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My San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

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Stories That Put Your Heart in Your Throat

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Experience the chills and thrills of these authors' works as they craft breathless prose that will have readers turning the pages at lightning speed. Get chilly with Katrina Leno (You Must Not Miss), James Murray (The Brink), Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep), Ally Condie (The Darkdeep), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Followed by a signing: 1:30-2:30pm, San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion, Table 9.

How Our Present Impacts Today's Speculative Fiction

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Looking back at speculative fiction over the years, we can see history's impact on our most influential authors, from Asimov to Tolkien. Some of speculative fiction's current influential authors, including Blake Crouch (Recursion, Dark Matter), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Chuck Wendig (Wanderers, Miriam Black series), discuss how our present affects their own writing and speculations on what the future will bring, with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

It's time for Salvation Day

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It’s here! This is the day Salvation Day is released into the world!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this book with everyone. It has thrills, chills, action, conspiracies, cults, and so many frozen corpses—a perfect beach read with something for everyone! I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Please check out my Events page for some places I’ll be appearing this summer, for signings, readings, or panels. And take a look at my Articles & Interviews page to keep up with interviews and posts about Salvation Day on other sites around the internet.

Salvation Day is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats, anywhere books are sold or via the links below.

 

Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet

Sunday June 2 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Amplified Ale Works (East Village), 1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Buy tickets on Eventbrite

This Sunday, June 2, I’ll be participating in a panel event organized by San Diego’s Fleet Science Center. Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet will bring comic writers, sci fi writers, and local scientists together to discuss the creative and scientific sides of comics and science fiction.

Featuring: Tom Waltz, Writer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and more); John Barber, Writer, Transformers (and more) and Editor in Chief at IDW Publising; J. Dianne Dotson, Author, The Questrison Saga; Kali Wallace, Author, Salvation Day; Dr. Frances Barron, Scientist; Dr. Troy Sandberg, Scientist; Dr. Lisa Will, Scientist and the Fleet Science Center's Resident Astronomer

Salvation Day cover and excerpt reveal

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I am excited to report that the cover for my upcoming novel Salvation Day has been revealed at Hypable.com, along with an except from the beginning of the book: ‘Salvation Day’ cover reveal, excerpt offers the choice between life and death.

I love this cover so much. It’s striking and fiery and so very red. I can’t wait to see it on the final hardcover. And you can’t see it here or in the posted excerpt, but the design of the inside pages is just as amazing.

Salvation Day will be published by Berkley on July 9, 2019. You can find information and preorder links here.

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A recent study of the New York Times's "By the Book" feature revealed that male authors mention other men and their works four times more often than they mention women and their works, whereas women tend to mention authors and works of both genders about equally. (See: the data and an article.) These numbers made me curious about the gender distribution of recommendations in the science fiction and fantasy corner of the literary world, so I decided to take a look at the recommendations made in the Tor.com "Five Books" feature, in which contributors recommend books centered around a particular theme.

San Diego Festival of Books

I will be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on Saturday, August 25. Come out and see a bunch of great local authors and writers! Check out the links below for tickets and schedules.

San Diego Festival of Books

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Venues Liberty Station, 2620 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The Many Worlds of Middle Grade

11:25 AM  in Meeting Room 2

A discussion about magic and wonder in middle grade books with John August, Margaret Dilloway, and Kali Wallace, moderated by Sally Pla. The discussion will last 45 minutes, and the authors will be going directly to the signing area for book sales and signatures afterward.

The San Diego Festival of Book is open to everyone. Tickets are $3 for each panel and can be purchased online.

City of Islands blog & interview roundup

Here's a round-up of the blog posts and interviews I've written and given for the release of City of Islands! In them, I talk about writing for children in these dark times, the lessons I learned as a bookworm child, and the importance of fun adventures for young readers.

All of my blog posts and interviews, present and past, can be found on the Other page.

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City of Islands is out in the world today! This is my third novel, and first for children, and I am so happy to finally be able to share it with you. It's a fantastical adventure of magic, mystery, and sea monsters, and I hope you--and all the younger readers in your life--enjoy it.

You can buy City of Islands anywhere books are sold, including the following outlets:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell's

If you're in the San Diego area, I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy on August 4 at 2 p.m. to talk children's books and fantasy. I would love to see you there! 

I will also most likely be making an appearance at the San Diego Festival of Books on August 25, but the details of that event have yet to be determined. I'll be sure to post the time and location as soon as I know.

City of Islands has been a long time in the making, from my first stab at it during NaNoWriMo in 2010, and through many rewrites and revisions over the years that followed. I am proud of the book it is now, and I am so very thankful for everybody who has offered help and support along the way. 

City of Islands reviews roundup

There are exactly 50 days until the release of CITY OF ISLANDS, and I've got a roundup of trade reviews to share. I am delighted that reviewers are loving Mara and her strange, magical city, and I very much hope that means the book will find its way into the hands of kids who want to read an adventure full of sea monsters, sneaky mages, a whole bunch of sailing songs, excitement, and danger.

NEA Big Read Panel at Mysterious Galaxy

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Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM, I'll be participating in a panel at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego with fellow authors S.B. Divya and Kirsten Imani Kasai. We'll be talking about Kelly Link's wonderful short story collecting Pretty Monsters as part of the NEA Big Read program. The event is free and open to everyone!

NEA Big Read Panel on Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters

Mysterious Galaxy is located at 5943 Balboa Ave Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111