People who enjoyed hearing Seanan McGuire at the LitFest on Monday, and who would like to read some of her works, can find a real treat today on her publisher’s website.
This June, Seanan McGuire returns to her rich multiverse of fantasy worlds withDown Among the Sticks and Bones, the second book in the beloved Wayward Children series.
Her publishers, Tor, want to give you a chance to read the book that started it all before Down Among the Sticks and Bones comes out: Every Heart a Doorway, the transformative book that won the 2017 Alex Award and was named to the 2016 Tiptree Honor List, is currently nominated for the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and that NPR called a “mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics.”
If you sign up for theTor.com Publishing monthly newsletter. they will send you the link to download the ebook edition of Every Heart a Doorway for free!
This offer is available worldwide from until 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, April 26th.
A celebration of the work of the great fantasy writer – JRR Tolkien.
Every year at the Faire (well, for the last three years), we celebrate the work of a great Fantasy writer.
The first year, we celebrated the great Sir Terry Pratchett, who had recently died. And last year we celebrated another author who had died a rather longer time ago – William Shakespeare – on the 400th year anniversary of his death.
This year we are celebrating not the anniversary of the death – but the anniversary of a publication that was to have a huge influence on Fantasy – JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the first entry into the world of Middle Earth that was later to lead to the hugely influential trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.
And we have a fabulous region, created by Kilik Lekvoda, where we can celebrate – the hobbit-inspired land of The Hill!
We’ll be celebrating today with a series of events and a party – do come and join us.
10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT: NaPoWriMo: Fantasy Writing Prompts – Adele Ward This will be moving from the Writing Room in the LitFest area at Kakushi Pasu to the party field at The Hill just for today. Adele Ward will be leading it, giving out a Tolkien-themed Fantasy Writing Prompt to inspire you to write a short poem or a short story.
1:00 – 2:00 PM SLT: Tolkien Goes Partying – Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower We all think of J.R.R. Tolkien as a scholarly gentleman with a penchant for language and myth. Come to realize, there’s some pretty great parties to be found in his published works. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra present “An Unexpecting Party” (from The Hobbit) and “A Long-Expected Party” (from The Fellowship of the Ring) in voice.
2:00 PM SLT: An Unexpected Party – And this time it’s our party – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. And there will be dancing. And Fireworks. (And possibly Hobbit Feet).
7:00 – 8:00 PM SLT: A Walk through Middle Earth – Seanchai Library Seanchai Library takes you on a walk through Middle Earth, with selections from different episodes in the The Lord of the Rings cycle. Shandon Loring, Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.
Today, Sunday April 23rd, Trader Whiplash of T1 Radio comes to Fantasy Faire for a Relay Rap broadcast.
T1 is a Second Life based radio station that is the Official Media Partner of Relay For Life of Second Life. T1’s founder, Trader Whiplash, is known as the Voice of Relay in Second Life. Today he will visit Fantasy Faire for his weekly interview program, Relay Rap.
Trader will interview a panel of Fairelander guests including Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley, co-captain Zander Greene, Aisling Sinclair, David Abbot, Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis. The program will be broadcasted simultaneously both on Fantasy Faire Radio and T1.
Come watch the interview, or tune into Fantasy Faire Radio — who knows what Faire secrets might be revealed!
This year there will be a staging of a magical (and we do mean that!) interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Opal Flight.
The soldiers, led by the noble Don Pedro (Corwyn Allen) are returning from victory in war and looking forward to a little rest and relaxation. With accommodation generously provided by Leonato (Elrik Merlin), it’s not surprising that some of the army begin to think about love… and young Claudio (Mavromichali Szondi) is much taken with Leonato’s daughter Hero (Christy Grantham/Catalina Staheli).
But one who resists all talk of love is Benedick (Zander Greene). He is completely impervious to falling in love, scorns the whole thing – and Leonato’s niece Beatrice (AvaJean Westland) is in total agreement with him. It’s the one thing that they do agree about – they quarrel about everything else!
But there are plots being formed – plots to make people fall in love… and out of love. And some of these are being helped along by Don Pedro’s resentful brother Don John (Alix Reynaud/Shadow Taber) and his follower Borachio (Kayden OConnell).
Will true love be destroyed by evil plotting? Or will the Faireland Pawlice save the day and ensure that true love triumphs?
Full cast: Benedick – Zander Greene
Beatrice – AvaJean Westland
Leonato – Elrik Merlin
Claudio – Mavromichali Szondi
Hero – Christy Grantham / Catalina Staheli Don Pedro – Corwyn Allen
Don John – Alix Reynaud / Shadow Tarber (23rd) / Otenth Paderborn (30th) Margaret – Aisling Sinclair
Dogberry – Abnor Mole
Verges – Mavromichali Szondi / OldeSoul Eldamar
Borachio – Kayden O’Connell
Conrade – Podruly Peccable
Watchmen 1 – Zander Greene / Linn Darkwatch
Watchmen 2 – Corwyn Allen / Jennylynn Capalini Sexton – MadameThespian Underhill / Cassie Eldamar Friar Francis – Rick Forrester / Vasa Vella
(Names in plain text indicate voice actors; names in italics indicate stage actors where the voice actor was unable to appear)
Much Ado About Nothing: Production Team Director – Saffia Widdershins
Audio Producer – Zander Greene
Choreography, Movement and Special Effects – Aelva, Terra Volitant, Amethyst Dovgal, Shadow Tarber
Set Design – Marcus Inkpen
Adapted for Radio by Saffia Widdershins and Zander Greene
Fantasy Faire is proud to announce that we have just crossed a major milestone in our fundraising history for Relay For Life! The Nine Year Total raised by the Fairelands has just reached over $200 Thousand US Dollars! Thank you to everyone! You have made this remarkable achievement possible. Together, We Are The Cure! Go Relay!