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Another snowy day in Santa Fe. Winter has bloody well come, and refuses to leave.

Yesterday's SUICIDE KINGS signing at Barnes & Noble in Albuquerque went well, I think. We had a nice, enthusiastic crowd and signed a lot of books. Poor Vic Milan came down with some sort of creeping crud and had to cancel, but Carrie Vaughn, Caroline Spector, John Jos. Miller, Ian Tregillis, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, and yours truly were all on hand, defacing books. We signed a considerable amount of stock as well, so if you're looking for an autographed title by any of the above, contact B&N at Coronado Center.



(photos by Parris)

Speaking of Wild Cards, we have some good news for my Italian fans. I've just signed contracts for Italian language translations of the first three volumes of the series (WILD CARDS, ACES HIGH, and JOKERS WILD). The publisher will be RCS Libri. Needless to say, if these books do well, the rest of the series will follow in good tine.

On other fronts, I'm going to be coming to Minnesota in November. Fantasy Flight Games is bringing me in as a special guest for 'Days of Ice and Fire,' a weekend-long celebration of Westeros at FFG's new Events Center in Roseville, MN. FFG will be running tournaments for their Ice & Fire card game and board games, and I'll be doing a Q&A, several signing sessions, and maybe a reading from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. More details can be found on FF's own site at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1120 We'll know more about the schedule when we get closer to the event.

Another visit to a big midwestern city is in the works as well, and much sooner than the FFG event, but I can't talk about that one yet. Watch this space. Announcement soon.

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coscaram
Feb. 21st, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm about half-way through Suicide Kings and am, really enjoying it!
amsra
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
You need to come to Seattle on of these days :)
wiseone_1
Feb. 25th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
You need to come to Seattle on of these days :)
i agree it would be wise
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
We've had the most snow I've seen since I've moved her to Scandinhoovia -- ten years, and nothing remotely like this. Crazy weather. (Yes, I blame global warming).

I saw the news about FFG's new board game, "Battles of Westeros". Sounds very cool (for those who want more info, see here, and check the Hopeless Gamer front page, he has a couple more pictures up since I posted detailing the Stark and Lannister "hero" characters). Very tempting.

The other board game is more strategic, and never quite caught my fancy, but this one... Maybe a better route to just use an existing battle system such as BattleLore; it was a shame Testors never got anywhere with their own tactical game. That all said, I can't imagine the people who spend their time actually painting all these little army figures, though. Too bad they can't produce those pre-colored somehow, I think it'd greatly broaden the appeal (but probably, also, the cost).
dirtwitch
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Any chance that Austin, Tx is on the list of cities to visit someday? I will keep a watch, and cross the fingers....
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
George answered a question about Texas signings a little bit earlier. See here. That said, Game of Thrones is a good while back now. I'm going to guess a new signing event in a Texas store would probably work a _lot_ better now...

From advice that GRRM and Parris have given in the past, when there's a new signing tour in the offing, lobby your local booksellers to get in touch with the relevant publisher and request that GRRM make an appearance. Point out that he hasn't appeared at a booksigning in Texas since 1996, and this could be a major bookselling event for them. Hopefully Bantam'll reconsider. :)
dirtwitch
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Thank you! Not sure how I missed that, altho considering that "The Austin signing had a mediocre turnout, but at Houston and Dallas, the attendance was abysmal." .... Yes, Austin's chances seem slim, but perhaps not nonexistent. Thanks again! I will take your advice and start gentle pestering.
taser8
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Austin
Weather? Don't talk to me about weather! It hit 78 degrees here today - and it's supposed to SNOW on Tuesday! At least your weather seems to be seasonally consistent...

And yes, put me down as another vote for an Austin visit if at all possible!
qarl
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Fantasy Flight Games have done such good stuff with the tie-in games. I do think the world helps though, something about it seems to really work for games.

I think part of it is the moral ambiguity in the books. Straight good vs. evil doesn't really work for interesting factional competition and conflict. Ice and Fire avoids a lot of those issues, and works just as well for games as universes specially built for games.
winddancer110
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Ok I must be blind, can anyone point me to where FFG mention this November event? Or just tell me when in November, cause I am totally booking a ticket :P
433
Feb. 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
That info is not up yet, but there will be a full page set up for it quite soon. We'll be sure to let George know when it's posted so he can let everyone in on it.
marina_bonomi
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
It was announced at the Event Center opening, last Saturday, no official announcement on FFG's site yet but it was posted by the Hopeless Gamer here: http://thehopelessgamer.blogspot.com/2010/02/days-of-ice-fire-is-ffgs-next-big-board.html
433
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Here is a link to the news story about the event.

Here is a link to the event's page.
fuentez1138
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Dragoncon
How about a secret appearence at DragonCon this year? That would be awesome and fitting considering the title of your next book....just wishing.... :)
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Dragoncon
I'll be at worldcon.

