Upcoming author event: Katherine Arden and K. Chess @ Bear Pond Books

Bear Pond Books has an exciting event lined up later this summer: it’s bringing in Katherine Arden (author of The Winter of the Witch), and K. Chess (Famous Men who Never Lived) on Monday, August 19th.

Arden recently finished up her fantasy Winternight trilogy (The Bear and the Nightingale, Girl in the Tower, and Winter of the Witch), which is set in medieval Russia. Chess recently released her debut novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived, which is probably my favorite book of the year thus far.

This weekend: Swap Thing

Comic fans looking for a comic book event that’s a bit more in line with traditional comic show should check out Swap Thing tomorrow at Essex’s Memorial Hall. The event is described as an old-school comic event, where fans can check out bins and boxes of back issue comics.

The event will take place between 10AM and 4PM, and is free to the general public. RSVP on Facebook.

Bear Pond Books is holding a space prom

This looks like quite a bit of fun: Bear Pond Books is hosting an event called Once & Future Space Prom, to support an event for Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy’s new YA novel, Once & Future. The event takes place on April 26th in Montpelier.

The book comes out next week, and is the first book in a gender-bent duology that retells the story of King Arthur:

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

Here are the details for the event:

Cosplay! Music! Author Signing! Reader’s Theater! Cake!

Door Prizes! Costumes & Fancy Dress Encouraged!

Wear your favorite incarnation of a King Arthur genderbending character at this “Space Prom” event with VCFA authors Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, co-authors of Once & Future.

Tickets $5 each. Click the ticket link to purchase. Ticket holders will receive $5 off the purchase of the book Once & Future at the event.

Cadwell Turnbull event at Yankee Bookshop

Debut science fiction author Cadwell Turnbull will appear at an event at Woodstock’s Yankee Bookshop on July 1st, to discuss his novel The Lesson.

Here’s what the book is about:

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

Turnbull has been a rising star in the SF/F world — his work has appeared recently in publications such as The Verge, Lightspeed Magazine, and Asimov’s.

RSVP here.

Cartoon Cosplay Rewind in Springfield

Springfield’s Vermont Steampunk Festival will host a Cartoon Cosplay ball at the Hartness House Inn in April. Tickets will go on sale on January 26th, and will run $25 in advance, while the regular price is $30. The event will begin at 7PM and will go to midnight.

Join us for this amazingly fun 80s and 90s cartoon themed cosplay ball at the Hartness House Inn on April 6th. Come dressed as your favorite retro cartoon character from the 80s or 90s. This is a fundraiser for the Springfield Vermont Steampunk Festival; enjoy one event and help support another!

Here’s the Facebook event for the event.

Katherine Arden and S.A. Chakraborty signing at Phoenix Books

In January, Phoenix Books will bring in two fantasy authors for a discussion of their new novels: Katherine Arden and S.A. Chakraborty, whose new novels, The Winter of the Witch and Kingdom of Copper, respectively, come out in 2019. 

Arden is a local fantasy author who has gained acclaim for her books The Bear and the Nightingale, and The Girl in the Tower. Her next, The Winter of the Witch, will conclude that trilogy, which draws its inspiration from medieval Russia. Chakraborty hails from New York, and released her debut novel last year, The City of Brass, a fantasy novel inspired by legends from the Middle East. 

Phoenix will be hosting both authors for a discussion on Thursday, January 24th at its Burlington location at 6:30PM. The event will be ticketed, with admission $3 (which will take $5 off of any of their books). 

Champlain Games Festival 2019 date announced

The organizers behind the Champlain Games Festival have announced their next show: April 13th, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. 

This year’s show focused on local game development and gamers, and next year’s will likely be the same, although they haven’t announced any details or programming yet. Stay tuned. 

Higher Ground to host Wizardfest — a Harry Potter dance party

Higher Ground is hosting a Harry Potter dance party called Wizardfest, which will take place on December 5th. The night will include a costume contest (groups encouraged), along with Harry Potter themed-drinks, Quidditch pong, and more. Cats, owls, and toads not admitted.

Tickets are in $15 advance, $20 day of show, $25 wand advance and $30 wand day of show.

Details / Facebook. 


Springfield’s Steampunk Festival is looking for a coordinator

Springfield’s Vermont Steampunk Festival took a year off in 2018 while it worked to reorganize but as 2019 approaches, it looks as though the town is trying to get the ball rolling on another festival. Case in point, it’s hiring a coordinator.

According to a Facebook job listing, the position will be a stipend position rather than a volunteer one.

We are looking for someone who is very organized, can stay calm under pressure, loves coordinating events, who is considered a leader, who is social media savvy, comfortable speaking in front of people, comfortable with basic word and excel, and who has a positive attitude. You do NOT have to be into steampunk (although that would be fantastic!) to be able to coordinate the festival.

The full job ad can be found on the festival’s website,