Geek Things for July 14th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Sunsets at Shelburne Museum – “Magic at the Museum: A Harry Potter Evening.” 5–7:30PM, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Regular admission, $5-20; preregister. (Harry Potter)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Harry Potter)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Bats in the Barn, 7–9PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $10-12 per parent-child pair; $5-7 per additional child. (Kids)
  • Teen Club, 4:30–5:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘The Hobbit’, 7PM, Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Fleming Museum Panel Discussion – “What Makes a Cartoon Work?”, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fleming Museum 101, UVM, Burlington. (Comics)
  • Batteries, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Mirror Mirror, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Readercon 22, Jul 14 – 17, 2011, Burlington, MA. (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 12th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Bus Tour of St. Albans Raid Sites – Historian Howard Coffin, 9AM, Brownell Library in Essex Junction. $10; space is limited; preregister; bring a bag lunch. (History)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Dispicable Me, 9PM at Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas – Paranormal Romance Signing, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Hoopster Glider, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Author Appearance: George RR Martin, 7pm, Barnes and Noble Burlington, MA (Game of Thrones)
  • Explore the OmniGlobe, Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Reminder: ReaderCon

ReaderCon is coming up this week (Starting July 14th), down in Burlington MA, one of the best local conventions, focusing extensively on science fiction and fantasy literature. There’s panels, signings and bookselling going on!

Next Week: George R.R. Martin in MA

Unfortunately, it’s not Burlington, Vermont, but it’s in the neighborhood. Fantasy author George R.R. Martin will be at the Burlington MA Barnes and Noble on July 12th, signing copies of his latest novel, A Dance With Dragons, released on that day.

A Dance With Dragons is the long awaited fifth novel of his Song of Ice and Fire series, which has recently been adapted as a miniseries from HBO.

The signing is part of a larger signing tour across the country. Full list of dates can be found here.

ReaderCon 22!

Here’s an event that all science fiction – literature fans should stick firmly on their radar: ReaderCon. Taking place in Burlington, MA, this is a convention that attracts a ton of mainstream and well known science fiction, fantasy, horror and speculative fiction writers, all in one place.

I attended last year, along with Vermont professor / writer Dr. Brett Cox, and got to meet a number of authors that I’ve come to admire: Blake Charlton, Paolo Bacigalupi, Charles Stross, and a whole lot of others, not to mention picking up a couple hundred dollars of new books. Activities include readings, panels and signings, and there’s one helluva book-dealer room.

This year, the 22nd convention will be taking place on July 14th through the 17th at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Massachusetts, with Guests of Honor Geoff Ryman and Gardner Dozois. Registration through the 15th of June costs $55 (!), and goes up to $65 after that.

Still not sure if you want to go? Feast your eyes on the guest list:

Adams, John Joseph
Allen, Mike
Amundsen, Erik
Andreadis, Athena
Andrews, Scott H.
Ballingrud, Nathan
Benson, John
Berman, Judith
Berman, Steve
Bernobich, Beth
Berry, Jedediah
Bobet, Leah
Boop, David
Bradford, K. Tempest
Brahen, Marilyn “Mattie”
Brody, Ellen
Brown, Chris N.
Cambias, James L.
Carver, Jeffrey A.
Casper, Susan
Charnas, Suzy McKee *
Cheney, Matthew
Cisco, Michael
Clare, Gwendolyn
Clarke, Neil
Clute, John *
Collins, Helen
Cooney, C.S.E.
Cox, F. Brett
Cramer, Kathryn
Crowley, John *
Daemon, Shira
Daley, Michael J.
D’Ammassa, Don
Datlow, Ellen *
DeLuca, Michael J.
Delany, Samuel R. *
Dern, Daniel P.
Di Filippo, Paul
Dirda, Michael
Doyle, Debra
Drummond, Ron
Dubé, Peter
Easton, Thomas A.
Edelman, Scott
Feeley, Gregory
Files, Gemma
Forrest, Francesca
Freund, Jim
Gardner, Craig Shaw
Garfinkle, Gwynne
Garrott, Lila
Gidney, Craig Laurance
Gilman, Greer *
Golaski, Adam
Goss, Theodora
Grant, Gavin J.
Grant, Glenn
Gravel, Geary
Grossman, Leigh
Gunn, Eileen
Hague-Hill, Stacy
Hairston, Andrea
Hand, Elizabeth *
Haringa, Jack
Hartwell, David G. *
Headley, Maria Dahvana
Hecht, Jeff
Hogarth, Maggie
Houghton, Ken
Hunt, Walter H.
Isaak, Elaine
Jablokov, Alexander
Johnson, Alaya Dawn
Jones, Stephen Graham
Keller, Donald G.
Kelner, Toni L.P.
Kessel, John
Kiernan, Caitlín R.
Killheffer, Robert
Kirstein, Rosemary
Kissane, Erin
Klages, Ellen
Kombol, Michael
Kornher-Stace, Nicole
Kowal, Mary Robinette
Krasnoff, Barbara
Kressel, Matthew
Krulik, Theodore
Kushner, Ellen
Laity, K.A.
Lalumière, Claude
Langan, John
Langan, Sarah
Lau, A.M.
LaValle, Victor
Lawson, John
Lerner, Fred
Levinson, Paul
Lipkin, Shira
Liu, Ken
Longyear, Barry B.
Loory, Ben
MacLean, Katherine
Malki !, David
Malzberg, Barry N. *
Martin, B. Diane
McCarthy, Shawna
McGarry, Terry
McKillip, Patricia
McManus, Victoria
Menon, Anil
Meynard, Yves
Mirabelli, Eugene
Moriarty, Chris
Morrow, James *
Morrow, Kathryn
Nelson, Resa
Nepveu, Kate
Pelland, Jennifer
Platt, Charles
Pollack, Rachel
Popkes, Steven
Purdom, Tom
Redick, Robert V. S.
Reed, Kit
Ringel, Faye
Robins, Madeleine
Ronald, Margaret
Rosenfield, Eric
Rubin, Jamie Todd
Schaller, Eric
Schneyer, Kenneth
Schweitzer, Darrell
Shaw, David G.
Sherman, Delia
Sinclair, Alison
Singh, Vandana
Slattery, Brian Francis
Sleight, Graham
Slonczewski, Joan
Smith, Sarah
Stallings, Billee
Straub, Peter
Surrette, Gayle
Swanwick, Michael *
Taaffe, Sonya
Tan, Cecilia
Tesla, Vinnie
Tremblay, Paul
Trombi, Liza Groen
Van, Eric M.
Vanderhooft, JoSelle
Van Gelder, Gordon
Vedeler, Harold Torger
Verlager, Alicia
Waldrop, Howard *
Wallace, Sean
Warren, Kaaron
Weinstein, Diane
Weisman, Jacob
Wessells, Henry
Wexler, Robert Freeman
Wilber, Rick
Wilson, D. Harlan
Wilson, Gregory A.
Witcover, Paul
Wolfe, Gary K.
Zeddies, Ann Tonsor