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Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks Book Tour Announcement

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Oct 31 2009, 3:35pm

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Fantasy Freaks and Gaming GeeksTORN Pal Ethan Gilsdorf sends us word on his new book 'Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks' and a West Coast book tour, take a look!

Ethan Gilsdorf presents his travel memoir / pop culture narrative "FANTASY FREAKS AND GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms." The book is an exploration and celebration of fantasy and gaming subcultures. The events begin with a "geek trivia contest" with prizes that tests the audience's knowledge of all things Tolkien, Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons and more. Gilsdorf will then read an excerpt from "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks," followed by a Q&A and book signing. More info: http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com

Book Tour Dates:

Thurs, Nov. 5 (7:30 pm)
Los Angeles, CA
1818 N. Vermont Ave.

Mon, Nov 9 (7pm)
San Francisco, CA
The November Monthly Rumpus
Part of a group reading of 6 authors.
$10 cover
The Makeout Room, 3225 22nd Street at Mission

Tues Nov 10 (7 pm)
San Francisco, CA
Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street

Thurs, Nov 12 (7pm)
Portland, OR
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.,Beaverton

Sun Nov 15 (2pm)
Seattle, WA
Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S. Main St.


"For anyone who has ever spent time within imaginary realms, the book will speak volumes. For those who have not, it will educate and enlighten."

"Imagine this: Lord of the Rings meets Jack Kerouac's On The Road"
National Public Radio's "Around and About"

"Gilsdorf is an engaging and personable guide. Like many who will pick up his book, hes got one foot squarely in the real world, the other in the fantasy one. This is a journey well worth taking."

"A breathless adventure/quest/memoir that is uniquely contemporary."
Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator

"A vicarious peek into an escapist pastime."
Kirkus Reviews

"[A] fascinating memoir/travel/geek-world exploration."
The Onion's A.V. Club

"Witty, downright funny, poignant, honest and ... well, wistful."
R. A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Elf Trilogy

"Fun, quirky and fresh."
David Brin, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards

"An orcs-and-all journey through geekdom."
Melissa Anelli, author of Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

More fun than being a Dungeon Master to a group of high-level mages and thieves. A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically


Come commune with your inner fantasy fan or gaming geek with Ethan Gilsdorf, author of the travel memoir / pop culture narrative "FANTASY FREAKS AND GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms."

"Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks" is travel-memoir exploration and celebration of fantasy and gaming subcultures. As you know, online gaming, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are huge and topical these days. The book is an effort to understand the appeal of fantasy and gaming.

On a quest that begins in his own geeky teenage past and ends in our online gaming future, former D&D addict Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worldsfrom Boston to Wisconsin, France to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to Middle-earth to the realm of Aggramar. He asks game-players and fantasy fans---old, young, male, female, able-bodied and disabledwhat attracts them to fantasy worlds, and for what reasons. What he discovers is funny, poignant, and enlightening.


Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.

After playing Dungeons & Dragons religiously in the 1970s and 1980s, Ethan Gilsdorf went on to become a poet, teacher, and journalist. In the U.S. and in Paris, hes worked as a freelance correspondent, guidebook writer, and film, book and restaurant reviewer. Now based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor,and has been published in other magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, and the Washington Post. His blog "Geek Pride" is seen regularly on PsychologyToday.com and he has also been a guest on talk radio as a fantasy and escapism expert. He does not own elf ears, but he has kept all his old D&D gear, and has been known to host a Lord of the Rings party or two. Follow Ethans adventures at http://www.ethangilsdorf.com.

More information at http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com

My book "FANTASY FREAKS AND GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms" is now available from The Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press.

All-new website here: http://www.fantasyfreaksbook.com/

Blogging for Psychology Today -- "Geek Pride": https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/geek-pride

Read my blog: http://www.ethangilsdorf.com/ethanfreak-blog/

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0knQcSAaws

Join the Facebook Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks Fan page! http://www.facebook.com/fantasyfreaksbook

Enter the Great Geek Giveaway contest! cool prizes! http://www.ethangilsdorf.com/greatgeekgiveaway/

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ethanfreak

Order on Amazon.com Today!

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Oct 31 2009, 4:42pm

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and I highly recommend it to any fantasy or Tolkien fan. Ethan takes the reader on his journey to come to terms with being a geek, in the end embracing who is is and how he came to be that way. You'll get massive doses of Tolkien, along with regular doses of Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars and Dragon Con.

Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.

`Are these magic cloaks? ' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.

`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.

NARF since 1974.
Balin Bows


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