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Latest news from The WoT team in Charleston SC
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Happy Holidays

Here at Bandersnatch we’re almost ready for Christmas. The tree is up, there are presents all around, and the mood is festive. We wish everyone the happiest of holidays and all the best in the new year.
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A Team Jordan retirement

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We announce the retirement, effective Christmas 2017, of a longstanding team member, Alan Romanczuk.

Co-author of THE WHEEL OF TIME COMPANION, Alan joined Bandersnatch Group the summer of 2001 to help with continuity and research on the series and other odd jobs such as building and repairing computers for the team. Yes, we are that hard on electronics.

He is thankful for his friendships within the Wheel of Time fan community and for the opportunity to work with the Bandersnatch family, Harriet and Maria, for so many years. Most of all he is grateful for the time he was able to spend with Robert Jordan while he still walked the Earth.

Alan says that he intends to spend his days taking long walks around Charleston (i.e., the Wandering Ukrainian) and binge watching videos of Pussy Riot and Taffy Bennington. And, of course, the Wheel of Time TV series when it is released. What he really does with his free time remains to be seen.

He and his wife Amy will be attending JordanCon again this coming April in Atlanta and they look forward to seeing friends there for the event.

We wish him all the best.
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The Realms of God

As a public service, we would like to mention that Michael Livingston's new novel, The Realms of God, the third and final book in The Shards of Heaven series, is being released by Tor tomorrow, November 7. We haven't read it yet, but look forward to the pleasure of doing so.

Anyone interested in history, particularly that of the Roman Empire, will find the series fascinating. The history is accurate-- Dr. Livingston does impeccable research-- except for fantasy elements such as demons and magical objects, doing for ancient Rome what zombies did for Jane Austen.
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Another birthday has come, bearing releases

“Behold what has never been seen before. An author has been chosen, a chief of chiefs. Born of Eva Mae, he has come with the dawn from Charleston, according to prophecy, to unite the literate. The fulfillment of prophecy has begun!”

– from THE HOLY CITY CHRONICLES

James O Rigney, born October 17, 1948. Happy birthday, Jim.

By coincidence, Tor is re-releasing today a Young Adult book, set in the Wheel of Time world: FROM THE TWO RIVERS, which in fact is the first half of THE EYE OF THE WORLD with additional material. It’s a diminutive hardback that feels nice in the hand, 4-1/2” x 7”, a perfect stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays.

And we apologize for letting the month of May pass without mentioning the release of the paperback edition of THE WHEEL OF TIME COMPANION, offered at an attractive price. This volume affords fans a good opportunity to bone up on obscure and familiar details of the canon before the upcoming WoT TV series comes to life.
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Ten years ago

"Death comes for us all. We can only choose how to face it when it comes."

He faced it with honor ten years ago, September 16, 2007.
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Hurricane irma

[Bandersnatch compound prepared for the storm.]

“This book is dedicated to… They came to my aid when God walked across the water, and the true Eye of the World passed over my house.” —Robert Jordan, Charleston, SC, February 1990

The above dedication, written five months after Hurricane Hugo wreaked havoc on our city, appeared at the beginning of THE GREAT HUNT. With the approach of Hurricane Irma, we want to assure you that, should the Eye of the World come our way again, we have taken precautions.

We wish all of you who suffered from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and those who will experience pain and loss as a result of Irma, to know that our hearts and prayers are with you.

In the meantime, whoever took the Bowl of the Winds from Harriet’s dining room, please return it— we may need it soon.
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Good price on graphic novel

For a limited time, all the major ebook sellers (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, etc.) are offering the first volume of THE EYE OF THE WORLD graphic novel for $2.99. More details can be found on the Tor/Forge blog:
http://www.torforgeblog.com/2017/08/13/2-99-ebook-sale-the-eye-of-the-world-the-graphic-novel/
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New tee-shirt from Ta'veren Tees

The new “Water and Shade” shirt is now available for preorder. The artwork is from Paul Bielaczyc and is printed on an extremely comfy heather brown tee. It is a sort of symbolic representation of the Aiel, as well as a portrait of Rhuidean and of Avendesora.

Shirts can be preordered at TaverenTees.com/watershade and will ship July 14.
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Update

[Picture of Mime Nynaeve, one of the judges at the annual JordanCon Barmasters Tournament, reacting to an entry in the sudden-death shot competition.]

We are freshly returned from JordanCon 2017 in Atlanta, and our thanks go out to the Liangs for putting on such a good show for the fans of Robert Jordan. We have so many good memories from the weekend. Guests-of-honor were uniformly talented and outgoing: author Chuck Gannon, artist Steve Hickman, author and Shakespearean professor AJ Hartley, author Jana Oliver… the list is large, too many to name here, but thanks for being there, we think you’re all great.

The panels were at times brilliant, ranging from the Writers’ track, the World of the Wheel, Swords & Sorcery, the Art Show—twelve in all. We were fortunate to encounter celebrities such as internationally famous Taffy Bennington, attend broadcasts by the gentlemen of TwotCast, and see Gary Kellum again. Wads of cash were raised for the Mayo Clinic through charity auctions during the event. Again, thanks to the Liangs and all the volunteers who made the weekend possible.

At the urging of Narg and other posters to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, we would like to make a brief statement about last week’s announcement that Sony Pictures Television has signed a contract with executive producer Ted Field of Radar Productions (with whom Bandersnatch Group signed a contract last year) to develop a TV production of the Wheel of Time series.

Harriet is delighted that Rafe Judkins will be showrunner and lead writer of the series. As with the selection of Brandon Sanderson to finish the book series, Harriet found in Rafe a young artist with an abundance of talent and an abiding love for the series, having been reading the books since childhood. We have been assured that Rafe will have creative control over the television production, and he seems eager to consult with Harriet throughout the process. We wish Rafe the best, and look forward to a long and successful association with him.
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JordanCon 2017

Here is a reminder that the ninth annual JordanCon will kick off opening ceremonies this Friday, April 21, at one o’clock in the afternoon. This fantasy literature gathering is held to celebrate the works of Robert Jordan. Jennifer Liang, with the help of her husband, James, founded the Atlanta convention in 2009 following the author’s death.

Guests of honor this year include Charles Gannon, author of the Caine Riordan series, and artist Stephen Hickman, whose fantasy artworks are too many to name. Amanda Keen will be the Toastmaster. Team Jordan will also be there. We are eager to meet with the more than 600 people who are expected to attend.

There is plenty for everyone to do over the entire weekend, including eight subject matter tracks running simultaneously, an Art Show and Dealers’ Hall, gaming, live tWotcast podcasts, contests, and, of course, a charity auction with proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic and other worthy organizations.

For more information about the Con, rev up your computer and browse over to http://jordancon.org
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