Normally when I'm working on a novel I like to just hole up and type -- and right now I'm working on two novels. So it's unusual for me to have two public appearances coming up in the next fortnight.
The closer appearance is this weekend at Readercon in Burlington, MA. Here's my schedule:
Friday July 13
5:00 PM F The Books Readers Don't See. Christopher Brown (leader), Barry B. Longyear, Anil Menon, Michael Swanwick. This is about non-English-language science fiction & fantasy, basically.
6:00 PM RI A Story from Scratch, Part I. Elizabeth Bear, Kyle Cassidy, Lee Moyer, Michael Swanwick. This is one of Kyle's odd projects. Using models from the audience and "props provided by celebrity guests," Bear & I will create a story that will be photographed by Kyle. Lee will create a cover. The final work will be read on Sunday and an e-version of the book made available for download. For some reason, the schedule says, "business casual attire recommended." But those who are familiar with Kyle's or my or Lee's or Bear's work will probably dress up somewhat better than that.
8:00 PM E Autographs. Kit Reed, Michael Swanwick.
9:00 PM RI Readercon Classic Fiction Book Club: The Palm-Wine Drinkard. Michael Cisco, Sarah Smith, John H. Stevens, Michael Swanwick (leader), Jeff VanderMeer.
Amos Tutuola was a genius. All literate people should know that.
Saturday July 14
11:00 AM RI A Story from Scratch, Part II.
1:00 PM NH Reading. Michael Swanwick.
3:00 PM ME A Story from Scratch, Part III.
Sunday July 15
12:00 PM ME A Story from Scratch, Part IV.
I believe this is the public reading part.
Then I appear at:
The Wise Owl Bookstore
624 Penn Avenue
West Reading, PA
I haven't been to the Wise Owl yet, but apparently these events are (forgive me) a hoot. The website notes that "The event will begin at 5pm with music from Gary M. Celima, an open mic with area authors follows and then Swanwick will take the stage."
So if I were you, I'd show up at five.
Most importantly, this event is free of charge. You're not going to get a better deal than that.