LucasFilm has announced that a new Star Wars exhibit, Star Wars: Identities, will open at the Montréal Science Centre on April 19, 2012. The interactive exhibit will examine the biological and social forces which determine identity and will also include numerous iconic props and costumes for the Star Wars series.
The Odyssey Writers Workshop has announced three new on-line writing classes. Admission to the courses is limited and applications are due for each course at various times in December. Founded seventeen years ago, Odyssey added an on-line component, which has proved popular, two years ago.
- Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Jeanne Cavelos (1/4/12-2/1/12)
- Secrets of Literary Agents, taught by Lindsay Ribar (1/9/12-1/23/12)
- Narrative Structures in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Bruce Holland Rogers (1/25/12-2/22/12)
Clarkesworld, which was a bookstore before it was a magazine, has announced that it will be selling some of its still-extant stock in a short term sale ending on November 19. There is a $40 minimum purchase with $3.50 shipping and, according to Neil Clarke, all proceeds will go to fund the magazine.
Sir Terry Pratchett will speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 14 as part of the book launch for his Discworld novel Snuff. The event is sponsored by the Club’s Book & Author Committee and a limited number of tickets are available.
The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards have been announced. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation was held during the Campbell Conference at Lawrence, Kansas.
- John W. Campbell Award: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
- Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
Alt.Fiction will be sponsoring a literature festival the weekend of June 25-26 at QUAD in Derby. Alastair Reynolds and Dan Abnett will be Guests of Honour. Other attendees will include Graham Joyce, Tony Ballantyne, MD Lachlan, Paul Cornell, Robert Shearman, and Mark Chadbourn. The weekend costs £45.
Neil Gaiman will be discussing the tenth anniversary edition of American Gods at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 23 at 6:30. The ticketed event costs $5. Copies of American Gods may be purchased at the time of registration, with proceeds going to support the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted.
A mass signing, featuring more than 40 science fiction and fantasy writers including Connie Willis, John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Allen Steele, James Morrow, Michael Whelan, Michael Swanwick, and Laura Anne Gilman will take place as part of the Nebula Award Weekend on Friday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut NW, Washington, DC. The signing is open to the public.
Write Fantastic has announced the Glastonbury Conference for the Fantastic in Literature, to be held at The Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell Street in Glastonbury, United Kingdom on September 3. The event will run from 10am to 6pm and will feature Freda Warrington as guest of honor. Other speakers will include Dr. Liz Williams and Paul Weston. Attendance is £20.