Since J.R.R. Tolkien created the orcs, elves, and heroes that would populate Middle Earth in his classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fantasy genre has grown by leaps and bounds into one of the most popular genres in worldwide literature. Many of fantasy’s early progenitors weren’t much more than simple clones of Tolkien (and some still are), but as the movement progressed, writers began to develop their own universes, races, histories, and more, creating entire alternate worlds much like Tolkien did with Middle Earth. One of the most prolific modern practitioners of the fantasy and sci-fi genre is George R. R. Martin, whose most famous work is certainly the seven part A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels whose first iteration, Game of Thrones, was released in 1996. The series has since been adapted into a TV series on HBO; the first season (which is titled after the first book) premiered on April 17, 2011. On Saturday, July 16, 2011, fantasy fans in Carmel, Indiana will get the chance to meet George R. R. Martin when he hosts a book signing at the Barnes & Noble bookstore off of U.S. Highway 31.
|Video of George R. R. Martin being interviewed at the Taste of Westeros Food Truck; George R. R. Martin will be holding a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel, Indiana|
George R. R. Martin is a native of New Jersey, but he went to college at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, not that far from Indianapolis, where he received a B.S. in Journalism in 1970 (he earned his M.S. from Northwestern a year later). Martin’s literary career got off to a rough start when he started writing fantasy and sci-fi fiction around 1970. One of his stories was rejected by 42(!) different magazines, but Martin got his first break in 1973, when his short story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall,” was published in Analog magazine and nominated for both the Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards. Though Martin lost both awards, he took the defeat in stride, even starting a traditional “Hugo Losers Party” during the World Science Fiction Convention in 1976, an event that remains one of the key parties during WorldCon to this day. His first novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977.
|Video of a Meet the Writers interview with George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series; George R. R. Martin will be holding a book signing in Carmel, Indiana|
The 1980’s saw George R. R. Martin‘s career expand into TV and movies. He worked on a remake of The Twilight Zone and a Beauty and the Beast series for television, and as a book series editor he was instrumental in creating the Wild Cards series, which reached its twenty-first installment in 2011. The 90’s finally validated George R. R. Martin’s long flirtation with literary awards for his work. He began work on A Song of Ice and Fire in 1991, and Game of Thrones earned the Locus Fantasy Award (Martin’s previous works had been nominated for Locus Sci-Fi awards three times previously) and nominations for the Nebula and World Fantasy Award. The two sequels, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords, also won Locus Fantasy Awards, and the fourth book in the series, A Feast For Crows, topped both the New York Times bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. The series has seen renewed interest with the debut of the Game of Thrones series on HBO, which garnered 4.2 million viewers in its first few days. Martin released the fifth book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, in 2011, and two more titles, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, are forthcoming.
|Video of George R. R. Martin discussing A Game of Thrones, the first book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series; George R. R. Martin will be holding a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel, Indiana|
Indianapolis people who are fond of fantasy, HBO, or simply strong writing should head out to the suburb of Carmel, Indiana this Saturday, July 16, 2011 for a free book signing by George R. R. Martin. The author of ten novels (including the A Song of Ice and Fire series), countless novellas, and the editor of the Wild Cards series, George R. R. Martin is one of the most respected names in the fantasy genre today. This Carmel event is part of Martin’s United States book tour, which will be taking him all around the country. This Indianapolis event will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.; tickets are absolutely free, though if you want a book signed you’ll have to bring it yourself. Meet this modern master of fantasy in the flesh at Barnes & Noble in Carmel, Indiana this Saturday, July 16, 2011!
George R. R. Martin Book Signing
Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
14079 U.S. Highway 31 North
Carmel, IN 46032