John Scalzi reading at Quail Ridge Books
John Scalzi was the featured guest at a book reading hosted at Quail Ridge Books on May29, 2013. He read from his recently released Human Division, the latest in his Old Man’s War series and from The Mallet Of Loving Correction, the second collection of material from his blog. He was introduced by Sandy Berman who tells the story of how she was introduced to John Scalzi’s books. The bookstore was packed with science fiction fans from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area and more than 20 attendees drove from out of state to attend the book reading.
John Scalzi’s first reading was from a short story that comes at the end of The Human Division, in which an alien diplomat enjoys a bag of fresh churros while talking to some school kids. The second reading was an open letter/essay responding (“correcting”) a CNN article from Joe Peacock complaining about cosplayers at Comicon, and it’s a perfect example of his “Mallet of Loving Correction.”
John Scalzi wrapped up the reading with a Q&A from the audience which was nicely spoiler free. He signed books afterwards and Quail Ridge books reports that they sold all their copies of The Human Division.
About John Scalzi
John Scalzi has been a science fiction fan and writer who is probably best known for his Old Man’s War series of science fiction books. He also has a large body of non-fiction work which includes writing film criticism for The Fresno Bee and numerous other online columns for AOL and others. He is also widely known for his daily blog, called Whatever, in which, in his words, he “taunts the tauntable.”
John Scalzi has won numerous awards in the science fiction community, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He’s won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and has been nominated for the Hugo award multiple times for Best Novel and has won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer.