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A sliding scale writing workshop

So, I remember what it was like when $250 for a workshop wasn’t possible. I just didn’t have the money.

Part of the reason I offer workshops online is that there are a lot of people for whom taking  time off work, or away from the family isn’t possible.

But that doesn’t stop the desire to improve as a writer, does it?

I’m offering a one-day intensive on writing rounded characters. This is a sliding scale workshop and is specifically for people who can’t afford to attend a regular workshop. You don’t have to submit a writing sample, or jump through any hoops to apply. Just pay what you can. If that’s $5, that’s fine. If it’s $50. Cool.

I just ask that if you can afford to pay for a full workshop, in this case $150, that you sit this one out. It’s part of my regular weekend intensive. I’m only breaking it out into a single day because I figure there are folks who can ask for one day off from work, but not two.

This class is designed to help develop characters through the use of tight, specific point of view. We’ll look at how the language you use in narration and dialogue can affect a reader’s perception of your character.

The workshop uses lecture, exercises, and in class critiques to help you develop the tools to create more rounded characters.

Classes will be taught via G+ on June 21

REGISTRATION OPENS Saturday, April 26 at noon Central

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, a G+ account, the internet and some headphones so you can hear us).

It is an all day intensive. Do not plan anything else that day.

(All times are in Central time)

8 am-10am

Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context

11:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

1:00pm-2:15pm
Critique of homework. Second POV assignment

3:30pm
Post assignment

4:30pm-6:30pm
Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.

7:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

8:30pm-10:30pm
Critique homework

Eventbrite - Sliding scale Character workshop

I’m teaching a short story intensive from August 29-31.

REGISTRATION OPENS on Sunday, April 27th at noon Central.

Think you never have time to write? Think again. I wrote my first Hugo-nominated short story “Evil Robot Monkey” in ninety minutes. If you have ninety minutes, you can have a story — all it takes is understanding how to make every word work double-time. In this workshop, learn the same techniques I use to create new fiction. Through exercises focusing on viewpoint, dialogue, and plot, you’ll learn how to let nothing go to waste. By the end of this three day workshop, participants will be given a writing prompt and complete their own short story.

Classes will be taught via G+ from August 29-31

Each session, you will be given an exercise that builds on the previous session. Classwork will be uploaded to a shared Google Drive folder visible only to you and your classmates. The class will be divided between lecture and group critique. The class is capped at eight students, to create a class size that allows the most interaction, feedback and personal attention for each of you.

Class requirements: You need an interest in writing short stories, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts (Note: You don’t need a web camera, although they’re useful, but you do need a working microphone, a G+ account, the internet and some headphones so you can hear us).

This is an intensive workshop, so do not plan anything else that weekend.

Schedule (all times are Central time)

Friday

7pm-9pm
Introduction, discussion of POV using specificity, and focus. Exercise 1: Context

Saturday

8am

Post assignment.

11am-12pm
Critique of homework. Second POV assignment

1:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

3pm-5pm
Discuss nature of dialog, use of rhythms to distinguish character. In class exercise, followed by homework.

6:30pm
Post assignment/meal break

8pm-10pm
Plot structure.  Plot homework

Sunday

7am
Post assignment

9am-11pm
Discuss plot exercise, unpacking, and outlining for short fiction. Outline homework

Noon
Post homework/meal break

2pm-4pm
Discuss outlines. Recap of plot structure. Final exercise.

4pm-5:30pm
Write a story in ninety minutes.

5:30pm
Post story/meal break

7pm-10pm
Critique of stories. Discussion of revision process. The giant Q&A in which Mary answers questions about anything.

If you can’t afford this workshop, I’m also offering a sliding scale one.

Thoughts on Hugos and voting for the love

I had this moment when I realized that the Kvothe erotica fanfiction that I wrote for the WorldBuilders fundraiser was totally eligible for the Hugos. Totally.

Further, I realized that if I pointed that out to Patrick Rothfuss’s fans, there was actually a darn good chance it could make the ballot just because of the way the rules are structured. I laughed and laughed and laughed.

Then I told Pat and he laughed with me.

