Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation Launch New Literary Series, A WORD WITH WRITERS, Today
Bookworks and the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation are collaborating on a new literary series, a Word with Writers, which will feature writers in conversation with one another. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation.
The series' inaugural event tonight, May 10, 7pm, at the KiMo Theater. The first authors to feature as part of the series will be George RR Martin and Diana Gabaldon, both renowned sci-fi and fantasy authors whose works were recently published in a new anthology, Dangerous Women (Tor Books, January 2014). Dangerous Women is edited by Mr. Martin, with work by Gabaldon and other authors writing about "dangerous women."
George RR Martin is the author of the immensely popular Game of Thrones series. He is a novelist and short story writer in the realms of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, as well as a screenwriter and television producer. Martin is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his internationally best-selling series that HBO has adapted for its TV series, Game of Thrones, for which Martin acts as series Co-Executive Producer. Martin also owns the newly renovated Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, which shows independent movies and the Game of Thrones series. In 2011, Time Magazine named Martin as one of its 100 most influential people in the world.
In conversation with Martin will be Diana Gabaldon, the author of the internationally best-selling Outlander series. Gabaldon's work merges multiple genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and mystery. The Outlander series is being adapted as a Starz original television series, to debut in summer of 2014. A trained zoologist, Gabaldon was a science editor and university professor before embarking upon a successful career as a novelist. She splits her time between Arizona and Santa Fe. A new Outlander book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, comes out in June.
"We are excited to partner with the ABC Libraries to promote our love of reading, to hear amazing authors speak about their craft, and to raise funds for the library system, an essential need in our community," says Bookworks co-owner Danielle Foster.
"We are so pleased to work with Bookworks to bring these well-known and beloved authors to Albuquerque," says Julia Clarke of the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation. "This should be an outstanding program, and we hope the authors' admirers will join us on May 10th."
Tickets for the series are $7 for general admission. The first seven rows of the theater will be sold in advance for $20. Tickets will be available through the KiMo Theater ticketing, at 421 Central, or online at kimotickets.com. Authors will sign books after the talk, and books will be available for purchase in the lobby from Bookworks. Attendees will be allowed to bring in one previously purchased book, and authors will sign a limit of two books per person total.
"We hope this series will highlight the outstanding authors we have available to us here in Albuquerque and also raise awareness for public libraries and independent bookselling," says Bookworks marketing director Amanda Sutton. "We are excited to continue our history of collaboration with the library system in an even-bigger, even-better way with A Word with Writers."
Event Details: A Word with Writers literary series launch
Saturday, May 10, 7pm; doors open at 6pm
Authors: George RR Martin and Diana Gabaldon
KiMo Theater, 421 Central, Downtown Albuquerque
Tickets: $7 general admission, $20 priority seating
Available at the door or online at www.kimotickets.com