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:

NPG x16751; Herbert George Wells by Bassano

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 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 and share the story that inspired you with #ThisBook. Content strictly for over 18s only. For more information visit


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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IamA – Audrey Niffenegger on Reddit

Audrey will be participating in an IamA on Reddit this Thursday, February 13th, from 4:00-5:30 pm EST.

What is an IamA? Here is a description from Reddit’s faqs page:

What is /r/IAmA?

Basically, /r/IAmA is a place to interview people, but in a new way. “IAmA” is the traditional way of beginning the description of who you are; “AMA” is the traditional way of ending the description; the acronym means “Ask me anything.” The interviewee begins the process by starting a post, describing who they are and what they do. Then, commenters leave questions and can vote on other questions according to which they would like to see answered. The interviewee then goes through and responds to any questions that he/she would like, and in any way that he/she prefers.

For information on how to participate, click here.


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