Dragoncon needs to move back to its original dates. Labor Day weekend, by long tradition, belongs to worldcon.
fuentez1138
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Dragoncon
Ahhh, damn dragoncon, they should change their date for sure if they treading on another bigger named cons dates! Oh well I still go since my family and friends always go to that one. Enjoy the Worldcon.
madbard
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
> Winter has bloody well come, and refuses to leave

This should be the new House Stark slogan.
neffscape
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Great!
At least one italian-speaking supporter is here, living and breathing! Actually I'm from Switzerland but the italian-speaking part at least :D.
Anyway, I'm glad that RCS Libri will soon publish Wild Cards but I'm a bit surprised because your Songs of Ice and Fire saga is actually published by Mondadori, another italian publisher. I hope their translation will be as good as the Mondadori one, whose work was really amazing even if they decided to split every book in two volumes... a weird solution to make readers buy more books (I'm now finishing the 9th volume...). Anyway... Keep on the good work, your storytelling is just amazing! Hope to be able to read the end of the song in 10 years from now!!! ;) Sorry for my bad english... and "Saluti" from Lugano (Switzerland)
bojojoti
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Kansas City?
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
I will be in KC in May for Conquest.

(Doesn't anyone ever check my appearances page? All my scheduled cons and signings are listed there).

That's not the new appearance I was referring to, however. That one hasn't been announced yet.
patellis15
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Indianapolis?! Gen Con?! That would excellent! I'll keep my fingers crossed.
rtrifts
Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
My money is on Gencon-Indy
If FFG would pay to have George in Minneapolis - they (and Green Ronin, et al, I suppose) would pay to have him at a much bigger event with a lot more buzz: Gencon.

Card games, board games, RPGs, miniatures and replica swords. That's a pretty good product line there for SoIaF licensees :)

And given the nature of the attendees (and number of same) I think George would see 30,000 eager fans in Indy, too.

An attendance by GRRM at Gencon would be ... impressive, to say the least. Gencon is not Worldcon in terms of its alcohol consumption, but it's a helluva fun convention, just the same.
db1869
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Awesome!!!
I can't wait to see you in Roseville. We met in Fargo last fall. I just want to let everyone know how great GRRM is. He is very friendly and loves his fans. The nicest celebrity I have ever met.
grrm
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome!!!
I had way too much fun in Fargo. But hey, any con where they ask me to judge a cleavage contest is okay with me.
guessingo
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome!!!
unless it is guys cleavage...
putter482
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Please tell me its Milwaukee! I know you cannot tell us, but here I am, hoping away! :D
arthurtonypark
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Your avatar
My 2 year old just caught sight of your latest avatar... she thinks you are Santa.

Can I have a new book for Christmas please ;-)
squirrellyguy
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Poor Miami never gets any love. How about a visit to our International Book Festival? It really is a good time!
carturello
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
fantastic from italy!
Yah yeah yeah! I'm italian and i love your Wild Cards Comics, (i bought them in english). Thi is very good news!

Have you some news for hedge knight 2 comic book?

RCS is the editorial of Corto Maltese (my favourite comic hero-antihero)written and drawn by Hugo Pratt, a master of international comics.

do you know him?
baster4
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
wow
I am very sad to lose this show :(
I like this place and in couple with the music it should be great
jarathen
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
ah. the midwest
as a fan in iowa, midwest trips always pique my interest. can't wait to hear where you'll be.

after all, it was fevre dream that inspired me to take the family onto a steamer out of dubuque.
woodbyrne
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Do you fancy coming to NJ for signings? Having grown up here, has it scared you away? It petrifies me every day. LOL.
jpashlock
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oklahoma City. I've been converting people to the cult of GRRM by the scores. We would all drive our tractors downtown just to meet you.
racebannon42
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
"I'm going to be coming to Minnesota in November. Fantasy Flight Games is bringing me in as a special guest for 'Days of Ice and Fire,' a weekend-long celebration of Westeros at FFG's new Events Center in Roseville, MN."

Woot!
tsavonglah
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re:
I'll second Race's "woot" and make it a double-woot!

Count me in as another Fargo attendee that will be there (as long as it's after the election, I have a Governorship to help win).
mysticmoonstorm
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
I can't wait to see you in November! :)
aedaron
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Screw the Midwest!
Come to Memphis! You know you want some Southern hospitality!
penelopesa
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Best news since... anything!
I'm so happy that I will finally get to meet you when you come to Minnesota! I've been lurking around your blog for years and am often out of the country, so it's exciting to know you'll be in our neck of the woods when I'm stateside again.
marina_bonomi
Feb. 22nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Great news indeed, this Italian fan is very happy (hope the translator isn't the same one who did 'A Game of Thrones' though).

Although right now I wish Minnesota was nearer: my husband is a free-lance illustrator, working for FFG on their AGOT Living Card Game, a chance of meeting you at a FFG event would be just...WOW!
megmca
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
It's 60 and sunny in Portland right now. Go figure.

Though I don't know if the nice weather would be conducive to the writing process.
daniel_kulikov
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Toronto?
Will you never grace Toronto with a visit?
:)
And I just began Suicide Kings- really like it so far!
winterfellow
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Roseville, MN huh? Hey wait, that's where I live. Nice.
khar_ghatten
Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah for a visit in the home city!
timett
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
Wild Cards in italian
Wild Cards in italian?! Wow! Ain't it cool news!!! :D
I am really eager to experience the Wild Cards universe. Hope the translation won't last too long.

Greets from Italy!
winterfellow
Mar. 1st, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
FFG
I got a chance to check out this new events center today. I've never been much of a gamer, but this place is pretty cool. It's definitely worth a visit for anyone in the area.
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