Jim Talks Peace Talks

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Mar 312019
 

As Jim approaches completion of his manuscript for “Peace Talks,” he’s excited to talk about Harry’s latest exploits with his fans.  The long-awaited 16th novel of The Dresden Files is set at a summit of the various supernatural movers and shakers who shape Harry’s world, united to formulate a peace treaty with the Fomor.  However, Jim has noticed an unsettling trend among his readers, and he wanted to put a stop to some of the misinformation circulating around the fandom.

“Folks seem to have gotten the wrong impression about this book.  It’s called ‘Peace Talks.’ It’s about peace.  Generally, everyone is nice to each other and they have a good time.  They sing a few songs and drink some good beer, then they go home with everything happily resolved.”

While this may seem something of a departure from Harry’s previous adventures, after two dozen novels under his belt, Jim says he’s ready to expand upon his typical formula and experiment with other styles of storytelling.  That’s not to say there’s no conflict, however.  “Man, can you imagine how tense it’s gonna be to choose between the chicken or the fish entree when you’re seated between a harpy and the creature from the Black Lagoon?  Honestly, the host should’ve just gone for lasagna.”

Who will be at the peace talks, you may ask?  “I think the readers are going to like this one.  We’ll get to see a lot of characters we haven’t heard from in a while.  At the risk of spoilers, there’s a great scene with Marcone and King Korb calmly discussing a point of bureaucratic minutiae regarding water rights.  It’s gonna be wild.”

When his editor confronted him with quotes claiming this would be his “most supernaturally violent book to date,” Jim seemed confused at first. “Yeah.  A bunch of Accorded dignitaries just DESTROY an entire tray of cheesecakes.  They’re like piranha.  Not a single crumb of that sweet graham cracker crust remained.”

He encourages fans to watch this space or subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed regarding further developments. His publisher won’t set a release date until the manuscript is completed, so keep an eye on Jim’s twitter for the words “The End.” We promise, he won’t post them on April Fool’s Day.

New Short Story: Christmas Eve

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Dec 252018
 

Jim wrote a new short story, Christmas Eve, as a gift for his fans last night, but you guys were so jazzed to read it that the mass enthusiasm crashed his website! Only now are we able to update his blog accordingly. We’ve also updated the Upcoming Works page, so if there’s anything you missed in the past year, you can get caught up.

Next, a couple swag announcements:

Badali Jewelry, officially licensed jewelers of a bevy of Dresden Files goodies, are doing a sitewide 15% off sale through January 13th! If you’ve been coveting Harry’s ruby pentacle or shield bracelet, Lasciel’s coin, a Bob the Skull necklace, or gorgeous pieces from Lord of the Rings, Kingkiller Chronicle, and more, now’s your chance to score a sweet discount! Use the code TREAT15 to save 15% on your entire order.

Also, the spectacular sculptors at the Hamilton Collection have heard your requests, and they’re now offering their Harry Dresden piece with a “No Hat” option! If you’ve already placed your order and want to modify it, reach out to their customer service department as soon as possible so they can keep an accurate sense of demand. Or if you prefer the classic Chris McGrath hat look, awesome! Everyone goes home happy.

That’s it for tonight. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Jim and all of us at jim-butcher.com! Again, here’s Christmas Eve.

Contests, Cons, and Collectibles!

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Oct 312018
 

It’s Harry’s birthday! Let’s get this party started with some exciting announcements.

FIRST TWO CONS FOR 2019

We can announce Jim’s first two appearances for 2019! In February, he’ll hit up Colorado Springs for the Superstars Writing Seminars, and in July, he’ll be the Author Guest of Honor at Westercon in Layton, Utah, and his wife Kitty Krell will join him as Cosplay Guest of Honor. Details in our Events section. Hope to see you there!

BADALI JEWELRY COSTUME CONTEST

Badali Jewelry, the svartalf-rivaling creators of the Dresden Files jewelry line, are holding a costume contest! Submit photos of yourself dressed as a character from any of their licensed lines, and you could be one of three winners to score a $50 gift card. Entries are evaluated at Professional, Amateur, and Child level. Wheel of Time is currently kicking Dresden’s butt in number of entries, so represent! Entries close November 2nd.

