Events

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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Cal State, San Bernardino, Reading/Discussion

Jeff VanderMeer • September 14th, 2009 • Events

A reading from Finch, and discussion, with Glen Hirshberg, at Cal State, San Bernardino. (No doubt with anecdotes from visiting the Fellow Earthlings Center, and its meerkats, earlier that day.) Tentative time, 6pm, English Department events room in the UH Building.

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Last Drink Bird Head Party: Finch, Booklife, LDBH For Charity – San Jose

Jeff VanderMeer • September 14th, 2009 • Events

Note: Only open to World Fantasy Convention Attendees…

THE LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD PARTY (Thurs, Nov. 29 from 8pm to ?; check program guide for room number) – Join Guests of Honor Ann & Jeff VanderMeer in celebrating the release of Jeff’s new novel Finch, the last in the Ambergris Cycle, his writing book Booklife, and Last Drink Bird Head, a flash fiction anthology for charity that features work by over 80 writers, including Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Ellen Kushner. More than 25 contributors will be at the party to personalize copies. All proceeds on Last Drink go to ProLiteracy.org. Ten percent of all proceeds on Finch and Booklife will go to the World Fantasy Convention‘s official charity, Variety Childrens’ charity. Highlights will include Ann and Jeff giving out the first annual Last Drink Bird Head awards, plenty of food and drink, and the chance to win a limited edition of Finch. Have fun and help a good cause.

WHAT IS PROLITERACY? Help promote worldwide literacy through the ProLiteracy organization. ProLiteracy “champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies. We envision a world in which everyone can read, write, compute, and use technology to lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.” For more information, visit ProLiteracy.org.

The convention will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose.

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MIT Lecture (Boston, MA)

Jeff VanderMeer • September 7th, 2009 • Events

At MIT on November 19th in room 4-231, I’ll be presenting a lecture on Booklife, followed by a discussion and reception. The discussion will be with Kevin Smokler of BookTour.com.

Booklife: The Private and the Public in Transmedia Storytelling and Self-Promotion

Fictional experiments in emerging media like Twitter and Facebook are influencing traditional printed novels and stories in interesting ways, but another intriguing new narrative is also emerging: the rise of “artifacts” that, although they support a writer’s career, have their own intrinsic creative value. What are the benefits and dangers of a confusion between the private creativity and the public career elements of a writer’s life caused by new media and a proliferation of “open channels”? What protective measures must a writer take to preserve his or her “self” in this environment? In addition to the guerilla tactics implicit in storytelling through social media and other unconventional platforms, in what ways is a writer’s life now itself a story irrespective of intentional fictive storytelling? Examining these issues leads naturally to a discussion on the tension and cross-pollination between the private and public lives of writers in our transmedia age, including the strategies and tactics that best serve those who want to survive and flourish in this new environment. What are we losing in the emerging new paradigm, and what do we stand to gain?

Presented in conjunction with Futures of Entertainment 4

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Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Jeff VanderMeer • August 27th, 2009 • Events

I’ll be talking to a couple of classes there, one about publishing, with Underland’s Victoria Blake, and then doing a reading from Finch in the evening: 7 p.m., in Eaton Hall, Room 209.

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Manuel’s North Avenue Room, in Atlanta with Will Hindmarch

Jeff VanderMeer • August 27th, 2009 • Events

I frankly love doing gigs in bars, and Manuel’s is an Atlanta institution. Will Hindmarch is the genius behind this event, and we’ll be doing short readings, taking questions, drinking and generally having a great time. Including special guest J.M. McDermott, author of Last Dragon. Come join us.

I’ll be reading from my novel Finch.

Description: An exciting noir thriller set in a fantastical city. The final, stand-alone installment of the critically acclaimed Ambergris Cycle: “Tasked with solving an impossible double murder, detective John Finch searches for the truth among the rubble of the once mighty city of Ambergris, a metropolis unlike any other in or out of history. Under the rule of the gray cap masters, Ambergris is crumbling into anarchy and rebellion. The remnants of a rebel force are demoralized and dispersed. Partials—human traitors transformed by the gray caps—walk the streets brutalizing the city’s human inhabitants. In this powerful and poignant novel, the past and the future, the cosmic and the gritty, collide. What will happen if Finch uncovers the truth? What will happen if he doesn’t? And will Ambergris ever be the same?”

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Praise:

“A clear signal, if one were ever needed, that he remains one of modern fantasy’s most original and fearless pioneers.” – Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Richard K. Morgan

“I can’t remember ever reading a book like “Finch”. Audacious in technique, and extravagant in imagination, it has the rare quality of making the macabre poignant. In the midst of a disturbed and disturbing narrative landscape, Jeff VanderMeer gives us deeply sympathetic characters–especially Finch himself–who inspire us to care about their flawed and tyrannized world. I’m impressed.” – Stephen R. Donaldson

“FINCH just blew me to hell and gone. I would have sworn you can’t unite noir and fantasy, and oh how gloriously wrong Jeff VanderMeer proved me to be. Finch is a detective unlike any you’ve encountered and is utterly compelling. He is faced with a double murder that you shake your head, go….you’re done Finch. Not quite. I loved the meeting of the grime and the sublime and oh so beautifully crafted. Rarely has a novel got it all. Think Cormac McCarthy, via David Goodis, with an amazing nod to Lovecraft and still that doesn’t quite capture the spell this novel casts from the off. Me, I loved the Heretic. That’s a hint.” – Ken Bruen

Malaprop’s Bookstore Kaffeeklatsch and Signing (Asheville, NC)

Jeff VanderMeer • July 13th, 2009 • Events

I’ll be giving attendees a taste of Booklife during a kaffeeklatsch at their cafe at three followed by signings from four to six. In addition to sharing anecdotes from the road, since I’ll be nearing the end of a six-week book tour.

EXPLORING YOUR BOOKLIFE: In this new age of social media award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer, the author of Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers, shows you how to achieve a sustainable career and sustainable creativity.

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Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC)

Jeff VanderMeer • July 8th, 2009 • Events

I’ll be talking about my books at Wofford College, at the invitation of the English department. The public event is at Olin Theater at 7pm, Dec. 3.

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Between Books Finch Reading (Claymont, DE)

Jeff VanderMeer • July 8th, 2009 • Events

I will be reading from Finch at Between Books, and no doubt sharing anecdotes from the book tour thus far. With special guest Ekaterina Sedia!

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Library of Congress Booklife Talk (Washington, D.C.)

Jeff VanderMeer • July 8th, 2009 • Events

I’ll be talking about Booklife in the context of new media and the future at the Library of Congress as part of their What IF series. Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave, SE.

A unique writing guide to sustainable careers and sustainable creativity, the first to fully integrate discussion of the role of new media into topics that have always been of interest to writers.

“Booklife: The Private and the Public in the Future of Publishing What are the benefits and dangers of a confusion between the private creativity and the public career elements of a writer’s life caused by new media and a proliferation of “open channels”? What protective measures must a writer take to preserve his or her “self” in this environment? In addition to the guerilla tactics implicit in storytelling through social media and other unconventional platforms, in what ways is a writer’s life now itself a story irrespective of intentional fictive storytelling? Examining these issues leads naturally to a discussion on the tension and cross-pollination between the private and public lives of writers in our transmedia age, including the strategies and tactics that best serve those who want to survive and flourish in this new environment. What are we losing, and what do we stand to gain?”

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