Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower is now in stores!

Katherine Arden published her debut novel earlier this year, but her second is now in stores! The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, and is set in a fantastic Russia.

Here’s what it’s about:

Katherine Arden’s enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko—Frost, the winter demon from the stories—and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost’s aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch.

Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey.

But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince’s inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow’s intrigues—and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy—she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.

Arden will be holding a couple of signing events here in Vermont in the new year: stay tuned.


Where you can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi early

The latest Star Wars movie is about to hit theater! The Last Jedi is the sequel to 2015’s The Force Awakens, and the reviews thus far have been extremely positive. If you’re itching to be the first to see it, here’s where it’ll be screening around Vermont tomorrow, December 14th, 2017.

(Be sure to check with your local theater to see if tickets are available.)

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00PM (3D), 7:30PM, 8:30PM, and 9:45PM.
  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. 7:00PM.
  • Bijou 4 Cineplex, Morrisville. 7:00PM.
  • Capitol Theatre, Montpelier. 7:00PM (2D and 3D).
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00PM (3D), 8:00PM, 9:00PM and 10:20PM (3D). *501st Legion will be attending.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00PM and 9:30PM.
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro. 6:40PM, 7:00PM, 9:20PM, and 9:40PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 7:15PM (3D), 9:00PM, 9:15PM, and 9:30PM.
  • Merrill’s Roxy Theatre, Burlington. 7:00PM, 7:15PM (3D), and 8:00PM.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00PM. *501st attending on Saturday.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00PM, 8:00PM (3D), and 9:30PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00PM (3D), 8:00PM, 10:30PM (3D), and 11:30PM. *501st in attendance.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3d), 8:00PM, and 9:45PM.
  • Stowe Cinemas, Stowe. 7:00PM and 10:00PM.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester. 7:30PM.
  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00PM.


Trivia Tuesday at Waterworks: Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming, and that means that folks are getting into the full swing of the franchise. Waterworks Food + Drink in Winooski is hosting a Star Wars themed trivia night on tomorrow, December 12th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM:

Let the force be with you on December 12th for Star Wars trivia at Waterworks. Featuring questions related to all of the movies,bring the whole family. Now accepting reservations of parties up to 8, and at least half of your party must be present to be seated. Sponsored by 95 Triple X and Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Next weekend: Galactic Toy Drop with the 501st Legion

If you’re in the Rutland area next weekend, there’s a cool event that’s taking place at the Diamond Run Mall: Galactic Toy Drop, which will be hosted by the BROC and Vermont’s 501st Legion contingent, the Green Mountain Squad. The event is a toy drive that will be supporting BROC’s Toys under the Tree fundraiser.

A ton of 501st members are planning on attending the event to pose for photos, and there’ll be a raffle to win one of the neat Radio Flyer Landspeeders. Bring along a new, unwrapped toy for a kid in need while you’re at it.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 2pm.

Fight Hero Fight now on Comixology

Local comic artist Matt Aucoin has a new comic out on ComiXology: Fight Hero Fight Vol. 1: Enter the Hero.

Here’s what it’s about:

Monsters are running amok, the cruel Monster Master has unleashed chaos into the land of Midtermia and the only one who can stop it is the Descendant of the Legendary Hero of Awesomeness. The thing is, this descendant isn’t very good at being a hero. Join him in his quest as he gets equipped for his adventure, learns of his mysterious origins, dies a couple of times, and fights, fights, fights.
Copies cost $3.99, which you can purchase here

Amy J. Murphy is working on more Allies and Enemies novels

Local military SF author Amy J. Murphy recently completed her Allies and Enemies trilogy (Fallen, Rogues, and Exiles), and in a recent announcement, says that she’s working on new installments!

I’m happy to share some great news. I’m back to writing the early drafts on more to the Allies and Enemies series. Many of you have shared your wish to see the story continue; I’m working hard to grant that wish. To celebrate, I’m sharing the working title and tagline for book 4. I’ve even got Alex Winkler working on some cover art. Not quite ready to share that yet, though.

She goes on to note that this book will be set 6 years after the events of Exiles, and doesn’t have a publishing date just yet.

Harry Potter Great Winter Ball — This Saturday

Harry Potter fans will want to head out to Bristol this weekend: The Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant will be hosting the Harry Potter Great Winter Ball on Saturday.

Hogwarts in the Red Barn – Enjoy Harry Potter inspired food and speciality cocktails created by Stonecutter Spirits.

Muggles and wizards alike are invited to wear their finest robes and gowns. Just $75/ticket (must be 21 to drink) or just $50/ticket for a non-drinker

RSVP here.

The Center for Cartoon Studies is hosting a massive book sale

If you like graphic novels, head over to White River Junction on Friday, where the Center for Cartoon Studies will be hosting a massive book sale.

The event is part of White River Junction’s First Friday event, and the college will be selling “hundreds of new and gently used books” — mainly graphic novels, but with some novels and art books as well. CCS alums can get in on the action at 5:00 PM, while the general public can get in at 5:30 PM. The best part? These are stupidly cheap: each book is $1, and if you buy a $20 bag, you can fill it up.

Swap books and games this weekend at Groennfell Meadery

If you’re looking for a new book to read, or a new game to play, head over
to Groennfell Meadery on Sunday for the Game + SF/F Novel Swap. The event will be a good place to meet with fellow gamers and readers to swap games and novels!

  • Come hungry, thirsty, and ready for swapping – with delectable delights available from Groennfell!
  • If you’re selling/buying gear, bring change. Groennfell is our wonderful host, not our personal bank
  • There will be plenty of tables, however tables are first come, first serve.
  • Missing pieces/pages are the liability of the parties involved. Check before giving, check upon receiving.
  • We rock, you rock. Everyone is welcome regardless of gaming activity, gender, race, or sexual orientation. This is our community to build.

RSVP here!


Catch The Dark Crystal for free at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center

Jim Hanson Company fantasy classic The Dark Crystal is coming to the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center for a free screening on November 21st. The film will be free, and will screen at 7:00PM.

“Another World, Another Time… In the Age of Wonder. A thousand years ago, this land was green and good, until the Crystal cracked. For a single piece was lost; a shard of the Crystal. Then strife began, and two new races appeared: the cruel Skeksis… the gentle Mystics”.

1,000 years ago the crystal cracked, and the spirits of the UrSkek were divided into the peaceful Mystics and the evil Skeksis. A prophecy was written that stated if a Gelfling healed the crystal, the world would be renewed and the UrSkek would be reunited. Due to the prophecy, the Skeksis hunted down and killed all the Gelflings.

The last Gelfling left on Thra, a male named Jen, was saved and raised by the Mystics. Jen is sent by his dying master on a journey to heal the Dark Crystal. If Jen succeeds, the world will be saved; but if Jen fails, the Skeksis will rule the land forever. On his quest to The Castle of the Crystal, Jen meets Kira, another Gelfling. The two must battle the evil Skeksis and save Thra.

RSVP here.