Where to Find Tor at the 2015 American Library Association Conference

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Tor/Forge at the 2015 American Library Association Conference

Join Tor/Forge Books at the American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco from June 26th to June 29th. Galleys, posters, and other giveaways will be available throughout the show in the Tor/Forge Books booth (#1013)!

Join us for the following events:

Tor Books and the American Library Association’s Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) present
“Unknown Knowns and Known Unknowns: How Speculative Fiction Gets Technological Innovation Right and Wrong”

Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28873
Saturday, June 27th: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Moscone Center, room 2005 (W)
Science Fiction often has a predictive value, yet often overlooks the small things. Join our great panel of Science Fiction and Fantasy authors, Vernor Vinge, Greg Bear, John Scalzi, Marie Brennan and Larry Correia as they discuss their work and how it connects with technological opportunities and developments that were missed, never invented, and those that came about in ways unimagined. The panel will consider the role speculative fiction plays in fostering innovation and bringing about new ideas.
*A complimentary bag of books will be given to the first 200 attendees!*

AAP’s Children’s and Teen Author Speed Dating Event
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29874
Saturday, June 27th: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Marriott Hotel, Golden Gate B
Join authors and illustrators of children’s, middle grade, and teen fiction including Tor Teen author Kathleen Baldwin in a lightning round speed-dating event.

RUSA’s Literary Tastes Breakfast
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28616
Sunday, June 28th: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Moscone Center, West Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor
Join Tor authors Katherine Addison and Jo Walton as they are honored for their RUSA Reading List selections. Complimentary book signing of The Goblin Emperor and My Real Children to follow.

The 2015 YALSA Alex Awards Panel
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28597
Sunday, June 28th: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Moscone Center, room 2002 (W)
Hear from the winners of YALSA’s 2015 Alex Awards including John Scalzi. Complimentary book signing of Lock In to follow.

Mystery Panel on the Pop Top Stage
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/pop-top-stage
Sunday, June 28th: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moscone Center, Exhibit Hall, Pop Top Stage
Hear Forge author Rachel Howzell Hall in discussion with her fellow mystery and crime writers. Complimentary book signing of Skies of Ash to follow.

The Future According to Tor: New Titles for Young Readers and Teens
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/30169
Sunday, June 28th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Moscone Center, Exhibit Hall, Book Buzz Theater
Senior editor Susan Chang and publishing coordinator Ali Fisher will present a selection of must-shelve forthcoming fiction from Starscape, Tor Teen, and Tor/Forge Books.

The 2015 Stonewall Book Awards Program
Add to your calendar: http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28698
Monday, June 29th: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Moscone Center, room 3005 (W)
Join the GLBT Round Table as it recognizes the Stonewall Book Award winners and honorees including Tor author Jo Walton. Complimentary book signing of My Real Children to follow.

The following authors will be signing complimentary copies of their books in the Tor/Forge Books booth (#1013) during the show:
Mary Pat Kelly will be signing Of Irish Blood on 6/27 at 9:00 AM.
Charlie Jane Anders will be signing galleys of All the Birds in the Sky on 6/27 at 10:00 AM.
Kathleen Baldwin will be signing A School for Unusual Girls on 6/27 at 1:30 PM.
Rachel Howzell Hall will be signing Skies of Ash on 6/28 at 10:30 AM.

An Evening with Cixin Liu, Hosted by John Scalzi

Cixin LiuThe-Three-Body-ProblemScalzi Credit Athena Scalzi

China’s best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, will be joined by Hugo Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War) to discuss the art of sci-fi writing and the English-language publication of Liu’s groundbreaking trilogy The Three-Body Problem. A reception will be held afterwards where the authors will be signing their books, which will be available for sale.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time (Talk): 6:00-7:15 pm
Time (Reception): 7:15-8:30 pm
Location: China Institute Library, 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY
Event Fees:
Talk: $10 for members of the China Institute/$15 non-members. Reception Only: $5

To register for the event please visit http://www.chinainstitute.org/art-culture/programs-events/.

