The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents readings from After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia with authors N.K. Jemisin, Matthew Kressel, and Genevieve Valentine, guest curated by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.
Tuesday, November 20 — Doors open 6:45 PM
$7 suggested donation
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
(address and links below)
When we refer to “After” you may think we’re referring to downtown New York post-Sandy and Nor’easter. That may be, but we’re also celebrating readings from the latest original anthology, After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia from the fantastic team of Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling. And they, in turn, have provided us with a dream lineup:
Matthew Kressel’s fiction has or will appear in Lightspeed, Clarkesworld Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Electric Velocipede, and the anthologies Naked City and The People of the Book, as well as other markets. In 2011 he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for his work publishing the speculative fiction ‘zine Sybil’s Garage. When he’s not designing websites or setting up computer networks for a living, he’s learning to play the trumpet or teaching himself Yiddish. He co-hosts the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in New York alongside Ellen Datlow. And he has been a long-time member of the Altered Fluid writers group. His website is www.matthewkressel.net.
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula Awards, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree Awards, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her speculative works range from fantasy to science fiction to the undefinable; her themes include the intersections of race and gender, resistance to oppression, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. She is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group, and a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop. Her latest novel, The Shadowed Sun, was published in June 2012 by Orbit Books. Her Web site is http://nkjemisin.com .
Genevieve Valentine‘s first novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, won the 2012 Crawford Award and was nominated for the Nebula. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Journal of Mythic Arts, Fantasy Magazine, Lightspeed, Apex, and others, and the anthologies Federations, The Living Dead 2, The Way of the Wizard, Running with the Pack, Teeth, and more. Her story “Light on the Water” was a 2009 World Fantasy Award nominee, and “Things to Know About Being Dead” is a 2012 Shirley Jackson Award nominee.
Her nonfiction and reviews have appeared at NPR.org, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Weird Tales, Tor.com, Pacifica Radio, and Fantasy Magazine, and she is a co-author of Geek Wisdom. Her appetite for bad movies is insatiable, a tragedy she tracks on her blog.
Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for over thirty years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and is currently consulting for Tor.com. In addition she has edited or co-edited more than fifty anthologies, including the annual Best Horror of the Year, Naked City, and Supernatural Noir.
Forthcoming is Hauntings, a reprint anthology of ghostly stories and Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, an adult fantasy anthology (with Terri Windling). Ellen has won every award given for editing. She was the recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award for outstanding contribution to the genre and was honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association. She lives in New York City.
Terri Windling has been an editor specializing in fantasy fiction for over thirty years, winning nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award for outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field. She’s been an editor at Ace and Tor Books, and has published numerous anthologies, often in partnership with Ellen Datlow. She writes fiction for adults and children, nonfiction on myth and folklore subjects, and she is a painter whose works are exhibited the U.S. and Europe. A former New Yorker, she now lives in a Dartmoor village in the west of England.
The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and place, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list and the Web.
Books will be available at the reading.
After the event, please join us as we treat our readers for dinner and drinks nearby.
Jim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings. He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967. His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM. Programs are available by stream for 2 weeks after broadcast. (Check http://hourwolf.com, follow @JimFreund, or join the Hour of the Wolf group on Facebook for details.)
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art (www.sohodigart.com) is dedicated to re-establishing SoHo as an international center for the development of new artistic forms, concepts and ideas. A screens-instead-of-canvases approach allows a wide selection of art from around the world which would otherwise never make it to the City. The SGDA is available for private gatherings and events of all kinds. For bookings call (800) 420-5590 or visit http://sohogallerynyc.com.
Tuesday, November 20
Doors open at 6:40 — event begins 7-ish ( Please note slightly later opening time. Should you arrive any earlier, you will be asked to help set up chairs.)
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street (between Houston & Prince St.)
6, C, E to Spring St.; A, B D or F to West 4th; 1 train to Houston St; or R, W to Prince St.
There are many convenient bus lines that come within a couple of blocks of the gallery. Use the link above for an interactive transit map.
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