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Tor Books at Phoenix ComicCon

PhoenixCC It’s time for Phoenix ComicCon! We have authors on a bunch of exciting panels this year, plus our own Director of Publicity Patty Garcia will tell you all about some of the books we love this year in the Totally Tor! panel on Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

Wednesday, June 1

The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

7:00 PM
Hosted by Kevin Hearne and featuring Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Pierce Brown, Beth Cato, Adam Christopher, Ryan Dalton, Leanna Renee Hieber, Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Tom Leveen, Michael Martinez, Brian McClellan, Joseph Nassise, Sarah Remy, V.E. Schwab, Scott Sigler, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Dan Wells, and Django Wexler

Thursday, June 2

  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Evil as Heck
    It’s not enough to have a faceless villian who hides in the shadows, our authors discuss whether villiany can be a sympathetic motivation. Featuring Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and V.E. Schwab.
    Location: North 128B
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Totally Tor!
    What’s new from Tor! Join Patty Garcia, Director of Publicity for Tor Books as she takes you through current and upcoming releases, and a take a sneak peak at big titles coming in 2017! Raffle and giveaways throughout the presentation.
    Location: North 129A

Friday, June 3

  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM Writing Excuses Podcast
    Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal and Howard Taylor as they interview Alan Dean Foster, Greg Van Eekhout, Trina Philips and Victoria Schwab.
    Location: West 301A
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Trope Talks: Kick Ass Heroines
    As a protagonist, a woman of action is high in demand. This Trope Talk focus on the allure of woman of action and where she is going next. Featuring Alyssa Wong, Christina Henry, Dan Wells, Django Wexler, Lexie Dunne, and Yvonne Navarro.
    Location: North 128A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Spotlight: Adam Christopher
    Comics, super-heroes, and science fiction Adam Christopher does it all, come geek out with one of Tor’s most celebrated authors.
    Location: North 128A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Is This a Kissing Book?
    Are romantic relations really important to fantasy? Is the pursuit of love just as important as the hero conquering all? Our panel of authors discuss where romance fits in the crafting of fantasy. Featuring Bradley Beaulieu, Leanna Renee Hieber, Sam Sykes, and Suzanne Young.
    Location: North 129A
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Building a Believable World: The Deets
    Building a believable a world is more than just a good map, our pannelist discuss the finer points of constructing a believable universe. Featuring Bradley Beaulieu, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Michael Martinez, Shannon Messenger, and Victoria Schwab.
    Location: North 129A
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Spotlight: Victoria Schwab
    Join Victoria Schwab, best selling author of A Darker Shade of Magic, in a one hour discussion of books, tea, and magic.
    Location: North 128A
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Would You Lie to Me?
    Authors lie for a living, but are they any good at knowing when they are being lied to? Hosted by Jason Hough, our two teams of authors will try to outwit each other and discern fact from fiction. Featuring Beth Cato, Brandon Sanderson, Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Sykes, Scott Sigler, and Victoria Schwab.
    Location: North 128B

Saturday, June 4

  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing
    It’s too much to ask genres to stay neat and organized. As the number of genres grow, so too does the chance for cross-genres to be born. Our panelists discuss what happens stories refuse to stay in one genre and behave. Featuring Adam Christopher, Aprilynne Pike, Michael Martinez, Neo Edmund, and Yvonne Navarro.
    Location: North 128A
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM Mother Flippin’ Wizards
    Everyone loves a good magic system, but what impact does it have on characters? Our panelists will talk about their favorite stories and their favorite wizards from Gandalf to Harry Potter and discuss how magic impacts people on a personal level. Featuring Bradley Beaulieu, Christina Henry, Leanna Renee Hieber, Sam Sykes, and Victoria Schwab.
    Location: North 129A
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Spotlight: Brandon Sanderson
    Fantasy’s favorite son comes to Phoenix. Join best selling author Brandon Sanderson for a discussion of his projects past, present, and future.
    Location: North 129A
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Beyond the Comics: Superheroes in Literature
    With superheroes being more popular than ever, superhero fiction is on the rise. Or panelists discuss the next tall building for this genre to leap. Featuring Adam Christopher, Lexie Dunne, Ryan Dalton, and Weston Ochse.
    Location: North 128A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Glowy Swords: Magical MacGuffins
    The One Ring, Harry Potter’s wand, Excalibur, epic fantasy is full of magical MacGuffins, but is this just a mere plot device or is there a deeper purpose? Featuring Alyssa Wong, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Sam Sykes, and Victoria Schwab.
    Location: North 129A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Trope Talks: Unlikely Heroes
    Reluctant, unsuitable, or just plain bad- heroes come in more varieties than ever this Trope Talk focuses on writing less than heroic protagonists. Featuring Dan Wells, Django Wexler, Kevin Hearne, Sarah Remy, Shannon Messenger, and Todd Lockwood.
    Location: North 128A
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Author Batsu
    Join your favorite authors for Phoenix Comicon’s 3rd Annual Batsu game. Authors will play a Russian Roulette style game and hope to survive another year. Featuring Sam Sykes, Alyssa Wong, Becky Chambers, Jason Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Pierce Brown, and Scott Sigler.
    Location: North 129A
  • 6:00 – 9:00 PM Drinks with Authors
    Join our Author Guests for a glass or two in an informal setting. There will be door prizes and other giveaways from our participating publishers.
    Location: North 120 Seating and Events

