MO – High Stakes Release Party

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Author George R. R. Martin appears on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm to celebrate the release of the new hardcover High Stakes: A Wild Cards Novel with a gathering of Wild Cards Authors. Tickets available at the link!

George R. R. Martin will appear and autograph the new book High Stakes alongside:

Wild Cards assistant editor Melinda Snodgrass/Phillipa Bornikova

High Stakes co-authors Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Caroline Spector, Ian Tregillis

And other Wild Cards series contributors:

  • Carrie Vaughn 
  • Max Gladstone
  • David D. Levine
  • Parris
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Marko Kloos
  • Gail Gerstner Miller
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • Kevin Andrew Murphy
  • Diana Rowland
  • Walton (Bud) Simons
  • Bob Wayne
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • Michael Cassutt

ABOUT THE EDITORS:

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN is the author of the international bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, adapted into the hit television show Game of Thrones. Martin has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards for his numerous novels and short stories.

MELINDA M. SNODGRASS has worked on staff on numerous shows in Hollywood, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, and she has written pilots and feature films. In addition to being coeditor of Wild Cards, she also writes urban fantasy under the name Phillipa Bornikova.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards #13) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror. After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus “The Infamous Black Tongue” Morgan, and ace thief Mollie “Tesseract” Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters’ deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally. The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces, including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth

DATE & TIME:  Friday, August 19, 2016, beginning at 5:00 PM, and ending before 8:00 PM.

LOCATION:  Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom, 200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  George R. R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass and their guests will autograph the new Wild Cards adventure High Stakes. A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $27.99 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover Copy of High Stakes and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

Admission Packages are available for purchase through the link below.  You can also Order anytime In-Store at our Sales & Service Counter or Call 913-384-3126 to place a Phone Order.

EVENT GUIDELINES:  The Publication Date for High Stakes is August 30, 2016.

  • All Orders will be processed immediately, all sales are final.
  • Books and Tickets will be available for advance pickup at the Will Call table of this event beginning at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 19, 2016. The Will Call table will be located directly outside the Count Basie Ballroom.
  • Tickets are limited and numbered. Orders are processed in the order they are received. Ticket numbers will determine your group in the booksigning line. No one will be admitted to the ballroom without a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.
  • George R. R. Martin will autograph copies of High Stakespurchased from Rainy Day Books.
  • Melinda Snodgrass and Wild Cards guests will autograph copies of High Stakes and other books in the Wild Cards series, and will also personalize books.
  • Photography is allowed in the signing area, but posed photographs are prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: This Event is a gathering and celebration of the Wild Cards, Authors will not sign any other Books / Memorabilia / etc.  This Event is hosted by Rainy Day Books.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination or origin. Authors will sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Books are available for purchase at our Author Event

Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom
200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

NM – Wild Cards Signing

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Press Release:

The Jean Cocteau Cinema presents a special multi-author book signing, panel discussion, and Q&A with the authors of Wild Cards (including George R.R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass, and Daniel Abraham), an epic science fiction anthology about superheroes and powerful villains (edited by George R.R. Martin) on Sunday, July 24th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are FREE with the purchase of a Wild Cards hardcover book ($26.00 TOTAL), $5.00 with purchase of Wild Cards paperback ($20 TOTAL), or $10.00 without a book purchase.

WITH LIVE APPEARANCES BY:

George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, Fevre Dream
Melinda Snodgrass, Edge of Dawn, Star Trek
Walter Jon Williams, Wild Cards
Daniel Abraham, King’s Blood, The Expanse
Laura Mixon, Up Against It
Kevin Murphy, Wild Cards
Marco Kloos, Terms of Enlistment, Angles of Attack
Victor Milan, Dinosaur Lords, Dinosaur Knights
John Jos. Miller, Wild Cards
Gail Miller, Wild Cards
Carrie Vaughn, Dreams of the Golden Age
Caroline Spector, Wild Cards
Chip Wideman, Wild Cards
Sage Walker, Wild Cards
Mary Ann Mohanraj, Bodies in Motion, Kathryn in the City
Chris Rowe, Wild Cards
Diana Rowland, White Trash Zombies Gone Wild, Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues
Edward Bryant, Wild Cards
Leanne Harper, Wild Cards
Gregory Noveck, Wild Cards
Ian Tregellis, The Mechanical, The Liberation

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

Con of Thrones Is Coming in 2017

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Press Release:

Con Of Thrones — The Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire fan convention is coming to Nashville, Tennessee on June 30 – July 2, 2017.

Join fellow fans for a weekend of in-depth discussion, and celebration of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy phenomenon.

Information about tickets, programming, guests, and hotel rooms will be available soon!

For further information and updates check out the website at: aconoficeandfire.com.

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NM – An Evening with Stephen King

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Bookworks is pleased to host Stephen King in Albuquerque Thursday, June 16, 2016 for the END OF WATCH tour at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center!

Mr. King will be in conversation with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin and take questions from the audience. There will be no public signing portion.

