Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

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.


About Jay Lake


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.


About Kay Kenyon

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.

Audio of the Portland Strange Horizons reading

On Sunday, as part of a nationwide celebration of Strange Horizons‘ 10th anniversary, six Pacific Northwest authors gather to read selected shorts from the magazine at Case Study Coffee.

Case Study was a great host and we had a full house at the reading. Some of the folks came out to see a specific author, others were patrons of the coffee shop, and some came out to support the magazine.

Our format was that two authors would read and then we’d break for coffee and conversation and then the next two and so on. We recorded the readings and you can listen to them here. It’s about an hour and nine minutes and does not include the coffee breaks.

Strange Horizons readings at Case Study Coffee

Since some of the authors stopped at cliff-hangers, I thought you’d like the opportunity to read the stories we read, which are all available on Strange Horizons.

I’d also like to encourage you to consider donating to the magazine. Strange Horizons has a staff of about thirty dedicated volunteers, and is funded entirely by donations.

Strange Horizons launched in September 2000 as a venue to showcase a new generation of science fiction and fantasy authors, a diverse range of voices and perspectives. The magazine has published new material every week for the past ten years: fiction, poetry, reviews, articles, columns, and sometimes even art and music. Every issue is available free online.  Stories and poems from Strange Horizons have been reprinted in major anthologies and been shortlisted for major awards, and many of the magazine’s authors have gone on to successful publishing careers.

Reading at SF in SF this Saturday

I’ve just arrived in San Francisco where I will be reading at SF in SF with Cecilla Holland this Saturday, August 21st. Doors and cash bar open at 6:00PM and the readings begin at 7:00PM. Yes, I will be performing “The Broken Bridge” in addition to reading from Shades of Milk and Honey. A Q & A moderated by author Terry Bisson follows.

But the really cool part? From the actual press release.

Join us for a celebratory cocktail before the show!  We are featuring a concotion known hereafter as a “Shade of Milk & Honey” and it’s DELICIOUS!  All bar proceeds benefit Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

They’ve named a drink after my book.

A drink.

I feel like I’ve arrived.  Please come out to listen and imbibe.

Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor – entrance between Quiznos & Citibank
582 Market Street at 2nd, San Francisco

DON’T DRIVE – Parking sucks in San Francisco.  MUNI & BART Montgomery Street Station is right outside the front door.

Reminder: Reading at KGB Wednesday night!

Hey! A reminder that I’m reading tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 18th) at the KGB Fantastic Fiction series with the wonderful Laura Anne Gilman.

The official press release is below. One thing that it doesn’t mention is that I’ll be performing The Broken Bridge, which is the shadow play that occurs in Chapter 10 of Shades of Milk and Honey

Do come!

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Nebula-nominated FLESH AND FIRE and HARD MAGIC, part of the best-selling “Cosa Nostradamus” urban fantasy series. She has also sold more than twenty-five short stories, published in magazines and anthologies such as POLYPHONY and REALMS OF FANTASY. Her forthcoming novels include WEIGHT OF STONE: Book 2 of The Vineart War, and PACK OF LIES.


Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY (Tor 2010), the fantasy novel that Jane Austen might have written. In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and in 2009 her story “Evil Robot Monkey” was nominated for the Hugo Award. Her stories have appeared in STRANGE HORIZONS, ASIMOV’S, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Subterranean Press released her short story collection, SCENTING THE DARK AND OTHER STORIES, in 2009. Mary is also a professional puppeteer.

Wednesday August 18th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

Books will be available for purchase thanks to Bluestockings Bookstore

Walking, Dining, Reading

Rob and I spent yesterday bumming around San Fransisco, interspersed with me doing drawings for a potential gig and prepping for the Nebula Nomination period to open at SFWA. The sweet boy has been endlessly patient with me.

In the evening we joined the SF in SF group at Henry’s Hunan for dinner. It was like KGB in reverse in that Chinese food preceded the meal. Seeing Cheryl Morgan, Jeff Vandermeer, Jacob Weisman and the rest of the gang was a lot of fun.

Then I was off to Writers with Drinks in the Mission. Oh, my goodness. What. Fun. Charlie Jane Anders absolutely rocks as a hostess and M.C. I very much enjoyed hearing the other readers. In fact, they were so good that I got nervous about my fiction and offered the audience a choice. 1 story, 2 very short stories, or 1 very short story and a puppetry demo.

BootThey chose option 3, so after I finished reading “Death Comes but Twice,” I pulled off my boot and used it as a puppet to demo the 4 principles of puppetry. So, you may imagine my delight when Chris Hsiang, gave me this dollar bill as I walked off the stage.

Rob and I had a relaxed day in SF and are now in San Jose where I will be teaching for the next couple of days.

Writers with Drinks, Saturday!

I’m in San Fransisco with Rob!

Why? Well, I’m reading at Writers with Drinks tomorrow night.

