Some Assembly Required, at Chapel Hill Comics

CHAPEL HILL COMICS (316 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC) – Thursday, Dec. 10, 7pm to 8:30pm

Some Assembly Required! A night of readings and dangerous spontaneous storytelling with critically acclaimed novelist Jeff VanderMeer, noted podcaster and writer Mur Lafferty, and special guest Natania Barron, creator of the Aldersgate Cycle. Buy VanderMeer’s novel Finch and get a free copy of rock band Murder by Death’s soundtrack for the book (while supplies last). Afterwards, join Jeff, Mur, and Natania at the bar across the street for a less spontaneous libation.

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Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA–Holiday Party GoH and Event

FOUNTAIN BOOKSTORE - Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:45pm
1312 E. Cary St., Guest of Honor, the annual holiday party, which starts at 6:00.

BOOKWORK FOR A BOOKLIFE: Talk, Discussion, and Signing with Award-Winning Author Jeff VanderMeer

Part of a five-week national book tour, Jeff VanderMeer’s in-store talk and Q&A coincides with the release of his new Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer, the first book to blend traditional career and creativity advice with the best ways to thrive in our new internet-based world without losing your mind. Funny, blunt, practical, and humane, Booklife is the perfect gift for you or the writer in your life. “A frank, revealing manual not simply on how to be a better wordsmith, but on how to be a better human being.” – Minister Faust

VanderMeer will share often outrageous details of working on successful, complex book projects, along with sustainable career and creativity advice for this new media age. His talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a take-away of exercises and prompts aimed at enhancing your creativity and honing your career focus. In addition to writing for the New York Times Book Review, LA Times, Washington Post, and Miami Herald, he is the best-selling author of the cult classic City of Saints & Madmen, with books published in 20 languages. Jeff’s new novel is Finch, a noir fantasy thriller that has received rave reviews from the likes of NYT Bestsellers Stephen R. Donaldson and Tad Williams. Free Finch CD soundtrack by critically acclaimed rock band Murder by Death with purchase of the novel, while supplies last.

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Book Escape, Baltimore: Dead Men Do Talk Back

Sunday, Nov. 29th, 3:30 to 5:30, The Book Escape (805 Light Street, Baltimore)

Sometimes Dead Men Do Talk Back: A discussion of new trends in classic noir and mystery fiction with Sandra Ruttan, author of the police procedural Lullaby for the Nameless (“[She] writes with utter ferocity.” – Greg Olsen), and Jeff VanderMeer, author of the noir fantasy Finch, the novel that made Ken Bruen exclaim “it blew me to hell and gone” and forced Joe R. Lansdale to admit, “I loved it. In fact, I’m a little jealous.” Moderated by Mystery Bookspot’s Brian Lindenmuth. Reading and signing as well.

Free Murder by Death Finch soundtrack CDs with purchase of Finch, while supplies last.

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Bookwork for a Booklife at Copperfield’s, Petaluma, CA

BOOKWORK FOR A BOOKLIFE: Talk, Discussion, and Signing with Award-Winning Author Jeff VanderMeer at Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma, CA, starting at 7:00pm on Friday, Nov. 13.

Part of a five-week national book tour, Jeff VanderMeer’s in-store talk and Q&A coincides with the release of his new Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer, the first book to blend traditional career and creativity advice with the best ways to thrive in our new internet-based world without losing your mind. Funny, blunt, practical, and humane, Booklife is the perfect gift for you or the writer in your life. “A frank, revealing manual not simply on how to be a better wordsmith, but on how to be a better human being.” – Minister Faust

VanderMeer will share often outrageous details of working on successful, complex book projects, along with sustainable career and creativity advice for this new media age. His talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a take-away of exercises and prompts aimed at enhancing your creativity and honing your career focus. In addition to writing for the New York Times Book Review, LA Times, Washington Post, and Miami Herald, he is the best-selling author of the cult classic City of Saints & Madmen, with books published in 20 languages. Jeff’s new novel is Finch, a noir fantasy thriller that has received rave reviews from the likes of NYT Bestsellers Stephen R. Donaldson and Tad Williams.

Free Finch CD soundtrack by critically acclaimed rock band Murder by Death with purchase of the novel, while supplies last.

Bookwork for a Booklife at the Hugo House, Seattle

Join Jeff VanderMeer at the Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, in Seattle for an event presented by the Fantastic Fiction Salon. Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:00pm.

BOOKWORK FOR A BOOKLIFE: Award-winning writer and editor Jeff VanderMeer shares the inside, often outrageous, details of working on successful, complex book projects, along with sustainable career and creativity advice for this new media age. The world of publishing is changing. How should you change with it, and what will remain the same? Practical, irreverent, idealistic, and brash, VanderMeer will give a talk followed by a discussion with series organizer Leslie Howle and then take questions from the audience. VanderMeer is the author of Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer. “A frank, revealing, riveting manual not simply on how to be a better wordsmith, but on how to be a better human being.” – Minister Faust

The Press Club, Portland, OR

Description: Join Underland Press to celebrate the weird and the wonderful with readings by acclaimed authors Jeff VanderMeer, Jay Lake, Cat Rambo, and Jeff Johnson. With art by Benjamin W. Burch and music by DJ Santo, along with crepes, wine, and beer at the Press Club, we’ll stay and talk fantastic lit ’till the management kicks us out.

When: Friday, November 6. Readings start at 5:30
Where: The Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton Portland, OR 97202

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Barnes & Noble Reading/Signing (Burlington, NC)

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)

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

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

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

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Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, New Jersey)

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.

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