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December 5, 2013

I’ll be doing a signing event at the Grand Junction Barnes & Noble on Dec 7, from 2-4pm. More details here:

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October 22, 2013

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo BacigalupiI’ll be doing a discussion on middle grade literature, and signing and reading from ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN at Books of Wonder in NYC this Saturday, Oct 26th, 1 – 3pm.

Other authors who are confirmed to appear are Peter Lerangis, Matthew Cody, and Mary G. Thompson. Should be a fun time, so I hope to see you there.

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October 10, 2013

I’ll be doing a panel conversation and a signing at the Southern Festival of Books.


10:00-11:00am Panel: “Zombie Tales of the Undead for Teens and Tweens” with T. Michael Martin (The End Games)

Room 16, Legislative Plaza (entrance on corner of 6th and Union)

11:00-11:30am SIGNING

Author Signing Colonnade

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September 11, 2013

Well, that was fun. Apparently you really like digging for weird meat products. The results were hilarious and gag inducing. Now, I take my responsibility for selecting the winners seriously, so I’ll walk you through the results, and then announce the winners.

First, I’m definitely looking for real meat products– so as much as I like SPARKLE MEAT we’re setting aside the canned unicorn.


Also, as much as I love some of these, I’m going to also set aside weird meat from cultures outside the U.S.

I know that fish like this makes me flinch, but I’m pretty sure this a cultural reaction.

teethy fishy


I’m not going to judge the baby mice, either. I mean… not much.

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I guess they’re kind of squishy, but at least they’re recognizably little mice.

And while the Monkey Brains are topical… they just aren’t as INDUSTRIAL as I’d like.

monkey brains

Okay, I admit, I gagged a little when I saw them.

And yet there are still so many choices!

canned cheese burger

Cheeseburger, anyone?

As much as I love this one, it’s not just meat, because there’s some bread and.. is that a pickle? So as wonderfully nasty and industrial as this is, I’m forced to set it aside.

And so, The Winners:

Now, this is hard enough to decide that I’ve actually chosen a couple of winners.

1) Canned Chicken. OMG.

Canned Chicken


Pouring canned chicken

These indelible images came from two different people, but I think each image captures something so special that I feel I must award two prizes, so Twitterers @rdelgadoCF and @BlytheMarshall are both getting personalized copies of ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN.

But wait, that’s not all, as I feel there is another class of products that live in the realm of “mystery meat.” Some of these, like head cheese (google it, I dare you) and canned haggis definitely stand out, but for sheer sunny panache, I’m most attracted to this entry.


Smiling Meat

This one came to me from multiple places, but Jonathan Danz on Facebook was quickest to the link, so he’s getting a copy of ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN, as well.

To be honest, there was such a fantastic flood of weird industrial meat products that I wish I could award prizes to all of you who sent pics and links, but I’m going to cut myself off at these three and thank you all for making the launch of Zombie Baseball Beatdown so much fun.

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September 10, 2013

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN launches today. Here’s the nifty cover:


In honor of the infected meatpacking plant that starts the zombie apocalypse in ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN, I’m doing a contest. Whoever sends me a link or pic of the weirdest industrial meat product wins a brand new hardcover ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN, inscribed by me, for whomever you wish. Drop it to me on Facebook, or on my twitter @paolobacigalupi or in the comments here on this post. At the end of the day, I’ll pick a winner.

Go forth and find meat products!

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September 6, 2013

This announcement has been a long time coming: two years of focused work on the book, plus a couple years before that of noodling with ideas, trying to find the frame for the story I wanted to write.

Today, I’m very happy to announce that THE WATER KNIFE, my next novel for adults, will be published by Knopf. It’s a story of climate change, drought, and water politics set in the American Southwest, loosely based in the same world as my short story “The Tamarisk Hunter.”

The New York Times has more on the story:

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September 5, 2013

I’m mostly hammering away on a couple of book projects for the next couple of months, but I’m coming out of my shell for the following appearances.

September 20-22: National Book Festival, Washington, DC

October 12: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

October 18-20: MileHiCon, Denver, CO

October 22-24: Williams College, MA – Science Fiction Symposium

I’ll also probably be dropping into NYC sometime in late Oct, but no dates are set, yet.

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September 3, 2013

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September 2, 2013

While I was working on THE DROWNED CITIES, I also ended up writing another book to sort of unwind from the pressure of writing a follow-up novel after SHIP BREAKER’s phenomenal success.

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN was a secret project that I wrote for myself and my own entertainment. I wanted it to be funny, because those are story-telling muscles that I don’t normally use, and I wanted it to be fast and furious for a reader who is otherwise immersed in video games and comics and movies, and perhaps doesn’t think that books have something to offer.

ZBB, of course, is full of zombies, and baseball bats, and brains… but, as in the case of all my stories, it’s about other things as well. Little, Brown made a quick video for me to introduce the book. Good for a giggle, I think.

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