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Tor and Forge at BEA

BEA attendees eagerly awaiting the opening of the doorsBook Expo America 2014 takes place in New York City from May 28th to May 31st and we’ll be there! Take a look below to see which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Meet Douglas Preston, John Scalzi, Jo Walton, and more!

Tor Books will also be present in the Macmillan section at booth #1738 for the entirety of the conference. Stop by and say hello!


Tom Doherty – IDPF Digital Conference – Keynote Speaker (Ticket Required), 3:35pm-4pm

Ben Tripp Blogger Celebration (Invitation Only), 3:45pm-5:00pm


Where Near-future Techno-thrillers and Sci-fi Meet: Douglas Preston and John Scalzi in conversation, 1:00 – 1:30pm, Uptown Stage

Every day, our present begins to look more and more like science fiction. We converse with AIs on our phones, communicate by digital avatars, and maintain entire social presences online. Movies like HER demonstrate how familiar – and how close – a world could be where AI’s become completely essential to our personal lives. Join bestselling authors Douglas Preston and John Scalzi as they discuss the implications of current technologies, the blurred lines between sci-fi and techno-thrillers, and near-future possibilities in a rapidly changing world.

Signings at Tor Table #13
Jon Land (Strong Darkness), 9:30-10:30am
Hank Phillipi Ryan (Truth Be Told), 10:30-11:30am
Doug Preston (The Kraken Project), 2-3pm
John Scalzi (Lock In), 3-4pm
Jo Walton (My Real Children), 4-5pm

Macmillan Booth Signings #1738/39
Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman) 11:30am-12pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings @ MWA Booth #2557
Hilary Davidson (Blood Always Tells) 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Hank Philippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl), 2:30pm – 3pm

Macmillan Booth Giveaways #1738/39 (No author participation)
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, by Bruce Cameron, 9:00am – 9:30am


John Scalzi The Worst Social Media Advice Ever, 11:00am – 11:50am, Special Panel E: Hallway

Macmillan Booth Signings #1738/39
John Scalzi (Lock In), 2pm-2:30pm

Mystery Writers of America Booth Signings @ MWA Booth #2557
Bruce DeSilva (Providence Rag), 1:45pm – 2:15pm

Macmillan Booth Giveaways # 1738/39 (No author participation)
My Real Children, by Jo Walton, 10:30am – 11:00am

Starred Review: Providence Rag

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva“Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.”

Bruce DeSilva’s Providence Rag got a starred review in Booklist!*

Here’s the full review, from the February 15th issue:

Place holder  of - 45 The third entry in this gritty newspaper series spans 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, at the start of which a teenage male commits five gruesome murders, is imprisoned for them, and, years later, becomes the center of a campaign to free prisoners convicted as juveniles. Liam Mulligan, the series hero, is a longtime newspaperman for a Providence, Rhode Island, paper who has witnessed the reduction of resources and the firings of friends, all the while still loving the imperiled business. Mulligan’s coverage of the murders in 1992 was partially responsible for finding the killer. Under the state’s criminal code, the killer should have been released at age 21, but creative fiddling has kept this killer safely behind bars. The son of the paper’s publisher wants to launch an investigation into what he sees as corruption, making the killer’s freedom a looming possibility. The ethical dilemma seems a bit forced, but it does raise the possibility of more mayhem to come. But there is real suspense here. And Mulligan’s character, played off the vicissitudes of
his job, is skillfully layered and engaging. DeSilva, who worked for decades at the AP, won an Edgar for Best First Novel for Rogue Island (2010). He knows of what he writes.

Providence Rag will be published on March 11th.

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