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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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Announcing a Wheel of Time e-book

Today we got word that Tor’s Digital department will soon be releasing an e-book edition of THE WORLD OF ROBERT JORDAN’S THE WHEEL OF TIME. It is scheduled to publish on May 30, 2017, and pre-order pages are now up on retailer sites.

Here are two links that those of you interested in this offer can use:

Macmillan: http://us.macmillan.com/search?keyword=+9781250171283

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/World-Robert-Jordans-Wheel-Time-ebook/dp/B06Y5LK6B7

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Interview with the gentlemen of tWoTcast

tWoTcast is a Wheel of Time podcast created several years ago by brothers Joe and Tom O’Hara, and Jono Coulborn, during a long drinking session. The rambling podcasts, skillfully edited by Joe’s wife, Lauren, initially focused on the works of Robert Jordan. His Wheel of Time series was reread and discussed in the first 100 episodes, and New Spring was covered in subsequent episodes.

After they completed the Wheel of Time, the tWoTcast crew began to cover other book series, such as those by Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, and have continued to conduct live shows with well-known guests at fantasy conventions, including JordanCon, held every April in Atlanta. This year’s tWoTcast guests to be hosted on two separate podcasts are Jason Denzel of Dragonmount and Maria Simons of Team Jordan. A Barmasters’ Tournament will also be featured, pitting the bartending skills of Alan Romanczuk of Team Jordan against Chip Moore, which should go over smashingly on an audio podcast.

Listeners may subscribe to the podcast at twotcast.com or through iTunes. Since we have no access to usage data, nor have any comments about the podcasts been posted, we can’t be certain anyone has ever listened to them. However, we feel it important to expose the WoT community to another unique WoT resource.

For those interested in learning more about the “brains” behind tWoTcast, we offer this interview for your consideration. Parents, we recommend you not allow your children to read this interview, as it could be injurious to developing minds and morals.

Bandersnatch Group: Let’s begin with an easy question. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened during one of your podcasts?

Tom - Probably the last third of literally every episode. By then I have usually…. over-served myself. In general, embarrassment isn’t a feeling we’re very familiar with.

Joe - We drunkenly decided to call Patrick Rothfuss, recently. Jono still had his phone number from coordinating with him during JordanCon Six and he actually answered, it did not go well.

Jono - Yeah... That was pretty awkward. To cap it off, it was a night or two before he announced his licensing rights were bought. So the poor guy probably thought the random number was actually a very important phone call. He was wrong.

BG: What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?

Jono - I Just got engaged to a blowup doll after five years of dating.

Tom - I jumped onto a Navy vessel from the street in Savannah on St. Patricks Day once. Luckily I was just promptly escorted off of the boat and not tossed into the brig.

Joe - I stand by everything I’ve ever done!

BG: If you were stranded on a tropical island, which WoT book would you take with you, and why?

Tom - The first one? Perrin being lost in the woods with Egwene. My memory is hazy, but maybe there are some basic survival skill hints in there.

Joe - WINTER’S HEART probably, I love the “no One Power” fights in Far Madding and the end fight throw down while cleansing the male half of the source is f%#$ing awe inspiring. Can I say f%#$ing?

Jono - You cannot say f%#$ing. Nor can you do that on a deserted island if you're alone. So, I would say book nine is a solid choice: great book, a lot of cold weather to fool yourself on the tropical island, and Rand has coitus with Elayne.

Joe - Are you stealing my answer?!

Jono - Yes. Why do you think I waited to be last. I can’t think for myself!

BG: What else would you take with you?

Jono - Maybe a phone? How long am I on this island? I'm a ginger. So maybe sunscreen, too.

Tom - You can’t ask this question without setting limits. Because the first item I’d take based off this broad question is a boat.

Joe - You dickheads. Assume you can’t take that s%#$ with you. Obviously. A home distillery for the local vegetation. Booze and tWoT is all I need.

Jono - I still need sunscreen… but I want booze. How many items do I get?

BG: Which character in WoT do you most identify with, and why?

Jono - Rand. I have no idea who my father is, and I'm dubious about my mother.

Joe - Nyneave, because I am a stubborn, wool-headed bitch. Bitch, in the bad ass way of course.

Tom - Lanfear. I mean, have you seen my %#$& [Ed: bosom]?

BG: What do you think about when you’re alone in the bathroom?

Joe - My thoughts always wander to who that incredibly handsome man is staring back at me from the mirror.

Jono - Why is Joe staring at me in the bathroom window?

Tom - Why is the wifi so much worse in here? Download faster.

BG: What is the most endearing quality of your co-hosts?

