Behemoth Tour Details

Here are the long-awaited details of the Behemoth tour!

NOTE: This only goes through the end of October. In November I’ll be going to Miami, FL; Vancouver, Canada; and Nantes and Paris, France.

ALSO: Behemoth comes out in ONE WEEK in the US. And in THREE DAYS in the UK. And on the 12th in Australia!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
7:00PM
Barnes & Noble
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6
7:00PM
Chester County Books
975 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
7:00
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
4:00PM
In-store signing at Books, Bytes and Beyond
197 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10
1:30 – 2:30PM
New York Comic Con
Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
5:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookstore
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

October 13 in Jackson, MS is canceled.
SORRY!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
7:00PM
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
2:30PM
This is me presenting Behemoth, all alone.
The Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
8:00PM
This is me in a Zombies Vs. Unicorns debate.
Austin Bat Cave
AAMP Building, 411 West Monroe Street
Austin, TX 78701

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
4:30PM
Octavia Books
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
Alpharetta, GA 30022

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
7:00PM
The Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
5:30PM
Quail Ridge Bookstore
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25
7:00PM
Joseph Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
4:30PM
Blue Marble Bookstore
1356 South Fort Thomas Avenue
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
7:00PM
Anderson’s Bookshop
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
7:00PM
Borders
43075 Crescent Blvd.
Novi, MI 48375

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
7:00PM
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
12:00PM
Provo County Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT 84601

The Behemoth Tour Takes Shape

It’s Friday, but I got no new fan art this week. (Boo-hoo.)

And yet I have cool news! The mighty computers of Simon & Schuster have begun to reveal the details of the Behemoth tour. Not everything is set in stone yet, but at the end of this post you’ll find a list of cities that I’ll definitely be going to.

But first, here’s a bunch of events in and around New York (as far away as Baltimore) that I’ll be doing in the next month or so. Most of this early stuff has to do with Zombies Versus Unicorns, because that comes out September 21. (So soon!)

Obviously there are more details to come, but this is what I know so far.

Wednesday, September 15
7:00PM

I’ll be reading (from ZvU) with Susan Beth Pfeffer (The World We Live In)
KGB Bar (you must be 21)
85 East 4th Street
New York City

Thursday, September 23
6:00PM

Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York City
Zombies v Unicorns Debate
Team Zombie: Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld
Team Unicorn: Holly Black, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Naomi Novik
Compere: (the totally impartial) Justine Larbalestier
($15; Members $12)

Friday, September 24
5:30PM

Baltimore Book Festival
Children’s Bookstore Stage
Mount Vernon Place
600 Block North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland
Zombies v Unicorns Debate
Team Zombie: Justine Larbalestier, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld
Team Unicorn: Holly Black, Kathleen Duey, Diana Peterfreund

Sunday, October 10
1:30PM

New York Comic Con
Javits Convention Center
Scott Westerfeld Spotlight
Panel Room 6 (1A21)
(Comic Con entry pass required)

Okay, those are the events with firm details. Now here is a list of cities and dates. THESE DATES ARE APPROXIMATE. It’s not my fault if they change.

Philadelphia, PA
October 5-6

JUST IN: Pittsburgh, PA
October 7

Houston, TX
October 12

Just in: Jackson, MS
October 13

Dallas, TX
October 14

Austin, TX
October 15

New Orleans, LA
October 18

Birmingham, AL
October 19

Atlanta, GA
October 20

Slight correction: Raleigh, NC
October 22

Cincinnati, OH
October 25

Chicago, IL
October 27

Ann Arbor, MI
October 28

Saturday, October 30, 2010
12:00 Noon

I’ll be giving the keynote address for the . . .
Provo Teen Book Festival
Provo City Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, UT

Nantes, France, Utopiales Festival
November 10-14

JUST IN: Paris, France
November 16

JUST IN: Miami, FL
November 21

Vancouver, Canada
November 24th at 7 PM
West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary
4595 West 8th Ave
Vancouver BC
Tickets: $5.00 (can be used towards the purchase of a book at the event)

And now, so that this post is not completely artless, here’s a lovely flyer for the Provo Library event.
TBF-Flyer-Web

Comic Con Pix

Because you asked, behold the photos from my trip to Comic Con!

