The U.S. hardcover of THE WORLD OF ICE & F IRE is scheduled for release on October 28, and Bantam is bringing me to New York to help launch it.
I will be making an appearance on the Seth Meyers show on Tuesday, October 28 and doing an event at the 92nd street Y with Laura Miller on Sunday,October 26.
Tickets for the latter are still available, but they are going fast, so if you want one, move quickly. I will be signing a thousand copies of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE for the Y, and the ticket price will include the autographed book.
((Sorry, no plans for other signings while in the city)).
I will also be turning up in Providence, Rhode Island on this trip. Brown University is honoring me with the Harris Literary Collection Award, and I'll be attending a dinner there on October 23 to accept. My friend Tom Doherty, esteemed publisher of Tor Books, is also being honored. It will be a real delight to share the journey, and the moment, with Tom. Brown students will have first dibs on tickets to that one, I am told... I'll add a link here as soon as I have one.
((Never been to Providence before, aside from speeding through it on the Acela. If I have time, I will try to make a pilgrimage to H.P. Lovecraft's grave, which I believe is required of anyone who has ever written horror)).
- Current Location:Santa Fe... for now
- Current Mood: excited
Once again Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer took Santa Fe by storm. Songs, stories, signed books. And Amanda's cocktail, the Deflowering, was a huge hit.
Tomorrow another special event... a special advance screening of COPENHAGEN, with director Mark Raso and star Gethin Anthony.
And we have two more big author events coming up in the weeks to come: KIM HARRISON on September 30 and LEV GROSSMAN on October 13. Getcha tickets early, or you may miss out again.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: bouncy
The Cocteau schedule for this week will be even more exciting. On Sunday night, September 21, our friends NEIL GAIMAN and AMANDA PALMER will be paying us another visit, for an evening of singing, signing, and storytelling. The fun starts at 7pm... but, alas, if you don't have tickets yet, you're probably out of luck, since that event sold out within hours of us announcing it on our email newsletter. (Don't get our newsletter? Easily fixed. Go to the website at http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/ and sign up. Newsletter subscribers get first crack at all of our coolest events).
The Cocteau will also be presenting THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, director Neil Jordan's twisted take on Little Red Riding Hood, based on the classic story by Angela Carter. Neil Gaiman picked this film for us, and we've asked him to introduce it. The movie starts at 9:20.
Our bar will be serving The Deflowering, a specialty cocktail designed for us by Amanda Palmer.
All in all, a busy Sunday. That's just the start, however.
Come Wednesday, September 24, we have another very special event scheduled: a special advance screening of COPENHAGEN, a film by Mark Raso, fresh off the festival circuit and well in advance of its North American release. Here's the trailer:
Director MARK RASO and star GETHIN ANTHONY will both be on hand for the COPENHAGEN screening, to introduce the film and answer your questions afterwards. Gethin, of course, is well known to GAME OF THRONES fans as the late, great Renly Baratheon, brother to Robert and Stannis, husband to Margaery Tyrell, lover of her brother Loras. Come meet him at the Jean Cocteau... advance tickets to the screening are still available at the Cocteau website.
See you at the movies.
Giants look utterly wretched. A few good plans from JPP, and maybe we have a new TE emerging. Nothing else good can be said. They were humiliated by the Cardinals, with a backup QB. C'mon.
Jets took a 21-3 lead and still figured out a way to piss it away. Harassed Aaron Rodgers and sacked him repeatedly, still allowed him to complete the big passes and runs when it counted. Geno, meanwhile, put up some nice stats early on, but can never seem to make the key throw when the game is on the line. Well, no, to be fair, he did complete one great pass in crunch time... a TD which was called back when a coach who did not actually have the power to call a time-out somehow called a time-out. Needless to say, Geno's attempt to duplicate the heroics a few minutes later ended in an INT.
Eli and Geno led the NFL in INTs last year, and both of them are on track to do it again.
