On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to a passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.” Today, more than twenty years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 13, for our annual all-day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, and, of course, cake!
Please note that the Cory Doctorow signing will be a ticketed signing and you will need a number. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Walkaway from Mysterious Galaxy. You may purchase your book online, in-store, or over the phone. Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis. All ticket / book reservations must be paid in full, whether in-person, via telephone or email, or on-line. Please note books ordered on-line without payment using the 'pay in store' option will not be issued a ticket or guaranteed a book until actual payment is made.
If you are purchasing a ticket to the signing line online, please note your intent to attend in the comments section at checkout. You'll be able to pick up your book and ticket for this event starting Saturdayt, May 13th, starting at 10 AM!
The event itself is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come first-served 30-40 minutes before the start of the event. For more details and answers to your questions, please see our FAQ on Events, or contact a Mysterious Galaxy bookseller at 858-268-4747.
11:00 AM Supervillain Training
Spotlight on Michael Fry
How to be a Supervillain tells of what happens when supervillain parents end up with a good kid. Twelve-year-old Victor wants to please his parents, Rupert and Olivia Spoil, but it’s hard when he’s a tidy sort who lacks the “proper” inclination towards evil. Author and illustrator Michael Fry will kick off the day’s festivities with a multimedia presentation instructing readers of all ages in How to be a Supervillain.
Noon: Murder and Mayhem
Spotlight Authors Baron Birtcher, Gregory Harris, Jane Haseldine, and Linda O. Johnston
Noon brings the first of two spotlights on mystery and suspense, with Baron Birtcher, Gregory Harris, Jane Haseldine, and Linda O. Johnston.
Despite the title, Baron’s South California Purples is set in southern Oregon; the part-time home of the former professional musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter and creator of the well-received hard-boiled Mike Travis detective series.
Gregory spent twenty years in the entertainment industry before embarking on the alphabetical turn-of-the-century England Colin Pendragon mystery series, featuring the master sleuth and his loyal partner, Ethan Pruitt. In The Endicott Evil, the duo are not convinced that Scotland Yard’s determination that a woman’s death is a suicide is the correct deduction.
Jane is a journalist, and deputy director of communications for a governor, in addition to writing her mystery series. In Duplicity, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal and her own painful past. Publishers Weekly notes “what matters are the duplicities practiced by the characters, not least Julia herself, who pretends she doesn’t feel a thing anymore for her handsome, charismatic, save-the-day ex-boyfriend, Det. Raymond Navarro.”
In addition to creating paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels and mystery series, Linda has been a transactional lawyer and loved writing contracts, and is a passionate pet rescue advocate. Her most recent works include Unlucky Charms, her third Superstition Mystery, and Bad to the Bone, third in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series.
1:00 PM: Crime and Capers
Spotlight Authors Tammy Kaehler, Nolan Knight, S.W. Lauden, and Nadine Nettmann
The party pace doesn’t slow as we move into the 1:00 hour with suspense and mystery authors Tammy Kaehler, Nolan Knight, S.W. Lauden, and Nadine Nettmann.
Kiss the Bricks, Tammy’s fifth Kate Reilly mystery, takes its title from the Indianapolis 500 race
winner's tradition of kissing the track's Yard of Bricks in tribute to its legendary history. Meg Gardiner raves: “Kate Reilly is a great heroine—smart, gutsy, and caring. Her quest to solve a thirty-year-old mystery surrounding the death of one of Indy's first female drivers is gripping and poignant. The pace, like Kate, never lets up.”
South Bay Los Angeles author Nolan explores fresh aspects of the city’s criminal elements in his debut novel. Pro-skateboarder Alvi Drake’s search for a missing former flame includes a tour of the neon lights of the title. The publisher’s take: “The Neon Lights Are Veins is a cocktail mix of Hubert Selby Jr., Jay McInerney and Josh Stallings, with ‘L.A. Woman’ playing in the background.
S.W. Lauden is the author of the pulpy steamy Florida Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper novellas include Crosswise and Crossed Bones. Noir at the Bar readers also know Steve’s Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series including Bad Citizen Corporation and Grizzly Season, as well as the co-host, with Eric Beetner, of the Writer Types podcast.
The 1:00 hour will also be wine o’clock, as we welcome Nadine for her sophomore mystery featuring San Francisco sommelier Katie Stillwell. Publishers Weekly’s review of Uncorking a Lie notes, “Fake wines, charity auctions, collector obsession, and a splash of romance enliven the blend. Nettmann, a certified sommelier, certainly knows her stuff.”
2:00 PM: Martians and Magic
Spotlight Authors Gregory Benford, Laurie Forest, and Gini Koch
Our spotlight shifts to speculative fiction with Gregory Benford, Laurie Forest, and Gini Koch.
The Berlin Project, Dr. Benford’s new alternate history thriller, speculates on the road not taken in the U.S.’s frantic path toward developing an atomic bomb during World War II. The adventures of fictional chemist Karl Cohen are interwoven with historical personages and factual science, accompanied by helpful diagrams.
“Perpetual Birthday Bash author in This Reality and All Alternates” Gini brings readers up to speed on the adventures of First Lady Kitty Katt-Martini with Alien Education. This time, it’s Kitty vs. the PTA, as Kitty has to learn as much as possible about every alien race in the galaxy, fend off the advances both business & personal from a variety of Hollywood types, deal with the assimilation of various alien races, navigate the Embassy Daycare kids' first day of "real" school, and deal a new nemesis. Titles in Gini’s Martian Alliance Chronicle ebook series are available via Mysterious Galaxy’s website and Kobo.
Join the crew of the Hummingbird as they take on the rich, famous and sleazy of the galaxy. They're also on a long-term secret mission, so it's a good thing they're the best con artists, spacers, and roughnecks in the Milky Way, because they need all their skills to pull off this particular Royal Scam.
Laurie’s inspiration for her debut, The Black Witch, stemmed from an appreciation for young adult fantasy worlds and their magical elements, including fantastic beings and prophecies, combined with a desire to address issues of prejudice, power, and justice.
4:00 PM: Fantastic Finale
Spotlight on Cory Doctorow
Don’t “Walkaway” after the cake and candles, because you don’t want to miss our Fantastic Finale with spotlight author Cory Doctorow. Cory contributed an editorial in this month’s Wired magazine about the relationship between the science fiction stories we read and our real-world responses to disasters: Disasters Don’t Have to End in Dystopias; occasioned by the publication of his “optimistic disaster novel,” Walkaway. The science fiction author, activist and journalist’s credits include being the co-editor of boingboing.net and the author of many books, including In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age, and Homeland, a YA sequel to Little Brother.
Please note that the Cory Doctorow signing will be a ticketed signing and you will need a number. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Walkaway from Mysterious Galaxy. Books and tickets will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, April 25, starting at 10 AM!
If you are purchasing your copy on-line and attending the signing, please be sure to note your intent in the comments section at check-out.