*This just rolled into my email box!*
New York Times Bestselling Harlequin TEEN Author Julie Kagawa to Launch First
Virtual YA Reading with AltspaceVR
New York, NY (May 10, 2016) — Bestselling author Julie Kagawa, also an avid gamer, has tackled vampires, evil fairies and dragons in her books. But now she’s ready to conquer a new frontier that sci-fi and fantasy authors used to only dream about: virtual reality. One of Harlequin TEEN’s veteran authors, Kagawa will host an unprecedented reading and Q&A exclusively in AltspaceVR, the premiere app for events inside of virtual reality on Thursday, May 19th. Fans can attend by downloading the AltspaceVR app for Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or in 2D mode on qualifying macs or PCs.
After garnering huge successes with her fresh takes on fairies (The Iron Fey series, which recently hit one million copies sold in North America) and vampires, Julie Kagawa began the Talon Saga in 2014—her contemporary action and fantasy take on her favorite mythological creature, dragons. A New York Times bestseller, Talon is the first in a series that will eventually finish with five books. Book 3, Soldier, just went on sale April 26. The VR reading will take place from 6:30PM to 8:30PM EST on Thursday, May 19th and fans can RSVP for the event using this link: https://kagawa-vr.eventbrite.com.
Virtual reality offers a promising new way to connect with fans. Time magazine calls AltspaceVR “a brand new space where you can hang out with your friends, no matter their real-world locations.” They’ve hosted improvisational theater events, tech talks, storytelling events and open mic nights with new events added every week. Their partnership with comedy community, JASH, has seen comics like Reggie Watts, Heather Campbell and Miles Stroth grace their underground virtual comedy club.
“AltspaceVR offers a new platform for authors to connect to an audience from around the world without having to travel from bookstore to bookstore,” says Eric Romo, CEO of AltspaceVR, “We’re excited to have Julie Kagawa share her fantasy-writing prowess with a new audience inside of virtual reality.”