Come to the SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series Tuesday night!

Hey, Portland!

Tomorrow night, Tuesday April 19th at 7:00pm, SFWA launches the Pacific Northwest Reading Series.  This free quarterly series is at the Kennedy School.

You know what that means, right? You’re in a pub listening to some of the best Science Fiction and Fantasy the Pacific Northwest has to offer. What could be better?  You’ll be there, right?

The first evening will be hosted by Brent Weeks, the New York Times best-selling author of The Black Prism and The Night Angel Trilogy. He has invited Jay Lake and Kay Kenyon to read with him.

This should be a great deal of fun. There will be time around the readings to socialize with other readers and writers as well as enjoy the Kennedy Schools atmosphere.

You can find out more about the event by visiting SFWA’s website. Since this is the first event, would you mind RSVPing so we can get an idea of how many people to expect?

Upcoming readings feature Ursula K. Le Guin, Nancy Kress, Ted Chiang, Cherie Priest, Mark Henry, and Kat Richardson.

About Brent Weeks

Content “I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer’s work” – Terry Brooks on The Way of Shadows

Brent Weeks is the author of the New York Times bestselling Night Angel Trilogy: The Way of Shadows,Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows.

His new Lightbringer series launched with The Black Prism in August 2010.

Brent Weeks was born and raised in Montana. After getting his paper keys from Hillsdale College, Brent had brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung Fu, tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on bar napkins, then on lesson plans, then full time. Eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent lives in Oregon with his wife, Kristi. He doesn’t own cats or wear a ponytail.

Website:http://www.brentweeks.com/

About Jay Lake

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Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2009 novels are Green from Tor Books, Madness of Flowers from Night Shade Books, and Death of a Starship from MonkeyBrain Books. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

Website:http://www.jlake.com/

About Kay Kenyon

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From Kay:

When I was a child I read voraciously and indiscriminately, but my tastes even then tended toward fantasy and science fiction. Intriguing locales compelled me. When I discovered Tolkien, the hook was set; fantastic literature could be deep as well as fun. In college I majored in English Literature and went on to graduate school, hoping to write, but judging that I’d need a day job.

For several years I earned a living in the public sector, helping agencies express planning work in plain English and doing outreach for transportation projects. In my free time, I gradually began to put words on pages and sold my first novel, The Seeds of Time, in 1997. I published six stand alone science fiction novels before turning to a sci-fantasy series, The Entire and The Rose. This quartet received the highest praise of my career, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and raves from the science fictional press.<

My husband Tom Overcast and I have three grown sons and a large orange cat. After living in Seattle we moved across the mountains to Wenatchee for the smaller community, the beautiful foothills environment, and the sunny weather. We also spend time in Southern California-another desert community. Rainy weather is not for me, I guess.

I pass along what wisdom I can to aspiring writers. Thus my blog topics are often on writing and I am a founding board member of Write on the River, a writer’s organization in North Central Washington. As well as staying connected to friends, family and fans on line, I attend writing and SF conventions around the country. The community of writers and readers inspires me and deepens my conviction that the writing life is the best there is.

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