Virtual Festivals and Vagabonds

Virtual Literary Festivals and Conventions

In this time of social distancing, stories and books are more important than ever. We all, however, have to be a little creative in how we connect with others to celebrate storytelling.

Since my book tour for The Hidden Girl and Other Stories had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, I’ve been working on virtual replacements for in-person events. I’ve already done panels in Second Life and virtual reality, and the explorations will continue.

Later this month, I’m going to be an author guest at the Newburyport Literary Festival, which has gone virtual this year.

NLF Virtual

My presentation, called “The Values of Stories; Stories of Values,” is scheduled for April 25 at 1:00 PM EDT. If you use Zoom, you can register as an attendee at the link above. I’ll be talking about why stories are important to me, how I ended up writing the stories in The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and how the technology of storytelling changes the stories we tell.

Then, in May, I’ll be one of the Guests of Honor at Flights of Foundry, a virtual convention for speculative creators. I want to talk about literature and sustainability, the nitty-gritty legal and business aspects of being an artist trying to make a living, and the craft of writing.

Flights of Foundry

I hope to see you at one of these events!

Meanwhile, please keep an eye on the “Events” page as I’ll be announcing new events there as soon as details are confirmed.

Stay safe and healthy. Can’t wait to talk to you!


Today is release day for Vagabonds, the English edition of the debut novel of my friend Hao Jingfang, translated by me (the Chinese original was written more than a decade ago).

Links: Saga (US) and Head of Zeus (UK).

It’s a deeply philosophical novel about our eternal search for fairness and equality, told through the perspective of a young woman who must find a home after exile from both the planet of her birth and the planet where she comes of age. I think of it as what you would get if you mixed Le Guin’s The Dispossessed with Camus’s L’Homme révolté, all flavored with Jingfang’s abiding compassion and faith in the sanctity of the individual as shown in stories like “Folding Beijing.”

I adore both the UK and US covers. They evoke the Neo-Platonic ideals that form such an important part of the book’s narrative.

I hope you like this book as much as I did.

Vagabonds US Cover
Vagabonds UK Cover