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Leaving Seattle

July 30, 2011 at 9:12 am
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A thousand people turned up at Town Hall last night for my Seattle signing, sponsored by the University Bookstore.

Seattle also included visits to Bungie (I could tell you what they are doing, but then I’d have to kill you) and Amazon (where they are selling lots o’ books). Cool stuff, great people.

Comicon, LA, and Redwood City already seem to be receding into the distant past. The trip has become one long blur… but tiring as it is at times, it means a lot to me to meet so many of my readers. I appreciate all of you coming, in spite of the crowds and long lines.

This morning we’re off to Denver. Tomorrow I sign at Tattered Cover. See you there.

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Picacio Does Melisandre

July 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm
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John Picacio has posted another sneak peek from his 2012 Ice & Fire calendar. This time it’s a detail of the red woman, Melisandre of Asshai.

The calendar will debut at the San Diego Comicon. John and I will both be on hand, signing copies. See you there!!!

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On the Road Again

July 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm
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I survived Comicon… though I’m still not quite sure how.

San Diego was amazing, but damn, they kept me busy. I will try and write more about it when I get home, but right now it’s all a blur.

BUt now, I’m in LA. Big booksigning tomorrow night at the B&N at the Grove. Can LA top the 1800 who turned out for the Union Square signing in NYC? Turn in a ouple days from now and find out.

And for those of you who can’t make the Grove event, we stopped thrice along the way and I signed stock at Warwick Books in La Jolla and at Book Soup and Skyline Books in LA. Autographed copies are on their shelves now, waiting for you to pick ’em up. First come, first served.

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Coming to Comicon

July 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm
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I’m off to San Diego tomorrow morning, for comicon.

Tickets have been sold out for months, alas. But for you lucky 150,000 who will be lucky enough to get in, here’s my current schedule of signings, panels, and other public events.


10:00 am – 12 noon Daniel Abraham and I will be signing copies of the FEVRE DREAM graphic novel at the Avatar booth (#2701),

12 noon – 1:00 pm EPIC FANTASY panel, rm 6A

1:30pm – 2:30 pm The panelists from Epic Fantasy will be signing in autograph area AA1

3:00pm – 4:00 pm The GAME OF THRONES panel, an hour long discussion of the HB0 series with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and actors Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime). I’ll be moderating.

4:30pm – 5:45pm The GAME OF THRONES cast and I will be signing posters at the Warner Brothers booth #4545.


10:00 am – 11:00 am I will be signing copies of the DOORWAYS graphic novel at the IDW
booth (#2643)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm John Picacio and I will be signing copies of the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar in the autograph area, AA 21 I will also be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and my other Ice & Fire books during this appearance.


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm I will be signing A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, the other Ice & Fire books, and anything else you care to bring in the autograph area, AA 18.

5:00pm – 6:00 pm Tor Books will be giving away complimentary copies of INSIDE STRAIGHT at their booth, and I’ll be on hand to sign them, along with Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, and other members of the Wild Cards crew. We’ll also be glad to deface FORT FREAK and any other Wild Cards books you care to present to us.


10:30 am – 11:30 am WILD CARDS panel. Half a dozen of your favorite Wild Cards writers will assemble to talk about the past, present, and future of the long-running shared world series in the field.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm The Wild Card panelists will adjourn to AA1 to sign your books.

Later that afternoon, I will heading over to Mysterious Galaxy for my signing there, but that’s offsite, and not an official part of the SDCC schedule.

A couple of notes about the signings:
1) as on my tour, I will be autographing your books, but I won’t be able to inscribe or personalize them (unless by some chance you catch me at a slow time when there’s no line),
2) many of these signings are keyed to particular books and projects. At Avatar, I’ll be signing FEVRE DREAM, at IDW it will be DOORWAYS, for Tor WILD CARDS. The place to get your DANCE WITH DRAGONS signed is at the big general signings on Friday and Saturday. We’ve scheduled me for four hours of signing between those two days… so please, respect my other publishers and DO NOT ask me to sign your Ice & Fire books at the booth signings. Those are meant to promote my other projects.



Of course, there are certain things I am always willing to sign.


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Ride the Iron Throne Bus

July 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm
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Seen around the streets of New York City…

So… the pedicabs may be gone, but GAME OF THRONES rolls on!

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Who am I?

July 19, 2011 at 11:28 am
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His fate is one that Derek Jacobi has tasted twice.

He knew Indiana Jones, has hung with droids and jedi, thrice contended for a Larry, winning once. He’s been a knight (often), an archbishop (twice), a dean, a priest, a doctor.

