Green Mountain Gamers’ Winter Weirdness is this weekend!

The Green Mountain Gamers will be hosting their annual Winter Weirdness microcon this weekend in Barre: it’ll be a day of gaming for all ages!

The event is free, but the Gamers accepting donations, which will be split between The Circle: Ending Violence Against Women and Green Mountain Gamers. Attendees can also join a raffle:

Everyone who attends gets one free ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. Half of the donations of tickets sales benefit The Circle: Ending Violence Against Women.

The event will be held in Barre’s Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, and will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, January 15th.

Book Birthday: The Bear and the Nightingale!

Happy book birthday to Katherine Arden! Her debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, comes out today.

Here’s what it’s about:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Arden will have a couple of bookstore appearances coming up:

  • January 26th, Phoenix Books in Burlington. 6:30 PM
  • February 9th, Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury. 6:30 PM.

The 2017 Geek Mountain State Book Club Listing

The GMS Book Club is returning for 2017! On the first Thursday of each month, we discuss a new science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel at the Pierson Library in Shelburne. Each event starts at 7:00pm.

Here’s what we’ve got this year:

Selections for October, November and December will come a bit later.

RSVP on the Facebook events – we’ll provide pizza!

Book alert: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

There’s a new fantasy novel coming out next month from an author with Vermont connections: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden.

Arden attended Middlebury College, and studied in Russia which inspired her debut novel. Here’s what it’s about:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Bear and the Nightingale is due out on January 10th.

Rogue One Early Screenings!


The next Star Wars movie hits theaters this week! Rogue One takes place before A New Hope, and it’s looking like it’ll be another win for Lucasfilm. It looks like just about every theater in Vermont is opening up early for this one.

  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00pm
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00pm (3D), 7:45pm (2D), 10:00pm (3D) and 10:45 pm (2D) *501st Legion will be present.
  • Merrill Theatre, Burlington. 7pm (2D), 7:30pm (3D), and 9:30pm (2D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00pm, 7:15 (3D), 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:20pm, and 9:30pm.
  • Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington.7:00pm, 7:30pm (3D), 9:35pm
  • Stowe Cinema 3plex, Stowe. 7pm, 9:30pm and 12:00am (3D)
  • Big Picture, Waitsfield. 6pm
  • Capitol Theatre, Montpelier. 7pm
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7pm
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm, and 9:30pm
  • Playhouse Theatre, Randolph. 7:30pm
  • Springfield Cinemas, Springfield. 7:00pm (2D and 3D), 8:00pm, 10:00 (2D and 3D), and 11:30pm * The 501st will be present
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro. 7:00pm and 9:25pm.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00pm (3D), 8:00pm, and 9:30pm
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester Center. 8:00pm (2D and 3D)
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00pm and 9:55pm
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00pm

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes and Noble

Tonight, Barnes and Noble in South Burlington will be hosting a Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball from 5:30pm-7pm!

Wizards, witches and muggles of all ages are invited to join us Friday December 9th at 7PM for our Barnes and Noble Harry Potter themed Holiday Ball!

Costumes, holiday or ball themed attire, music, dancing and special Harry Potter themed ornaments for adults along with crafts for our younger witches and wizards will be at the heart of this event to celebrate all things Harry Potter this Holiday Season at Barnes & Noble!

RSVP here.

 

Read the Prologue for Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn

Brian Staveley’s next fantasy novel, Skullsworn, is due out next year, but you can now read the prologue, thanks to Tor.com.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer–she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”

Read the prologue here.

WCAX on the Green Mountain Squad

WCAX stopped by Killer Rabbit Comics & Games last night to cover the 501st Legion’s Green Mountain Squad:

These guys took time off from guarding the Death Star to inspire others to donate toys to local kids. The storm troopers, as well as a few Jawas, helped out with a toys for tots drive at a Williston comic book store Monday night.

See the full report here.

501st Green Mountain Squad Toys for Tots Drive

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Do you like Star Wars? Getting pictures with Stormtroopers? How about donating to charity?

The Green Mountain Squad will be stopping by Killer Rabbit Comics & Games on December 5th in Williston to support a Toys for Tots drive. Stop by the store between 6 PM – 7:30 PM with a new, unwrapped toy to donate!

Anyone who donates will be receive a 5% discount their purchase. 

RSVP here.

14th Star is releasing a Stranger Things-themed beer

This is pretty cool: 14th Star Brewing of St. Albans is releasing a new beer called The Upside Down, a Sour Dark ale. Here’s the details from their Facebook page:

This beer may sound like one of the stranger things we’ve ever brewed… but we think you are going to love it — on tap starting TONIGHT at 14th Star!

The Upside Down – 3.3% ABV, 1 IBU, 33 SRM
Dark roast, chocolate, and mellow tartness intermingle to turn your taste buds upside down!

It doesn’t look like this is being release in can form just yet, but it will be on tap in their brewery in St. Albans.