February 11th, 2012
Event Recap for Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Well
Recap written by Todd V. Ehrenfels:
Good evening Science Fiction Fans, and welcome to Well
Read books. While this is not, in fact, Howard Cosell, for
some reason I am reading this in my head with his voice...
OK, that was a bit trippy and bizarre...
Alright, so, what can I say about Face the Fiction with Owen
Palmiotti at Well Read Books? Well to start, "One of us, one
of us, one of us....!" Seriously, Owen was a fantastic guest
and a lot of fun. He arrived in street clothes, whisked
himself into the back room while Kate, Eric and I chatted,
and emerged bedecked in 1700's era privateer clothing
(note: privateer, not pirate), and engaged in a series of
weapons duels with Bill Skees. Bill thought it was just a
photo opportunity and let his guard down, only to be run
through by a cutlass-wielding author. We told the rest of
the group that Bill had to "leave early", but somehow I
suspect they all saw the bloodstains... That is my story and
I am sticking to it (mainly because Liz is even better with
that sword than Owen)...
We started up around 8pm as folks settled into their chairs
and Owen explained the genesis of his Benjamin Manry
series of adventure stories. A young Owen rather liked the
movie The Goonies and had spent quite a bit of time
memorizing the dialog. The one thing that kept nagging at
him was that he had dreamed a story that would be in the
same vein as his beloved film, but take it a step further.
What came next was a deluge of writing and a novel. Fast
forward to college: Owen finally gets the novel in a mostly
complete format and proceeds to get arrested for disorderly
contact by campus police while running about screaming "It's
done!" His sentence is commuted in favor of Naval service...
also, because he graduated with a degree in Navigation....
Owen spent many years abroad aboard a US Navy warship
traversing the Suez and the Straits of Hormuz from
2007-2009, then spent some time backpacking in Europe
and navigating over land before return to the States to
teach Navigation at SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in
the Bronx. While there, he dusted off his manuscript and
began work on revising and re-editing the original, as well
as working on the sequel. Owen explained a lot of what
when on during those months of working with his co-author,
a Mr. Jameson... oh, wait, that might have been his drinking
partner... Anyway, Mssrs Starbucks and Jameson helped
immeasurably if I understood correctly.
I suppose I should explain the story, since we discussed it at
length: Benjamin Manry is a young lad who, with the
assistance of his brother Harris his able companion Sal,
discovered an accursed pirate treasure. The pirate, one
Captain Bloodbones, had hired a sorcerer to ensorcel his
gold, and Benjamin, Harris, and Sal get hurtled back in time
to 1763 when Captain Arthur Nelson of the HMS Courtesy is
busy tracking down the ne'er-do-well Bloodbones as
Privateers in service to the English Crown. Action,
adventure, and hijinx ensue... as do privy issues... and
possibly scurvy (I was a bit confused on that score so I just
ate my citrus).
We all had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun before heading off
to the Land and Sea Diner, where Owen joined us for a lack
of Cheesecake and a lack of Poundcake (Owen and I were
singled out for punishment as we ordered things that were
not available). We had a long and shouty conversation
about Star Trek, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Farscape, and the
Ministry of Silly Walks...
Thanks again to Well Read and the great folks over in
Hawthorne, as well as our cheerful young guest Owen
Palmiotti for keeping the kids entertained for the evening!
Owen showed up in full military navy uniform with sabers
and other cool antique reproduction weapons. Owen was
informative, fun and kept the group entertained for over two
hours! Lots of fun. Can't wait to start reading his books. (AM)
Another fun meeting. A splendid time was had by all. (Gene
Owen was very animated and interesting speaker. Everyone
present had a good time. (Chris Hasselkus)
In a word...awesome! Costumes, weapons, adventure!
Owen Palmiotti - he will be a big name. (JTB)
|Saturday, February 11, 2012
7p to 9p
Well Read Bookstore
425 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
This group meets on the second Saturday of each month and
spotlights guest speakers from SF and genre related fields of
This month's guest is Owen Palmiotti
(www.owenpalmiotti.com). Owen is an author of
genre fiction that he describes as "Goonies meets other
From Owen's website: My name is Owen Palmiotti. I am 25
years old. I graduated from SUNY Maritime in May of 2007.
I sailed with Military Sealift Command as a Third Officer for two
lengthy deployments. I now find myself in the
classrooms of SUNY Maritime teaching License Seminar,
Celestial Navigation, Electronic Navigation. I love to write, and I
have found a lifestyle which provides many
adventures and inspiration for my stories.
Owen tells me he will arrive in character - be prepared for a
unique and highly entertaining mutiny!
*See comments on the night below!