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Have Gel Pen, Will Travel (Part Two)

July 19, 2011 at 10:59 am
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Had a great birthday party for Parris yesterday (thanks to Melinda for lending us her house). Today I try to catch up a bit on my email. Tomorrow morning I am back on the road again. First stop is the San Diego Comicon. I will post some more about SDCC a bit later. After that, it’s the second half of my DANCE WITH DRAGONS book tour.

The schedule:

July 24, 4:00 p.m. Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

July 26, 7:00 p.m. LOS ANGELES – Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles

July 27, 7:00 p.m. REDWOOD CITY – Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City
event hosted by Kepler’s

July 29, 7:30 p.m. SEATTLE – Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle
event hosted by University Bookstore

July 31, 2:00 pm DENVER – Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, Denver

August 2, 7:00 p.m. LEXINGTON – Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle

For more information on these signings — including rules and procedures — check out the story on Suvudu at or contact the individual bookstores.

As for all those places I am NOT visiting (sorry, sorry, but I can’t tour forever, can’t go everywhere)… there are still ways you can get an autographed book. Try contacting some of the bookstores on the tour. Most of them would be glad to take your mailorder, I’m sure.

You can also try the Signed Page at They specialize in selling signed books via mailorder, and I will be swinging by their cavernous warehouse on my tour, to scrawl illegibly in all of their pre-orders.

(Sorry again, but no personalizations this tour, just signatures).

See you… somewhere or other, I hope. And if I look a little dazed and don’t seem to know what city I am in, well, do forgive…

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Back in Santa Fe

July 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm
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Home again in New Mexico… for a few days, at least. Just enough time to catch my breath before flying off to the San Diego Comicon.

While I was gone, Ty moved all my internet functions to a nifty new computer (just the Windows side of things, however, my writing computer remains the same dependable DOS machine as always). The internet stuff seems to be working well, as witness my appearance here… but I do not seem to have any email yet. So if you’ve been emailing me and wondering at my silence, that’s why. I have not had any access to email since leaving on my book tour.

My book tour, by the way, was astonishing. More than a thousand people at every appearance. Close to two thousand in New York. And such great people too… unfailingly cheerful and friendly and enthusiastic, despite having had to wait in line, in some cases for many hours. I have the best fans in the world. I appreciate all your support.

The success of DANCE has exceeded my wildest expectations. We had the strongest first day sales of any work of fiction released this year, certainly the strongest sales of my career. Not to mention the best reviews of my career, and some amazing word of mouth. That all means a great deal to me. It is no secret how long and hard I struggled with this one. Knowing that tens of thousands… indeed, hundreds of thousands… of my readers feel it was well worth the wait heartens me more than I can possibly say.

I will be posting my full schedule for San Diego tomorrow or the day after. And after comicon, it will be on to LA, the Bay area, Seattle, Denver, and Lexington. I hope to meet many more of you there.

Thanks, all. You guys (and gals) rock.

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One more signing…

July 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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About 1100 people turned up this afternoon in Carmel, Indiana. Another great event. Thanks to my hosts at b and n , you were all great.

Oh, almost forgot. New Yorkers looking for signed copies should check out the HBO store. I signed a ton for them as well.

Tomorrow I head home for Parris’s birthday, and to catch my breath for comicon.

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From Indy

July 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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On the road… just arrived in Indianapolis. I have a signing tomorrow at the B&N in Carmel. Hope to meet some of you there.

This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down at a computer since leaving home. The tour has been a blur. We started out in Baltimore, where I signed thousands of copies of DANCE at the Random House warehouse. Those copies will be going to bookstoress all over the country. Maybe one near you. Then on to Boston and NYC.

The Boston signing, at the B&N in Burlington, drew 1500 fans. I also signed several hundred extras copies for them, so if you missed the event, you still may be able to find an autographed copy there. Also signed a mess o’ copies at Harvard Books in Cambridge.

In between Boston and NYC, we made a brief stop at New Haven, where I sampled Frank Pepe’s famous pizza (excellent) and signed some stock for Yale Books and Atticus Books.

Then it was on to NYC, and the signing at Union Square last night. The B&B folks estimate that we drew 1800 people to that one, and the ache in my shoulder confirms it. An amazing night. Everyone seemed to have a good time, though. SIgned plenty of stock at that one too, some of which will remain at Union Suare, some of which will go to the B&N on 5th Avenue, so NYC should be awash in autographed copies for a few days.

And yesterday morning we learned that DANCE had the highest first day sales totals of any work of fiction released this year. Not just SF and fantasy, but all categories of fiction.

The reviews have been amazing as well.

And then, cherry on the sundae, the Emmy nominations came out. Thirteen nominations for GAME OF THRONES, including the coveted Best Dramatic Series nomination, the “Big One.” (Which no one thought we’d get).

It’s been quite a ride. When I flew to Indy this morning, I didn’t even need a plane!

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