Wow, this sounds serious: Mike will have a panel at the ACP/CMA Convention in Dallas. He'll be talking about "the path to publication, offer advice for aspiring authors and explain how journalistic techniques influenced a work of middle-grade fiction ... and vice versa." And maybe sip some coffee.
This appearance is not about "Revenge of the Star Survivors." But: Mike is scheduled to moderate a discussion with a real astronaut, Scott Kelly, who has written a book called "Endurance." It's part of the Authors Live! series at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Kelly is "the veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space," and the characters from Mike's book would all be kind of speechless if he were standing next to them, so it should be an interesting evening. (Click on the link for details about timing.)
"Revenge of the Star Survivors" touches down in Dallas' favorite bookstore/bar. There is talk of Romulan Ale being served. Will author Michael Merschel confess things about the writing process that he could have never said in middle school? You'll have to be there to find out.
Dallas Book Festival attendees can hear Mike discuss Revenge of the Star Survivors as part of the YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fandemonium panel, which happens at 10 a.m. in Evans Studio on the third floor of the fabulous J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. He'll be appearing with Kathleen Baldwin, Jenny Martin and Sherry Thomas.
(He'll also be interviewing National Book Award finalist Paulette Jiles onstage at noon. But although he may be wearing a Star Wars shirt, it's doubtful the topic of aliens or Omegan Fingers of Defibrillation will come up at that time.)
Meet with Mike as he presents his book to thousands of heroic librarians at the largest statewide library conference in the country.
You'll be able to see him Friday, April 21 [UPDATED], at these events:
9-10 a.m.: Autographing in the Authors Area (Aisle 2)
Noon: Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session Luncheon (look for the Holiday House table).
1-3:30 p.m.: Texas Tea: Meet and Greet with YA Authors. He'll be "speed dating." Copies of Revenge of the Star Survivors will be given away as door stops! (CORRECTION: Door prizes. They will be given away as door prizes.)
After that, if you'd like to say hi, track him down on Twitter, @mmerschel.