And we decided that we needed to make sure that neither of us mentioned the story in connection with the Hugos. Ever. Because if people voted for it, it would have been because the idea of having this particular erotica fanfiction on the ballot would be freaking hilarious.

But I love the award. The last thing I wanted to do would be to cheapen it by having something nominated just because the idea of it being on the ballot was funny.

That said, I could completely see a world in which a piece of erotica fanfiction made the ballot because so many people loved it. If a thing is popular with enough readers, I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t make the ballot.

The key, though, is that the readers nominate it because they genuinely love it. In other words,  for the love, not for the lulz.

There’s this thing my husband talks about in wine, that I think is relevant here. People ask him all the time if a particular wine is good. He responds, “Did you like it? Then it’s a good wine. It might be flawed, but that doesn’t change the fact that you enjoyed it and if you enjoyed it, then it’s good wine.”

I think the same is true of fiction. If you enjoyed the work, then it’s good. It might be flawed. It might be technically compromised. It might not appeal to other people, but if you enjoyed it, then it’s working and therefore it’s good.

This is the thing that leads people to be surprised, every year, when a work they didn’t like winds up on the ballot.

If a lot of people thought it was good, then it’s popular. And if there are a lot of people who enjoyed a work you didn’t like then… yep. It’s going to wind up on the Hugo ballot, because that reflects the popular vote. And you know what?

That means the work is good. Maybe not to you or to me, but it is to the people who voted for it.

But with that particular fanfic, I knew that it would have hit the ballot for reasons that had nothing to do with the story.  It would have been a joke.  Which is why I never, ever mentioned that the Kvothe fanfiction was eligible. It’s an honour to be nominated for the Hugos, and I didn’t want to make it a laughing matter.

I want my work nominated for the love, not the laughs.

The Japanese cover for Shades of Milk and Honey

I had a wonderful series of emails with my Japanese translator, Fumiyo Harashima, who wanted to make certain that she got all the period details right in the text. I love this sort of thing. We actually wound up doing a small alteration in the text to make it play better for a Japanese audience. Seriously, only one line, because we couldn’t rely on an understanding of all things British.

We changed, “Captain Livingston is to be stationed in our town” to “Captain Livingston has come to stay with her.” The former introduced questions of if the Captain had retired from the navy for her editor.

And… today, I got to see the cover. The dress is not Regency and I so don’t care in this incarnation because OMG Anime JANE!!! The feel is right, even if it’s a romantic era dress.

On Amazon Japan, Google translates the title as “Disgruntled Neighbor and Miss Ellsworth.”
Japanese Shades of Milk and Honey

Please someone, please make a manga of my novel because I want all the art. Please?

“The Lady Astronaut of Mars” has been nominated for a Hugo!

As I write this, I know that I’m going to have to sit on this news for another week.

Here’s the thing about the Hugos, for me. I’m a huge stinking fan. The works nominated have shaped my reading tastes and habits since I was a teen. To make the ballot is… it’s a huge honor. Also, totally a chance to wear a pretty, pretty dress. 

I will never turn down a chance to acquire a new evening gown. Just so you know.

At the moment, I don’t know who the other nominees are. I’m dying to, because my habits have not changed that much since I was a teen. I still read through as may of the nominees as I can. Not all of them are to my taste, but that can sometimes makes things better by encouraging me to read outside my comfort zone.

When you read this, I’ll be in the middle of a nine hour flight. We’re heading out to Hawaii — don’t get excited — to help my husband’s parents pack their house. So I’m writing this note to the future to say, “Thank you for nominating my story.” I’m honoured and completely, stupidly, giddy with delight.

Read “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” on Tor.com.

My Favorite Bit: SL Huang talks about ZERO SUM GAME

My Favorite BitSL Huang is joining us today with her novel Zero Sum Game. Here’s the publisher’s description.

Deadly. Mercenary. Superhuman. Not your ordinary math geek.

Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good.

The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight. She can take any job for the right price and shoot anyone who gets in her way.

As far as she knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower . . . but then Cas discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master.

Someone who’s already warped Cas’s thoughts once before, with her none the wiser.

