Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Epic: Legends of Fantasy

I’m still catching up on posts I couldn’t publish while this site was being fixed. Most frustrating of all was not being able to get this one blogged. I could have posted it while I was at Supanova, but then it might have disappeared too quickly among posts about the expos. Better to wait and give it a full week at the top of the front page of my site.

And it is an excellent present suggestion for this time of year.

Anyway… remember the novella I wrote covering the story behind the banning of black magic? The one that was published in an anthology that was only available in Australia for ages? Well, it’s been reprinted in this fabulous book:

And not only that, but alongside an amazing list of authors:

Foreword — Brent Weeks
Introduction — John Joseph Adams
Homecoming — Robin Hobb
The Word of Unbinding — Ursula K. Le Guin
The Burning Man — Tad Williams
As the Wheel Turns — Aliette de Bodard
The Alchemist — Paolo Bacigalupi
Sandmagic — Orson Scott Card
The Road to Levinshir — Patrick Rothfuss
Rysn — Brandon Sanderson
While the Gods Laugh — Michael Moorcock
Mother of All Russiya — Melanie Rawn
Riding the Shore of the River of Death — Kate Elliott
The Bound Man — Mary Robinette Kowal
The Narcomancer — N. K. Jemisin
Strife Lingers in Memory — Carrie Vaughn
The Mad Apprentice — Trudi Canavan
Otherling — Juliet Marillier
The Mystery Knight — George R. R. Martin

See? An impressive list of authors and an excellent present for someone who loves fantasy – especially if you can’t remember exactly whose work they like to read or if they have that author’s book already. There’s sure to be something in this they know and love, and perhaps someone whose work they haven’t yet discovered.

(I never thought I’d see my name listed alongside Ursula K. Le Guin’s. Every time I see that my heart does a little flutter.)

December Calendar – Akkarin

Well, of course I saved him ’til last.

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Supanova Adelaide – the Party

The theme of the VIP cocktail party was Moulin Rogue. After admiring all the costuming during the day, it was fun to have a chance to dress up. Paul brought along an instamatic camera, which is always entertaining. (I call it faux-instagram.)

Me & Missy

Felicity & me

Jo & Ineke

Me, Howard & ? (anyone help?)

Felicia & me

Ineke & me

Brit & me (Actually, this was on the Sunday night, but I had to get a shot of the lovely Brit up as well.)

Supanova Adelaide – At the Expo

After having such a great time at Supanova in Brisbane, I did wonder if Supanova in Adelaide could live up to it. But it did – in spades. And this time I didn’t catch camnesia. (However, I did catch the con bug, and have been a bit under the weather since I got back.)

I arrived late Friday night, so missed the opening, but soon after settling in the hotel bar many of the other guests began arriving and next thing I knew it was midnight.

The next day we all headed to the Showgrounds and to the Dymocks stall. In addition to Rachel, Heidi and Joe I was joined by Fiona McIntosh, Sean Williams, Juliet Marillier and D M Cornish and Colin Taber.

Each day we were whisked away to talk on a panel:

But most of the time we signed books, chatted, shared survival rations (chocolate, lollies, nuts) and took photos of the passing crowd. The Dymocks stand was positioned right by the entrance to the trading room, so we got to see the costumes as they came in from the entrance hall. These two paused to discuss their next strategy:

Star Wars was a popular theme. Here’s Sean Williams with the 501s:

Batman looks on proudly as his son tests his light sabre training:

Who, me?

I had to run after these guys in order to catch them before they disappeared into a panel:

But this one stopped to strike a pose:

Fiona McIntosh, as it turns out, has a soft spot for wookies:

Cat woman struts her stuff:

Steampunk bellydancer and some scary companions:


One of Fiona’s fans with awesome eyes and what looked like a very heavy pair of wings:

Flirting with the Dalek:

Some friends of mine dropped by:

Including Steve, in his steampunk costume:

And his wife:

Then Steve returned on Sunday with this awesome face make-up:

I have more photos – I well and truly made up for the camnesia of the weekend before – but I’m saving them for another post. Stay tuned…

Supanova Brisbane 2012

Last week I headed up to Brisbane to join in the fun at Supanova. Arriving on Thursday, I had dinner with the guests who had also already arrived, and found myself at the end of the table chatting to Howard Chaykin and Tom Felton.

The next day I did some shopping, heading to The Pen Shoppe where I bought my signing pen a year and a half ago. I needed some ink and new nib for my signing pen (turned out a year and a half of signings had worn it out!). Then I headed to my favourite Brisbane clothing shop, Maiocchi, for a new frock.

Suitably prepared, I then joined the guests waiting for the shuttle bus to the show, and met a lovely pair of writers, Rachel Caine and Heidi:

We headed to the show and the signing began. I was seized by the magnetic charm of a fan in a Sailor Moon costume, and when a photograph was requested I begged for one in return:

Awesome. In fact, I wished I’d had more time to watch all the costumed attendees go by but, on the other hand, I got to meet a whole lot of wonderful fans.

Later on Friday Joe Abercrombie arrived. Much stirring and hilarity ensued.

Joe totally gets Aussie humour (or he does a great job of pretending to). If he wasn’t dubbed an honourary Aussie at GenreCon the previous weekend, he certainly will be by the end of Supanova Adelaide.

On Saturday I suffered a bout of camnesia and didn’t take any photos. But I can tell you it was fabulous. Lots of signing. John Birmingham, Alison Goodman, Kylie Chan and Marianne Curley joined us and much signing, writing advice and general good fun ensued at the Dymocks stall.

Oh, and there were actors. Lots of actors. And voice actors. And comic book illustrators and writers. I finally remembered my camera on Saturday morning, and took the opportunity to have a pic taken with the charming Luke Perry:

And the totally awesome Felicia Day:

(We hadn’t quite got the ‘everybody look at the same camera at the same time’ thing going.)

On Monday I headed into Brisbane on the hunt for bookstore stock to sign. First I visited Pulp Fiction, then A&R at the Post Office Centre, then Dymocks, leaving plenty of signed copies of all my books behind.

Yesterday I headed home. I had a fabulous weekend and I’m still on a Supanova high. In fact, when I unpacked my bags I immediately began repacking them ready for next weekend, when I’ll be heading over to Supanova Adelaide.