And the Cowboys and Patriots both won big, so I don't even have that as solace.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: depressed
If you don't know Lehane... well, what rock have you been hiding under? He's the author of GONE BABY GONE, MYSTIC RIVER, and SHUTTER ISLAND, all of which have been made into terrific movies... but the novels are even better. He's also written some other novels that haven't been made into movies (yet), and those are just as good. My favorite is THE GIVEN DAY, a historical about the Boston Police Strike. He's also done screenplays and teleplays, including some great episodes of BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE WIRE.
Dennis has a new novel just out: THE DROP. And the movie will soon follow. VERY soon, like this month. Simultaneous release, something I can't think I've ever seen before. THE DROP stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and the late great James Gandolfini. Here's a taste.
Anyway, we'll have the book, the movie, AND the author.
Saturday 6:00 we'll have an author event with Dennis, the usual mix of reading, interview, Q&A, and booksigning. We'll talk about THE DROP, his other books, his TV work, whatever you want to talk about, and of course we'll have books for signing. Free admission with purchase of a hardcover, $5 with purchase of a paperback, $10 admission without a book purchase.
At 8:00 pm we'll have a sneak preview screening of the film. FREE, first come first seating.
And of course we'll have beer, wine, cocktails, and the best popcorn in the state, as ever.
I'll be there. Hope you will too.
The Jets win was over the Oakland Raiders. A lot of the commentators on the sports channels seem to think the Raiders may be the worst team in the league this year... and yet the Jets bared squeaked out the win. Their defense looked stout, and they dominated, but the offense kept shooting themselves in the foot. WAY too many penalties, and while Geno had his moments, he also had two fumbles and an interception, which suggests he going to be a turnover machine once again. I am still not certain that the Jets have a quarterback. Gang Green won this week, but the schedule gets a lot harder in the weeks to come, and if Geno keeps turning over the ball at that rate, we aren't going to win many more games.
As for the G-Men, those people I quoted above who think the Raiders may be the worst team in the league obviously did not see the Giants lose to the Lions tonight. What a debacle. The new offense... well, no one seemed to be on the same page, and Eli threw two INTs... part of which was the confusion, and part of which was the O line, which gave him no protection. No running game to speak of either, and none of the Giants wideouts seemed to want to catch the ball, not even Victor Cruz.
This could be a very long season. I'll watch, of course. I'm a fan, and that's what a true fan does, no matter how painful it gets. But I don't promise to post every week about Sunday's games. I am too busy and too tired, and somehow what started out as fun became a sort of obligation, so... I will post when I have something to say.
At least the Cowboys and the Patriots both lost. THAT was fun.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: gloomy
So Gardner Dozois and I put together this gargantuan crossgenre anthology called ROGUES for Bantam, featuring a great lineup of original stories about cads, swindlers, n'eer-do-wells, and scoundrels from some of our favorite writers. It was published in hardcover a few months ago, to terrific sales (debuted at #7 on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list) and some great reviews. Lots of people seemed to like it.
One of them turned out to be Bill Schafer, of Subterranean Press. Who liked it so much he decided that SubPress would do its own edition.
Look for it early next year. Or, better still, start checking the SubPress website so you can place an order as soon as it becomes available, since the SubPress editions tend to sell out... and yes, this one will be limited to 500 copies.
Like all SubPress limiteds, it will be gorgeous. Slipcased, numbered or lettered, signed by Gardner and me and all of our writers, acidfree paper, beautiful design... and lavishly illustrated by Ken Laager, a very talented artist best known for his work in noir.
Here's his cover, based on my own contribution to the volume, "The Rogue Prince."
Gotta say, the Seahawks looked pretty damn formidable tonight, absolutely destroying the Packers and that baaaaaaaaad man Aaron Rogers.
It remains to be seen how good my Jets and Giants will be. We'll get a taste this weekend, I guess.
I am wishing both teams have decent seasons, at the least. Maybe one or the other will surprise me. Life IS generally miserable and full of pain, of course, but this year I could live without weekly reminders. I want to be writing "life is magical and full of joy" a lot.
We shall see. That's why they play the games.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: hopeful