July’s #Torchat Live from San Diego Comic-Con!

2011Featuring Tweets from Tor staff @tdelucci, @Laura_FitzG, @opattyg, and @jgolenbo at a special date and time, Thursday, 7/21 10AM – 11AM (PST)

New York, NY – Wednesday, July 13, – Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce the theme and participants for July’s #Torchat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. This month’s chat takes place at a special time, Thursday, July 21st, 10am – 11am PST, live from the Tor Booth (#2707), the show floor and elsewhere at San Diecgo Comic-Con.

In honor of this infamous and legendary convention devoted exclusively to all the things we geeks love, the #Torchat will take a look at goings on within the Tor Booth, panels and everything else we think is exciting and interesting. We just hope we can cover it all in an hour! Four members of the Tor staff will be Tweeting: Tor Books Ad/promo Manager Theresa DeLucci, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Tor; Laura Fitzgerald, Director of Publicity Patty Garcia, and Senior Publicist Extraordinaire Justin Golenbock. Fans are invited to follow or join in using the Twitter hashtag #torchat.

Not at the Con? Follow @torbooks throughout the week, July 20th – 24th, for their 2nd annual “Not at Comic-Con” sweepstakes via the Tor/Forge blog.

About the Staff

Theresa DeLucci (@tdelucci) is the Ad/promo Manager at Tor Books and also a blogger at where she writes about television among other things. An avid gamer, DeLucci is also a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. She can also be found working on the perfect cup of homemade chai tea and mouth-watering brunches.

Laura Fitzgerald (@Laura_FitzG) is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Tor and self-proclaimed Anime nerd. She keeps up a blog in her copious amounts of spare time where she writes about publishing, marketing, Anime, YA, “fantasay” and other things that rhyme with “A” and end in “ing.” She is a force to be reckoned with.

Patty Garcia (@opattyg) a.k.a. yours truly, is Director of Publicity. She likes the hard stuff, both sci-fi and otherwise, and has one of the best offices in the Flatiron building thanks to her meticulousness/borderline obsessiveness. She is also the bass player for The Rats, a NYC garage punk band, and is proud owner of a 1977 Rickenbacker 3000 and a 1976 Fender Musicman.

Justin Golenbock (@jgolenbo) is Senior Publicist and works with some of the bigger authors and campaigns on the Tor list including The Wheel of Time® series and Brandon Sanderson, Cory Doctorow, Vernor Vinge as well as our gaming properties comprised of Halo®, CPC Games, Bioshock and Dragon Age, to name a few. He is a beer aficionado, baseball enthusiast, Thundercats devotee, and general all around nerd. #Torchat was his brainchild; watch out for this one.

About #Torchat

#Torchat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #Torchat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.

About Tor Books

Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher.  In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and has been named Best Publisher 24-years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.