Exhibitors bring some very big and cool props with them. Here’s a life-size Alphonse from Full Metal Alchemist:

alphonse

Actually, it was a bit behind me, and was bigger than it looks here. And that was hardly the biggest thing around. Here’s my pal, Australian writer Sean Williams, next to a huge mecha:

mecha

And check out this Nautilus that was at the Disney (I’m pretty sure) booth. (Thus proving the inherent steampunkness of the Mouse.)

nemo

Of course, the home-made costumes are much cooler than anything the big companies make. Like this sock monkey:

monkey

Yes, a little terrifying. And yet . . . SOCK MONKEY.

Here’s a fan-made steampunk wheelchair, which was much cooler than it looks here. (Sorry about the blurry shot, but this thing was fast too.)

wheelchair

At the Simon & Schuster booth, they were giving out an original Keith Thompson, this sketch of Deryn:

derynsketch

Of course, this item was much sought after. So we had to take turns guarding it with our lives:

gun

Also, S&S had posters for Justine‘s anthology that comes out September 21, Zombies Vs. Unicorns! (I haz a story in it.)

ZvU

Notice a certain book in the background, too.

Of course, no trip to Comic Con would be complete without a complete DNA scrubbing to remove the GEEK CUTIES, which I got courtesy of Fluxx Bar:

tube

Mmmm . . . scrubby.

Okay, those are all the decent photos I took. I’ll tell you more in future posts.

I’ve been busy this week working on the audio book of Behemoth, which will come out at the same time as the novel. (October 5!) Here’s me recording the Afterword:

studio

Very soon I’ll be sitting down with the narrator, Alan Cummings (also known as Phineas Floop from Spy Kids), for a few interviews. I’ll bring you a report on that next week.

Request for Blogical Inspiration

I’m headed off to Comic Con in San Diego (schedule below), and will be seeing some (all too few!) of you there. So here’s me sitting down between packing and enplaning, thinking I should get in one more blog post, because it’s been a while, and yet . . .

I can’t think of what to say. Seriously, there’ve been a bunch of cool news items about toxoplasma, some awards news, etc., but I have not felt motivated to blog them. Maybe it’s being in the middle of the hottest summer in recorded history, or maybe it’s being in the middle of writing Goliath. But whatever it is, I’m weirdly bereft of ideas.

So let’s use this comments space as a teachable moment, or a motivatable moment, perhaps. In other words, tell me what you want me to blog! Seriously, what kind of the posts on this blog do you most enjoy, re-read, link to, or at least chortle at? Parasites? Travel pics? Fan art? Writing advice? Bungee jumping? I aim to please.

All right, here’s what I’m doing at Comic Con:

Thursday, July 22. 4:00-5:00
Room 25ABC

Twisting Genres— Fantastic fiction authors talk about pushing the envelope on genre, not confining it to one definition. Participants include China Miéville (Kraken), Justin Cronin (The Passage), Naomi Novik (Tongues of Serpents), Daryl Gregory (The Devil’s Alphabet), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Cold Black Hearts), Robert Masello (Blood And Ice), Keith Thompson (The Leviathan trilogy), and Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan trilogy). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy.

And by popular demand: There will be a signing with all of us afterwards, sponsored by the wonderful Mysterious Galaxy (a bookstore, not an actual galaxy). This is first time that Keith and I have signed together in the United States, and unlike boring me with my scrawly-ass signature, he can draw stuff for you.

Okay, I have a plane to catch. Ciao for now.

Behemoth Art Teaser

With the Leviathan paperback only month away, I figure it’s time to show you a first piece of art from Behemoth. (Yes, I put this on Twitter a week ago, but it’s still NEW, right?)

So . . . behold the Ottoman sultan’s airyacht Stamboul, which appears about a third of the way into the novel.

behemothposter
Image by Keith Thompson, of course. Click the image for a larger view.

