I’m in Sacramento This Sunday … Selling My Books Dirt Cheap!

If you can make it, definitely do! This Sunday is Freethought Day in Sacramento, California (October 12, 2014), with speakers and entertainment and all kinds of vendors and fun. You can register at EventBrite. The all-day outdoor event is free. But you can donate to get reserved seating, or attend the Saturday night VIP reception this 11th (I’ll be there), or even yet other things. I can’t guarantee who will be at the reception Saturday night, but among the VIPs featured Sunday are Rebecca Watson, Phil Zuckerman, Greta Christina, Ross Blocher (of Oh No Ross and Carrie), illusionist Ryan Kane, Dan Arel (Parenting without God), Brendan Powell Smith (The Brick Bible), poet Victor Harris, Tom Beasley (from the An American Atheist podcast), David Fitzgerald (The Mormons), and more. Camp Quest West will also be providing a Fun Zone for kids.

I might take the stage briefly, but I will be tabling all day and selling heaping wadges of my books at cut rate prices. All my backdated stock that’s perfectly readable but in somewhat rough condition aesthetically. This is your chance to get dirt cheap copies of most of my books for your friends, family, colleagues, or yourself, or to donate to your local library, or wherever. My newest two books (published this year) will not be sold at discount but at their regular price, but I will have them for sale, too. I am fully setup now to take credit cards (and I always take cash and personal checks). So stop by and help buy me out!

(And for those who’ve been wondering, my intense travel and teaching schedule has kept me away from my blog for weeks. And this won’t let up anytime soon. So expect my comments queue to languish for weeks and get cleared in bulk every once in a while now until things change. And my posting will probably be sporadic as well, even though I have tons of stuff I want to blog about!)

Travel Fund Outcome

If you want Richard Carrier to visit your city, for any organization you are a member or officer of, check this out. Thanks to generous donors covering my losses from a burglary and exceeding that request by several thousand dollars, I have some money I will apply to the cost of visiting other cities to speak next year (mostly in reducing my honorarium, covering book procurement for resale, and some transportation costs). I promised I’d give these benefits to the cities the donations came from, by proportion. Although unfortunately, as I also noted, I can only do this for North American donors. I received generous support from such countries as Norway, Japan, Poland, England, Germany, and Australia, which I will just count toward recouped losses. Thank you so much, all of you. (But one island nation, which donated unusually generously, might prove an exception–private negotiations for a possible visit are underway; I can’t say more just yet.)

Many cities are receiving the benefits. I have some small discounts, and some large discounts. I’ll describe them in that order…

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Not at Skepticon — So Looking for a Gig!

I won’t be on the roster for Skepticon this year. Which means I have nothing scheduled for November, and I’m looking for an event to do then. So are you in a group, maybe one a long way from Skepticon and thus whose members usually don’t get to go, who’d like to have me out as a speaker around that time? My requirements aren’t too demanding (details here), and if you coordinate with other groups for multiple events or a mini-tour, you can get a discount.

It occurs to me that not everyone might know my basic requirements for speaking (not everyone has read that last link), and I am looking for events in any month of this year or next (although most of this year is booked, I have a few openings here and there, besides all of November).

So here is an excerpt from my booking page:

… For any speaking engagement I require expenses, a $250 honorarium, and (usually) an opportunity to sell my books at your event. If you want to do a teleconference, I charge only $150 (per hour), and no expenses. But even for having me appear in person, normally the only expenses you have to cover are transportation and lodging.

The largest expense is always transportation. I live in California … The lowest expense is often lodging, as I actually prefer to stay as the guest of a local freethinker … all I need is a warm bed and a hot shower. …

Consider teaming up several organizations for a single joint event, or more. I am willing to stay several days for multiple events. You will have to board me for those extra nights, and I charge only $50 for each additional debate or speaking engagement, but informal events are free (e.g. dinner parties, meet-and-greets, etc.). Just feed me copious amounts of alcohol. To give you an idea, I once spoke at a university, the costs of which were split three ways by the campus freethought group and two different academic departments that were interested in the subject of my talk. On another occasion I spoke to two separate atheist community groups in cities near each other, a volunteer driving me between them, and the two groups split my honorarium and airfare. So feel free to be creative. My time is flexible.