Joe - Jono is perpetually in a good mood. Tom is perpetually in a shitty mood. its a good mixture.

Jono - For being a partial absentee, whenever Tom, provided he's in a good mood, is actually present, the three of us can't stop making jokes to one up the other. Probably annoying for our listeners, but there it is. I have nothing good to say about Joe. Except we play footsie.

Tom - Putting up with each other. For over six years at this point. How exhausting.

BG: What most annoys you about them?

Tom - They consistently want to read things and record these podcasts.

Joe - Jono’s love of the worst possible music and Tom loves not showing up for the podcast.

Jono - Joe drinks cider sometimes. Tom lives in a different state. These are major transgressions.

BG: What team would win in a barroom brawl if the One Power could not be used: Mat, Graendal, and Padin Fain; or Perrin, Faile, and Brandon Sanderson? Support your argument.

Joe - I suspect if Sanderson threw a punch his bones would shatter like glass. Still Graendal with no One Power to compulse someody’s ass is useless also. Perrin is ferocious and Faile is badass and fighting together I think they would defeat a Mat/Fain team up due to their inability to function as partners.

Jono - Mat, Graendal, and Fain. First off, nothing says Fain doesn't have his dagger since it's unrelated to the Power. Second, I'm sure he wants revenge for how badly Sanderson screwed his section of book fourteen, so he's going to have a chip on his shoulder big enough to take on that whole team. I love Sanderson and think he did great work for tWoT, but man... I didn't love how that went down.

Tom - The lack of the One Power only disables one of these people. A barroom brawl is basically a basketball game if you think about it real hard, and Perrin is obviously Teen Wolf. And werewolves don’t lose at basketball games. I’m relatively certain Michael Jordan was a werewolf. So Perrin.

Joe - You mean Michael Jordan Fox.

BG: Min Farshaw walks into Easing the Badger carrying a dead badger. Finish the story.

[Ed: Totally censored.]

BG: That marriage between Mat and Tuon-- is it going to last?

Joe - Of course, Mat is nothing if not loyal. For all his complaints hes a stand up guy, he stayed with his friend even when he thought he was basically the devil. Then again, his wife may have him assassinated on a whim.

Jono - Probably not. Mat likes a nice, curvy girl; something to hold on to at night and twice during the day. Tuon is decidedly not that. He'll give it a go for a couple years, and unless her pregnancy weight amplifies that bosom, he's out at a tavern copping a feel.

Tom - Despite Mat’s best efforts, most likely.

BG: If you could wave a magic wand, how would you have ended the series?

Jono - Kill more characters. Flesh out more emotional scenes like Moiraine meeting anyone... Maybe really explain a lot of the unexplained issues, like the Pipe.

Joe - Waaaaaaaay more death of the main characters. Too many of them lived, we’re all grown ups, we could’ve handled it. Specifically Elayne. That bint.

Tom - I wouldn’t have. Bring on Book 48.

[Ed: Thank you for not riffing on the term "magic wand."]

BG: And lastly, who is Nakomi?

Jono - Why don't you tell me, Mr. Continuity Editor! Maybe Verin from another world? Maybe some reborn hero who's only heroic deed is asking annoying questions? I don't know...

Joe - Rand’s ghost mommy!

Tom - Pretty sure she’s that old lady from Brother Bear that turns people into bears.
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Listen up, you mugs!

Ta'veren Tees has partnered with independent artist Sean Robinson to create a new product now available for preorder, Handcrafted ceramic mugs: www.TaverenTees.com/featured. There are a total of 12 mug designs available for order including a White Flame icon in all ajah colors, three Ta'veren mugs, and a Dragon's Fang.

Each mug holds 16 oz—suitable for a large ration of ale, tea, coffee, or enough oosqui to make you forget last week-- and is microwave and dishwasher safe. This is truly a piece of "The Wheel of Time" art you can use every day, so make sure to preorder now. Mugs will ship April 2.
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A speech by Robert Jordan

[Picture of RJ giving a talk at Harvard Coop during the WINTER'S HEART signing tour in 2003]

We were digging through a moldy box in a back office last week and came upon a file marked "Speeches." Don't get excited, there are only a few in the file. We thought you might like to see one, reproduced in its entirety. It appears to have been given in the mid-1990's to a literacy organization in Charleston, SC. Enjoy!

