Time Traveler’s Wife Sequel From Niffenegger

Recently, Audrey spoke at the World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon 3) in London. The following is a review from The Bookseller – the original posting can be found here:

Audrey Niffenegger is writing a sequel to her best-selling debut novel The Time Traveler’s Wife (Vintage).

The sequel is one of two books the author is currently working on, she revealed on Friday (15th August) as she gave the inaugural English PEN/HG Wells lecture as part of the World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, at the ExCel centre.

As well as the sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, which has sold over 1.5m copies through Nielsen BookScan and was made into a film, Niffenegger is also writing a book called The Chincilla Girl in Exile.

“My own [writing] process tends to be slow,” Niffenegger said. “I don’t know if any of you have noticed that I don’t tend to crank out a novel every two weeks.

“At the moment I am working on two different novels and it’s kind of funny because they bleed into each other and I suddenly realise that I’m writing the same novel twice, so I’m trying to build little fences between them.

“One of them is a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife and the other is a book I’ve been working on just about forever called The Chincilla Girl in Exile, which is about a nine-year-old girl who has hypertrichosis, which means she’s covered in hair. And the sequel is actually the harder of the two because I have already built the world and I have to follow the rules of the original book and yet manage to make something that has a reason to be in the world and isn’t just one more of the same.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife told the story of librarian Henry, who has a genetic disorder which causes him to travel through time unexpectedly, and his romance with artist Clare. The pair, who meet each other at different points in their lives throughout the novel, have a child together, Alba, who can also time travel, but has more control over her ability.

Niffenegger described her writing process as “chaotic” and said she did “all the bad things that they tell you not to do in writing class”.

The PEN/HG Wells lecture has been set up in honour of the author, a former PEN president the organisation described as a “visionary”.

The aim of the lectures is to “showcase visionary writing and new thinking that embodies the spirit of the pioneering writing and activism of HG Wells”.

Niffenegger built her lecture around a short story written by Wells called “The Door in the Wall”, and argued for the need for more time and space to follow creative pursuits and creative thinking.

The lecture was followed by a question and answer session, during which Niffenegger was asked what she thought the biggest threat to the arts was.

“Amazon,” she answered. “The biggest threat to the arts that I can think of at the moment [is Amazon].”

Niffenegger also encouraged people to exercise their right to vote as a short-term answer to making sure governments invested in the arts.

“The immediate answer is to smite them all [politicians] at the voting booth,” she said.

Eddie Campbell to Adapt Audrey Niffenegger’s “Backward in Seville,” for Ray Bradbury Tribute Comics Anthology, Shadow Show

Eddie Campbell will be adapting Audrey’s tale, “Backward in Seville,” for a new anthology of comics based on stories from the Ray Bradbury tribute short story collection SHADOW SHOW edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle. More information can be found below.

a3caa274-0cab-4163-8cfb-9dcc7f0c0a8dMedia Release — In the prose anthology Shadow Show, acclaimed writers gathered to pay tribute to the work of the incomparable Ray Bradbury, known for such timeless classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. What resulted was a collection of remarkable and unique stories that beautifully illustrate Bradbury’s enduring imprint on the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery genres.

This November, IDW Publishing will take a selection of these stories and pair them with some of comic book’s biggest and brightest artists for a 5-issue series of comic-book adaptations. Shadow Show #1 starts with the haunting and melancholy “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” written by Joe Hill (Locke & Key) and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) with art by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith) and a gorgeous cover by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriquez.

“The pairing of Bradbury-inspired stories written by some of the best prose writers working today made for an amazing tribute book,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and to see them brought to life by such amazing artistic talents not only helps further Bradbury’s legacy, but it’s making for some damned good comics, too.”

“The anthology Shadow Show is a loving homage to Mr. B, so it’s great to see some of these stories in comics format. Ray considered comic strips central to his education and inspiration and Bradbury stories adapted for the classic EC stories helped raise the bar for all the comics that followed,” said Sam Weller and Mort Castle agreed.