Cas should run. Going up against a psychic with a god complex isn’t exactly a rational move, and saving the world from a power-hungry telepath isn’t her responsibility. But she isn’t about to let anyone get away with violating her brain — and besides, she’s got a small arsenal and some deadly mathematics on her side. There’s only one problem . . .

She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.

What’s SL’s favorite bit?Zero-Sum-Game_COVER

SL HUANG

“Don’t look now, but we’re being followed.”
Arthur flicked his eyes to the side mirror. “I don’t see anything. How can you tell?”
“Game theory,” I said. “The white sedan isn’t driving selfishly.”

When choosing something for this piece, I kept coming back to the above bit. Why? Because it never fails to make me giggle.

Game theory. GAME THEORY! My main character is using game theory in a car chase!

*falls down laughing*

*wipes eyes*

This clip — not just the content of the dialogue, but my love for it — encapsulates everything about this book. I didn’t write about a character whose superpower is math to be clever (okay, maybe to be a LITTLE clever!), I wrote about a superpowered mathematician because I love math. And I love PLAYING with math. Sometimes I think these books are really all about me going on an extended self-indulgent tear of writing an action movie filled with math jokes.

Because, oh yeah, I’m also reveling in my love of action through the whole book. I’ve been reliably informed ZERO SUM GAME is a thriller — I didn’t try to write a thriller, but I guess when you pack something with gun fights and car chases and explosions, it ends up being one, and I REALLY LIKE gun fights and car chases and explosions. So when people ask the dreaded “what’s your book about?” question, I usually say, quite cheerfully, “Math and guns!”

People who know me usually sigh at that point and say, “Of course that would be the book you would write.” (My friends know me a touch too well.)

There’s a more serious reason I like this bit, however, and that’s what comes right after:

“It’s okay. I can lose them.” I juked the steering wheel to the side and slammed on the gas, shooting through the next intersection just as the light changed. Arthur yelled. In the rearview mirror, an SUV crashed spectacularly into the passenger side of the white sedan, and brakes screeched as three other cars skidded on the wet streets, spinning to a stop and completely blocking the intersection behind us.

“What the hell!” cried Arthur.

“We’d better switch cars,” I said.

“You could’ve gotten us killed!”

“Please. That was child’s play.”

“You might’ve gotten other people killed!”

“At those velocities it would have been their faults for buying death traps.” It was true, though I hadn’t thought it through in so many words beforehand. I decided against telling Arthur that.

In the background of the math-guns-explosions-thriller part of ZERO SUM GAME, there were other ideas I wanted to explore. Questions of morality. The characterization of good guys and bad guys, of what’s heroic and what’s not.

I like the bit above because it’s a snapshot of Cas’s skills — but also of her arrogance and her moral bankruptcy. She’s something of an antihero…if she’s even a hero at all. You can say a lot of things about Cas: she’s intelligent, stubborn, street smart, loyal, occasionally funny — but one thing you can’t call her is nice, and I LOVE that about her. I love jerkass protagonists in general, but I note that I’m particularly proud of her unapologetic rough edges because I chose to make her a woman, and how often do we get antihero asshole protagonists who aren’t male? Not very often.

And Cas’s amorality is something she struggles with, as a background theme to the action. Once she teams up with Arthur, the other person in the above excerpts, she’s working with someone who has a conscience, and his morals force her to question her immediate answer of violence as always being the most expedient solution. Arthur’s the one the reader probably sympathizes with more, in fact, as he tries to reconcile his own moral code with having someone as violent as Cas as an ally.

So if I had to choose one tiny section to represent the entire book, it would be the above lines. We’ve got math and we’ve got action, but we’ve also got a perfect example of Cas’s tendency to jump first and reflect later, to cause a five-car pileup with no questions asked, and to consider other human lives rather less than she should. And we see Arthur, who ALWAYS thinks about these things beforehand — and who’s starting to make Cas do it, too, maybe just a little bit.

Plus, GAME THEORY. :D

(The quotes in this post have been trimmed slightly so as not to be confusing out of context.)

LINKS:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21466216-zero-sum-game

BIO:

SL Huang majored in mathematics at MIT. The program did not include training to become a superpowered assassin-type.Sadly.

