Nearly 40 authors will participate in the In Your Write Mind book-signing event on Friday, June 27, from 7-10 p.m. in Seton Hill University’s Katherine Mabis McKenna Center located on the University’s hilltop campus. The event is part of the 13th annual Writing Popular Fiction Workshop, “In Your Write Mind,” sponsored by the WPF alumni group. For more information, contact Jamie Swarm at 724-830-1005.
Albert Wendland, professor of English and director of the Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, will be signing his debut novel, “The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes,” which will be released during the event. The novel has received a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly.
“If asked to describe my book, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes, in a line, it would be ‘A science-fiction novel that starts as a murder mystery and develops into an interstellar treasure hunt,’” said Wendland. “It's not really The Maltese Falcon in space, but if you begin with that, throw in some peculiar derelicts, natural disasters on alien planets, and two ancient galactic races that are long extinct but still trying to control the future, then you have a good notion of the story. It was great fun to write.”
Books will be available for purchase at the event and a raffle of signed books will be held.
Some other signers of note are Jaye Wells, a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction; John Dixon, whose debut novel inspired a CBS television series; and Jeff Strand, a Bram Stoker Award finalist. A full list of authors appears on the In Your Write Mind website.
John Dixon said, “I'll be signing Phoenix Island, which inspired the CBS series Intelligence. I'm excited for the signing. Phoenix Island was my thesis project, but since I left the program to pursue writing full-time, I never had a chance to enjoy the culminating events. In some ways, I'm expecting this return to Seton Hill will feel like a surrogate culmination... a happy moment, indeed.”
Jaye Wells said, “I'm excited to sign at the In Your Write Mind conference because it's always a treat to celebrate books with other book lovers, and no one loves books more than writers. I'll be signing my post-apocalyptic vampire novella, Meridian Six, as well as the first book in my new speculative crime fiction series, Dirty Magic.”
Said Jeff Strand: “My books are sometimes comedy, sometimes horror, and often both at the same time. I’m doing the signing because I love to meet readers, and also because as a writer most of my time is spent in a dark gloomy pit, and it’s good to get out into society every once in a while.”
All authors participating in the In Your Write Mind book-signing event are published writers who are current students, alumni, faculty members or guests of Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction program.