Reminder: YA Lecture this Saturday

CMU Press Release about this event: Nalo Hopkinson to speak

Reminder: This Saturday, November 15, at 3 pm, Nalo Hopkinson will present the YA Author Lecture “Keeping it (Un)Real”.

Location: McConomy Auditorium in CMU’s University Center. No reservation is needed for this free lecture or the book signing afterward.

Also: Time is running out to sign up for the Caroline Carlson Writer’s Workshop called “Blueprints for Enchantment: Constructing a magical world for your fantasy novel” [advance registration required; $10 suggested donation] in the Danforth Lounge. To register please fill out the form below:





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New eBooks by Parsec members

New Horror Short from Christie Meierz

Zombie bookParsec member Christie Meierz’ first published horror short story is in the new anthology, Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains from Sky Warrior Books, which was released on October 18.

She is in the middle of a four book space opera/SF romance contract with Sky Warrior, but this is her first anthologized story.


Story by Jean Martin in “These Vampires Still Don’t Sparkle”

Don't sparkleMy story, “Miss Transylvania” has been published in the eBook, These Vampires Still Don’t Sparkle. I am absurdly pleased with myself. The story is set at Transylvania University, where I was a student for 2 years.

No, the classes are not all held at night. I did not major in Vampirology, hematology, or mortuary science. There was no one on the faculty named Dracula, and I did not turn myself into a bat and fly there. But if anyone can come up with a Transylvania joke I haven’t heard, I’ll donate $5 to the Ann Cecil Memorial Fund. So, get creative.

Nalo Hopkinson to speak at CMU in the YA Lecture Series

Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson (photo by David Findlay, 2009)

We’re excited to announce that award-winning YA author Nalo Hopkinson has accepted our invitation to speak at the Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 YA Lecture Series event at Carnegie Mellon University. The talk will be held from 2 to 3 pm in McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L. Cohon University Center. Afterward, the meet-and-greet and book signing will take place in Conan Room in the University Center at CMU.

For more information and schedule of events on November 15th please visit our YA Lecture Series page

Extra Life – Gaming for Charity

Extra-LifeOn an Autumn Saturday each year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture that we call Extra Life. This weekend Parsec board member Bonnie Bogovich will be ‘gaming for charity’, playing a variety of board, card, and video games for 24 hours straight, with team Schell Games to raise funds for the Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. Like a normal marathon Extra Life works on pledges/nonprofit donations. Check out Bonnie’s pledge page, the Schell Games team page, or visit the Extra Life 2014 information page to see how you can form a team and help raise money for your local childrens hospital!

Parsec Read-a-thon Fundraiser

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Rickert & Beagle Books 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Benefiting Parsec

Event Guidelines

Parsec is holding its first-ever 24-hour Read-A-Thon fundraiser. Be a Reader or be a Sponsor (or be both!) and help us spread the news about Pittsburgh’s long-running Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror group.

Scheduled from noon Saturday, October 18, 2014 through noon Sunday, October 19, 2014, this group reading session includes food, companionship and awards for our intrepid readers! Join us at Rickert & Beagle Books in Dormont for the *quietest* Parsec Party you’ve ever attended, as we raise funds to support all the good works Parsec brings to you year round: Fun and interesting monthly meetings, Confluence SF Conference, Alpha — the SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers, Parsec Ink and the newly created YA Author Lecture Series.

You must register by October 15 to be a reader for the Read-A-Thon. We will be handing out fundraiser packets at the annual picnic this Saturday (September 20, 2014). If you can’t attend the picnic, please see our web page or contact Chris at Chris@Rickertandbeaglebooks.com. Click here to download the Read-a-thon Registration Packet.

New children’s book by Parsec member

sleepinghandsomeecvrBook release: Quest for Sleeping Handsome (children’s book, ages 8-18)

Written by Clarita Hagans and Parsec member Henry T. Lund (but you know him as Henry Tjernlund)

For Ursune, a young shepherdess from the High Mountain, no challenge is too great. So when the Red Kingdom is in danger of falling into the hands of the neighboring Forest Kingdom, she is eager to join the contest for the Questers. With the help of some unlikely companions: a talking blue sheep, a handsome knight-in-training lad, a love-struck apprentice astronomer, and a famous martial arts dance star, they have to find the missing sleeping Prince Handsome before it is too late. Of course the quest will not be easy for them when they have magical monsters, thieves, and an evil enchantress chasing after them. Can they find the prince in time? And will they be able to wake him up with a kiss?

Available in print or eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobobooks, and SmashWords.

Reminder: Oct 2 ArtDOG Event

Arts Day of GivingArtDOG is an 18-hour fundraising event through the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Parsec is eligible for some funds to match donations. Funds raised during on 10/2 will be channeled to the YA Lecture Series. The next YA lecture/writing workshop/book signing event will be held on Nov 15 at CMU. Please support Parsec in bringing favorite authors to teen readers and other fans along with instruction in YA writing for all ages.

Children’s book author Caroline Carlson has agreed to give the YA writing workshop on November 15 at CMU in the University Center. (Free parking in the East Campus Garage on Saturdays.)

Other plans for the day’s main lecture are still being worked on. You can help! Even a small donation will go a long way towards bringing outstanding guest speakers to Pittsburgh.

Parsec benefits from ArtDOG event Oct 2

Arts Day of Giving


On Thursday, October 2nd we will have the opportunity to help Parsec by donating between 6am and midnight. ArtDOG, or Arts Day of Giving, is enthusiastically sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Both organizations invite the public to make a monetary contribution with the added incentive that all donations up to $1,000 will be partially matched by The Heinz Endowments.

This is our moment to celebrate and thank the arts and culture oriented non-profits we cherish the most. Your commitment furthers the advantage of Pittsburgh as a home, industry backer and playground.

Whether your gift is large or small, dedicated to one organization or split between several, each and every donation is 100% tax deductible and partially matched – making your dollars go even further.

Last ArtDOG nearly $1.9 million was raised! What can we do together this year?

Book launch party Sept 23

Josh Bellin bookThe launch party for Parsec member Josh Bellin‘s debut novel, the Young Adult science fiction adventure Survival Colony 9, will be Tuesday, September 23 at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, from 6-7:30 pm. There will be books for sale and signing, cake and other delicacies, prizes, and fun! Here’s the link:

Josh Bellin Book Launch Party at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop

About the book:

Fast-paced and action packed, Survival Colony 9 paints a vivid, gritty landscape of a future world ravaged by war, where a small colony’s hopes for survival hinges on one teenage boy. Can he save himself? Can he save them all?

About Josh:

Joshua David Bellin is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Wesleyan University with a PhD. in English from University of Pennsylvania. He taught English and has published three books for college students, including one about monsters. Josh has his own popular blog, YA Guy and belongs to several YA author groups including OneForKidLit, The Fall Fourteeners and Darkly Delicious YA.

Survival Colony 9 already has fans that include fellow YA authors Margaret Peterson Haddix and Jonathan Mayberry who says: “Joshua David Bellin brings serious game in a post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!”