NEW MERCH

Dresden Sculpture
McAnally's Mug

We have several awesome new pieces of merch available! First, the sculptors at Hamilton Collection have created an officially-licensed Harry Dresden sculpture! It’s based on Chris McGrath’s stunning cover art, which explains the hat. Reserve yours today.

Next, the team at Worldbuilders have created a pub mug worthy of Mac’s finest brews! As with all Worldbuilders merch, sales benefit Heifer International, which works to empower communities and combat global poverty.

Looking for something a little more sparkly? Badali Jewelry have added some lovely new options to their collection. Now you can get Elaine’s pentacle (a little smaller than Harry’s and perhaps more suitable for daily wear), or add some evil to your business look with cufflinks made from Lasciel’s or Nicodemus’ denarian coins.

And while not “new,” TODAY ONLY, Evil Hat Productions is offering 30% off PDF versions of their Dresden Files tabletop roleplaying games, including volumes 1 and 2 of the DFRPG and Dresden Accelerated.

That’s it for today! Have a spooky Halloween!

More Signing Tour Info and Upcoming AMA

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May 302018
 

First, the news that everyone can take part in! This Friday at 2:30pm ET, Jim will be doing a Reddit AMA on /r/books. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions for Jim and vote on which they’d like him to answer. We’ll post a link as soon as the page is up.

Next, we have an update on the signing tour! We’ve learned that while the Q&A portions are free to the public at all venues (except the Alamo Drafthouse screening), all of the signings run by independent bookstores (i.e. not at Barnes and Noble locations) are ticketed, and the B&N locations grant priority line position to customers who purchased the book there. The ticket covers the cost of the book, so the stores don’t lose money hosting the event. Get your tickets at the links below, and use the following graphics on social media to let your friends know you’re going!

(UPDATE June 9th) PEOPLE LOOKING TO ATTEND THE MCLEAN, VA SIGNING: The graphics we were given below are wrong. The signing is at 4pm and not 7pm. Scroll down to the text version of the appearances below the graphics to get accurate information about the event.

June 5, 7pm
Alamo Drafthouse
4255 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
Ok, this is cool. Jim doing the usual conversation, Q&A, and signing, but at a MOVIE THEATRE, where they’ll be screening BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, one of Jim’s favorite flicks. After the movie, there will be a book signing with sales provided by Tattered Cover. Tickets available now! SOLD OUT.

June 6, 7pm
Bookpeople
603 Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to join the signing line. Purchasing a book through BookPeople.com automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing–there is no separate “ticket” item to add to your cart. Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks. If you cannot attend the event and would like to order a signed copy of the book, add the book to your cart and put SIGNED COPY in the comments field at checkout. We ship all over the world!

June 7, 7pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503
Tickets available here! Your ticket includes your copy of Brief Cases (at 20% off) and your line letter for the signing. Gives Back Members can receive an additional 10% off the book price by calling 859-273-2911.

June 8, 6pm
Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren St.
New York, NY 10007
Priority seating with purchase of the book at this B&N location.

June 9, 4pm (CORRECTED TIME)
Barnes & Noble Tyson’s Corner Mall
7851 L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102
Beginning at 3pm, the venue will distribute wristbands for the signing portion of the event with proof of purchase.

June 10, 3pm
Schuler Books
1982 W. Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI 48864
Tickets are $32 and include a hardcover copy of Brief Cases, to be claimed at the event. SEATING AT THE EVENT WILL BE FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED, with the seating area opening at 1pm. We anticipate this event will be a standing-room crowd, so if you require a seat for medical reasons, please contact the bookstore in advance to make arrangements. Mr. Butcher will sign two books. Guests who would like more books signed are welcome to wait until the end of the signing to have multiples signed.

Is Jim not visiting a place near you this time? You can still preorder Brief Cases in hardcover, Kindle, or audio format through our store. Pre-signed copies are available from Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble. Need more convincing? Check out the book’s blurb:

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue–and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear; ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published ‘Zoo Day,’ Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

Brief Cases hits bookstores everywhere June 5th, 2018.