Interested? Shoot me an email.

Appearing in San Francisco, Seattle, Alabama, Fargo, Austin, Sacramento, and All Over Western Canada

I have a lot of appearances coming up all over the country. Check it out…

(1) I will be discussing my new book On the Historicity of Jesus and selling and signing copies for my first time ever in San Francisco, California, Saturday the 26th of July (the publisher has confirmed my order of private stock and promises it should arrive in time). I don’t have the exact where and when yet, but good odds it will be the same time and place as my last talk (only this time on July 26, of course).

Note that I can only afford to procure and sell the softcover edition. The hardcover is prohibitively expensive for almost anyone (even me, and I get an author discount). But of course any copies you acquire yourself and bring to the event I’ll sign (indeed, I’ll sign anything you bring, even if not this book). And there should be enough time that if you order now you’ll have it then (see links for buying it through the publisher or Amazon, and the pros and cons of either, here). I mention this because several people have asked me about doing that.

(2) I will be speaking on or possibly debating the historicity of Jesus at this year’s Atheist Alliance of America conference in Seattle, Washington. They haven’t finalized the schedule so I don’t know which day of the conference I’ll be on, but I’ll be attending the entire con, which will be this August 7th-10th (2014). There will be many other great speakers as well, and receptions and banquets and a trip to Mt. Rainier (the schedule’s outline so far is here). Also stuff for kids (so parents might find this conference especially suitable). See the con’s front page online (link above). I hope to help the conference’s book vendor to stock copies of On the Historicity of Jesus (although see italicized note indented above).

Addition:

(2.5) I will be appearing in St. Louis, Missouri and Carbondale, Illinois several times in September: Thursday the 4th, Friday the 5th, Saturday the 6th, and Sunday the 7th. Details here.

(3) [Update:] I will be speaking on the evolution “controversy” in Dothan, Alabama on Friday the 12th of September for the Southeast Alabama Freethought Association. 7pm at Troy State University. Details here.

(4) I will be speaking at Zeteticon in Fargo, North Dakota, the weekend of September 13th-14th. I spoke at their first con a few years ago (before they got a catchier name). I’m eager to see how it’s grown. Other great speakers will be featured. I will be discussing, and selling and signing copies of On the Historicity of Jesus (see italicized note indented above).

(5) I’ll be debating the historicity of Jesus in Abbotsford, BC (Canada), on or about the 20th of September. I hope to be selling and signing copies of On the Historicity of Jesus in conjunction with the event (that will depend on working out trade details with Canada and the venue; see also italicized note indented above). [Update: Details and tickets here. And due to cross-border trade difficulties no books will be sold. So please buy in advance online or elsewhere and bring your own to be signed.]

Addition:

(5.5) The day after that I will be in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) discussing arguments for and against the resurrection of Jesus, for the Society of Edmonton Atheists. That event announcement is here. But keep an eye on their front page for forthcoming details (like the where and when). That’s Sunday, September 21 (2014). See the note about books for the Abbotsford entry immediately above.

(6) I’ll be one of the two featured speakers for this year’s Bat Cruise in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, September 27 (they have more details here). I’ll be sharing the podium, and the cruise meet-and-greet, with Chris Johnson, who produced the fantastically gorgeous book A Better Life. This is an annual do put on by the Atheist Community of Austin. I will be discussing, and (if the venue allows) selling and signing copies of On the Historicity of Jesus (see italicized note indented above).

(7) As usual, I will be tabling at the Freethought Day Festival in Sacramento, California, this year on Saturday the 11th of October. I will also be attending the fundraising reception the night before (Friday the 10th). The whole festival is increasingly awesome and a must to visit. Full details here. Lots of speakers, entertainers, tabling by numerous groups and vendors, food, the whole deal.

