WesterCon/SpikeCon Schedule

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Jul 052019

Quick Note: Tor listed the wrong dates for their Brief Cases giveaway. It runs/ran from July 2nd to TODAY, July 5th! Enter by midnight Eastern Time tonight if you’d like to be entered in the drawing.

And bit belatedly, we have Jim’s schedule for WesterCon/SpikeCon this weekend in Layton, Utah! Jim’s wife Kitty Krell is also being celebrated as Cosplay Guest of Honor, so if you have any interest in costuming and corsetry, be sure to check out her panels.

Friday, July 5th :

Combat in SF & Fantasy
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Stratus 9
What makes for a great combat scene? What should you know about weapons? fighting styles? the visceral experience of being in combat? Let’s discuss what works and how some authors have created amazing scenes.
Other panelists: David Weber, Jonathan Brazee, Julie Frost

Writing Excuses Interview
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Autograph 1

Taxonomy of Villains
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Zephyr
Not all villains are created equally, nor should they be. Lucifer, Sauron, Loki, the Joker, Smaug, and Grendel each have different power levels, wants, and needs. How do you make a villain equal to the needs of your story?
Other panelists: Daniel Craig Friend, Julie Frost, Valerie Estelle Frankel

Match Game: Friday Edition
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)
Get ready to match the stars! In this SF/F-themed version of the classic 1970s game show, contestants vie to guess how our panel will answer fill-in-the-blank questions like “Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!” Contestants will be selected from the audience, and all contestants selected will win a prize, even if it’s only a Lovely Parting Gift.
Moderator: Kevin Standlee
Other panelists: Andrew Trembley, Eric Flint, Kevin Roche, Kuma Bear, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold

Saturday, July 6th:

Author Spotlight
10:15 am – 11:15 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)
Westercon 72 Author Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, discusses the multiple worlds of his books and answers questions. Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires.

Badali Jewelry Signing
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, Meridian A & B
Signing requires a free ticket. Pick one up at the Badali booth any time beforehand. They sometimes sell out, so the sooner the better!

Sunday, July 7th , 2019

Closing Ceremonies
4 pm – 5 pm, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)

DragonCon and Brief Cases Giveaway

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Jul 022019

We know it’s not the update you’re waiting for, but hopefully you’ll think it’s still cheerworthy!

First, we’re pleased to announce that Jim and Kitty will be returning to DragonCon this year. We don’t yet have their schedule for panels and signings, but we’ll update the site as soon as we have those details. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of cosplay, we suggest you consider attending the annual Dresden Files DragonCon Cosplay Shoot. It’s a lot of fun! Hope to see you there.

Next, Tor is holding a giveaway for the new paperback edition of Brief Cases! If you haven’t picked up this collection of Dresdenverse short stories, you’ll definitely want to. It contains twelve new stories from a variety of perspectives, including Harry, Marcone, Molly, Butters, Luccio, and even Maggie and Mouse! Will you be one of the lucky five to snag a copy?

Their sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on their post beginning at 2:00PM ET on July 2nd. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 5th. Void outside the United States and Canada. Limit one entry per person or household.

If you don’t feel like trying your luck or if you want to read it faster, you can buy a copy from our store.

Home Stretch!

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Jun 172019
Jim's Twitter: Finished the finale of Peace Talks this morning.

Just the wrap-up chapter to go. :)

News regarding pub dates as I get it.

Peace Talks is close to complete! Jim tweeted this morning that he’d finished the finale, and has only the wrap-up chapter to go. Look for the long-awaited “THE END” tweet soon, with hopefully a release date announcement soon to follow!

New Dresden Merch

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Jun 032019

Our partners at Worldbuilders Market have produced a range of new Dresden goodies to help raise funds for worthy charities! All are officially licensed, and all proceeds go to Worldbuilders’ mission of fighting global poverty.

Worldbuilders also has fabulous new swag for fans of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Hearne, Mary Robinette Kowal, Patrick Rothfuss, The Adventure Zone, Rat Queens, and more. Check them out!

Jim Talks Peace Talks

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Apr 012019

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.