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March Reading: Nancy Kress & Jack Skillingstead

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

Sunday, March 31, 2019

NANCY KRESS & JACK SKILLINGSTEAD
with moderator, Terry Bisson

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles for signing.

Event will be podcasted by SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

NANCY KRESS is from East Aurora, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a degree in elementary education, and became a 4th grade teacher. While she never planned on becoming a writer, she started writing fiction in 1973, while pregnant with her second child; staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment! Her first story, “The Earth Dwellers,” appeared in Galaxy in 1976. Her first novel, The Prince of Morning Bells, appeared in 1981 from Pocket Books. In 1984, she became a corporate copywriter at an advertising agency, writing fiction part-time, raising her children, and occasionally teaching at SUNY at Brockport, where she had earned an M.S. in education (1977) and an M.A. in English (1979). In 1990 Kress went full-time as an SF writer, beginning with the novella version of “Beggars in Spain.” She currently writes science fiction, often about genetic engineering, and teaches regularly at conferences such as Clarion West and Taos Toolbox. For sixteen years, she was the “Fiction” columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine, and has written three books about writing.

Kress is the author of 27 novels, three books on writing, four short story collections, and over 100 works of short fiction. Her fiction has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Croatian, Korean, Lithuanian, Chinese, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read. In 1998, Kress married fellow SF writer Charles Sheffield, who died in 2002 of brain cancer. In 2011 she married writer Jack Skillingstead. They live in Seattle with Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

JACK SKILLINGSTEAD submitted a story, in 2001, to Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest. He won — and began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than 40 stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. Jack has also published two novels, Harbinger, which was nominated for a Locus Award for First Novel, and Life on the Preservation, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. In addition, his story collection, Are You There and Other Stories was also nominated for a Locus Award for Best Collection. Jack’s short story “Dead Worlds” was short-listed for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. In 2019 The Chaos Function will appear from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

He has been nominated for both the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. Jack occasionally lectures at writing workshops. He lives in Seattle with his wife, writer Nancy Kress, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.


The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina.

NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.


For over a decade SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Jane Anders, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others. We hope you will join us!

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March Movie – Captain Marvel

February 19th, 2019 · 1 Comment

Thursday, March 7th
CAPTAIN MARVEL SNEAK PREVIEW!
Join SF in SF at the Balboa Theatre!
Tickets $10 – payable via PayPal to sfinsfevents@gmail.com
RAFFLE FOR PRIZES after the credits roll!
Any questions, just email Rina

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February Reading – Nick Mamatas and Anya Martin

February 17th, 2019 · Comments Off on February Reading – Nick Mamatas and Anya Martin

Join SF in SF and the American Bookbinders Museum

Sunday February 24th

Nick Mamatas and Anya Martin

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson.

$10 at the door

$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles from home for signing. Note: 3 books at a time, then back in line, please, so everyone has a chance to get their books signed

Event podcasted, courtesy of SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.

The American Bookbinders Museum
366 Clementina, off 5th St.,, between Howard & Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th St due to construction.

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum


Since 2004, SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others. We hope you will join us!

For more information, please contact Rina at sfinsfevents@gmail.com

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January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, Cecelia Holland

January 17th, 2019 · Comments Off on January Reading – Kim Stanley Robinson, Howard Hendrix, Cecelia Holland

Join SF in SF and the American Bookbinders Museum

Sunday, Jan. 20

KIM STANLEY ROBINSON

HOWARD HENDRIX

CECELIA HOLLAND

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson.

$10 at the door

$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles from home for signing. Note: 3 books at a time, then back in line, please, so everyone has a chance to get their books signed

Event podcasted, courtesy of SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.

The American Bookbinders Museum
366 Clementina, off 5th St.,, between Howard & Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th St due to construction.

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum


KIM STANLEY ROBINSON is an American writer of science fiction. He has published 19 novels and many short stories but is best known for his Mars books. His work has been translated into 24 languages. Many of his novels and stories have ecological, cultural, and political themes running through them and feature scientists as heroes. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the World Fantasy Award.

Robinson’s work has been labeled by The Atlantic as “the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” According to an article in The New Yorker, Robinson is “generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers.”

HOWARD HENDRIX – Dr. Hendrix holds a Ph.D. and MA in English Literature from UC Riverside, and teaches at CSU Fresno, His novels Lightpaths, Standing Wave, Better Angels, and Empty Cities of the Full Moon are available on Audible.com. The Labyrinth Key, and The Spears of God were published by Ballantine Del Rey.

Howard is a prolific short fiction writer, with the collection Human in the Circuit/Depth of Perception available from Borgo Press. His work appears in anthologies and in magazines, particularly in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, where he serves as a recurring guest editorialist. Dr. Hendrix served as Western Regional Director and two-term Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

CECELIA HOLLAND is an American historical fiction author, also well-known for her science fiction novel, Floating Worlds. Her first novel, The Firedrake, was published in 1966, and Holland has been a full-time professional writer ever since. Her character-driven plots, scrupulously researched, are often developed from the viewpoint of a male protagonist.

With plenty of action (her battle scenes are noteworthy for their bottom-up viewpoint and understated verisimilitude), her work focuses primarily on the life of the mind—whatever that might mean in a particular culture—and especially on politics, in the broadest sense, whatever politics might be in a monarchical, feudal or tribal society. Holland lives in rural Humboldt County, CA. For ten years, Holland taught creative writing classes at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, CA. She was visiting professor of English at Connecticut College in 1979. Holland was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981–1982.