NOTE: I shall be selling and signing copies of On the Historicity of Jesus (see italicized note indented above), but I also plan to liquidate my inventory of marred stock. Take note. That means I’ll be selling tons of copies of Sense and Goodness without God, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and (yes!) Proving History (and more) at scandalously dirt cheap prices. The downside is they are all (mildly) cosmetically defective in some way. The upside is that I’m selling them all for just $2 (Why I Am Not a Christian), $5 (all other softback titles) and $10 (Proving History). The copies I’ll be selling of Proving History only have damaged dust covers. The books themselves (it’s a hardback) are in top condition. Consider buying several copies of various titles to give to churches, libraries, charities, friends, enemies, or just to enjoy reading them yourself at very little cost. Help me clear it all out without a total loss!

But do note that I will not be selling On the Historicity of Jesus at discount. It’s brand new and expensive for me to stock. So it will be sold at a regular in-person rate (probably $30, which will be lower than the publisher’s list price, and for now it looks like even lower than Amazon’s).

(8) Then I will be touring Western Canada between October 14th and 20th. Exact details are still in development (I’ll blog more when I know more). But the plan is to have me speak in Regina and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), then Kelowna (BC) and Calgary (Alberta), for four events in all, in that order. Most likely I’ll be discussing my new book On the Historicity of Jesus, which I shall try to sell as well (that will depend, again, on working out trade details with Canada and the venues; see also italicized note indented above).

[Update:] My Canada tour has now been worked out. I’ll first be attending a fundraising dinner in Regina, SK, the evening of Tuesday, October 14 (details and how to get tickets here). Then at 6pm Wednesday, October 15, I’ll be having a fun and fascinating on-stage discussion with Dr. William Arnal, Department Head of Religious Studies at the University of Regina. We’ll be covering the historicity of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the meaning and nature of myth in antiquity (details here). My second talk will be “How do History and Science Prove or Disprove a Religion?” at 7:30pm, Thursday, October 16 at the J.S. Wood Library (1801 Lansdowne Ave) in Saskatoon, SK (the venue is on the lower level and unfortunately, I hear, is only accessible by stairs). There will be an informal pub meet afterward. Then I’ll be in Kelowna, BC discussing the historicity of Jesus at 7:30pm Friday, October 17 (details here, tickets here; this will be at the French Cultural Centre, which I assume is the one at 702 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y). And the next day I’ll be doing an extended morning Q&A and a fundraiser lunch (that’s Saturday, October 18), but those details are still to come. Last but not least I’ll be doing two events in Calgary, AB. First a fundraiser brunch on Sunday, October 19 (details and tickets here), then at 2:30pm (same day) I’ll be speaking again on “How do History and Science Prove or Disprove a Religion?” at the Ten X Nightclub (details and tickets here). CFI Canada has undertaken a lot of labor and expense bringing me up and around Western Canada for this, so do please attend any of these you can, and support them with donations wherever possible. It’s a really great educational effort they are undertaking, and I’d like to see them encouraged to do more like this. Some venues will be selling my book On the Historicity of Jesus and some will not. If you happen to notice they are, it would be great if you bought them, because they acquired that stock at their own expense, and the proceeds will help offset their costs for the events as well.

Additions:

(8.1) I will be appearing at several events in Southern California now between this October 22 and 27. I’ll be in Orange County during the week, San Diego that weekend, and Ventura the next Monday. In OC and SD I’m debating the historicity of Jesus. In Ventura I’ll talk all about that. Details will launch by Friday.

(8.2) I will be appearing in Chicago in early November. Details to come.

(8.3) I will be appearing in Ohio in December. Details to come.

(9) And of course I hope to be returning for Skepticon this November (21st to 23rd). Details are still in development. I’ll definitely blog about it when I know more. But for those unaware, that’s held in Missouri, traditionally Springfield.  [I'm not on the roster for Skepticon this year. Other events in November or December are developing!]

If any more dates open up, I’ll add them here (plus remark on the addition in comments).