KIRKUS gives VALOUR AND VANITY a starred review!

I should note that I’m really excited because this is my first starred review. Happy, happy dances!

Valour and VanityVALOUR AND VANITY [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back.

After an extended voyage with her family, Jane and Vincent are anxious to find some time to themselves, traveling to Murano. They have a letter of introduction from the prince regent and hope to work with an artisan to experiment on infusing glamour—magical illusions of sight, sound and light—into glass. On the way, they’re waylaid by pirates, then rescued by a fellow passenger who takes them under his wing in the city. Without papers or money and with Vincent suffering a concussion from the attack, they’re grateful for the gentleman’s help. Once they make progress on their revolutionary glamour process, however, they’re detained by the local police and accused of fraud. Realizing their “friend” is a con man who has disappeared with all their notes and finished work, Jane and Vincent are left broke, in debt and under suspicion: “They had no funds and no friends at all. The only resources they had were the clothes upon their backs, and even those they owed money for.” Unable to find employment, Vincent becomes dispirited, especially when he must depend on the meager salary Jane manages to secure from a nearby convent. Things look up when a chance sighting of one of the crooks enables Vincent and Jane to turn the tables on them: “[S]he could see his mind working and putting together pieces of a plan, as surely as if he was plotting a glamural.” Kowal continues her creative Regency-set Glamourist Histories series with a clever, captivating plot that culminates in a magical heist storyline. Before we get there, though, we are treated to a touching examination of a loving marriage under duress and the connections and collaborations these extraordinary partners must create and reaffirm with each other and those around them in order to thrive.

Combining history, magic and adventure, the book balances emotional depth with buoyant storytelling.

Conversation with my 11-year old niece

Niece: I like to wear sneakers with dresses.

Me: That seems very practical.

Niece: Yeah, because then you can run at formal occasions.

Me: Oh… I don’t usually run at formal occasions.

Niece: I call it taking advantage of my youth.

Beta-readers wanted for SF short story

This is a 150 word short story. Yes. 150 words. That was the commission and it was harder than a 3000 word story. I need to turn it in today, so if you have a few minutes to read…

Just drop your name in the comments on my site (and make sure your email address is correct). The first ten or so people with free time, I’ll send the password to.

Thanks!

EDITED TO ADD: I’ll all set. I’ve got a good spread of readers on this. Many, many thanks for helping with the tight turnaround.

My Favorite Bit: Elizabeth Bear talks about STELES OF THE SKY

My Favorite BitElizabeth Bear is joining us today with her novel Steles of the Sky. Here’s the publisher’s description.

Elizabeth Bear concludes her award-winning epic fantasy Eternal Sky trilogy in Steles of the Sky.

Re Temur, legitimate heir to his grandfather’s Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle. With his companions—the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho-tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung—he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather in his army of followers. But Temur’s enemies are not idle; the leader of the Nameless Assassins, who has shattered the peace of the Steppe, has struck at Temur’s uncle already. To the south, in the Rasan empire, plague rages. To the east, the great city of Asmaracanda has burned, and the Uthman Caliph is deposed. All the world seems to be on fire, and who knows if even the beloved son of the Eternal Sky can save it?

What’s Elizabeth’s favorite bit?

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ELIZABETH BEAR

My favorite bits of Steles of the Sky, it turns out, are all about books.

The funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it until I sat down to think about this essay. But this is a book that’s full of other books.

There is the slave-poetess Ümmühan, for whom books are a religion. Quite literally, as it happens. The scene where, as a reward for great service–for great treachery–she is permitted to hold and read an ancient, precious story is very dear to me. It reminds me of a time that an archivist friend let me hold a book older than Shakespeare, and the sense of awe and connection I felt.

There are the poison grimoires of Erem, ancient and treacherous and full of monstrous knowledge, necromancy, and horror. These are books that blind the eye that reads them, rot the finger that turns their pages, deafen the ear that hears their language spoken aloud. These are books that grant unimaginable power to those that dare their terrors. This conceit–this metaphor–speaks to me as one of the thematic hearts of the novel.

