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April Fool! Plus Con Season Begins!

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Apr 022015
 

APRIL FOOL!

As many of you quickly figured out, our post about an “all at once” publishing schedule was nothing more than a holiday gag.  Fear not!  We don’t yet have a date for Peace Talks (the May 2016 date floating around was fabricated by Goodreads and has no basis in reality), but we assure you that you won’t have to wait until 2027 to get it. 😀

For a good giggle, check out our pranks from 2011, 2012, and 2014.

INDEPENDENCE SIGNING

Also, the bit about the Trails West KC Library event was NOT a joke.  They’re now accepting free reservations for their May 9th Q&A and signing with Jim.  Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted.  Call 816-701-3483 to secure your place.

Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO

EUROPEAN TOUR

Speaking of signings, Jim is currently on his way to the UK for a tour of Great Britain and Sweden!

EasterCon: Friday, April 3rd, through Monday, April 6th
We have a tentative schedule for Jim’s events. However, please note that these are subject to change!

Friday, 3 pm – 4pm: Opening Ceremony

Friday, 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm: The Ultimate Urban Fantasy Panel. “Something nasty in your neighbourhood? Everybody wants to go to the big cities why not the supernatural?” with Charles Stross, Mike Carey, CE Murphy and Alice Lawson as Moderator.

Saturday, 11:15 am – 1215 pm: Watching The Detectives: “Private dicks, gumshoes, shamus, pinkertons, consulting detectives we love them all but aren’t they even better with a supernatural second job?.” With Seanan McGuire and Mike Carey, Alice Lawson Moderating.

Saturday, 3 pm – 4 pm: Jim Butcher GoH Interview with Charles Stross, followed by an Author signing.

Saturday, 6:30 pm -7:30 pm: The Game of the Book: “Adaption of Games from original source material how true can you be? Can you keep it playable?” with Marcus Rowland, Ann Stokes and Tom Parker.

Sunday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Truth, Justice and The Home Offce: “We’ve all seen how supernatural and paranormal threats are handled by the hero. But how do the police and other authorities deal with them? Normal interrogation is difficult with a Troll, and the CSI team isn’t normally au fait with magical effects. There isn’t always a convenient Wizard in the local phonebook.The authorities can’t just ignore these things, but some modifications to their usual methods may be needed.”

Sunday, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: V is for Vampire: “The perennial favourite monster still isn’t going away, and keeps coming back in a new but irritating form.” With Freda Warrington, Charles Stross and Sam Stone (Telos Publishing) Moderating.

Monday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Faeries. “The not so nice creatures at the bottom of the Garden, from the Dresden Files and October Daye to Lost Girl”. With Seanan McGuire.

Monday, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony.

Forbidden Planet, London
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JR
Tuesday 7th April, 6pm

Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester
91 Deansgate
Manchester M3 2BW
Wednesday 8th April, 7pm

Waterstones Liverpool One
12 College Lane
Liverpool L1 3DL
Thursday 9th April, 6:30pm

SF Bokhandeln: Stockholm
Västerlånggatan 48 Gamla stan Stockholm
Saturday 11 April, 4 pm

SF Bokhandeln: Gothenberg
Östra Larmgatan 16, Gothenburg
Sunday 12 April, 3 pm

Dresden Novels on Hiatus

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Apr 012015
 

Edit: APRIL FOOL!  Hope you got a good laugh from of our silliness and enjoyed a fun, safe holiday.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY

Due to readers’ frustration with the wait between books, Jim Butcher and his editor at Penguin Random House are taking inspiration from one of their favorite film trilogies and declaring a temporary hiatus on publication of the Dresden Files novels.

“I think Peter Jackson had the right idea with the Lord of the Rings movies,” Butcher explained. “The trilogy took eight years to make. You can’t expect an audience to wait that long between installments. It made more sense to film all three movies simultaneously, then release them back to back. That’s what I’d like to do.”