For the last few years I have been writing a cycle of books called THE WHEEL OF TIME. It began in 1990 with the publication of THE EYE OF THE WORLD, and I am working on the seventh book, A CROWN OF SWORDS, right now. Now in my writing, books play an important part. Whether in the small country village of Emond’s Field or in the desolation of the Aiel Waste, there are people who eagerly wait for new books to arrive. Loial, the aptly named Ogier, not only wants to be a writer, he always seems able to quote from one book or another on just about any subject. Inns with any pretensions to quality have a shelf of books for travelers and with the notable exception of Mat—who seldom thinks beyond dancing with the girls and maybe finding somewhere there’s gambling—my characters read. If I can roughly paraphrase Jane Austen in NORTHHANGER ABBEY, “Gentle Reader, if a writer of books cannot promote the reading of books, who can?”

One of the most popular books among the people in THE WHEEL OF TIME is The Travels of Jain Farstrider. As an aside to those of you who have read me, in THE GREAT HUNT, a gremlin got into the works; Jain is Jain with an “N” everywhere else, but in that one book, he is Jaim with an “M.” Maybe he was trying to change his image. Jain seems to have traveled everywhere and seen everything, and through his writings, his readers are able to see those places too. That is the true magic of books.

At the age of four, I taught myself to read, with the incidental help of a twelve-year older brother who was sometimes stuck with baby-sitting. He read to me the books he liked, with now and again a dip down to kid’s books, for ten or twelve-year olds. So I leaped right over the usual children’s books. Any cliches you think of about doors opening can’t possibly come close. I grabbed that knowledge of words and ran. I journeyed to the moon both in a sphere covered with Cavourite and also in a huge projectile courtesy of the Baltimore Gun Club. I floated down the Mississippi with Huck Finn, sailed the Spanish Main with Captain Blood, and rode with the Three Musketeers. I walked the streets of medieval Paris and Victorian London, of Renaissance Rome and Tokyo of the Shoguns and samurai. My eyes were opened to places and things and possibilities far beyond what I could see here in Charleston. From then on, I knew that there was MORE, and I was never going to be satisfied with less.

People who do not read suffer a sorry fate. Their eyes are never opened; they seldom see the possibilities beyond what lies around them. They live cramped lives, in a world with narrow boundaries. They are not the only ones who suffer for it, though. We all do. It’s no coincidence that you can find fewer readers in prisons than outside. There aren’t many readers in street gangs, either, and you don’t see many drug users dropping by the library. I don’t claim that books are the whole solution to those problems, of course, but people who haven’t had their eyes opened to the possibilities out there are going to follow the paths they CAN see. They never know that there is more. They pay the price, and so do we.

Years ago, when I first went away from Charleston, I found that Southerners were seen as indolent, ignorant and all but illiterate. That made me angry; it pricked me in my pride of who I am and where I come from. I have been told that in the tri-county area [the region surrounding Charleston], forty percent of the population is functionally illiterate. Forty percent! That should stab your pride, as it does mine. It should stab your self-interest, too. Remember what I said about readers? High illiteracy goes with high crime, with high jail populations and long welfare roles. Readers know that they can do more, be more. The illiterate know only dreary days of limited horizons. Their minds are constricted, like the bound feet of Chinese women. They drain society rather than feeding it, because they can’t do anything else.

We can do something, though. Whether for the heat of our pride, the warmth of compassion, or cold practicality, we can teach them to read. Literacy, and all the expanded horizons and knowledge of possibilities that come with it—literacy may be the greatest single gift you will ever be able to give anyone.


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Tia mi aven Moridin isainde vadin

Today Harriet took an old friend out to visit Robert Jordan’s grave. Here are two photos of the stone: the first showing it as it was shortly after being laid in 2007, the second showing it as it is today, less than ten years later.

She was surprised and tickled to see that someone had placed a pair of red dice on the stone in his memory, which appear as red dots in the upper left of the photo.

Dovie’andi se tovya sagain…
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New t-shirt from Taveren Tees

Ta’veren Tees has a new shirt design available for preorder. It is called “The Gateway."

Nynaeve and Lan can forever guard each other's backs - and yours - with the newest tee shirt design now available for preorder from Ta'veren Tees, www.TheWheelofTimeStore.com.

"The Gateway," illustrated by Ariel Burgess, shows Lan and Nynaeve Traveling via gateway, standing ready to fight and protect each other. The front features Lan coolly guarding Nynaeve's back, while the back of the shirt features Nynaeve ready to unleash her fury on any darkfriend foolish enough to attack.

"The Gateway" is available in an unisex tee and a ladies' style tee. Both are soft, comfortable 100% cotton shirts. Sizing information is available on the product pages.

Preorders receive a discount and will ship on February 10, as soon as the shirt is in stock. All items ordered alongside the new shirt will be held and shipped at the same time.

Unisex: TaverenTees.com/gateway
Ladies: TaverenTees.com/gatewayladies
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