2015 Launch of Books of the Dead will be February 7, 2015 at Chamberlain’s Books at the Arizona Renaissance FestivalBook Signing at the 2014 Renaissance Festival
The book launch for The Hermetica of Elysium was held on December 1oth at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona.
Set-up included a display table featuring a 16th century breviary from the library of bibliophile Johann Georg Werdenstein, the canon of Augsburg (1542 – 1608) that had been saved from the flames in 1945. Two 18th century manuscripts on vellum and paper were on display as well.
I gave a PowerPoint presentation describing the historical background for the novel and showing images of the Voynich manuscript which was the “real-life” inspiration for the Hermetica in the story.
I answered a few questions about the time period and the acquisition of mysterious manuscripts before giving a reading from Chapter Two when Nadira is snatched from Sofir’s house and carried away on a war charger.
Then I spent some time chatting with the bookstore customers and signing copies.