And our anniversary is on Tuesday, so we’re doing a little vacation here. Whee!

Come to Writers with Drinks and say hello!

Also reading:
Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman TV series)
Kat Richardson (Greywalker)
Naomi Quiñonez (Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry)
S. Bear Bergman (Butch Is A Noun)

All proceeds benefit EL/LA Program Para Trans Latinas.
At The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM.

WorldCon 2009 schedule

I’m heading up to Montreal for Anticipation, the 2009 WorldCon. Here is my convention schedule.


Twitter, Facebook, My Space: Social Media and Writing
14:00, P-513B
What’s all the buzz about the new social media? Writing short-short-short stories on Twitter??? Good grief! Is this networking or a new way to write? Can tweets and Facebook updates be about more than what you ate?
James Strauss, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Mary Robinette Kowal, Walter Jon Williams, John Picacio


The Campbell Awards (Not a Hugo, Honest!)
17:00, P-511A
Jay Lake and other previous winners explain why you should read and vote.
Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Wen Spencer


SF and the Arts
10:00, P-524A
There is a wide variety of art in the genre that has nothing to do with paper or a computer….
Elaine Isaak, Frank Roger, Leigh Adams, Mary Robinette Kowal, Stephen H. Segal, Jill Eastlake

13:00, D-Vitre
Writing Workshop S
Critique session for previously submitted manuscripts
Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal

15:30, P-513C
Puppetry Demonstration

Beginning with an overview of puppetry, we’ll talk about how it relates to SF. I’m planning on bringing some rehearsal puppets to let people try.

19:00, P-513B
Radio Theater – “The Cold Equations”

Two-time Aurora nominee Joe Mahoney directs a reading of his sf audio adaptation originally broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations.”
Joe Mahoney, Mary Robinette Kowal


9:00, Outdoors
Stroll With The Stars

A gentle, friendly 1 mile stroll with some of your favorite Authors, Artists & Editors. Leaving daily 9AM, from the Riopelle Fountain outside the Palais (corner of Ave Viger & Rue de Bleury), returning before 10AM.
Farah Mendlesohn, Lou Anders, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paul Cornell, Stu Segal, John Picacio, Felix Gilman

11:00, P-522A
Author Reading
Readings by me, Tony Pi, Daniel Duguay and Frank Roger. I’m planning to read “Evil Robot Monkey” and either something from Shades of Milk and Honey or Scenting the Dark. There are advantages to having a story that’s only 970 words long.

20:00, Location: P-517ABC
Hugo Awards

No description needed. I’ll have a pretty dress.


10:00, P-513C
Characterization Workshop for Costumers

Good costumes are better costumes when they have a character behind them. Use characterization to bring your costuming to the next level. Give your original design a backstory and personality. Our panel will discuss ideas and show you how.
Mary Robinette Kowal, Toni Lay

11:00, P-521A

A chance to ask those burning questions.

Early morning radio

Bright and early Saturday morning, I will be on Hour of the Wolf at WBAI 99.5 in NYC.  You can listen live from 5-7 AM Saturday or later on demand at

The host, Jim Freund has invited me to chat and do some reading.  We might even take listener calls.  I used to do radio theater and took radio broadcasting waaaaay back in college, but this is going to be my first author appearance on the air.  It should be fun.

So stop by to listen.

Nails in My Feet

This is a reading of my short story “Nails in My Feet” from the Borderlands reading. Many thanks to Pip R. Lagenta for recording it. And for posting it yesterday as a birthday present.

Science Fiction Comedy Improv!

While I was in San Fransisco, John Scalzi and I headed over to Borderlands to do a reading.  The day before we went, Scalzi suggested doing science-fiction improv, which sounded like a ridiculous amount of fun.  Fortunately, John Nichols brought his digital recorder and captured the whole evening.

Scalzi, being the good guy that he is, edited the improv into a file for your enjoyment.  So click on over to listen to PetMaster 2000.

John and Mary show you their shorts report

That was the most fun ever. Borderlands is an awesome bookstore staffed by people who love the genre and are just plain fun. We had 120+ people come to hear us read and it was a blast.

At the end of the evening, we did improvisational science-fiction from an outline Scalzi came up with. I’m still grinning from the evening. It was like being a rock star.

Come See John Scalzi and Me in San Francisco, 1/16/09

Mary admires the Hugo
John Scalzi and I will be reading together on Friday, January 16, at 7pm, at Borderlands Books, in San Francisco. We’re calling the program, “John and Mary Show You Their Shorts.”

And by that I mean that we’ll be reading a selection of short stories. We did this at WorldCon and had a blast so it’s time to reprise the fun. This time we’re upping the excitement by reading a story in tandem — like it’s a play or something. Ooo! Live theater in one of the world’s greatest bookstores. What more can you want

Afterwards we’ll hang out to chat and sign things. Hope to see you there!