Saturday, March 15, 2008

My Busy Schedule

For the second time in a row, I'm a day late posting here. At the beginning of the week, I was doing pretty good -- only once in over a hundred posts, with several extra postings thrown in at no extra charge. Let's hope this isn't degenerative.

I'm going to be on the road a lot -- for me, anyway -- over the next month, so I thought I'd share my schedule with you. If I happen to be appearing locally, why not drop by and say hello?

Here's how it looks:

Wednesday, March 19:

KGB Bar, New York City: 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.) Reading. Free.

The last time I did a reading there, I was in Yekatarinburg a month beforehand. You have no idea how happy my Russian friends were to be able to say, "So. I understand you'll be reporting all this to the KGB." The KGB is a genuine Commie theme bar. Its walls are painted red and there are posters and statues of Socialist politicos everywhere. Is this a great country or what? Their website is David Keck will also be reading.

Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23:


This one you have to pay to get in because it's a four-day convention (it starts on Thursday, the 20th). If you're a West Coast book collector you should bring anything you've got by me, because I don't get out that way very often. I'll be posting my schedule sometime next week.

Wednesday, March 26:

University Book Store: Seattle. 7 p.m. Reading and signing. Free.

If you're either too cheap or too sensible to pay money just so you can get an autograph... well, here's your alternative to a weekend of fun and intellectual variety at Norwescon.

Thursday, April 10:

Temple University:
Philadelphia. Reading. Free.

I just did a search for the specifics on the Web and apparently they're not posted yet. I'll let you know, closer to the event. I did this several years ago and gave one of my best readings ever. That'll be hard to live up to. But I'm competitive, even with myself.

Friday, April 11:

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society:
9 pm., at the Rotunda, West Philadelphia. Free. (

has a speaker at almost every one of its monthly meetings. A science fiction club is like a church -- you're always welcome, because they're hoping you'll like the experience so much you'll join. This is something like my fourth appearance over my career at PSFS, which means that I have to come up with an entirely original presentation . . . because they've heard all my boilerplate stuff long ago, you see. Good for them, a lot of extra work for me, and potentially good for you as well.

Sunday, April 13:

Robin's Books: 108 S 13th St Philadelphia. Panel with Gregory Frost and Judith M0ffett. I think it's something like 2 in the afternoon, but I'll let you know closer to the event.

Judy & Greg & I have joined forces because . . . well, three writers worth hearing are going to have at least twice as many interesting things to say as any one of us. I honestly believe this one is going to be a lot of fun. I'll be amazed and disappointed if it's not. And I'll put all the blame squarely on Greg.

And further down the calendar . . .

Friday, May 9 through Sunday May 11:

Congres Boreal:
Pavillon Henry F. Hall (7e étage), 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Université Concordia, Montréal, Canada. (

This one is different from the rest in that because this convention is run by and for French-speaking Canadian fans and writers, none of this will be about me. I'll be going up with Kathy and James Morrow, David Hartwell, and probably Kathryn Cramer (I picture us all in a VW Microbus with flower decals on the sides, but I guess that's not too likely) to experience and learn. It's good for the soul to go to other people's cons. If you happen to be there, though, and would like to chat, I'll be only too happy. With the single proviso that I never did manage to learn French. It's something of a sore point with me.

Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19:

Readercon: Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.

I'm skipping ahead rapidly in time here. Readercon is probably the most sercon convention in the US -- and if you don't know what "sercon" means, there are plenty of autodidacts there who would be only too happy to help you unpeel the semiotics of that term. Me, I go for the seafood. If you've never been to the Chowder House in Mattapoisett, all I can say is: So much less waiting time for me.

Friday, August 8 through Sunday August 10:

This is this Big Whoop of SF conventions, the Worldcon. I usually have something up for the Hugo, but even if I don't, it'll be well worth attending. If you'd like to meet me, why not? If you want to buy me a drink, I'll have a gin martini (Boodles, if they've got it), very dry, straight up with a twist.



HANNAH'S DAD said...

And yet nothing - *nothing* in Melbourne Australia, once dubbed "the world's most livable city" by some thinktank no one cares about.

Michael Swanwick said...

Nobody regrets my not going to Melbourne more than I do. I like that city a lot.

Simeon said...

That's quite the schedule. What does one do if one's habitat happens to be in East Europe? Comes to terms with his miserable fate I guess :D

Michael Swanwick said...

The older I get, the more traveling I do. So there's always the chance I'll come wandering through someday. Where do you live, Roland?

Simeon said...

Bulgaria actually. I don't think you'll ever get that far and to tell you the truth, it isn't really worth the effort. But I have Plans™ for coming to NY so if things work, I'm gonna play Mohammed.