He continued, “I mean, these books take a long time to craft.  Each novel is its own challenge with new complexities, and ‘Skin Game’ was almost double the length of ‘Storm Front’.  Brandon Sanderson was kind enough to hook me up with the xenobiologists who grew his hybrid army of alien writer clones, but until these pupae mature, I’m just one man.”

Jim will be writing case books 16 through 20ish all at once, then releasing them six months apart.  Then, taking inspiration from Jackson’s treatment of The Hobbit, Butcher will split the final Apocalyptic Trilogy into fifteen books, also written simultaneously and released on the same schedule.

Look for “Peace Talks” on April 1st, 2027.

Discuss this news on the forum.

In non-publishing news, Trails West KC Library begins accepting free reservations today for its May 9th Q&A and signing with Jim.  Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted.  Call 816-701-3483 to secure your place.

Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO

Marsters’ Ghost Story coming at last!

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Mar 242015
 

Your requests have been answered! The audio version of Ghost Story has been rerecorded by James Marsters. Although we’re indebted to John Glover for first bringing the book to life (or, y’know, afterlife), we’re thrilled James was available to bring continuity to the series!

Listen a sample clip on SoundCloud, then preorder the new edition on Audible!

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For fans of John Glover’s excellent performance, be aware that the original recording will be retired on April 21st, so now’s your chance to nab a copy before it’s gone!  Find it in the Jim-Butcher.com store.

io9, New Signings, and Bigfoot Collection

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Mar 042015
 

CINDER SPIRES COVER AND EXCERPT

Geek news site io9 has unveiled an exclusive glimpse of Jim’s next book, The Aeronaut’s Windlass!  It’s the first in his new steampunk series, The Cinder Spires.  Check out the cover by Chris McGrath! (Click to enlarge)

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INDEPENDENCE SIGNING

We can now announce that Jim will be holding a Q&A and signing in Independence, Missouri.  Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted, and they will not begin taking any reservations until April 1st.

Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO

 

OKLAHOMA SIGNING

We included this in our previous mailing, but it was buried pretty deep in the announcement, so we figured we’d announce it again. Due to personal reasons, Jim had to reschedule his events in Oklahoma that were originally slated for this week. Here are the new dates and times!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

 

WORKING FOR BIGFOOT

Subterranean Press has announced a collection of Dresden Files stories, uniting the three Bigfoot shorts previously published in other anthologies and the Humble charity bundle eariler this year. Their summary is below:

Chicago wizard for hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working For Bigfoot, collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in “B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in “Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

Cinder Spires #1 Release Date!

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Feb 102015
 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JIM BUTCHER TO WRITE A NEW FANTASY SERIES FOR ROC BOOKS

First Installment The Cinder Spires: THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS to be Published This Fall.  Preorder here!

NEW YORK, NY, February 10, 2015—Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the acquisition of a new fantasy series by Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files novels. Executive Editor Anne Sowards bought World English Rights from Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first novel in the new series, The Cinder Spires: THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015.

Jim Butcher became one of the most recognized names in science fiction and fantasy with the internationally bestselling Dresden Files series featuring Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. The series garnered a large and devoted fan base for Butcher that continues to grow with each installment; the last five Dresden Files books skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Butcher is currently at work on Peace Talks, the sixteenth installment in the phenomenally successful urban fantasy series. In addition to The Dresden Files, Butcher is also the author of the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Codex Alera epic fantasy series.

Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!”

The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best…It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.”

The Cinder Spires: THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS is poised to be one of the fall’s biggest genre releases, and Butcher fans are anxiously awaiting news about the release. Perfect for readers of Brandon Sanderson and Naomi Novik—in addition to Butcher’s existing fans— The Cinder Spires is a grand new adventure from one of the biggest names in fantasy.

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The Cinder Spires: THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS
Jim Butcher
Roc Hardcover; $27.95
ISBN: 9780451466808
On Sale: September 29, 2015

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