Geek Things for June 28th, 2017

Books

  • Catherynne M. Valente: The Refrigerator Monologues, 7:00pm, Phoenix Books, Burlington.
  • Authors at the Aldrich – Medical anthropologist and artist Dana Walrath, 6pm – 7pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.
  • Summer Book Sale, 10 am-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

Gaming

  • Board Game NighT, 5pm – 10pm, Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Middlebury
  • Minature Painting NighT, 6pm – 8pm, Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Middlebury
  • MTG – AKH Booster Draft, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, 152 Church St, Burlington
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Kids’ Dungeons & Dragons, 6-7:30 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester.

Kids

  • Wednesday Booktivity: Literary Peeps, 3-4 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester.
  • Lego Club, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Katherine Paterson Children’s Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.

Science

  • Planetarium Show – Juno & Jupiter: Their First Anniversary, 1pm – 2pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – Looking Up Tonight, 2:30pm – 3:00pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – Our Universal Address, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury.
  • Natural History of Local Trees with Jacob Holzberg-Pill, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Oakledge Park, 1 Flynn Avenue, Burlington. OLLI Members: $40/Non Members: $60
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, 1 & 3:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, 12 & 2:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.

Tech

  • Tech Help With Clif, 12 & 1 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction.

Writing

  • Short Fiction Workshop, 6:30 pm, Burlington Writers Workshop, Burlington. Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

Fantasy author Kevin Hearne is coming to Burlington

BESIEGED cover - Kevin Hearne

Phoenix Books has announced that it will be bringing fantasy author Kevin Hearne to its Burlington location to talk about his latest book, Besieged, a collection of stories from his Iron Druid Chronicles. The event will take place on July 17th at 7pm at Phoenix’s Burlington location.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is a hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods. Its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician. But it’s told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that’s all Kevin Hearne—a star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O’Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Besieged, Atticus’ adventures throughout history are told in a collection of nine new and original short stories.

 

Tickets for the event will benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Tickets will be $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event. Seating is limited.

 

Geek Things for June 27th, 2017

Books

  • Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution with Willard Sterne Randall, 7:00pm, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington.
  • Friends of the Aldrich Public Library, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Conference Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.
  • Summer Book Sale, 10 am-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

Gaming

  • The Lobby Restaurant Game Night, 4pm – 10pm, The Lobby, Middlebury.
  • Magic the Gathering for Teens/Tweens, 4pm – 6pm, Turner Toys & Hobbies Essex Outlets, Essex.
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • MTG – Challenge of Bolas (Standard), 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Board Gaming – Open Tables, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington.

Kids

  • Robin Hood Party, 1pm – 4pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.
  • Chess Club, 6-8 pm, Pierson Library, Shelburne.

Movies

  • ‘Up’, 7 pm, Paramount Theatre, Rutland. $5.
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8:30 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction.

Science

  • Planetarium Show – Secrets of the Zodiac, 11:00am – 11:30am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – Our Universal Address, 12:00pm – 12:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – Juno & Jupiter: Their First Anniversary, 1pm – 2pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – Looking Up Tonight, 2:30pm – 3:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.
  • Planetarium Show – So Long Cassini!, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury.
  • Natural History of Local Trees with Jacob Holzberg-Pill, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Oakledge Park, 1 Flynn Avenue, Burlington. $40/Non Members: $60
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, 12 & 2:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.

P.W. Singer: Todd Lecture series at Norwich University

If you’re remotely interested in technology, do yourself a favor and stop by Northfield tonight: P.W. Singer will be giving a talk at Norwich University called NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats. The talk will take place at 7:00PM, and will be followed by a book signing with Singer and his co-author, August Cole.

Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators; by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues; by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List; and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics.

Along with Cole, Singer wrote the 2015 novel Ghost Fleet, a book that depicts a World War III scenario between China, Russia, and the United States, and which examines how technology plays a role. It’s a fantastic novel, and I’d highly recommend it.

If you can’t make the lecture tonight, it will be streamed online.

 

 

Geek Things for June 20th, 2017

Books

  • Northshire History Reading Group, 5:30pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center.
  • Summer Reading Program: Castle Building, 1pm – 3pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.
  • Summer Book Sale, 10 am-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

Gaming

  • Magic the Gathering for Teens/Tweens, 4pm – 6pm, Turner Toys & Hobbies Essex Outlets, Essex.
  • The Lobby Restaurant Game Night, 4pm – 10pm, The Lobby, Middlebury.
  • MTG – Challenge of Bolas (Standard), 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Board Gaming – Open Tables, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, 152 Church St, Burlington.
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington.
  • Go Club, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington.

Movies

  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8:30 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction.

Tech

  • Practical Cyber-Safety Tips, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury.
  • Natural History of Local Trees with Jacob Holzberg-Pill, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Oakledge Park, Burlington. OLLI Members: $40/Non Members: $60
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, 12 & 2:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.