Tickets are be on sale now, online, in our store, or by phone.

TICKETS: http://www.bkwrks.com/stephen-king

Each ticket is $38.50, general admission for one, including an End of Watch hardcover.

Our event will begin at 7pm. Doors will open at 6pm.

Seats will be general admission and ticket sales are limited to 4 per person.

400 signed copies of End of Watch will be distributed at random to attendees.

Other titles from Stephen King will be available the night of the event.

About the book:
The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers In End of Watch, the diabolical Mercedes Killer drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel). His novel 11/22/63—now a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Kiva Auditorium
401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 768-4575

NM – The Spiderwick Chronicles Signing

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Tony DiTerlizzi, illustrator and co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles series will have an exhibition of his incredible work at the Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery during the month of February, with some screenings of the Spiderwick Chronicles movie leading up to a special Interview with DeTerlizzi conducted by George R.R. Martin and followed by an audience Q&A on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 PM! Details at the link…

About Tony DiTerlizzi:
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. In 2014, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book. This year, a highly-anticipated collection of his early work, REALMS: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi was released. October will see the debut of The Story of Diva & Flea, a collaboration with fellow kid’s lit bestseller, Mo Willems. Tony’s work has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, CNN, PBS, the BBC and The Today Show.

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

MystiCon (February 2016)

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Convention Name
MystiCon 2016
Convention Website Address
http://mysticon-va.com/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
02/26/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
02/28/2016
About This Convention
MystiCon returns to the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, VA February 26-28, 2016 as the battle for the Iron Throne heats up! GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books that serve as the basis for the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, is MystiCon 2016’s Convention Guest of Honor! MystiCon 2016 will also feature Chesley Award winning artist and fantasy book illustrator J.P. TARGETE, Gypsy Knight Gaming owner JOHN WATTS, Metropolis Records recording artists BELLA MORTE, Starfleet Admiral and author LINDA SHUPING SMITH, and our cosmically comical Master of Ceremonies RICH SIGFRIT! Media personalities, writers, author signings and discussions, an independent film festival, vendors, a masquerade contest, cosplay, LARPing, gaming, children’s programming, fan groups, and a scholarship auction are just a few of the many delights to be found at MystiCon 2016! Plus, there will be a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast performance! Adult pre-registration admission rates are $40. Special discounts for fan groups, children, adult students and military personnel with a valid ID. Info on hotel room availability and rates can be found on the MystiCon website. Beat the winter blahs and join the fun at MystiCon 2016! Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn Tanglewood
4468 Starkey Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
44
Projected Attendance
1,500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Collectibles
Guests
Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, J.P. Targete, John Watts, Bella Morte, Linda Shuping Smith, Rich Sigfrit

MystiCon 2016 Guest of Honor Flyer

NYC – The World of Ice & Fire

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George R. R. Martin appears at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm! Moderated by Laura Miller

Press Release:

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

Every ticket purchase includes a pre-signed copy of George R.R. Martin’s new book, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones.

As a writer-producer, he has worked on “The Twilight Zone,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Written by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond • With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R. R. Martin

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

Get tickets at the link!

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
212-415-5500

NM – The Witch with No Name Signing

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Author Kim Harrison a.k.a Dawn Cook will appear at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Tuesday September 30th at 7:00 PM to read from her final installment of the Rachel Morgan/Hollows Series, “The Witch with No Name.” The reading will include an interview/Q&A facilitated by our own George R.R. Martin.

The Witch with No Name follows bounty hunter Rachel Morgan as she attempt to save the soul of her best friend Ivy and the rest of the living vampires. Rachel will risk everything to keep the demonic ever-after and our own world from utter destruction at the hands of fanatics a battleground between a literary star and a demented murderer. Their lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

Kim Harrison (Dawn Cook) is a New York Times Bestselling Author primarily known for Rachel Morgan/Hollows – an urban fantasy series set in an alternate history where a worldwide pandemic caused by genetically modified tomatoes led to the death of a large portion of the world’s human population

Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NM – New Mexico Book Assoc. Reading

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Author George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) appears at the Cocteau Cinema on Wednesday June 18th at 6:20 pm for a reading and interview to benefit the New Mexico Book Association. The interview will be conducted by local radio personality Mary-Charlotte Domandi. The focus will be on Mr. Martin’s experiences in publishing and his views on the rapidly-changing book business, topics that should be of great interest to our members.

The cost is $10 for NMBA members and seniors, and $12 for everyone else.

Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

ConCarolinas Con Report!

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ConCarolinas is a general sci-fi and fantasy convention held annually in Charlotte, NC. Attendance was 300 in the inaugural year, 2002, and the guests were small potatoes, but those days are done. Well over 2,000 people (my estimate) showed up this year, and the guest of honor was a bona fide celeb: George R. R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. Other guests included Anthony Montgomery from Star Trek: Enterprise and Laura Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott from the original Dark Shadows.

