out.

In related news, this event has been finalized for the fall book tour:

Columbus Circle Borders Bookstore in New York City, Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5pm – CITIES REAL AND UNREAL: Readings and discussion with World Fantasy Award winners Jeff VanderMeer and Jeffrey Ford, and BLDGBLOG creator Geoff Manaugh, moderated by Beatrice.com’s Ron Hogan. What do writers take from the real world when creating their fantastical creations? What does the real world take from fantasy? A playful exploration against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities! VanderMeer’s new noir phantasmagoria, Finch, takes place in a once-prosperous failed city-state and features a detective who must navigate its many ambiguities to solve a double murder. Manaugh’s BLDG BLOG BOOK from Chronicle Books is a biography of the city through essays and interviews. Ford has written about both historical and fantastical cities in his many critically acclaimed novels and stories. Come out to celebrate the squalor, the possibilities, and the madness of cities.

Fall Finch/Booklife Endurance Tour Update (want to help?)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 20th, 2009 • News

UPDATE: Looks like I’ll be in Baltimore Nov. 30th and able to do a gig there that evening before going on to Washington DC. Email me at vanderworld at hotmail.com if you’ve got any useful intel.

We’re into the last week of booking gigs for the fall Endurance Tour, in support of my novel Finch and my writing book Booklife, and at the moment it’s looking like 30 to 35 events in 45 days, across 12 states on the West and East Coasts, with 4 days off for Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with friends. You can see the progress if you check out the events sidebar or the direct link to events.

It’s going to be a really crazy tour in terms of not just the number of events but also the diversity of venues and formats. For example, I’ll be at the Hugo House in Seattle and Wofford College in South Carolina, MIT in Boston and Between Books outside of Philly, the Library of Congress in DC and Manuel’s, a popular bar in Atlanta, big indies like BookSoup and Powells and a few chain stores. I’ll be doing readings, kaffeeklatches, lectures, workshops, signings, panel discussions, and speaking to college classes. Some events I’ll be doing alone and some with other writers. I’ll be traveling by plane, train, and automobile, staying in hotels, with my publishers, and with friends.

Here’s one event I’m really excited about, although we haven’t quite found the venue for it. It has to take place on November 21st for a number of reasons.

CITIES REAL AND UNREAL: Readings and discussion with World Fantasy Award winners Jeff VanderMeer and Jeffrey Ford, and Building Blog creator Geoff Manaugh, moderated by Media Bistro’s Ron Hogan. What do writers take from the real world when creating their fantastical creations? What does the real world take from fantasy? A playful exploration against the backdrop of one of the world’s great cities! VanderMeer’s new noir phantasmagoria, Finch, takes place in a once-prosperous failed city-state and features a detective who must navigate its many ambiguities to solve a double murder. Manaugh’s BLDG BLOG BOOK from Chronicle Books is a biography of the city through essays and interviews. Ford has written about both historical and fantastical cities in his many critically acclaimed novels. Come out to celebrate the squalor, the possibilities, and the mischievousness of cities.

We’re talking to a couple of places. I hope we can pull it off. Suggestions welcome. The idea is to have it take place in the late afternoon so anyone who wants to can then join us all in a nearby bar. Due to a number of timing factors, this would be my only NYC gig.

In addition, I’ll be doing a few things that aren’t really part of the tour but I’ll still be reporting on publicly, like visiting a meerkat shelter in California and attending the National Book Awards ceremony in New York City (covering it for Amazon). Not only that, I’ll be guest blogging on Borders’ SF/Fantasy blog in November, contributing a guest post to Crimespree, and reporting my thoughts from the road for Amazon.

I’ll post the final Endurance Tour schedule when it’s ready, probably in another week. In the meantime, if you check out what’s scheduled already and you’re a reader of my work in one of those areas, please email me at vanderworld at hotmail.com if you’d like to help “turn out the vote” so to speak. I have swag to offer…

Plymouth State University

Jeff VanderMeer • September 20th, 2009 • Events

I will be doing an event at Plymouth State’s Lamson Library & Learning Commons (in the Commons Cafe) from 6pm to 7:30pm, with my friend and City of Saints illustrator Eric Schaller. The library is running an exhibit of my work from October 15 to November 23, which includes highlighting the work Schaller has done for my books. The event will be part reading, part discussion, part Q&A. (Thanks to Matt Cheney.)

Here’s the official description of the event:

Which came first; the story or the illustration? When you think about the illustrated stories that you’ve read, whether they have been in the form of a graphic novel, a picture book, or comic strip–you might ask yourself this question. In an exploration of the collaborative process between an illustrator and author, Plymouth State University presents Illustrating VanderMeer: a glimpse into the collaborative works of Author, Jeff VanderMeer and Illustrator, Eric Schaller, October 15 – November 23 at Lamson Library. Join us on November 23rd from 6pm – 7:30 pm for an event in the Commons Cafe, where you will have the opportunity to meet the author and illustrator and hear VanderMeer talk about, read from, and sign his recently published books Finch and Booklife. The PSU Bookstore will make copies of both books available for sale at this event.

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Finch

Sofanauts #25: Parade Douglas Adams Around Like the Relics of a Saint?

Jeff VanderMeer • September 18th, 2009 • Culture

The latest Sofanauts is up, although this time it sounds a little like the Sofanuts. We were a little silly. What does the title of this blog post mean? You’ll have to check out the show.