As you can see, Keith has created a whole new style for the Ottoman Empire. It’s sort of a middle eastern Clanker look, with elements of both machinery and animals. (The Ottomans use walkers that look like beasties, so they’re sort of halfway between Clanker and Darwinist.)

This is, of course, only one of fifty-five pieces of art in Behemoth. I’ll be showing some more pieces on August 10, when the paperback of Leviathan appears in stores.

In other news, Keith and I will be at Comic Con in San Diego this year. I’m on a panel on Thursday at 4PM, as you can see on the schedule.

Here’s the description:

Thursday, July 22. 4:00-5:00
Twisting Genres— Fantastic fiction authors talk about pushing the envelope on genre, not confining it to one definition. Participants include China Miéville (Kraken), Justin Cronin (The Passage), Naomi Novik (Tongues of Serpents), Daryl Gregory (The Devil’s Alphabet), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Cold Black Hearts), Robert Masello (Blood And Ice), Keith Thompson (The Leviathan trilogy), and Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan trilogy). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 25ABC

Hope to see you there! And I’m happy to sign stuff after if you bring it along.

UK Trip

Justine and I are back from a lovely tour of Britain, so thanks for not wrecking the US while we were gone. I didn’t do any public events there; sorry about that!

But we did get see lots of beautiful countryside:

countryside

And amusingly named towns:

giggleswick

And olde worlde pubs:

unicornpub

And, of course, many wonderful and welcoming schools:

stmarys

So thanks to everyone at Simon & Schuster UK for having me, and special thanks to all the schools and the Scottish Book Trust. By the way, the tour was for the paperback release of Leviathan, which is out NOW in the United Kingdom, and looks like this:

LEVIATHAN 1UK pb

I love the new look. (Here’s the old one for comparison.) It’s very Victorian wallpaper-ish, and quite close to the hardback USian and Italian covers. It’s been weird seeing how the cover has changed as the book moves across the world.

Speaking of which, I’ll be releasing the Behemoth cover very soon!

Ciao for now.

BONUS FACT
Deryn Sharp has been nominated as Best Hero in the Indigo Teen Reads Awards! Check it out and cast your vote now. NOTE: Only Canadians are eligible to vote.

deryn

Meet Up Tomorrow

I’m headed on a mini-tour of the UK next week, one that will include many school visits but no public appearances (not my fault!). In this time I may or may not be posting here, but I wanted to inform you about the following meet-up on the Forum tomorrow!

Sunday, June 12th
US-EST 5PM
London 10:00PM
Australia 7:00AM Monday (um, sorry)

Come one, come all, and talk about stuff. Alas, I won’t be able to participate. But I do drop by to answer questions on most meet-ups.

Here’s a list of the rest of them scheduled for this year. Note that the Australian times are always the next day. (Aussie fans, you can always organize meet-ups yourselves to avoid the early morning thing. Let me know if you do, and I’ll blog them!)

2010 WesterForum MEET-UPS
July 10th (7 pm US-EST) Aussie (9:00am) London (9:00pm)
August 14 (5 pm US-EST) Aussie (7:00am) London (10:00pm)
Sept 11 (7 pm US-EST) Aussie (9:00am) London (MIDNIGHT)
Oct 9 (4 pm US-EST) Aussie (7:00am) London (9:00pm)
Nov 13 (5 pm US-EST) Aussie (9:00am)London (10:00pm)
Dec 11 (4 pm US-EST) Aussie (8:00am) London (9:00pm)

TWO MORE THINGS

1) Peeps fans might want to check out Witch Doctor, a web comic by Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner. It has some of the same vampires-as-parasites science-y goodness of peeps, but in graphic form. Click here to read the prototype issue.

2) The cast list on the Uglies movie IMDB page has turned out to be a hoax. There is no word yet on casting.

Okay, see you when I get back.

Chicago and IRA

Back in the US for two measly weeks, and already I’m getting back on a plane. To Chicago!

On Monday night I have a public event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Napierville with D. J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon series.

Here are the details:

Monday, April 26
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Scott Westerfeld & D. J. MacHale Joint Event
Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson • Naperville, IL 60540

Anyone can come to this event!

