The Southern Reach U.K. book tour is locked in place. You’ll find the details below. Ann VanderMeer, the noted editor/anthologist and my wife, will be along for the entire tour and has her own list of events at WorldCon. We’re also doing some events together. Please note: Some bookstores will have the third novel in the Southern Reach trilogy, Acceptance, early and available for my signings. We’re excited about meeting old friends and making new ones. Don’t be shy at WorldCon, the Edinburgh festival, or Eurocon in Dublin!
Thurs, Aug. 14, 4-5pm: Forbidden Planet reading & signing – I’ll talk a little bit about the Southern Reach trilogy and read from Acceptance, before signing books. Ann will be with me, so if you buy any of our anthologies you can get both of our signatures.
WORLDCON (ExCeL, London Dockland)
See the full list of panels Ann and I are on, below the cut. Here are the two non-panel events of interest.
Fri, Aug. 15, 7pm: Reading—I’ll tell some weird workplace tales, read from Authority and preview Acceptance; someone will win a free book and since it won’t go a full hour, I’m happy to sign people’s books afterwards. (London Suite 1, ExCeL)
Sat, Aug. 16, 6pm: Literary Beer—Sign up or drop by, not sure of the rules, and we’ll shoot the breeze for an hour. Wonderbook artist Jeremy Zerfoss might drop in. (The Bar, ExCeL)
Tues, Aug. 19, 8:30pm: Edinburgh International Book Festival event: Fantasy That’s Terrifyingly Believable…”He’s already an HBO scriptwriter who writes novels for teenagers. Now Edinburgh-based Charlie Fletcher has added adult fiction to his CV with The Oversight, a fabulous Gothic fantasy. The astonishing Annihilation is the first in Jeff VanderMeer’s ambitious Southern Reach trilogy of eco sci-fi novels, featuring the eerie Area X, and which will surely turn him into an international literary star. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.” (Tickets required.)
Thurs, Aug. 21, 7pm: Glasgow Waterstones (Argyle Street). A talk with brief readings: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer with Neil Williamson, Amal El-Mohtar, and Hal Duncan. Tickets free; call to reserve. (This location will have Acceptance for sale for the event!)
Sat, Aug. 23, 5-8pm: Eurocon, DoubleTree by Hilton, Dublin Burlington Road convention centre. Join Ann and me in the hotel bar to shoot the breeze. Note: You probably have to be a Eurocon member to attend. Hodges Figgs bookstore will be selling my books at the convention and I’ll be doing a segment on RTE Arena, an Irish radio program.
Mon, Aug. 25, 7pm, at the Landsdown (8 Clifton Road): An evening with Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. Small Stories have teamed up with Bristol Festival of Literature, Wizards Tower Press & BristolCon to bring you an evening with husband and wife publishing powerhouses Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. Ann & Jeff will be in conversation with Cheryl Morgan and will be answering those questions you’ve always wanted to ask an award winning editor and author. There will also be a chance to get your books signed. (Q&A, brief reading, performance; free, but tickets required)
Tues, 7pm, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights (14/15 John Street): In conversation with Jeff VanderMeer, including brief reading. Free, but a ticketed event.
…and our full WorldCon and Eurocon schedules…
FULL WORLDCON SCHEDULE (London)
Friday 15th August
–11am-12pm: ANN—Anthology panel
–1:30-3pm: ANN—Carving a Legacy Among Legends panel
–3-4:30pm: ANN—Decontextualizing Steampunk panel
–4:30-6:30pm: JEFF—Anthologies: Doorstoppers or Canon panel
–7:00pm: JEFF–Reading (London Suite 1, ExCeL)
Saturday 16th August
–9am: JEFF & ANN–Stroll with the Stars (Meet in front of Aloft Hotel)
–11am: JEFF (moderator)–Imaginative Resistance panel
–1:30-3pm: ANN—Autographing (Jeff will be there too, to sign)
–4:30-6pm: ANN–YA Cover panel
–6pm: JEFF—Literary Beer (The Bar, ExCel)
Sunday 17th August
–1:30-3pm: JEFF—Wrong Apocalypse panel
FULL EUROCON SCHEDULE (DUBLIN)
Friday 22nd Aug to Sunday 24th Aug
–Fri, Aug. 22, 5pm: ANN—Cover art panel
–Sat, Aug. 23, 12pm: ANN—Pseudonyms panel
–Sat, Aug. 23, 4pm: JEFF–Signifiers in SF panel
–Sat, 5-8pm: Join Ann and Jeff in the con hotel bar
–8pm: JEFF–The Power of Prophecy panel