I’ll be in Atlanta this weekend!
But I guess I blew the surprise with the subject line.
I’m not doing much traveling this year, but the prospect of going to a con and a festival in one weekend in one city was too good to pass up. So starting Friday I’ll be vibrating between Dragoncon and the Decatur Books Festival at speeds barely visible to the human eye.
(Absurdly, Worldcon and PAX Prime are also this weekend. People, we have to start spreading this stuff out.)
My schedule looks something like this:
Friday, 5:30 pm: Dragoncon reading. I’ll bring a snippet from The Magician’s Land. (Location: University – Hyatt)
Saturday, 11:30 am: Dragoncon signing. This one kind of explains itself. (Location: International Hall South – Marriott)
Saturday, 3:00 pm: A Decatur event called “My Literary Brother.” This is going to be a conversation between me and my literary (twin) brother Austin. Such conversations rarely happen, at least in public, because Austin and I are rarely in the same place at the same time. I never know what’s going to get said, but it’s always interesting. (Location: Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage)
Sunday, 12:00 pm: A Decatur panel with the ominous title “Do Book Reviews Matter?” I’m pretty sure we’re going to settle this one once and for all. (Location: Old Courthouse Stage).
Sunday, 4:00 pm: a Dragoncon panel called “The Logic of Magic.” Holy cripes, this panel has on it, in addition to me, Larry Niven. I consider Niven to be one of the all-time greats, and a major inspiration to me personally (also, I completely stole the idea of a demon-trapping tattoo from him). Come watch as my fanboy squealing shames us all. (Location: Regency VI – VII – Hyatt)
Sunday, 5:30 pm: a Dragoncon panel called “Why Men Should Friggin’ Love Fantasy Literature.” I have no idea why men should friggin’ love fantasy literature, but I’ll think about it more before then. More to the point, this panel also includes Peter Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and Richard Pini (who co-created Elfquest). So something interesting will get said. I friggin’ guarantee it. If nothing else I will be pretty punchy at this point. (Location: Embassy C – Hyatt)
I got tired just writing all that. Now I have to go to bed.