Sunday, June 5

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Shared Worlds
    Some names carry the weight of a legacy with them. Authors who work in shared worlds are tasked with not only coming up with original creations, but building on what’s come before. Our panelists discuss establishing and helping legacy worlds. Featuring Adam Christopher, Jody Lynn Nye, Neo Edmund, and Yvonne Navarro.
    Location: North 128A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Someone Else’s Sandbox
    TV, Film, Comics, RPGs every property has a story to tell, these are the author who flesh out our favorite visual universes. Join these media-tie in craftspeople in a discussion about writing in someone else’s sandbox. Featuring Adam Christopher, Alan Dean Foster, Michael Kogge, and Yvonne Navarro.
    Location: North 128B
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM World Building: Are We Still Talking About This?
    It sometimes feels like worldbuilding and magic systems are the be-all, end-all of fantasy. Our panelists gather to discuss the times when it matters and the times when it doesn’t. Featuring Greg Van Eekhout, John Peck/Jack Heckel, Michael Martinez, and Sarah Remy.
    Location: North 129A
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM Worst Panel in the World
    At the end of another fine year of Phoenix Comicon, the grim survivors of the authors who made it out gather for one last hangover panel. Come shoot the breeze with authors as they discuss what’s fun and terrible in their industry. Featuring Dan Wells, Sam Sykes, Scott Sigler, and Suzanne Young.
    Location: North 128A
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Mythology and Folklore
    Fantasy has always borrowed heavily from the myths and legends around the globe. As the genre expands, so too do the myths we draw upon. Our panelists discuss their favorite legends throughout history and how they use them in their work. Featuring Alyssa Wong, Joseph Nassise, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Todd Lockwood.
    Location: North 129A
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Embarrassing Author Con Stories
    Everyone’s got one. Sometimes they witnessed it. Sometimes they were a part of it. Sometimes they caused it. Our authors relive hilariously awkward and light-heartedly embarrassing experiences at conventions. Featuring Kevin Hearne, Leanna Renee Hieber, Mary Robinette Kowal, Patrick Rothfuss, Pierce Brown, Sam Sykes, and Shannon Messenger.
    Location: North 128B

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for May

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in May! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

Fred Chappell, A Shadow All of Light

Friday, May 13
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC
6:30 PM

Sunday, May 14
Great Expectations Books
Rutherfordton, NC
5:00 PM

Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

Tuesday, May 24
Barnes & Noble
Deptford, NJ
6:30 PM

Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning

Monday, May 16
57th Street Books
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM
In conversation with David M. Perry.

Monday, May 30
Main Point Books
Bryn Mawr, PA
6:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton and Fran Wilde.

Renee Patrick, Design for Dying

Monday, May 2
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Tuesday, May 3
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Friday, May 6
Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 17
Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY
6:00 PM

Kristen Simmons, The Glass Arrow

Tuesday, May 10
Joseph-Beth Crestview Hills
Crestview Hills, KY
7:00 PM
Also with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Jo Walton, My Real Children

Monday, May 30
Main Point Books
Bryn Mawr, PA
6:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer and Fran Wilde.
Dan Wells, Over Your Dead Body

Tuesday, May 3
Weller Book Works
Salt Lake City, UT
6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 10
Jean Couteau Cinema
Sante Fe, NM
7:00 PM
Also with Stephen Graham Jones.

Fran Wilde, The Jewel and Her Lapidary

Monday, May 30
Main Point Books
Bryn Mawr, PA
6:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer and Jo Walton.

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for March

Riders by Veronica RossiA Gathering of Shadows by V.E. SchwabCharacter, Driven by David Lubar

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in March! Here is the info on all of our upcoming author events. See who is coming to a city near you!

Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky

Tuesday, March 1
Google
Mountain View, CA
2:30 PM

R.S. Belcher, The Brotherhood of the Wheel

Thursday, March 3
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA
6:30 PM

Saturday, March 5
Barnes & Noble
Roanoke, VA
2:00 PM

Wednesday, March 9
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Saturday, March 26
Wondercon
Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM

Susan Dennard, Truthwitch

Tuesday, March 1
Half Price Books
Dallas, TX
7:00 PM
Also with Veronica Rossi.