Issue 2 will see Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” brought to life with artist Maria Fröhlich, and artist Eddie Campbell will tackle Audrey Niffenegger’s “Backward In Seville.” Writer/Editor Mort Castle and Bradbury biographer Sam Weller, who compiled the Shadow Show prose anthology, are onboard to help bring these stories to life in comic form.

Other Shadow Show stories to be included are Harlan Ellison’s “Weariness,” Dave Eggers’ “Who Knocks?” and Alice Hoffman’s “Conjure” with accompanying artists to be announced. Haunting paintings by Shane Pierce will grace all subscription variant covers for this series.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

Audrey Niffenegger to deliver inaugural PEN/H.G. Wells lecture

Audrey will be delivering the inaugural PEN/H.G. Wells Lecture on Friday 15 August at 6pm at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon3) in London. Tickets are £5/£9 and can be purchased by clicking here. Here is a bit of information from their website:

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Bestselling writer and artist Audrey Niffenegger will deliver the inaugural PEN/H.G. Wells lecture on Friday 15 August , 6pm at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon3 to be held at ExCel London 14-18 August.  The lecture will be the first in a series of annual lectures held in honour of former PEN President, the author, visionary and human rights campaigner, H.G. Wells. H.G. Wells foresaw the creation of the worldwide web, most particularly in a series of talks and essays which he first published in 1936 under the title ‘World Brain’. The PEN/H.G. Wells lecture will showcase visionary writing and new thinking that embodies the spirit of the pioneering writing and activism of H.G. Wells.

100 tickets at £9 will be available to the public to attend the lecture.

If you are a PEN member, email rebekah@englishpen.org to receive a Discount Code for £5 tickets.

The remaining places are available to attendees of Loncon3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. Worldcon is an annual event for the international science fiction community celebrating the best in science fiction writing, film and art. Featured guests will include Malcolm Edwards, John Clute and Iain M Banks (in memoriam). Audrey Niffenegger will be signing copies of her book at Loncon3 earlier in the day on Friday 15 August.

Ticket holders for the PEN/H.G. Wells lecture can upgrade their ticket on the day to a Loncon3 Day Pass (£40) minus the price of the ticket.  More information on Loncon3

H.G. Wells was a British novelist and historian and PEN’s president 1933-35.  He led a campaign against the burning of books by the Nazis in Germany and was responsible for the expulsion of German PEN who had come to support the nationalistic agenda.  He was also one of the most preeminent writers of science fiction whose works of fiction included The War of the Worlds, The Time MachineThe Invisible Man and non-fiction treatise The World Brain where Wells envisions a new, free, synthetic, authoritative, permanent ‘World Encyclopaedia’ that could help citizens make the best use of universal information resources and make the best contribution to world peace.

Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her most recent novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, was published in 2009. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has sold over seven million copies worldwide and has been translated into forty languages. In the Daily Telegraph’s readers’ poll of the ‘Top 50 Books of All Time’ it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two ‘novels-in-pictures’, The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), and a graphic novel The Night Bookmobile(2010), all published by Cape.   A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Beyond the Time Traveler’s Wife: A Survey of Audrey’s Art at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Audrey will be speaking at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the UK this fall. Below is a description from their website. For more information or to book tickets click here.

Sat 18 Oct 2014 – 18:30 – 19:30
Warehouse Cafe @ The Brewery Art Centre

Beyond the Time Traveler’s Wife : Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a best-selling book which was also turned into a film but, arguably, Audrey’s prowess lies in her drawings, prints, photographs and paintings. She makes visual books which she writes, illustrates and binds herself including her most recent book Raven Girl which was adapted into a dance for the Royal Ballet by Wayne McGregor. She is now collaborating on comics with Eddie Campbell whilst working on a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife.

This event takes you on an exclusive journey beyond The Time Traveler’s Wife to discover the extraordinary art of Audrey Niffenegger guided by Festival Patron and award-winning writer Mary Talbot.

Please note: this event capacity is 35 seats so book your tickets quickly before it sells out.

