SDCC 2012: Visit KDPG to See Mark Z. Danielewski, Charles Yu, and More

The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is heading back to San Diego for Comic-Con 2012! We’re bringing together some of your favorite authors for four fun, swag-filled days in sunny San Diego.

We’ll be updating this post with more information as we get closer to Comic-Con, so keep checking back!

Visit us at Booth #1515:

(Download the full-sized map here.)


Hungry for Dystopia
Thursday July 12, 2012 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Room 25ABC
With the skyrocketing popularity of The Hunger Games, dystopian literature has been creating major waves in the media. What attracts these authors to explore the concept of a totalitarian future that possibly awaits us all? Anna North (America Pacifica) leads the discussion with panelists Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities), Michael Grant (BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy).

Inside the Shadow Show: Ray Bradbury’s Lasting Impact on Literature, Comics, Film, and Beyond
Thursday July 12, 2012 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Room 5AB
Literary legend Margaret Atwood (The Handmaiden’s Tale) and acclaimed horror and fantasy writer Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) are joined by Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury) and internationally acclaimed horror writer Mort Castle (The Strangers), the co-editors of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradburyl to reflect on the deep and lasting impact of Bradbury on their work, literature, comics, cinema, and beyond. Moderated by Chris Ryall, CEO and editor-in-chief of IDW Comics.

Art of the Thrill Kill
Friday July 13, 2012 10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 24ABC
From psychokillers and sociopaths to the vast unknowable emptiness of deep space, these authors know that it takes more than just blood and gore to keep their readers awake at night. Their novels are all well crafted, imaginative, and more often than not…downright terrifying. Top horror and thriller novelists discuss how they balance ratcheting suspense with perfectly paced creepiness to create stories that are both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing. Participants Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers), Michelle Gagnon (Don’t Turn Around), Johan Harstad (172 Hours on the Moon), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), James Rollins (SIGMA Force novels), Mark Z. Danielewski (The Fifty Year Sword, House of Leaves), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (The Devil’s Bait), and Chase Novak (Breed) discuss their delicate art with moderator Lauren Beukes (Zoo City).

A Wrinkle in Time
Saturday July 14, 2012 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Room 23ABC
“To boldly go where no man has gone before” is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far-flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let the authors of speculative fiction tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions. Board a starship to the future with David Brin (Existence), Deborah Harkness (Shadow of Night), Michael Cassutt (co-author of Heaven’s Shadow trilogy), Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You), Phil Hornshaw (co-author of So You Created a Wormhole), Peter F. Hamilton (The Nano Flower), Orson Scott Card (Earth Unaware, Ender’s Game), and Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel), captained by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy.


Margaret Atwood
Thursday July 12, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Panel author signing, table AA09

Daniel H. Wilson
Thursday, July 12, 4:30 to 5:30pm
Panel author signing, table AA09

E.L. James
Thursday, July 12, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Limited signing, table AA18
(Drawing for Line Tickets to be held Thursday at 9:00 am in the Autograph Area)

Mark Z. Danielewski
Friday, July 13, 12 pm to 1pm
Panel author signing, table AA09

Charles Yu
Saturday, July 14
12 pm: Sorry Please Thank You signing (Random House/Mysterious Galaxy booth).
4:30 pm: Panel author signing (autograph table AA09)

Swag and Books for Sale:

As always, our booth will feature a wide array of swag based on our recent and upcoming books, including The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski, The Hive by Charles Burns, Building Stories by Chris Ware, Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan, and 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

In addition, we’ve teamed up with Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, who will be selling the following KDPG books at their booth: Sorry Please Thank You, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Amped, Robopocalypse, Talulla Rising, The Wolf Gift, MetaMaus, Habibi, Unterzakhn, Chicken with Plums, and Bat-Manga.

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