Yale Writers’ Conference and New Canaan Library Event June 19: Jeff VanderMeer, Terence Hawkins, and Louis Bayard

Jeff VanderMeer • June 14th, 2014 @ 9:08 am • News, Uncategorized

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(Believe me, after the marathon of writing the three Southern Reach novels, I look a lot more Area X’d than this now…)

“I’m loving the Southern Reach trilogy…Creepy and fascinating.” – Stephen King

This week Ann and I will be teaching at the Yale Writers’ Conference. There are semi-public readings at the campus B&N that are mostly for the students and faculty. But for anyone in the area who’s interested, I’ll be doing this event:

Join us on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. for a program with a trio of authors fresh from the Yale Writers’ Conference: Terence Hawkins, conference director and author of American Neolithic; and instructors Louis Bayard, author Roosevelt’s Beast; and Jeff VanderMeer, author of Wonderbook, The Illustrated Guide To Creating Imaginative Fiction. In addition to speaking about Wonderbook, Jeff will read from and discuss his latest book, Annihilation.

I’ll probably give some teasers about Acceptance, too.

I always love doing events with writers I’m just encountering, and in this case two with such intriguing novels out. Here’s some more information on both…

Terence Hawkins’ American Neolithic is America is a Police State Lite. Drones patrol the skies. The Patriot Amendments have gutted civil liberties. The Homeland Police and Patriot Tribunal have exclusive jurisdiction over all legal actions implicating national security. And then Neanderthals enter the story. Political satire, courtroom thriller, and speculative fiction, American Neolithic is also a story of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption.

Louis Bayard’s Roosevelt’s Dream. A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt’s ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition—a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. A story of the impossible things that become possible when when the mind plays tricks on itself and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried.

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13 Responses to “Yale Writers’ Conference and New Canaan Library Event June 19: Jeff VanderMeer, Terence Hawkins, and Louis Bayard”

  1. Clay Scott Brown says:

    “I’m loving the Southern Reach trilogy…Creepy and fascinating.” – Stephen King

    I found that comment really cool from Mr. King, I mentioned him in my Review of your Novel… that he and Clive Barker would be 2

    who would know. In fact I see Mr. King as being particularly astute in understanding the passage of time and place for a Writer and

    how that changes. The King I know is still back then… same with Mr. Barker.

    To me it is most interesting that as time goes by things somehow ‘fall a bit too leisurely’ into preconceived notions. Indeed decisions

    are made often Automatically by a Great Artist to the weary notions of the vast multitude of the Crowd. For the artist from such

    Success to the Bleak ends of the Ordinary, which is indeed Unfortunately the goal of most men and women… a very boring one… can ‘upend’ a much more promising Future for the True Artist.

    I don’t agree at all with the way things go… or have gone socially and creatively in almost every walk of life… things are VERY SMALL..

    Missing every corner is not a good idea, and it won’t be ‘Fixed’ any time soon…

    I’m just saying that I’ve witnessed Greatness become nearly Banal over time… over and over again. Better to pull that Trigger. Shoot that gun! Point it at the Head, than lose that All Important Impetus that is THEE Greater Goal, personally/’spiritually’.

    I mention all this Mr. Vandermeer, only because you’ll go through it too, someday, in hopefully the vaster future.

    You do however, have the enviable position or ‘Opportunity’ to Rewire your MIND, you could upset the Usual, perhaps. There’s nothing going on on the larger side, you know. It stopped some time ago… we are basically doing nothing whilst doing everything all at the same time. It’s all very amusing… and the Laughs will surely never end… I can assure you.

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  2. Remigiusz says:

    I’m now reading Annihilation and I must admit that since long time (first novels in Dark Tower cycle?) I didn’t have that much of sheer reading pleasure. It’s like mix of Roadside Picnic and Picnic at Hanging Rock (with a pinch of Twin Peaks thrown in:-)

    Did you read anything from Stanislaw Lem?
    http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Helen-Kurt-Wolff-Book/dp/0156278065/ref=la_B000AQ3P7Y_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402827298&sr=1-14

    It’s old novel but have few interesting things:
    - we don’t get protagonists names, only their professions
    - Like in all Lem’s books about contact it’s end with fiasco and more questions than asnwers

    Thanks and sorry for my english:-)

  3. Remigiusz says:

    “since long time (first novels in Dark Tower cycle?)” – I mean when I read them, not when King wrote them:-)

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