IFCPP Conference
Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

IFCPP Conference

  • Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (map)
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Michael will be the keynote speaker at the annual conference for International Foundation
for Cultural Property Protection at Yale University.

He will talk about The Map Thief and the security concerns raised by the Smiley theft case.

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Muse & the Marketplace
May
6
11:45 AM11:45

Muse & the Marketplace

Michael will appear as part of GrubStreet's annual Muse & the Marketplace Conference in Boston, MA, "a three-day literary conference designed to give aspiring writers a better understanding about the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction, to prepare them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and to create opportunities for meaningful networking. He will be leading the following session:

"Writing Suspense"

Alfred Hitchcock said, “There is a distinct difference between ‘suspense’ and ‘surprise.’” Yet many writers confuse the two. Building suspense is just as much about choosing when to reveal information to a reader as it is about choosing what to withhold. As an investigative journalist, Michael Blanding frequently works to create suspense in his narratives, keeping readers captivated even when the ultimate outcome of the story is already known. Drawing upon examples from fiction, non-fiction, and film, this session will explore practical tips and techniques for crafting stories that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It will also include time for a guided writing exercise for participants to create their own short, suspenseful narratives.

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Arlington Author Salon
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Arlington Author Salon

The Arlington Author Salon is a free reading series with a twist: each author’s presentation includes something special to tickle the senses. Music, paintings, photographs, tasty treats, fabrics, even smells! Let yourself be transported with an immersive, literary experience.

Michael will appear as part of the event "Maps, Manhunts, and Mysteries," along with Elizabeth Searle and Jessica Treadway. A book signing will follow.

The event takes place at Kickstand Café, 594 Mass Ave in Arlington Center, MA.

 

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The Muse & the Marketplace
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

The Muse & the Marketplace

Michael will be appearing at Grub Street Writers' Muse & the Marketplace Conference, speaking with Ethan Gilsdorf (Fantasy Freaks & Gaming Geeks) on "Nonfiction Career Building: From Article to Book and Back Again."

How does a nonfiction book emerge from an essay or article? And how can publishing that book lead to more work as a writer and create a bigger platform for your career? In this seminar, Michael Blanding and Ethan Gilsdorf -- two seasoned authors and journalists -- will discuss how to establish your expertise by writing essays and articles, and how these publications can lead to nonfiction book deals. They'll also look at how having published a book becomes a springboard for more short-form nonfiction work, and how the ability to write for newspapers, magazines and online publications is an essential skill in marketing and promoting your book, establishing your credentials in a niche area, and potentially making a living as a journalist/freelancer/author. Come with questions, and you'll emerge with concrete ideas for building your own nonfiction writing career. 
 

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Kent State University
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Kent State University

Michael will appear at Kent State University Libraries for a discussion and book signing of The Map Thief.

The event will take place in Room 1018 and is free and open to the public. Copies of The Map Thief will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit the University Libraries. Attendees are asked to register in advance.

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University of Utah
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

University of Utah

Michael will be the featured speaker at the Marriott Library for the University of Utah's Friends of the Library Spring Banquet.

The event will take place in the Gould Auditorium and include a reception, dinner, and discussion of The Map Thief.

Tickets are $50. Visit the Marriott Library for more information.

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University of New Mexico
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

University of New Mexico

Michael will appear at the Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico for a lecture and book signing.

The event will occur in the Willard Room and will feature maps from the University Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.

This event is free and open to all. 

For more information, visit the University Libraries.

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University of Minnesota
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

University of Minnesota

Michael will be appearing at the James Ford Bell Library to talk about his book, The Map Thief

The event will take place at the O. Meredith Wilson Library on the 4th Floor and is sponsored by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the University's John R. Borchert Map Library.

A book signing will follow the talk. 

For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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AWP 2016
Mar
30
to Apr 2

AWP 2016

  • Los Angeles Convention Center (map)
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Michael will appear at the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, as part of the panel discussion: "Book Launch Confidential: Marketing Made Smarter, not Harder." He will talk about the joys and challenges of book publicity, along with Lynne Griffin, Michelle Toth, Eve Bridburg, and Tasneem Zehra Husain.

The panel will be held in Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level.

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University of Miami
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

University of Miami

Michael will be giving a book talk and signing of The Map Thief at Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami.

The event will be held in the Special Collections department on the 8th Floor. It is is free and open to the public.

Presented in partnership with Books & Books. For more information, visit the University of Miami Libraries

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University of Mississippi
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

University of Mississippi

  • Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics (map)
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Michael will appear at Ole Miss for a lecture and book signing of The Map Thief.

The event is sponsored by the English Department, the JD Williams Library, the Mississippi Geographic Alliance, and the Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit The University of Mississippi Libraries.

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Dartmouth College
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

Dartmouth College

A Conversation with author Michael Blanding on his bestselling book,
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps.

Baker Library, Current Periodicals Room, Dartmouth College
Reception to follow in Baker Library Main Hall

For more information, click here.

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Lafayette College
Oct
22
4:30 PM16:30

Lafayette College

Michael will come to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania to deliver Skillman Library's annual Schlueter Lecture in the Art and History of the Book. The event will take place in the Gendebien Room of Skillman Library and is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here, or contact Diane Windham Shaw at 610-330-5148 / shawd@lafayette.edu.

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Brattleboro Literary Festival
Oct
3
12:00 PM12:00

Brattleboro Literary Festival

Michael will appear as part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Oct. 1-4, a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors. 

Brattleboro Literary Festival // 802-579-7414

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Stanford University
Sep
17
4:30 PM16:30

Stanford University

Michael will speak at Stanford University for the second top on the CMS / Stanford Distinguished Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the California Map Society. The event will take place in the Green Library, Bender Room, Fifth Floor on the Stanford University Campus.

Closest parking may be found in The Oval (top of Palm Drive), Galvez Street or Serra Street. Parking is free after 4 pm.

For more information and to reserve tickets, click here.

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Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
Sep
16
5:30 PM17:30

Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla

  • Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Michael will speak in La Jolla as the first stop of the CMS / Stanford University Distinguished Speakers Series, co-sponsored by the California Map Society. Doors will open at 5:30 for a private visit to the Museum. The presentation will begin at 6:30. Suggested donation $10.

Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla // 855-653-6277

For more information and to reserve tickets, click here.

 

 

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Virginia Festival of the Book
Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

Virginia Festival of the Book

Join Michael for the panel discussion, "Bibliophile or Book Criminal--or Both?"

Rare and antiquarian works – from books to maps to manuscripts – have a power all their own. An otherwise healthy obsession, the pursuit of these rare works has sometimes had a corrupting influence, compelling individuals to cross lines both legal and moral. Authors Michael Blanding (The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps) and Charlie Lovett (First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen) discuss the hows and whys.

Moderated by Travis McDade (Thieves of Book Row).

Virginia Festival of the Book // (434) 924-3296

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