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Parasol Protectorate Dickens Invasion!

Sadly, this event has been cancelled.

Saturday December 15th I will be infiltrating the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace just outside of San Francisco, CA. (Free Courtesy Shuttle from Glen Park BART station every 20 minutes, from 10:15 AM to 7:15 PM.)

Dickens Faire costs $25 to attend but it is well worth the money as it starts at 10, doesn't end until 7, and there is something to do for every second of those 8 hours. (Including a delectable High Tea.)

Dickens Tardis

5 PM at the Green Man Parlour I will be signing and possibly reading a bit. There maybe even be a small Q&A if our gracious hostess allows, and there are enough interested parties present. Green Man Parlour is on the map near Pickwick Place.

Please do come, I would love love to see some of you there! In victorian, steampunk, or everyday garb, just come.

Also please bring your own books. There will not be any for sale (that'd not be proper in this particular environment.)

Yes, I'll be milling about enjoying the fair beforehand. I should be easy to spot, I'll have my vintage black parasol and be dressed as the cover of Changeless. Happy to have a chat, some tea, or a dance, but please come to the event at 5 if you want anything signed and don't ask in the street? Thank you.


I will be trying to do this under the radar. I'd rather not make a fuss, it's intended to be a bit of fun because I love Dickens Fair. And I think you would too. It's like experiencing Alexia's world inside our world, and it certainly influenced my books.

Aside from a few select friends (and now you, Gentle Reader) no one Important will know I am there. It'd be great, therefore, if you didn't go asking at the front gate "Where's Gail Carriger?" Or inquiring of the Powers That Be, "Hay when's that Gail Carriger signing?" Because they won't have any clue what you are talking about. And I'd really love it to, ah-hem, stay that way.


Surprise bonus photo op! If you stay to the end of the Fair I'll be (most likely) trotting down to do a window at Dark Garden at 6:30pm. No, it won't be risque, but I will be doing the five Alexia poses from the covers of the five Parasol Protectorate books, with my parasol, in order, in a corset, for your delectation.

Did I mention they have the most wonderful Hot Buttered Rum at Dickens? Oh yes they do. And the Rum Cake at the Tea Room is to die for!

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013. Working first draft.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Title changed. Copy edits done and in!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
Etiquette & Espionage will be released in audiobook format, but I understand it will take longer to organize the recording process than the printing. I don't have the release date yet, rest assured the release date will appear on my website and my blog as soon as I know anything. The narrator will not be Emily Gray, we wanted a younger voice for Sophronia. But I have been in on the process and I can tell you she will be wonderful.

Quote of the Day:
"I will be found best to have at least two teapots, and not to put more than three tablespoons in each. Anything more tasteless or injurious than tea that has been stood strong and then watered down cannot be imagined."
~ Steel & Gardiner, 1888

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Dang it. I have a lot of friends who do Dickens, but I can never go. Please, please come to the one in Riverside!

Also, Dark Garden is great.
Riverside? Tell me more?
Yep! The Riverside Dickens Fair in February: http://www.dickensfest.com
Ah, LA area? Probably not, I don't make it down there often.
Aw, too bad. You'd be very welcome :). I'm looking forward to your new series, too. I'm trying to get something written myself, and it's really an education to see the hard work and sustained effort my favorite authors go through.

In my English department, one of the other professors said that nearly every student in our program was writing a novel and that they wanted more master's level courses in that. I told him that the best way was keeping up with the kind of books they liked best, folllowing author's blogs, and looking at the plentiful commentary literary agents and editors sometimes give for free, and of course, writing a lot. I think he thought I was kidding. All of which is a long winded way of saying that I appreciate reading your blog.
Awe, thank you very much! I tend to agree with you on the English department front. But then I do write Genre, so I'm used to being ignored by academia. With a few notable exceptions, of course.

Well, that just increased the volume of my annual lament over my inability to attend Dickens Fair! I hope you have a splendid time!

Some day you will make it out. It's really a blast.
Adding to the list of "things I will need to do when I go the the USA one day..."
I have somehow never made it to Dickens Fair all the time I've been in the SF area. With this news, this will be the year!
Oooooh my gosh. I was going to maybe link pictures of my costume since it is intended as an OBO/Warehouse 12/Steampunk cosplay but you just happen to be going the same day I will be there. I think my sudden excited squeaking frightened my poor boyfriend.

My friends will so very jealous o3o
Excellent! I love that kind of coincidence.

Your Signing

Kathleen Bartholomew, of the Green Man Inn, at materkb@gmail.com. Check your FB messages. This event is not happening in the Parlour.