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E.C. Myers reads from his first novel, Fair Coin at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, June 20, 2012

E.C. Myers reads from Fair Coin at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, June 20, 2012

Today is the third Wednesday of the month, and if I were still living in New York, I would be excited about going to see authors Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud read tonight in a red room on the second floor of a building at 85 E. 4th Street. This is the KGB Bar, where for more than a decade, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young adult writers, readers, editors, and agents have gathered for the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Reading series.

I’ve been going to KGB Readings for many years, and last year I was honored to be invited to read from my first novel, Fair Coin — on my 34th birthday, no less! Basically, this reading series is an important part of the SFF scene in NYC, and it’s very important to me, personally; I have met many people there who have become good friends, and it’s a place where we can get together to celebrate the fiction and genres we love, or just drink beer. Now that I’m in Philadelphia, where there are not very many literary readings at all (or, in fact, books), I value that kind of connection even more. New Yorkers, you are lucky to have this every month!

The Fantastic Fiction readings are completely free, but current co-hosts Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel buy their guest authors drinks and dinner, and that does cost money. They have prevailed upon the kindness of the community before, with tremendous success, but the coffers at last have run empty and it’s time to pass the hat around again. Happily, their ongoing Kickstarter campaign was funded in record time (demonstrating the value that so many place on it), and they now have support for the next four years, but I would like to see it continue for as long as possible. Every $1500 above their $3000 goal buys another year of readings and means they won’t have to ask for donations again for a good long time.

There are still lots of wonderful rewards for giving at different levels, including a critique from my writing group, Altered Fluid, which I was first introduced to at a KGB reading. (Of course a group with that name would hang out in a bar!)

Not only have I offered up a copy of Fair Coin as a reward (the first one claimed!), but I edited the Kickstarter video below, and I’ve even donated a little money myself. That’s how you know how much I support what this series does, and/or how much of a sucker I am.

There are only 9 days left to donate. Won’t you consider chipping in whatever you can spare?

Oh, also, next month YA authors Libba Bray and Nova Ren Suma will be reading there on August 21, and I will definitely try to make it for that one!

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reading tonight!!!

Just a reminder that I will be joining Jack O’ Connell at the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading tonight at the KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, NYC. The readings start at 7:00 p.m., books will be for sale, and oh, did I mention that it’s my birthday? This is also likely to be my last (and thus, best!) reading for Fair Coin in NYC. It would be so wonderful to see you there. In fact, it’s my birthday wish.

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coming to a city near you! (if you’re near Boston, NYC, or Philly)

I tease some of my friends about them not promoting their upcoming events, and here I am waiting until the last minute to post about one of my own. But hopefully it isn’t too late! I will be visiting three of my favorite cities in June, and perhaps if you live near one of these venues, you will come visit me?

The Greater Boston Area

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On Saturday, June 2 (in just two days!) I will be providing the Y-chromosome at a Young Adult Debut Author panel featuring six members of the Apocalypsies. We’ll talk about writing, read some brief excerpts from our work, sign books, and pose for pictures.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

WHO: Gina DamicoCroak
Emily M. DanforthThe Miseducation of Cameron Post
A.C. GaughenScarlet
Elisa LudwigPretty Crooked
E.C. Myers (that’s me!) – Fair Coin
Jessica SpotswoodBorn Wicked

Philadelphia, PA

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The following Saturday, June 9, I will again join some Apocalypsies for a group reading and signing a bit closer to home at the Downtown Barnes & Noble at Rittenhouse Square.

WHEN: Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Downtown
Rittenhouse Square
1805 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHO: Elisa LudwigPretty Crooked
E.C. Myers (still me!) – Fair Coin
Eve Marie MontA Breath of Eyre
K.M. WaltonCracked

New York City

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I’ll have two events in NYC in June; I’ll try to read different things at each, in case you’re inclined to attend both. The first is on Wednesday, June 13 at my favorite library in Manhattan, the Jefferson Market Branch, as part of the Teen Author Reading Night. Basically, I’ve wanted to read at one of these for years, so I’m really excited about this one.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL
425 Avenue of the Americas (corner of 6th Ave and 10th St) — it’s the tall, beautiful clock tower
New York, NY 10011

WHO: Jen Calonita – Belles
Tim Carvell – Planet Ted
Susane Colasanti – Keep Holding On
Gwendolyn Heasley – A Long Way From You
Brian James – Life is But a Dream
Dan KrokosFalse Memory
E.C. Myers (there’s that guy again) – Fair Coin
Kim Purcell – Trafficked

Books will not be sold at this event, so please bring your own! I’ll also have some bookplates I can sign for you if you don’t have a copy of Fair Coin yet or forget your copy at home.

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Another dream of mine will come true the following Wednesday, June 20, when I get to read at the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading series. So awesome. We’ll have some books available for sale there!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: KGB Bar
85 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

WHO: Jack O’ Connell – The Resurrectionist, Box Nine, Wireless, The Skin Palace, and Word Made Flesh
E.C. Myers (!!!!) – Fair Coin

So there you go. Four chances to see me read and get your book signed! And remember, if you can’t make it to a reading, you can always request a signed bookplate. Keep an eye on this blog, Twitter, or the Events page for more upcoming appearances!

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