On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to the staff’s passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.” Today, 18 years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 14, for our annual all day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, special bargains, a spiffy new MG refillable water bottle, and, of course, cake! Random House Representative Wade Lucas will offer a highlight of some Hard Case mystery titles. As always, watch for bonus authors joining the festivities on an informal basis throughout the day.
Spotlight on D.J. MacHale Signing Morpheus Road: The Black 10:00 AM
Spotlight on Barrie Summy Signing I So Don’t Do Famous 11:00 AM
Her roles as a middle school student and detecting assistant to her mom’s ghost aren’t enough for Sherry Holmes Baldwin, who is off to the land of glitz and glamour in her latest, even though she protests I So Don’t Do Famous. During her time in Hollywood, Sherry works to discover who’s stealing from the Homes of the Stars – assisted by the ghost of a teen film star. Local author Barrie Summy, part of our 11:00 spotlight, is also available for school and library visits through Mysterious Galaxy’s Young Adult Program.
Spotlight on Janni Lee Simner Signing Faerie Winter 11:00 AM
Award-winning author Janni Lee Simner returns with Faerie Winter, the sequel to her magical post-apocalypse young adult novel, Bones of Faerie. Decades after the war between the humans and the faeries nearly destroyed both worlds, the human world seems to be starting to accept those born with magical powers – until the possibility of the Faeries reigniting the battle, led by their Queen, arises. Readers who missed her contemporary fantasy based on Icelandic sagas, Thief Eyes, can check it out during her 11:00 spotlight.
Spotlight on Thomas Perry Signing The Informant Noon
Thomas Perry shares his noon spotlight with Earlene Fowler. Hitman Michael Schaeffer, the protagonist of his award-winning Butcher’s Boy and Sleeping Dogs, is asked to become The Informant for the Justice Department’s decades long case against a group of Mob bosses under the direction of his old nemesis, Elizabeth Waring. The Butcher’s Boy’s solution to his undesired new position? Eliminating the mobsters he is asked to help make the case against. Like Earlene, Tom’s latest work features a fan favorite whose current world is not the one he was first introduced in.
Spotlight on Earlene Fowler Signing Spider Web Noon
Earlene Fowler has been a Birthday Bash spotlight author multiple times, and we are delighted to welcome her back to the noon spotlight with her new Benni Harper novel, Spider Web. San Celina is holding a memory festival, and the Coffin Star Quilt Guild has a special quilt on display. However, a shooter targeting police officers not only disrupts the celebration, but also causes an emotional disruption for Benni and her husband, the chief of police. Earlene will discuss managing the San Celina residents’ time-line in real time. Visit her website for a chance to win a San Celina Police Department cap.
Spotlight on Christopher Farnsworth Signing The President’s Vampire 1:00 PM
Nathaniel Cade, The President’s Vampire, who debuted in last summer’s Blood Oath, is back with a new mission to save the world from things that attack and mutate in the night. (See Linda’s review on our Hot off the Press page.) As part of our 1:00 PM spotlight, Christopher Farnsworth will discuss how he incorporates elements of science and history along with his mythology in the Cade books to ground eldritch supernatural monsters in a background of modern day terrorism.
Spotlight on Jonathan Hayes Signing A Hard Death 1:00 PM
Jonathan Hayes is a British forensic pathologist and writer living and working in New York City, the setting for Precious Blood, his first novel about New York City Medical Examiner Edward Jenner, now relocated to Florida. The now disgraced Jenner takes a temporary job as a medical examiner in a resort community, only to end up investigating when his former mentor and several migrant workers suffer A Hard Death. Jonathan also travels in his roles as a food and travel journalist, as well as a guest lecturer on forensics. Jonathan will join Christopher at 1:00 PM to discuss how the devil is in the details.
Spotlight on San Diego Noir With Editor Maryelizabeth Hart
and Twelve Contributors 2:00 PM
With Akasic Books’ award-winning series of original noir location-themed anthologies nearing four dozen volumes, we are delighted to announce that San Diego is getting its turn. San Diego Noir contains 15 original mystery and suspense short stories by 16 contributors with a connection to America’s Finest City, and is edited by Mysterious Galaxy’s own Maryelizabeth Hart. Contributors attending the Birthday Bash are: Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Martha C. Lawrence, Diane Clark, Astrid Bear, Debra Ginsberg, Ken Kuhlken, Taffy Cannon, Don Winslow, Cameron Pierce Hughes, Lisa Brackmann, Gabriel R. Barillas, and Gar Anthony Haywood.
Spotlight on Jack Campbell Signing The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught 3:30 PM
Retired U.S. Navy officer Jack Campbell returns to San Diego and visits MG for the first time as the spotlight finale to our Birthday Bash, starting at 3:30 PM. The Lost Fleet series chronicles the adventures of Captain John “Black Jack” Geary as he leads the Alliance against the Syndics after a century of hibernation. Dreadnaught launches his new incarnation as Admiral Geary of the First Fleet. (See Patrick’s review on his page.) Fans of his works as John G. Hemry will be glad to know that his Stark’s War series is scheduled to be reissued starting in August, and his Paul Sinclair/JAG in Space titles will be re-released next May.
Don't miss Random House publisher's representative Wade Lucas's presentation of some of his favorite Hard Case pulp noir titles, in between San Diego Noir and cake.