If you wish to only attend the reception, tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 7pm. Please register with Aaron Nicholson (anicholson@chinainstitute.org; 212-744-8181 ext 138).

Cixin Liu, or Da Liu, as he is affectionately called by his fans, is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People’s Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Prior to becoming a writer he worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan, Shanxi.

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts, and his debut novel Old Man’s War was a finalist for Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android’s Dream, The Last Colony, The Human Division and Lock In. He has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. Material from his widely read blog Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards.

Old Man’s War eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Old Man's War by John ScalziThe ebook for Old Man’s War by John Scalzi is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Old Man’s War: John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What’s known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

Buy Old Man's War today: B&N Nook | eBooks.com | Google Play | iBooks | Kindle | Kobo

*sale ends June 5

Tor Books Selected for RUSA Reading List, Alex Award, and Stonewall Award

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonMy Real Children by Jo WaltonLock In by John ScalziThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron

We’re pleased to announce our winners and short list selections from the 2015 RUSA Reading Lists:

From the press release: “Winners were selected by the Reading List Council whose members include up to twelve expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians. The eight genres currently included in the Council’s considerations are adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction.”

RUSA compiles a list of read-alike titles for each genre’s winning book: The Goblin Emperor read-alikes are The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold, Cold Magic by Kate Elliott, and The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn.

The My Real Children read-alikes are Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Sliding Doors.

Two of these honorees also received other accolades:

Lock In by John Scalzi was selected for the 2015 Alex Award list which highlights the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Just a reminder that Lock In was also selected for the LibraryReads and Texas Lariat Reading Lists.

See the full 2015 Youth Media Awards list here (PDF).

My Real Children by Jo Walton was also selected as a 2015 Stonewall Honor Book in Literature by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

See the full list of 2015 Stonewall Book Awards winners and honorees here. Read more about the history of this award here. And see all of the other 2015 RUSA Reading List selections here.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! 

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round

Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonLock In by John ScalziEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

It’s the final round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and three Tor titles have made the cut! To celebrate each of these authors, we’re offering the chance to win a copy of their nominated books. Click through the images or the links below to enter on Goodreads.

Science Fiction:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

Fantasy:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in each category! Check out all the lists here. Sweepstakes end on November 24th, just in time for some holiday reading.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Goodreads Choice Awards Edition

The Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonLock In by John ScalziEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and five Tor titles have made the cut! To celebrate each of these authors, we’re offering the chance to win a copy of their nominated books. Click through the images or the links below to enter on Goodreads.

Science Fiction:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

Fantasy:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in each category! Check out all the lists here. Sweepstakes end on November 24th, just in time for some holiday reading.

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees

Lock In by John ScalziThe Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and fiveTor titles have made the cut!

 In the Science Fiction category:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

In the Fantasy category:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

In the Debut Goodreads Author category:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Voting is open now! You can check out all the lists here.

Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2014

Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 27th year in a row!

New York Comic Con is upon us once again and this year we’re pleased to welcome Greenlight Bookstore in our booth! They will be selling titles for our in-booth signings, featuring Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow and others!  There will also be panels featuring old and new authors, and special events around the city celebrating B&N Superweek as well as an event at The Bellhouse.

Read on and stop by Tor’s Booth (#2223) to pick up a schedule for a full list of events! For a full list of NYCC happenings at the Tor booth, excerpts, and more visit tornycc2014.com.

Sunday, October 5th

2pm B&N Superweek Fantasy Audiobook Performance Q&A | B&N Tribeca
Rebecca Soler, narrator of Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles, Fred Berman, narrator of Walking Dead series and others discuss the acting and voice work that goes into an audio book. Moderate by debut Tor author, Leanna Hieber.

