Friday, July 29, 2011, 7:30 – 9:00pm

University Book Store: George R.R. Martin: ‘A Dance with Dragons’

Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue


Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for A Song of Ice and Fire, his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in this landmark series—A Dance with Dragons—wherein familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire. Presented by University Book Store.

Tickets are $35 (includes one copy of A Dance with Dragons); $40 for admission for two and one book, available July 12 at University Book Store locations. Tickets can be reserved by calling 206/545-4363. Please note: Autographed copies of books are available only after the event.


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  1. Mika
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    What about the folks who have already reserved books else where, not to mention already finished the book by the signing. I'm not about to buy two of the same hardcover books for my two seconds with a writer no matter how much I do enjoy his work. Have you considered selling tickets without the book, I see you have an two people one book for $40 option.

    • Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      I was really confused, and this answered all my quseiotns.

    • Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mika–Thanks for your question. If you have reserved the book elsewhere, but haven't paid for it yet, you might consider canceling that reservation. Then you can order the ticket through us. You'll get the book and ticket on July 12 in plenty of time to read the book before the signing. Feel free to give me a call at 206.634.3400 if you'd like to chat about this more.

  2. Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Oh heck yes. I'm sure Jesse will want to go to the Game of Thrones (A Dance with Dragons) book reading & signing, if for not other reason, to say, “You bastard! You made me wait so long!!!” I'm thrilled to go see him in person and get the book!

  3. Alex
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Noooo! This is the same night that Soundgarden (legendary Seattle band) is playing in Vancouver. The only night I can't go. :(

  4. Brett Munsell
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink


    I'd try to pair up with someone who is already going and presto, you get in for $5 (though you wont get anything signed…)

    I know it's frustrating but before you get too upset think of the logistics and economics of it (you wouldn't have any chance to meet the author at all if there wasn't SOME money changing hands).

    Personally, I'd find a way to get to one of his smaller 'con appearances, where you get the chance to meet and talk with him for much longer time (sometimes even hours he'll be around the fans). Of course you'll have to get to where those are, but maybe it'll be a good vacation spot?…

    Check out the last paragraph of his entry on 'signing tour' for a good idea what I mean:

  5. Kari
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I do NOT understand why any author who adores his fans (as Martin seems to), would chose to use this as their venue. Every booksigning I've been to via UW Bookstore has made it blatantly obvious that (regardless of the author's wishes) the fans do NOT matter. What a disappointment! :/

  6. Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kari–I'm so sorry to hear that you're disappointed. The majority of University Book Store's events are free and open to the public. But when we host an author offsite (in order to accommodate a large crowd), we have to charge to offset the cost of production expenses (including venue rental, additional staff, etc.). Publishers bring authors to different cities based on the anticipated book sales at the event. By supporting the store hosting the event, you help ensure that the authors that you enjoy return to Seattle.
    I appreciate your feedback. I would be happy to chat with you more if you would like to give me a call at 206.634.3400.
    Stesha Brandon
    Manager of Public Relations and Events
    University Book Store

  7. Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Ah, well. I had wanted to attend this, but the requirement to buy a book just to get in puts it well out of reach. I'm mostly confused, because the UW Bookstore has done signings in the past where a book isn't required, selling individual tickets for $5 or so.

  8. Mika
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    You are quite right. I'm going to hope to make it to a con he is at. That sounds a million times better in every way. Plus entrance for the day of a con wouldn't be much more than the cost of getting in to the university bookstore to see him for my two seconds.

  9. Jeremy
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    You need to say what he's actually going to be doing there to make this worthwhile. $40 to look at him and get one copy of a book? No thanks. A one hour prepared talk about the series, this book, direction, etc? Okay!
    As of now this is a no. Add some details about what we'll be seeing/hearing, maybe.

  10. Ash
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I don't see why people are complaining. You can get the book the day it comes out and still go to this signing and not end up with an extra copy. Figure it out.
    Assuming you're paying about $16 for the book, a $35 event cost means the store is charging you $19 to stand in a long line, get an autograph, and maybe say one thing to the author. $20 for an autograph is what D-list celebrities typically charge at conventions so that's not ridiculous. Having said that, I'm not bothering with this event because I'll see him at Comic-Con.

  11. Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone–we've had some questions about the content for this event. My understanding is that Mr. Martin will be chatting for a bit and taking questions for a bit prior to the book signing portion of the evening. The different ticket includes admission to the event and a copy of his newest book, at a 20% discount.
    Please feel free to give me a call or email me if you have other questions!
    Stesha Brandon
    Manager of Public Relations and Events
    University Book Store
    [email protected]

  12. Posted July 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I remember going to The Emerald City Comic-Con one year, and aside from being over-priced and over-crowded, it was poorly managed–they don't clear the lecture hall between speakers, making it almost impossible to get in to see a specific one, even when you show up early. This smaller event sounds more appealing, and I don't mind helping support our local booksellers.

  13. Jeremy
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Last question, I assume autographing is not included since you didn't specify it Stesha. Do you know what the fee for that will be? Thanks

  14. Leslie
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The ticket that came with my pre-order at the UW Bookstore is misprinted. It says that the Event is Saturday July 29, not Friday July 29. Will this ticket still be honored on the correct date of Friday July 29?

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi Leslie–yes, we'll honor your ticket. Just be sure to come on Friday :)

  15. Jen
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I have not yet picked up my copy of the book and ticket, as I live in Silverdale. Will I be able to will call at the event, or do I have to come to the store 1st. And, what time do the doors open at Great Hall?

    • Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jen–we will have a Will Call pick-up at the door. We're opening the doors at 6pm, in order to make sure there's plenty of time to get everyone into the hall.

  16. Leslie
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Aaaaaaaad does anyone know if my misprinted ticket will be honored? Surely all the tickets had the same date on them? Yes?

    • Posted July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Leslie–yes, we'll honor your ticket when you come on Friday :)

      • Leslie
        Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        Thank you Stesha!

  17. Francis Tymchuk
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    My wife and I are coming from Calgary, Alberta to this book signing. If we purchased the two tickets plus one book for $40, does that mean that we are still able to get 3 books signed each (6 in total)?

  18. Jon
    Posted July 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Should we prepare for spoilers from George or fan questions?

    • Posted July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jon-George hasn't let us know what he's going to chat about (he's been on the road since the book came out) but I'll let him know about the spoiler concern. I bet others haven't had a chance to read it either :)

  19. Eric Andrews-Katz
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    The book is normally $35. This is a chance to meet one of the greatest American, living authors. Even if you don't get something signed, you can still hear him in person. If you are a fan, you're NOT going to complain about paying $35 for this wonderful chance. If you don't like it, stay home. It's a great opportunity and the price is nothing to complain about!

  20. John Bennett
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Do you think he would be willing to sign my kindle? I have all 5 books on it!

  21. Kerry Hill
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much Stesha & U Bookstore for a fantastic event. I am the “recycled ticket” holder and I wanted to say again how much I appreciate how you guys handle customer service – with great enthusiasm, follow-through (the guy at the door was expecting me!) and understanding. You have a customer for life right here. I was very impressed by the questions that were asked by the fans, too. Great show, everyone!

  22. Kia
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a great event! I really enjoyed it and, despite the big crowd, the venue and the discussion still felt personal. The autograph line was a little nutty, though, even with the A-D listing.

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