There are the books that a Dowager Empress loves, full of stories of heroes and tricksters that inspire her–and inspire her to ask awkward questions, as well.

There is Brother Hsiung’s fan-book, made of slats bound with cord, upon which he scribes his confession and his plea.

There are bound books and board books and scrolls. Each contradictory. Each full of something somebody cared enough about to write down.

There are the books the Wizard Samarkar misses–the books of a life left behind. And there are the other books she seeks again, though she much brave the dark passages of the earth and their antediluvian and inhuman librarian to find them.

There are books of stone and books of paper. Books of reed and books of glass. There’s a whole lot of books in this world.

And I love each one. Including the one that contains them all–along with wizardry, sorcery, engineering, loyalty, treachery, science, love, hate, enlightenment, sacrifice, selfishness, vengeance, compassion, and a healthy dose of megafauna.

I think it must be bigger on the inside.

Well, books are a kind of magic, after all. You might even say, a spell.

LINKS:

http://www.elizabethbear.com/?page_id=586

Excerpt: http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/03/steles-of-the-sky-excerpt-elizabeth-bear

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/72255-eternal-sky

BIO:

Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year.When coupled with a childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, this led her inevitably to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 25 novels and over a hundred short stories. Her dog lives in Massachusetts; her partner, writer Scott Lynch, lives in Wisconsin. She spends a lot of time on planes.

SOLD! “Doctor Faustus” to Ellen Datlow’s THE DOLL COLLECTION

Ellen Datlow was one of the few editors whose name I knew before I started writing. I bought everything in the Fairy Tale series that she and Terri Windling edited and devoured The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. So, I’ve been wanting to sell Ellen a story for approximately twenty years. And finally, finally have.

I’m very pleased that my short horror story, “Doctor Faustus” will be appearing in her new anthology The Doll Collection out from Tor in spring of 2015. 

Here’s the first paragraph as a teaser.

Julia stretched her back until it popped. God. It felt like she’d been on the marionette bridge for days. But a chance to do a remount of Orson Fucking Welles’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus? Off-Broadway? Not a chance a girl turned down, even if the theater was just a blackbox crammed in the basement of an old Masonic lodge. It was still off-Broadway and still Orson Welles. And puppets for adults. Give her blood and guts over fake fur and feathers any day, thank you very much. 

And take a look at the table of contents.

  • Introduction by Ellen Datlow
  • Heroes and Villains by Stephen Gallagher
  • The Doll-Master by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Gaze by Gemma Files
  • In Case of Zebras by Pat Cadigan
  • Miss Sibyl-Cassandra by Lucy Sussex
  • Skin and Bone by Tim Lebbon
  • There Is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold by Seanan McGuire
  • Goodness and Kindness by Carrie Vaughn
  • Daniel’s Theory of Dolls by Stephen Graham Jones
  • After and Back Before by Miranda Siemienowicz
  • Doctor Faustus by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Doll Court by Richard Bowes
  • Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line by Genevieve Valentine
  • Ambitious Boys Like You by Richard Kadrey
  • The Permanent Collection by Veronica Schanoes
  • Homemade Monsters by John Langan
  • Word Doll by Jeffrey Ford

via The Doll Collection.

WITHOUT A SUMMER wins RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel!

Without a Summer finalI am pleased and startled to announce that Without a Summer has been awarded RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel.  The other novels on the list are stunning and you should definitely check them out.

I was a particular fan of Paul Cornell’s London Falling so the award is a serious, serious honor.  Part of what delights me about this is that I’m writing novels about a happily married couple so I’m really happy about the fact that the love story element is still strong enough to appeal to the RT staff. The Jane and Vincent relationship is what I enjoy most about writing these. I say that Without a Summer is a political thriller disguised as a Regency Romance, but really… I’m there for the love story.

And the clothes. Okay, and the magic.

Plus! It means I get to wear a pretty dress to the awards ceremony, which is in New Orleans which should be fabulous.

