SOLD OUT EVENT: John Scalzi will be at Flyleaf Books on Sunday September 24 for his new book, Starter Villain. The talk will be at 4 pm, with the signing to follow.

SOLD OUT! Sunday, September 24, 2023 - Talk at 4:00 pm, Signing Line to follow

Seats are sold out for this event, but you can still order signed (and personalized) copies of Starter Villain and other Scalzi titles below.

Flyleaf will offer seating for up to 100 in-person guests, with priority access given to folks who purchase Starter Villain. Masks recommended

Inheriting your uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might think. Particularly when you discover who's running the place.

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan. Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie. But becoming a supervillain isn't all giant laser death rays and lava pits. Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations and venture capital. It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyper-intelligent talking spy cats, and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

In a dog-eat-dog a cat.

John Scalzi  is one of the most popular SF authors of his generation. His debut, Old Man's War, won him the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts (which won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel), The Last Emperox, and 2022's The Kaiju Preservation Society. Material from his blog, Whatever (, has earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 24, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765389220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

We are sold out of seats for this event, but signed copies of John Scalzi's books are still available for pickup or purchase! Please specify in your order if you'd like any personalization.

The Kaiju Preservation Society By John Scalzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250878533
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2023

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) By John Scalzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765388902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 2nd, 2018

Old Man's War By John Scalzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765348272
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 15th, 2007