Tuesday, October 7th

8pm ShipwreckSF & Word Bookstores Present Alan Moore’s Watchmen for New York Superweek | The Bell House
Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things. Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great (Watchmen) Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Featuring John Scalzi, Naomi Novik and others!

Thursday, October 9th 

2pm Booth signing, Steven Gould signs copies of his new novel, Exo, in which he returns to the world of his classic novel, Jumper.

4pm Tor Booth signing, John Scalzi will raffle off 50 ARCS of his latest New York Times bestseller, Lock In. Didn’t win but want a signed book? Finished copies as well as Scalzi’s backlist will be available for purchase.

8pm B&N Superweek Round Robin | B&N Union Square
Watch as your favorite genre authors spin a quick tale as dictated by the audience! Q&A to follow. Moderated by Steven Gould and featuring Paul Wilson, Simon R. Green, SJ Harper and others!

Friday, October 10th

12pm Tor Booth signing with A.M. Dellamonica, signing copies of her latest book, Child of a Hidden Sea.

1:00pm – 1:45pm Tor Geek Geek Revolution | Room 1A21
A no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring six science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK makes its second appearance at NYCC. Featuring John Scalzi, Rachel Caine, Patrick Rothfuss and others.
3:15 – 4:15pm Autographing at Table 19

1:15pm – 2:15pm Playing with Magic | Room 1A01
Magic is central to fantasy, whether it takes place in our world or one completely foreign. How does using magic affect storytelling? Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne) leads fellow authors A.M. Dellamonica, Sam Sykes and others discussing incorporating magic into the fabric of their worlds.
2:15pm – 3:15pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with bestselling author Cory Doctorow. Copies of his backlist including his latest New York Times bestseller, Homeland, will be available for purchase. Buy one, get one free!

8pm B&N Superweek Family Feud Science Fiction vs Fantasy |  B&N Union Square
John Scalzi plays host as science fiction authors compete against fantasy authors Family Feud style. Will Scalzi give contestants a loving kiss on the cheek? Come to Union Square B&N and find out! With Amber Benson, Peter Brett, Pierce Brown, Richard Kadrey, Caitlin Kittredge and C.L. Wilson.

Saturday, October 11th

2pm Tor Booth signing with Brandon Sanderson! We’ll have plenty of Brandon Sanderson’s titles both old and new available for purchase. Free Way of Kings sampler with every purchase!

3pm – 3:45pm Not Your Mother’s Fairy Tales | Room 1B03
Get ready to travel over the river and through the woods, to a panel where standard fairytales get transformed into something more. Featuring Tor Teen debut author Ben Tripp discussing The Accidental Highwayman.
4pm – 5pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with Ben Tripp. Limited edition art pack with original prints designed by the author will be available for free with each purchase of The Accidental Highwayman. A Comic Con exclusive!

Sunday, October 12th-*ALL BOOKS ON THIS DAY ARE FREE

12pm Tor Booth signing with Paul Park, signing All Those Vanished Engines.

2pm Trust Me, I’m The Doctor | Room 1A18
Calling all Time Lords and their Companions! Having just reached its 50-year milestone this past year, Doctor Who has proven itself to be an enduring staple of nerd culture. With Paul Park, Simon R. Greene and others.
1pm – 1:45pm Autographing at Table 19

2pm Tor Booth signing with Dan Krokos signing Planet Thieves, the first thrilling installment of a new middle grade series!

*All giveaways are on a first come, first serve basis

New Releases: 9/23/2014

Copperhead by Tina ConnollyDance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledge Hammer Vol. 3 by Nozomu TamakiD-Frag Vol. 2 by Tomoya HarunoGirls Und Panzer, Vol. 2 by Girls Und Panzer Production Committee, art by Ryouichi SaitaniyaI Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Vol. 1 by Ayumi KanouThe Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis and Robert KrammesTwenty-First Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen HaydenWorld War Blue Vol. 7 by Anastasia Shestakova and illustrated by Crimson

See upcoming releases.