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Epic News Post, Part 2!

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Apr 062014
 

We had so much to announce earlier this week, we had to split the post up. Here’s the other half! (And here’s Part 1, if you missed it.)

5. SIGNED COPIES OF SKIN GAME

Jim has signed over four thousand copies of Skin Game, and they’re being sent to awesome independent bookstores all across the country! Download the list of retailers here and contact one near you to reserve a copy.

If there’s nothing nearby, you could also order a signed copy at Barnes and Noble. Or if you prefer a personalized copy and don’t mind getting it a few days after the release date, you can participate in one of our:

6. VIRTUAL SIGNINGS

Although Jim is traveling to more cities this year than ever (in fact, more than the past two years COMBINED), there are bound to be fans who feel left out. Virtual signings allow fans across the country (and internationally) to preorder signed, personalized copies of Jim’s books. This year, two retailers are doing virtual signings with personalization: Dog Eared Books (shipped 5/27) and Mysterious Galaxy (in collaboration with Booktalk Nation, shipped 5/29). Preorder your copy today! Orders must be placed by May 19th.

7. AUDIO PREORDER

The audiobook of Skin Game, narrated by James Marsters, is now preorderable at Audible.com! Order yours today, and it’ll be ready for download May 27th, the same day as the hardcover release. The physical audio CDs will be released two days later, on May 29th.

Epic News Post, Part 1!

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Apr 042014
 

We have so many news items today, we’re splitting the post in two! The second part will be posted tomorrow.

1. APRIL FOOL!

As many of you guessed, our recent post about a Dresden Files Broadway musical was our annual April Fool’s gag. You can revisit our jokes from 2011 and 2012 in our archives. (And any interested Broadway producers? Call us.)

2. EVIL FOR JULIE

Jim’s sister Julie’s husband had an accident around the home involving a chainsaw and his leg a grizzly bear that he fought off with his bare hands*. He is, thankfully, fine, but this is a family with six kids now facing skyrocketing medical costs.

*It was a chainsaw but apparently fighting grizzly bears sounds less embarrassing.

Julie’s community has raced to her assistance, offering up goods and services in exchange for donations. These include items of particular interest to writers, like manuscript edits and critiques, writing guides, and pitch sessions and drinks with authors and literary agents. There are also items of interest to readers, including Tuckerizations, signed books, swag, and AN ARC OF SKIN GAME. Check out the Writer’s Edition and Reader’s Edition.

3. AUSTRALIA

Jim is in Australia for a series of cons, beginning this weekend in Gold Coast. Check out the full list here!

4. #BINGEREADS

Jim is the featured author on Penguin Random House’s new #BingeReads platforms! Each day during the month of April, the Dresden Files series will be promoted with quotes, photos, and links to media, etc. Join the conversation on Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram, and tag your Dresden-related tweets with the #BingeReads hashtag.

Apr 012014
 

Edit: Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
New York, NY

First, there were novels. Then it became a TV show. Then a comic book. Now, Harry Dresden is going where no urban fantasy book series has gone before. In Spring 2015, THE DRESDEN FILES conquers Broadway.

This new musical takes inspiration from the events of “Dead Beat,” the seventh book in the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling series. Multiple-Tony Award Winning director and costume/puppet designer Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Titus, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) was hand-picked for her experience bringing fantastical creatures to the Broadway stage. Ms. Taymor mused, “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to realize a childhood dream of mine. I pushed Disney to include a zombie T-Rex battle in The Lion King, but they preferred I remain more faithful to the film.”

Author Jim Butcher expressed great enthusiasm for the selection. He remarked, “She made a musical about Spider-Man. That’s awesome. Hey, can this musical be a Spidey crossover? How much dueling snark can you put in a song?” Butcher then proceeded to sing the original 1967 cartoon theme song and “web” the interviewer with Silly String.

Frequent collaborators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) were tapped to create the music and lyrics, due to an industry reputation for writing “the sassiest lyrics ever.”

The workshop begins April 14th starring Hugh Jackman (Oklahoma, The Boy From Oz) as Harry, Matt Bomer (8, Magic Mike) as Thomas, Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein) as Butters, and Scarlett Johansson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as romantic interest Shiela/Lasciel, with Broadway great Terrence Mann (Cats) reprising his role as the voice of Bob.

“Dead Beat” is slated to open at the Nerderlander Theatre on April 1st, 2015.

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Omissions

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Mar 262014
 

Ack! We made some glaring omissions in this morning’s post, leaving out events in Chicago, IL; Scottsdale, AZ; and Lee’s Summit, MO. It has now been updated! Check out the corrected version here.

Mar 252014
 

We now have a complete list of Jim’s touring schedule for 2014, plus two virtual events fans all over can enjoy! There’s one more con we have to wait to announce, but for now, enjoy this new crop of touring locations!

FEBRUARY

Con Nooga
February 21st-23rd.
Historical Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
1400 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
and
Chatanooga Convention Center
1150 Carter St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

APRIL

In his first trip outside North and Central America, Jim is heading all the way to Australia! He’ll be hitting three cons over the month of April:

Supanova: Gold Coast
April 4th-6th, 2014
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy
Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia
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Kiama Library
April 8th, 6-7:30pm
7 Railway Parade
Kiama, NSW 2533
Australia
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Supanova: Melbourne
April 11th-14th, 2014
Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Rd
Ascot Vale VIC 3032, Australia
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SwanCon
April 17th-21st, 2014
Ibis Styles Hotel Perth
15 Robinson Ave
Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
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MAY

Booktalk Nation (Virtual Event)
Thursday, May 15, 7PM ET/4PM PT
Interview with Anton Strout followed by reader Q&A
*Books sold will be signed at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo event 5/27 and shipped out from the store 5/29
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Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”)
Friday, May 16th, at 1pm EST
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WyrdCon 2014
May 22nd–26th, 2014
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 216-5858
Details on the forum

Skin Game Launch Party at Mysterious Galaxy: Los Angeles
May 27, 7:30pm
2810 Artesia Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
310-542-6000
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Mysterious Galaxy: San Diego
May 28, 7pm
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747
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Powell’s Books in Portland, OR
Thursday, May 29 at 7:00 PM
Powell’s Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
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University Bookstore in Seattle, WA
Friday, May 30 at 7:00 PM
University Temple United Methodist Church
1415 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
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Murder By The Book in Houston, TX
Saturday, May 31 at 5:00 PM
Murder By the Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
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JUNE

Rainy Day Books
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
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Barnes & Noble Old Orchard – Chicago, IL
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7pm
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
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Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ
Thursday, June 5 at 7:00 PM
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Phoenix Comicon
June 5-8, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center
122 N 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Readers World in Lee’s Summit, MO
Friday, June 13 6:00 PM
Readers World
983 NE Rice Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
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AUGUST

GenCon
August 14-17
Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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