On Tuesday, though, I’m headed to the International Reading Association’s annual do, where I’ll be speaking on a panel and signing. You must have an event pass to get in to these next events (which means you’re probably a librarian or English teacher or something cool like that).

Tuesday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Symposia: “The Illustrated Teen: An Intersection of Text and Image in Contemporary Young Adult Literature”
Featuring Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black, Henry Neff, Stephen Emond, and Elizabeth Patridge
Educators: Lisa Morris-Wilkey and Susannah Richards
Location: McCormick Place South Building • Room S403b

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Signing at the Simon & Schuster Booth (#1725)

Hope to see some of you Chicago folks there!

Update:

I’ll also be at Books of Wonder in NYC tomorrow, with Sarah Mylonowski, Justine Larbalestier, and D.J. MacHale!

Saturday, April 24
Noon-2PM
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th St
New York, NY

BONUS Update:

Just got a sneak preview of the Italian cover for Leviathan. Non è molto
bella?

ItalianLeviathan

The Moon Is Mine

I just got a new telescope. It’s happily snoozing in the guest room at the moment, and doesn’t wish to be photographed, but here’s a picture of the moon I took with it last night. This was with my iPhone camera held up to the eyepiece, so you’d think it would suck. But my telescope makes even this silly procedure AWESOME.

Observe:
moonshot

That’s a tiny bit of the moon, because from now on I am magnified. Must now learn the names of all the craters and snack bars on the moon.

Here are Four Other Things of possible interest:

Thing 1
The Uglies series is launching in Brazil this week, complete with a really cool website:

brazilugliesite

I love the look and feel of it, and hope it does well for my publisher there, Editora Record. If you speak any Portuguese, check it out here.

Thing 2
Just noticed that Behemoth has an Amazon page now, but no cover. (Amusing reviews for some other book are there at the moment.)

Thing 3
Justine are about to head back to NYC, where we have an event for Read This, a charity that collects books for people who need them, including schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, troops overseas, etc.

Justine Larbalestier, Bennett Madison,
Scott Westerfeld, & Cecily von Ziegesar
Reading and Q&A
12:30PM-1:15PM, Saturday, 10 April
Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street, Second floor
(between Madison & Fifth Ave.)
NY NY

The price of admission? Your donation of two or more new or gently used board books through grade 12. Cool idea, huh?

Thing 4
The next New York Review of Science Fiction Readings features three awesome YA authors!

Barry Lyga, Marie Rutkoski, & Robin Wasserman
curated by Carol Cooper

Tuesday, 6 April, Doors open 6:30 PM, event begins at 7:00 PM
SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street (between Houston & Prince St.)

Admission is by a $5 donation. (If circumstances make this a hardship, let them know and they will accommodate you.)

Back in Sydney

I haven’t been posting as much lately. But as you probably have noticed, Justine and I have been in Istanbul the last week or so, me doing research for the next book in the Leviathan series, and her mostly eating.

We also got to meet with some of our Turkish publishers: Epsilon, who will bring out Leviathan next year; and Artemis, who publish the Midnighters books and will soon be releasing Justine’s latest, Liar. We didn’t get to meet with Tudum, who publish the Uglies series (which apparently tanked in Turkey). But thanks to everyone for their tremendous hospitality.

Here are the Turkish covers for the first two Midnighters books:

turkishmidnighters

Kind of a goth/gypsy vibe going on here. From what my editor at Artemis said, the books didn’t sell well at first, but more recently these new covers (and a post-Twilight wave of paranormal readers) have made them a hit.

And for your vicarious tourist enjoyment, here is the emperor Justinian’s amazing cistern, which supplied water to Istanbul from 352AD onward:

cistern

Pretty cool, huh? It’s a really huge and beautiful cavern, with very little signage and tourist stuff to distract from simply hanging out there. Plus, they play awesome music. Click here to read more.

And now, readers of Leviathan, please enjoy Walker Wednesday. Today’s walker is made by paper engineering genius Theo Jansen: