Speculative Fiction Author
Last-Minute Reading at the Kill Bar in Times Square

times-scare-nyc2I’ll be reading from King of Shards tomorrow, November 4th, 7pm at The Kill Bar at Times Scare in Manhattan, filling in for Lisa L. Hannett, who could not make it due to travel problems. I’ll be reading alongside Angela Slatter, and I’ll have copies of King of Shards with me to sell and get signed. I hope to see you there!

Times Scare Kill Bar
669 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036
7pm till 10pm

 


Word Bookstore reading with Rajan Khanna

word-bookstore-greenpoint-brooklynOn Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm, I’ll be reading at the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn alongside Rajan Khanna. Rajan will be reading from his new book Rising Tide, and I’ll be reading from King of Shards. Hope you can join us! The address is:

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

More info about the event can be found here.


King of Shards Audiobook & Pronunciations
Jonathan Davis, Narrator of King of Shards

Jonathan Davis, Narrator of King of Shards

The King of Shards audiobook is now available for pre-order. The book is narrated by Jonathan Davis, whose bio is pretty impressive!

Jonathan Davis has received critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has garnered accolades from Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Audio File Magazine. He is the recipient of the Audie Award for his narration of Robert Sawyer’s Calculating God (Audible Frontiers) and has been nominated for the Ben Franklin Award for his narration of Jose Saramago’s Blindness. Jonathan is honored to have narrated over thirty Star Wars titles for Lucas Film and Random House Audio, including Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord. He has narrated bestsellers for many of the top publishing houses and audio divisions, for authors as diverse as Neal Stephenson, David Baldacci, Brett Easton Ellis, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Junot Diaz. He has narrated over 150 audiobooks, including Shadow of the Wind, Snow Crash, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Stranger, The Chosen, The Windup Girl, Galapagos, and Glamorama. Jonathan resides in New Jersey with his wife Stacy, a librarian, and their daughter Olivia Simone.

While I was hiking in Switzerland this past summer, Jonathan emailed me with the following words that appear in King of Shards, asking how he should pronounce them:

Kinayn’ore
Mashit
DanBaer
Ukne
Mollai
Davo
Rana Lila
Marul Menacha
Sheol
Liu
Emod
Ytrian
Bedu
Chialdra
Diasamaz
Grug
shedim
Azazel
Kokabiel
Kelilah
Zadok

I began typing a long list of pronunciation descriptions, when I thought, You know, why don’t I just record myself speaking them? Which would be easy, except I didn’t have my laptop handy, and my Chromebook didn’t have a microphone. Not to worry, I thought, I have a smartphone! Except I didn’t have a recording app. Then I’ll just download one! Except the wifi in the hotel was spotty. Eventually, I found, if I twisted myself into occult positions like some ascetic yogi I could get slow, but steady wifi. And here I remained, contorted into a human knot, recording these words into my phone. I recorded them twice, because I giggled the first time, because I kept thinking, I wonder if the guests in the adjacent room can hear me? And if so, what do they think of these strange words I’m chanting? Did they think I was speaking a foreign language? Reciting the words of some occult spell?

Eventually I was able to email Jonathan the mp3 file of the sounds. He was super appreciative! I haven’t listened to the audio book yet. Like everyone else, I have to wait until October 13th to download it, but I’m really looking forward to listening. 


NYRSF Reading with Brooke Bolander

On Tuesday, October 6th, I’ll be reading alongside Brooke Bolander at the NYRSF reading series curated by Jim Freund and guest curated this month by Amy Goldschlager. I’ve read once at NYRSF, a few years back as part of a reading for Ellen Datlow’s anthology After. And I’ve long enjoyed the series that Jim Freund and Amy Goldschalger have run. Jim and Amy have managed to keep the series going despite having to switch locations many times. I do think the current location is one of the best. The Brooklyn Commons, it’s got a cafe in the front, plenty of comfortable seating, and live TV broadcast capability to boot. I’m quite pleased to read beside Brooke Bolander, whose fiction I’ve been admiring for a while now.

I’ll be reading excerpts from King of Shards, my novel which debuts on October 13th. Copies will be for sale.

Where:

The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

When:

Tuesday, October 6th, 7pm (doors at 6:30pm).

More info on the reading can be found here.