Talk

  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series – “Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Competing Considerations for Biogas Production”, 12-1 pm, Room 012, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton.

Writing

  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop, 10:30 am, Burlington Writer’s Workshop, Suite 3C, Burlington. Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

Killer Rabbit Games: Moving to Burlington

Killer Rabbit Games opened a year ago, but for its second year, it’ll be relocating to South Burlington’s Blue Mall.

The store’s owners note that their lease is up and have to relocate. The store will now be found in the Blue Mall, have started a GoFundMe page to help offset moving expenses, and are looking to raise $1000 (as of now, they’ve raised about half of that). Perks for the campaign will translate into some merchandise and discounts:

Our move will also mark our 1 year anniversary!  We wanted to offer some great savings as a special thank you to all of our amazing customers who can help us out with their donations.  Please help us keep the comic book culture and gaming community thriving and receive some amazing savings in the process.

The store will be open in July, and will reopen in mid-to-late August.

Geek Things for June 19th, 2017

Books

  • SciFi+ Book Club: The Three-Body Problem, 7 PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier.
  • Race to Read Summer Reading Program Kickoff. 1pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre.
  • Summer Book Sale, 10 am-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

Gaming

  • MTG: A Special Modern Masters 2017 Monday Night Modern, 7 PM, Brap’s Magic, Burlington
  • Frostgrave, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Guild Ball, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • MTG Commander League, 5:30 PM, The Frozen Ogre, Saint Albans.
  • MTG – Casual Gaming, 5pm – 10pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Pathfinder Society, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington.

Film

  • Alien: Covenant, 7:30pm, Woodstock Town Hall Theater, Woodstock.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury.
  • Southern Vermont Natural History Museum: Vermont Raptors, 3-4 pm, Colchester Meeting House, Colchester.
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • ‘Flight of the Butterflies’, 12 & 2:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.

Tech

  • Tech Help With Clif, 12 & 1 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction.

Vermont Edition: Summer Book Show

Tune in today at noon for VPR’s Vermont Edition: they’ll be talking about books! I’ll be joining them at some point to talk about local science fiction and fantasy authors.

Vermont Edition‘s annual summer reading show is here! We’re offering up a smorgasbord of book recommendations from readers, which means we want to hear from you.

For some, summer is the perfect time to escape the daily grind by diving into a good novel. Others might prefer checking out a new work of nonfiction on history, science or politics. Whatever your literary preference, we’ll spend the program sharing recommendations – and we’d also love to hear yours!

Geek Things for June 15th, 2017

Arts

  • ‘Into the Woods’, 7:30 pm, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier. $10-35.

Books

  • Summer Book Sale, 10 am-8 pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

DYI

  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30-8:30 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction.

Gaming

  •  Magic EDH/Commander Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH.
  • Miniatures Game Night, 5 PM, Brap’s Magic, Burlington.
  • COMMANDER MTG, 6pm – 10pm, Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Middlebury.
  • WMH – Privateer Press Open Tables, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington.
  • Board Game Night! 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Gamers Grotto, Bennington.
  • Chittenden County Chess CluB, 7 pm, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington.
  • Pokémon League, 5-8 pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington.

Health

  • Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout, 6-7 pm, North End Studio A, Burlington. $10.

Kids

  • Butterflies, Live Exhibit, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • ‘Meerkats 3D’, 11 am, 1 & 3:30 pm, Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $3-5 plus regular admission, $13.50-16.50; free for members and kids 2 and under.
  • Lego Club, 4-5 pm, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester.

Movies

  • MASH, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock.
    National Theatre Live: Peter Pan, 2pm / 7pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington,  $18.00.
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party!’, 8 pm, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington. $14.

Science

  • “Your Evening Sky” in the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St Johnsbury.
  • William Eddy Lecture: Allies & Invaders – Introduction to Insects and Forest Ecology, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, St. Johnsbury Academy, Black Box Theater, St. Johnsbury.
  • Introduction to Beekeeping, 6-7 pm, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax.

Talk

  • Frederick Wiseman – “Early Vermont Lighting History and Technology.”, 12-1:30 pm, Vermont History Museum, Montpelier.
  • Hot Topics in Environmental Law Lecture Series “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!: The Captive Wildlife Crisis in Our Backyard.” 12-1 pm,  Room 012, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton.

Tech

  • Tech Support, 5:30-7 pm, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury.

Here’s the cover and plot for M. Fenn’s Piper Deez and the Case of the Winter Planet

Vermont author M. Fenn has a new book coming out in July from Candlemark & Gleam, Piper Deez and the Case of the Winter Planet.

Her publisher describes it as thus:

Piper Deez is a nifty SFnal twist on hardboiled noir fused to space opera—Outland meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow—and will be the second shuttle launched from The Reckless digital imprint of Candlemark & Gleam after the inaugural Wisps of Spider Silk.