Audrey meets reader Anna James for #ThisBook discussion of the Time Traveler’s Wife

BAFTA winning This is England actress Vicky McClure introduces #ThisBook, a celebration of the stories by female authors that have the power to inspire us.

#ThisBook author meets a reader she inspired: Audrey Niffenegger shares the story behind her debut novel, The Time Traveller’s Wife, with book blogger and journalist Anna James. Find out more at http://thisbook.com and share the story that inspired you with #ThisBook. Content strictly for over 18s only. For more information visit www.baileys.com.


Novelists do comics: Thursdays, 6-8pm, by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell

Last weekend, the Guardian Newspaper published a new comic by Audrey and her partner Eddie Campbell, as well as a short essay by Audrey detailing their collaboration. Here is the description from the Guardian website:

“To mark the British Library’s forthcoming exhibition of British comics, Guardian Weekend asked well-known authors to collaborate with graphic artists to create new works. Here, novelist Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, and her long-distance partner comics artist and cartoonist Eddie Campbell, whose work includes illustrating Alan Moore’s From Hell, collaborate by email and shared instinct on a 21st-century story of love and paranoia.”

Click here to read the comic, and here to read the essay.

Bookish: The 9 Best Answers From Audrey Niffenegger’s Reddit AMA

Bookish has posted the 9 best answers from Audrey’s Reddit AMA. Below is the content of the post or you can view the original post here.

It’s so great to see authors using Reddit’s Ask Me Anything subreddit as a forum to connect with fans! A few months ago, Neil Gaiman teased details of the rumored American Gods TV series. Yesterday,Raven Girl author Audrey Niffenegger took to r/IAMA to talk about her classic time travel love storyThe Time Traveler’s Wife and her other works. Most exciting was when she shared insight into her forthcoming sequel, which focuses on Henry and Clare’s time-traveling daughter Alba. (If you buy the ebook from Zola Books, you’ll be treated to a 25-page excerpt from the sequel!)

For one, Alba’s got two husbands, one of whom is another time traveler! Not to mention, we’ll learn more about Chrono-Displacement and even get to see a familiar face. Sadly, the book won’t be out until about 2018, so get all your details here. Plus, Niffenegger shares which books she loves reading over and over.

What inspired Niffenegger to write The Time Traveler’s Wife: “The phrase ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ popped into my head, and I started wondering what sort of lady would marry a time traveler.”

What she read while writing: “I read some physics books for people who cannot cope with the math, that was very helpful. And I read quite a lot of articles that were coming out then about genetics.”

Whether she ever got confused working out all the minutiae of Henry and Clare’s lives together and apart: “No, I worked on the book for almost five years, so I had time to keep track of even the tiny details.”

Why she hasn’t seen the 2009 movie adaptation: “I did read the screenplay, and realized that the filmmakers were doing their own thing, so I decided to let go and I don’t feel the need to see it. I do think there have been good adaptations. I liked Cloud Atlas, both the book and the movie.”

Other books that mix sci-fi and fantasy elements with a contemporary love story: “Jack Finney‘s Time and Again is about to be reissued; I just wrote an introduction for it. And certainly Little, Big by John Crowley is a masterpiece; it’s got several love stories and fairies, too.

Why she decided to follow up on Alba: “I started working on Alba’s life because Zola Books was issuing the ebook for TTW and they asked for an ‘extra.’ Then I got a bit obsessed with her, and decided to keep working on it.”

How the world will respond to Chrono-Displacement in Alba’s future: “I’m not sure yet, though it is implied in TTW that the world knows about this and it has become an acceptable thing, though perhaps still rare. Oliver, one of Alba’s husbands, is from the second half of the 21st century, so he has seen much more evolution in society’s ideas about time travel.”

Will we get to see Henry in the Time Traveler’s Wife sequel? “Yes, he does manage to show up here and there.” (We see what you did there.)

Niffenegger’s top books of all time, that she’ll read over and over: “Harriet the SpyThe Woman In WhiteThe Turn of the ScrewThe Beast in the JungleThe Secret HistoryGalatea 2.2Gaudy Night, and The Goldfinch.”

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