After John Jacob Astor makes a fortune in New York, he plans Astoria, a trading post on the Pacific coast. His explorers face storms, mutinies, shipwrecks, starvation, murders and insanity, and finally give up. Astor's vision of Pacific Rim trade is put on hold for a couple of centuries. Astonishing history! -Helen
Bull Spec magazine is a great home for local authors. We're delighted to host the Bull Spec third annual summer speculative fiction event, led by editor Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, on Saturday, August 3, at 7 p.m. Our wealth of featured authors includes Mythopoetic and William L. Crawford Award-winning author Karen Lord (coming to us from Barbados!); Ann and Jeff VanderMeer; Will Hindmarch; Asheville's Nathan Ballingrud; Durham's Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City); and Robert V.S. Redick. Redick, often compared to masters such as George R.R. Martin and Philip Pullman, brings his acclaimed fantasy series, The Chathrand Voyage, to a triumphant close with The Night of the Swarm. Join us for an evening of readings, remarks, discussion, and book signing.