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New York, New York... and Providence Too

October has arrived, the leaves are turning, and I am headed east.

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.

WOIAF cover

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)).


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Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm happy for you and me too!
I am So excited to see you at the 92Y. The tickets are a wee bit expensive, so I'm going sans hubby, but I believe the 92Y is a great place and I get to see you AND get a signed book.
Happy travels and Tor Honoring's and dinners sounds like it will be really fun for you. You're such a social lil dragon aren't you?
Oct. 2nd, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Amazing! October 28 is my son's birthday, and the 25th is mine. It's looking like it's going to be a wonderful week. :)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Great!! 😃
Will the book be published worlwide?
Frank Probst
Oct. 2nd, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
Waiting for Aland
I'm still holding out hope that I'll get all three of you to sign my copy in Aland. And I'm still miffed at Laura Miller for her review of "The Bone Clocks", which put a major spoiler in the sub-headline and didn't bother to edit it even after multiple commenters pointed it out.
Oct. 2nd, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
My body is ready for this book
I am more excited about this than the next season of GAME OF THRONES. Granted, I'll always be excited about that too.
Great Red Dragon
Oct. 2nd, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
New York Comic-Con on October 9th?
Ser, will you be around for the New York Comic-Con on October 9th? I'm an Administrator from the Game of Thrones Wiki, and Wikia set up a Wikia Fan Panel for Game of Thrones at NYCC. So far the guests consist of Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Natalia Tena (Hodor) - apparently it's the only primarily Game of Thrones panel at NYCC this year

I live in New York City, and I'm an Administrator for Game of Thrones Wiki, so Wikia is having me co-run the panel.

Yesterday I found out that David J. Peterson will also be at the convention on Sunday, so I asked if he was interested in swinging by our panel on Thursday, to promote his new book "Living Language Dothraki". To my surprise he expressed interest - I don't know if he'll "officially" come but I forwarded this info to my superiors at Wikia so they can figure something out with him.

Is there any chance you will be in town for the convention?

If not, no problem. Moreover I've been trying to forward something to "the writers" such as you or Cogman for two years now: the wiki Admins are not the smallfolk fans who constantly ask "hey, who's Jon Snow's mother?" or "who is your favorite character?" (for the Nth time, Tyrion!)......so I started keeping a running list of "questions about lore that we'd ask the writers if we ever get in contact with them" -- it's around 70 questions long now. I call it the Cargo Cult.

http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:The_Cargo_Cult -- please take a look if at all possible, and if not, please forward/delegate to "TV loremaster" Cogman.

I will point out very briefly the bigger questions:

1 - The TV continuity removed Jaehaerys II, despite the fact that his sister is the one who married a Baratheon. We have no idea how Stannis and Shireen descend from the Targaryens now and can't draw a family tree demonstrating this. We need clarification.

2 - The House Florent family tree on the TV show is very jumbled up and we need clarification ("Axel Florent" is now Selyse's brother?)

3 - What is the command structure of the Night's Watch? Yes, the First Ranger is head of the Rangers...but is he like an aid to the Lord Commander at Castle Black? What if the First Ranger tells the rangers at the Shadow Tower to do one thing, but Denys Mallister tells them to do another? I don't know how to draw an organizational chart of how this functions.

4 - What is the current year within the TV series? A while ago I came up with the functional explanation that because props in Season 1 were labeled as "298 AL" that both book 1 and Season 1 take place in that year...thus because Robert's Rebellion happened "17 years ago" that means it started two years "earlier" (relatively). But the TV series also seems to have a principle that one season equals one year (while one book did not always equal one year). The result being that I think Season 4 took place in 301 AL, not 300 AL. It's surprisingly difficult to maintain an accurate timeline for TV series events on the wiki when we're just saying "a year after that happened" instead of a firm dating system.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: New York Comic-Con on October 9th?
Alas, no, I won't be at the NY Comicon. If the con were only a couple of weeks later, I might have been able to make it, but...
Re: New York Comic-Con on October 9th? - JediShywalker - Oct. 3rd, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: New York Comic-Con on October 9th? - werthead - Oct. 6th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 2nd, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Someone very lucky to get a book autographed.
Imagine how many would have cost the Tolkien book with his autograph?))

Happy travels!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 09:16 am (UTC)
That looks AMAZING!!

Come to Ireland!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
Providence is a lovely little place, and Brown a welcoming campus. If you have time, a stroll along the river is a nice idea: it was concreted over in the days of Big Industry, and has made an interesting reappearance.
Fabrizio Pizzolato
Oct. 2nd, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
I appreciate the idea ...
... of pilgrimage to Lovecraft's grave, I hope I will be able to do that one day.

Meanshile I have to remind you here in Italy we've got plenty of things to let you enjoy your stay here, in case you want to visit us.

And I have to ask you about how much you like Italian medieval history :-)
Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
Enjoy New York! Time permitting, be sure to stop in at that Sopranos restaurant [the one in the final episode]
Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
How does one sign 1000 copies of a book and still have a functioning wrist?
Oct. 2nd, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, a thousand is easy. I've done way more than that at some of my bookstore signings, including the recent one in Dijon, France. We had at least three thousand people at that one, I think.
(no subject) - boomkrashhh - Oct. 3rd, 2014 08:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 2nd, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
While visiting Providence some years ago, my husband and I along with my brother and sis-in-law went on an HP Lovecraft walk, treading the same streets as he had almost a century before. We found the walk online, I'm sure you can just Google it if you have the time to walk (some parts are quite hilly, as I recall). We actually needed some people from the local library (or museum, I forget now) to help us locate a memorial plaque - there is a marker, but it's in a quite obscure place and some of the people who helped us didn't themselves already know where it was! Worth it, definitely, but you might have to hunt around a little to find it.

Edited at 2014-10-03 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ray Feighery
Oct. 2nd, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hi George,

I grew up in Rhode Island and spent my teen years in Providence. Lovecraft's Grave is certainly a good point as is Roger Williams Statue @ Prospect Park. It's a bit too late for the Gondala's I suspect or the Fire Festival Downtown which is something.
When it comes to food, RI standards are NY system (I know right?) Hot Weiners (Veal Link with seasoned ground beef, onion, mustard and celery salt) and Stuffies (Stuffed Quoahog)!Crab Cakes and Choweder of course and we all grew up on Coffee Milk so you cant go wrong getting a Coffee Cabinet (Milkshake)

I just made myself really hungry! ;)
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
You really must be from RI with all the talk of Stuffies and hot wieners and coffee milk! No one believed me about coffee milk until I had my family send me some Autocrat for proof!
Oct. 2nd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I keep reading this as "Batman is bringing me to New York to help launch it."

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