Reminder: Star Wars Reads Day and War Stories Events

A reminder for readers: Phoenix Books will be hosting Star Wars Reads Day and a launch event for War Stories: New Military Science Fiction on Saturday, October 11th.

Star Wars Reads Day: 1:00pm (RSVP)

Star Wars Reads Day is a national event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners–Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman.  The first Star Wars Reads Day took place in October of 2012.

 

War Stories: 4:00pm (RSVP)

We’ll be hosting a reading, Q&A and signing for the anthology. F. Brett Cox and James Cambias will read their stories.

Don’t let us be the only ones there!

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Launch Party for Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

This is an event that’s out of state: South Hadley, MA. The Odyssey Bookshop there is hosting a launch party for an upcoming children’s book: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, set to Ralph McQuarrie’s artwork:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (well, not that far away) comes an epic arrival! The Odyssey Bookshop celebrates in true rebel style, with the New Tork Time bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi! Grab your lightsaber, don your jedi robe and head down to the Odyssey Bookshop to celebrate with us. Slurp down jello space drinks, chomp down on jedi cake and learn the power of the force with Master DiTerlizzi.

Deluxe picture book featuring vintage art from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, paired with captivating text by a high-profile author.

The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. Now, the original trilogy of Star Wars shines anew with the vibrant concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary conceptual designer behind the original trilogy.

Collected in a picture book for the first time, McQuarrie’s art is paired with captivating text by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi-a winning combination that will delight Star Wars fans old and new and delight generations of readers to come.

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Science Fiction Double Feature @ Phoenix Books!

On October 11th, Phoenix Books will be hosting two science fiction related events: Star Wars Reads Day, and the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series event, War Stories!

Star Wars Reads Day

Starting at 1:00pm, Star Wars Reads day is an international celebration of Star Wars books held each year. It was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners–Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman, and actively works to promote reading of all types.

Joining the event will be members of the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison, who’ll be on hand to pose for pictures. The store will also have Star Wars-themed crafts, and more! Costumes welcome.

RSVP here.

War Stories

Following Star Wars Reads Day, Geek Mountain State is pleased to present War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, an anthology edited by GMS founder Andrew Liptak. He will be joined by two of the book’s authors (potentially others), to read several of the stories from the anthology, to answer questions and to sign copies. Joining the event will be James Cambias and F. Brett Cox.

This event will start at 4pm.

RSVP here.

Star Wars Weekend

The lower end of Church Street Marketplace was home to a small squad of Stormtroopers and a Ghostbuster this weekend. The official story is that they were there to support Earth Prime Comics for Free Comic Book Day, but the unofficial one is that they were looking for a certain Jedi Ghost.

New England Role Players Association Demonstrate the Democracy of Death

Star Wars logo.

Things get grim in this installment of Halfway to Han, the New England Role Players Association’s Star Wars actual play series:

When Twi’Lek Noble Pratari Tara’Cahma is hired by the Sith and Republic to oversee negotiation talks pertaining to the peaceful transition of power on Coruscant…almost everyone dies. Some justly, some unjust. Death is the only truly democratic institution in the universe.

Open Signal: Disney buys Lucasfilm

So, the big news of last week was Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, which brings Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Willow to Disney’s impressive stable of properties. Along with the announcement came word that not only are they buying up LFL, but an entirely new Star Wars trilogy is on the way, starting in 2015.

This isn’t entirely unexpected, nor unwelcome news. Disney did pretty well with Marvel’s recent film lineup, we think, and there’s really nowhere for the Star Wars movies to to but up after parts of the Prequel Trilogy.

So, what do you think?