I’ll be attending the RT Booklovers Convention for the first time, so if you want to visit, here’s my schedule: https://www.rtconvention.com/person/mary-robinette-kowal

FANTASY: Breathing New Life Into It

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 2nd Floor, Studio 4 – (Preservation Hall)

Description: You can’t blame a homogenous cast on using history or old rules as a model. The real world has always been wonderfully diverse. Fantasy worlds should be as well! Don’t stifle your creativity by sticking to old rules! Today you can have diversity of themes, characters, and stories that you might not find in old-style fantasy. Come listen to how these authors have done just that.

Speakers: PJ Schnyder, Kristen Callihan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mur Lafferty, Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce

SCI-FI: It’s Not Your Mama’s Science Fiction!

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 – 11:15am to 12:15pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Studio 1 – (Preservation Hall)

Description: Bug-eyed monsters, ray-guns, and fainting damsels-in-distress are out the airlock. Today’s SF and its subgenres contain stories and characters that push physical, scientific, emotional, political and sexual boundaries. But what does the future hold for SF writers? Have we gone too far and are lost in space? Or are we boldly going where the genre should have gone decades before? Beam in and sound off!

Speakers: Linnea Sinclair, Catherine Asaro, Jenna Bennett, Ilsa J. Bick, Mary Robinette Kowal, Beth Revis, Sarah Zettel

FAN-Tastic Day Party

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Preservation Hall

Description: Meet a revolving door of hundreds of authors as they make appearances every 30 minutes in this high-energy event. Be one of the first 500 attendees and you’ll receive a goody bag filled with free books and promotional items. Among the authors you’ll meet are: Lara Adrian, Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn), Jaci Burton, Lee Child, Sylvia Day, Jeaniene Frost, Abbi Glines, E.L. James, Eloisa James, Laura Kaye, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christina Lauren, Jamie McGuire, Jennifer Probst, Tiffany Reisz, Jill Shalvis, Nalini Singh, and Julie Ann Walker!

Choose “FAN-tastic Day Pass” when you register for a pass that includes the party, the goody bag (first 500 entrants), the workshops and the Giant Book Fair.

The FAN-tastic Day Party is hosted by Dreamspinner Press, who will be providing cool refreshments and sweet treats for all to enjoy along with lots of free books and giveaways. Meet several of their authors and the staff.

 

Pictures of me at the Sesame Puppeteer Workshop!

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Sesame Street Workshop

Puppets!

Yeah, I should have something deeply insightful to say here, but mostly it’s just that I’m excited because the Sesame Puppetry Workshop sent us photos of us today.


photos by Zach Hyman

My April and May events. Am I coming to your town?

Valour and Vanity web bannerSince Valour and Vanity is coming out on April 29th, I have a ton of travel scheduled for the next two months.

April

Chicago, IL
Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
http://www.c2e2.com/
Mary’s schedule

May

I’m particularly excited because I’ll be touring with Marie Brennan whose A Natural History of Dragons I’ve been raving about. Her new book, The Tropic of Serpents, is to die for. We’ll be travelling with period costumes, a tiny puppet show, and dragon fossils. You’ll come see us, right?

brennen-kowalChicago, IL
Thursday, May 1, 6:00 p.m.
DePaul University

Seattle, WA
Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
University Bookstore

Portland, OR
Saturday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hill Crossing
http://www.powells.com/calendar/

Salem, OR
Sunday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.
Book Bin
http://bookbin.com/event-calendars/

Houston, TX
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Murder by the Book
http://www.murderbooks.com/event/mary-robinette-kowal

Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.
Weller Book Works
https://www.wellerbookworks.com/events/2014/5/

San Diego, CA
Saturday, May 10, 2:00 p.m.
Mysterious Galaxy (Part of the Mysterious Galaxy 21st Birthday Bash!)
http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/MG-SD-21st-Birhday-Bash-051014

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, May 11, 3:00 p.m.
Borderlands Books
http://www.borderlands-books.com/about_events.html

And then you can find me solo a couple of times as well.

Raleigh, NC
Monday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Quail Ridge Books
http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/mary-robinette-kowal-valour-and-vanity

New Orleans, LA
Thursday, May 15 – Sunday, May 18
RT Booklovers Convention
https://www.rtconvention.com/

Madison, WI
Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26
WisCon
http://www.wiscon.info/