Brandon Sanderson – First Australian Book Tour

Mark your calendars: Brandon Sanderson is coming to Australia for the first time in April 2012 to attend some conventions and do some book signings! No word yet on whether he’ll make it to Sydney.

Details so far (check his calendar for updates between now and then):

Doom-Con, Swancon 37, Perth, Australia

Date: 05.04.12 Time: 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Place: Doom-Con, Swancon 37
Address: TBD, Perth, Australia
Type: Convention

schedule: April 5–9, 2012 (Easter weekend)

Notes: Brandon is International Guest of Honor.

Supanova Melbourne 2012, Australia

Date: 13.04.12 Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Supanova Melbourne 2012
Address: Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road
Ascot Vale
Victoria 3032 Australia
Type: Convention

schedule: April 13–15, 2012

Supanova Gold Coast 2012, Australia

Date: 20.04.12 Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Supanova Gold Coast 2012
Address: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
2684 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
QLD 4218, Australia
Type: Convention


Borders closing: Another one bites the dust

Taco Bell. Boston Market. Krispy Kremes.

Now Borders, too.

Can someone please explain to me why this happens over and over:

  1. I hear about/visit some awesome chain in the US. I wish we had it here.
  2. I hear it’s coming to Oz! (It still takes several years…)
  3. It comes! (Everyone’s excited because they’ve heard of it on TV/movies).
  4. It does massive business (for years). People line up around the block.
  5. Despite no apparent slackening of demand, it suddenly closes down, owners claiming there was a lack of interest (!?).

Now Borders I can understand somewhat, as of course now everyone’s going e-book or buying online to avoid the hideous triple-the-price mark-ups we’ve been forced to pay all these years to buy a book in an Australian bookstore (Australian publishing industry’s fault, I’ve heard – good riddance to their little monopoly, if so).

But Krispy Kremes? People still line up to buy them (at like $3 for one donut). How could this possibly be not profitable enough? Did their initial business plan depend on every man, woman and child in Australia buying at least two donuts for every meal, 365 days a year? Is there some exclusive license-to-bring-US-chains-to-Australia that’s owned by complete dimwits?