Sounds accomplished, right? GRRM was announced over a year ago—not even Comic Con International is that foregoing—so I expected the con to run like a thoroughly Penzoiled Sprint Cup chassis. In some areas, it did. Events started and stopped on time, and they were easy to find, for the most part. One exception was the ballroom divided into three smaller rooms that the schedule called, noninformatively, “Main,” “Programming 2,” and “Programming 3.” I missed the start of one panel because it was scheduled for Programming 3 but took place in Main, and each time I passed these rooms, the only sign I saw bore the Hilton’s name for the room: Lakeshore.

This plaint is piddling, however. The real mess came with Saturday’s GRRM autograph session. It was scheduled for 3:00, and by 12:15, a line was evident. “You should get in line now,” my wife said, to which I replied, “But the sign says the line will start forming at 2:00.” A woman of few words when she’s right, thank God, she pointed to the dozen or so people standing there. Just then, another two or three walked up. I assumed the position.

A few minutes later, a con staffer—I’ll call her “Bee”—came over to wrecking-ball the line. “We’ll start the line at 2:00,” she announced. Until then, we should “go enjoy the rest of the con.” Instead, the now-twenty of us moved six feet away to flank the concrete steps that led from the hotel entrance to a duck pond. Unsatisfied, Bee told us to move on, saying she had to “keep the steps clear.” They were currently so clear that piano movers could have carried a Steinway up them.

A guy who looked like Robert Downey, Jr. tried to tell Bee she was being unreasonable. We had paid for admission, he argued, and it was our prerogative to waste three hours in line—a line that had formed against the fence surrounding the patio, well out of the way. Someone else offered that there was “nothing else to do,” which hurt Downey, Jr.’s case. He wanted to negotiate, not inflame.

Bee was having none of it. She walked away and returned with con security, one of whom asked us nicely, in contrast to his Ghiscari Legion cosplay, to disperse. Downey, Jr. stood up defeatedly. “It’s a little unnecessary,” he said, more soliloquy than direct address, “but whatever.” And we moved away.

Things were tense after that. People arrived by the minute, and because we couldn’t form a line, we had to hang around pretending that we weren’t forming one. Annoyance passed from one person to the next, growing with each utterance as in the telephone game. “This is literally why we bought tickets,” one person said. “I don’t think they were ready for this kind of crowd,” said another. I took a philosophical tack. The con staff had taken an orderly line that had arisen spontaneously and, through human agency, made it into a mob. Maybe they were anarchists.

At 1:16, Bee pulled out a megaphone and announced, “If you are gathered here in order to rush the line, your badge will be taken, and you will be escorted off.” All 100 of us? 200? Versus her little honor guard? We didn’t move. When a Canada goose wandered off the pond, Bee walked up to it and blared through her megaphone, “This is a goose-free zone.” She said it to be funny, but nobody laughed. Too much had passed between her and us.

By 1:45, at least 400 people had gathered. The original group was still camped on the concrete steps, with newcomers forming parallel lines that stretched alongside the duck pond toward the hotel parking lot. About every thirty minutes, a con employee walked between the lines, urging us to keep the sidewalk clear because “the fire marshal is here,” though I never saw anyone official-looking. One person dubbed our station “the line to get into the line,” and we laughed—finally.

At 2:00, Bee started assembling the line. She did it fairly, calling ten people at a time from different spots, starting with the ur-group on the steps. I got in with the seventh summoning. My reward was to wait another hour before the 3:00 start, though this was better: Revolution had been averted, and I was now guaranteed an autograph. GRRM was scheduled to sign for only an hour, and those who didn’t reach him during that time might be turned away. (When someone griped about this, Bee said simply, “He is not a machine.”)

In all, I waited from 12:15 to nearly 4:00 to meet George R. R. Martin, and it was over with a few strokes of his pen. But it was worth it. The writer was gracious, even charming, and he signed two books for me. Autographs are my favorite part of conventions, and Downey, Jr. was right: You can have fun just sitting and waiting. Looking at cosplays. Writing a story (I got most of this done during the downtime). My wife and I rounded out the day with a couple of panels and that evening’s charity auction, hosted by podcaster and voice actor Rich Sigfrit, who also moderated a sci-fi-centric Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring the improv comedy group Pineapple-Shaped Lamps.

So that was it from Charlotte and the 13th ConCarolinas. Next year is already shaping up to be a good one with writer John Scalzi as the guest of honor. My next stop: Charlotte again for Heroes Convention on June 19. Maybe I’ll see you there!

 

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Indication #1 you are at a sci-fi convention.

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Indication # you are at a sci-fi convention.

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Guys, no need to fight. There are enough tickets for everyone.

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I would have seen GRRM sooner if it weren’t for those meddling kids!

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Inside the dealer room.

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People came from all over for this convention. Even Golgotha.

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No, Johnny Depp was not there. Would have been awesome, though.

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GRRM signing line: the Haves . . .

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. . . and the Have-Nots

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I’m not sure why I bought so much stuff at the auction. Any ideas?

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GRRM addresses fans during one of his readings.

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Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott pose for a picture.

 

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