Randy Henderson, Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free

Tuesday, March 1
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 15
Auntie’s Bookstore
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 16
Rediscovered Books
Boise, ID
7:00 PM

Glen Hirshberg, Good Girls

Sunday, March 6
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
3:30 PM

Saturday, March 26
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

David Lubar, Character, Driven

Saturday, March 5
Emmaus Public Library
Emmaus, PA
5:00 PM
Books provided by Let’s Play Books.

Wednesday, March 9
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
5:00 PM

Thursday, March 10
Joseph Beth Booksellers
Crestview Hills, KY
7:00 PM

Saturday, March 12
Valley Ranch Library
Irving, TX
2:00 PM

Veronica Rossi, Riders

Tuesday, March 1
Half Price Books
Dallas, TX
7:00 PM
Also with Susan Dennard.

Friday, March 11
Rakestraw Books
Danville, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 16
Kepler’s Books
Menlo Park, CA
7:00 PM
In conversation with Michael Grant.

Friday, March 18
Books Inc
San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Also with Caragh O’Brien and Stephanie Kuehn.

Tuesday, March 22
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
Also with Kiersten White and Mary E. Pearson.

Lawrence M. Schoen, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard

Thursday, March 24
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Monday, March 28
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows

Tuesday, March 1
Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park, WA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 2
Old Firehouse Books
Fort Collins, CO
7:00 PM

Thursday, March 3
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Saturday, March 5
Malaprop’s
Asheville, NC
3:00 PM

Tuesday, March 8
Joseph Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM
Also with Gwenda Bond and Julie Kagawa.

Saturday, March 12
Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Murfreesboro, TN

Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27
WonderCon
Los Angeles, CA
Guest of Honor

Kristen Simmons, The Glass Arrow

Monday, March 21
University Bookstore
Naperville, IL
7:00 PM

Brian Staveley, The Last Mortal Bond

Tuesday, March 15
Phoenix Bookstore
Burlington, VT
6:30 PM

Friday, March 18
Brookline Booksmith
Saratoga Springs
7:00 PM

Thursday, March 24
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA
7:00 PM

Andrea Thalasinos, Fly By Night

Friday, March 4
Mystery to Me Bookstore
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

Sunday, March 6
Arcadia Books
Spring Green, WI
2:00 PM

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in July

Hurricane Fever by Tobias BuckellA Plunder of Souls by D. B. JacksonThe Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. AndersonFull Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in July! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

Thursday, July 3

Jo Walton, My Real Children
Flights of Fantasy
Albany, NY
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 10

Kevin J. Anderson, The Dark Between the Stars
Connecticon, July 10-13
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT

Saturday, July 12

Jane Lindskold, Artemis Awakening
Bookworks
Albuquerque, NM
3:00 PM

Sunday, July 13

Paul Park, All Those Vanished Engines
Brian Staveley, The Emperor’s Blades
Max Gladstone, Full Fathom Five
Felix Gilman, The Revolutions
Barnes & Noble
Burlington, MA
3:30 PM

Monday, July 14

D. B. Jackson, A Plunder of Souls
BooKnack
Rock Hill, SC
6:00 PM

Tuesday, July 15

D. B. Jackson, A Plunder of Souls
Books A Million
With authors Faith Hunter and A. J. Hartley
Gastonia, NC
6:30 PM

Max Gladstone, Full Fathom Five
Pandemonium Books & Games
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 17

D. B. Jackson, A Plunder of Souls
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA
6:30 PM

Paul Park, All Those Vanished Engines
Barnes & Noble
Holyoke, MA
7:00 PM

Friday, July 18

Tracy and Laura Hickman, Unwept
Barnes & Noble
Orem, UT
7:00 PM

Paul Park, All Those Vanished Engines
Amherst Bookstore
Amherst, MA
7:00 PM

Monday, July 21

Glen Hirshberg, Motherless Child
Literati Bookstore
Ann Arbor, MI
7:00 PM

D. B. Jackson, A Plunder of Souls
Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC
7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 23

Max Gladstone, Full Fathom Five
Barnes & Noble
Framingham, MA
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 26

Jane Lindskold, Artemis Awakening
Steven Gould, Impulse
Barnes & Noble, Coronado Mall
Albuquerque, NM
2:00 PM

Julia Mary Gibson, Copper Magic
Benzie Shores District Library
Frankfort, MI
3:00 PM

Sunday, July 27

Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Monday, July 28

Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever
University Book Store
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 29

Tobias Buckell, Hurricane Fever
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

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