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Christopher at Worldcon!

Christopher will be attending Worldcon in Kansas City this year. The event goes from August 17 to August 21 and the author has activities marked for every day, including an autograph session and eight panels. Please stop by and say hello!

Worldcon is a convention which celebrates the best of science fiction. It is held in a different city each year. In 2016, the event is known as MidAmeriCon II due to its return, after 40 years, to Kansas City.

Besides the Hugo Awards, given to the best science fiction and fantasy works as voted by attendees, the event has autograph sessions, speeches and exhibits during the five day schedule. You can see all of Christopher’s schedule here!

MonsterBed Tribute

Last week, I was honored to receive an unexpected tribute from the team at MonsterBed Game Studio.

This painting by Ander Mathias shows Astro, star of the video game AstroMonkey: Hitball Arena, proudly holding The Elephant and Macaw Banner.


Here’s a picture of me with three members of the team at my recent book launch. As you can see from my t-shirt, I’m a big fan!

1507518_703997573050898_3972103815645930859_oJosé Francisco Moreira, Christopher, Lucas Saldanha, and Felipe Peruzzo Milkewicz

My heartfelt thanks to the team for this beautiful gesture, and I wish them great success on their many fantastic games to come!

Oil painting of “As They Appear”

I’ve been embarrassed by an outpouring of kindness this week from friends and acquaintances. Today I found out that three students from Florinda Tubino Sampaio school–Gyziane Souza da Silva, Laura Wabner Porto, and Luiza Henriques Pinheiro–painted this gorgeous oil painting based on one of my stories, “As They Appear”. This is such a beautiful, spontaneous gesture that it’s hard to express my gratitude. So I’ll just let their amazing work to speak for itself. Thank you all so much!



Visit to Erica Marques school

Thanks to a program called Autor Presente in my state, I had the pleasure of visiting the Basic Education School Professor Erica Marques in the city of Terra de Areia.

Little did I know that the eighth-grade groups 81 (coordinated by Gizane Medeiros) and 82 (coordinated by Tatiana de Souza) had prepared an unforgettable day.

Group 82 read “The Fortuitous Meeting” and built a lovely model based on the story’s principal settings: Salvador’s main plaza, the sacred Orfu grove in Africa, Salvador’s port, and the Bahian forest where Gerard met Sacy. Spectacular!



Group 81 acted out an amazing adaptation of “A Parlous Battle”, under the direction of students Leonara Almeida and Tamara Silva. The play was a magnificent production of almost thirty minutes.

1920051_579562355510176_8834967647219201563_n Os Students Rafaela, Guilherme, and Lucas play Arani, Oludara, and Gerard


Student actors from group 81

These two short clips give an idea of the time and effort that went into the production. It was an exhilarating experience for me:

Clip: Gerard and Oludara speak with Sacy

Clip: Gerard and Oludara confront the Kalobo

At the end, I took some pictures with the stars of the day: the eighth grade students of Erica Marques school.




I’d like to thank everyone involved: the students, the professors, the coordinators (Luci and Izabel) and the state’s Book Institute for making possible this unforgettable visit.

(Photos: Tatiana de Souza, Christopher Kastensmidt and E.E.B. Erica Marques)