Since 2004, SF in SF has offered readings, films, and special events in the Bay Area for readers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others. We hope you will join us!

For more information, please contact Rina at sfinsfevents@gmail.com
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Sunday Event Postponed

November 17th, 2018 · Comments Off on Sunday Event Postponed

Due to the horrible and injurious air quality in the Bay Area, we are postponing our Sunday, Nov. 18th event with Nick Mamatas and Michael Marshall Smith to a later date. Everyone in the area is advised to stay indoors, avoid exertion, and wear a mask while outdoors.

In the meantime – PLEASE consider helping in some small way, the many thousands affected by these terrible fires in Northern California. They’ve simply lost everything.

Here’s how to help

  • Money, gift cards desperately needed
  • Shell, Chevron gas cards – Evacuees may roll into the center on their last drop of gas.
  • Target, Raley’s, Food Maxx, Super Walmart, Grocery Outlet, Walgreen’s, Rite-Aid, Dollar General, Big Lots and CVS are some of the local stores, where evacuees can get clothes and toiletries, things they specifically need
  • Material items needed are new, or gently used and clean, backpacks, duffle bags, luggage, new (with tags and packaging) undergarments for all ages and genders.
  • Pet food, cat litter, livestock feed – check with a local Petco or livestock feed store.

The Salvation Army is opening a distribution center 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at 1100 Marauder Street in Chico. The organization only accepts brand new items and also needs donations of money and gift cards, including to local stores and gas retailers. Supplies that are needed include:

  • New underwear and socks
  • New blankets and pillows
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Frozen turkeys
  • New toys for Christmas

The distribution site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 530-776-1009 for information. For large donations, call to set up a drop-off time.

The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, U.C. Davis: Call 752-7024 and leave a message or go here to give to the fund.

This hospital needs monetary donations to help care for animals injured in the Camp Fire. All of the hospitals patients covered by this fund at Camp Fire refugees. It currently has more than 30 cats and other animals including horses, pigs and goats getting care for burns and other injuries.

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church: The church at 13539 Garner Lane in Chico is taking donations daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and currently has about 250 evacuees.

Current needs are:

  • Monetary donations
  • Visa and gift cards

The church is also taking financial donations to help with the evacuation center. Call 343-0555. Specify that you want your donation to go to “Camp Fire” and go to the church in person or donate online.

Butte County Fair grounds: Drop off or mail gift cards and monetary donations to the fairgrounds at 199 East Hazel St. in Gridley. Call 530-846-3626 for more information.

Gift cards are needed for evacuees to pay vet bills and replace items lost in the fire.

  • Visa cards
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards to grocery stores
  • Gift cards to restaurants and clothing stores

Neighborhood Church of Chico: The church accepts mail and drop off donations at the Evacuation Shelters, Neighborhood Church of Chico, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. in Chico, California 95928.
Call 530-343-6006 or go here.

Needs at this evacuation center include:

  • Monetary donations
  • Visa and gift cards
  • Bleach/antibacterial wipes
  • Large (33-gallon or larger) trash bags
  • New underwear with tags
  • New socks with tags
  • New sweatpants and sweatshirts with tags

Oroville Hope Center: To mail donations send to Oroville Hope Center, 1950 Kitrick Ave A, Oroville, California 95966. Drop off donations 8 a..m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday at 2850 Feather River Blvd. in Oroville. Call 538-8398. Donate money here.

This facility provides for several area Red Cross evacuation sites. The center doesn’t need any more clothing at this time, but the center’s current list of needs includes:

  • Monetary donations
  • Visa and gift cards
  • Men’s trousers and shoes
  • Warm gloves
  • New hair brushes and hair ties
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Air mattresses
  • New sleeping bags
  • New children’s underwear
  • New pillows and heavy blankets
  • New towels
  • Tents
  • Can openers
  • Ready-to-eat meals such as soup, chili and granola bars, as well as non-perishable beverages.

Yuba-Sutter Fair grounds evacuation center: Bring donations to the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds at 442 Franklin Ave. in Yuba City, California 95991; call 530-812-3815 or donate online on the Yuba County Facebook page. Donations can also be sent or dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter ReStore at 202 D St. in Marysville, California 95901

Donations are needed for evacuated people and animals. These include:

  • Monetary donations
  • Visa and gift cards
  • Gas cards
  • New pet food
  • Cat litter
  • Livestock feed

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November Reading – Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith

November 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on November Reading – Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith

Sunday, November 18th

Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum

Nick Mamatas & Michael Marshall Smith

Evening moderated by Terry Bisson
Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books
Event recorded for later podcast by SOMA FM
all proceeds support the American Bookbinders Museum


BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!


This event takes place at the American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street, off of 5th Street – between Howard and Folsom
NOTE: There’s NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction
Street parking is free/garages are at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom.
Take BART! Get off at Powell Street, walk down 5th to Clementina

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

September 17th, 2018 · Comments Off on Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Thursday, October 25th – 7:30PM

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin: a wizard’s work is never done

The Balboa Theatre, San Francisco
DIRECTOR ARWEN CURRY IN PERSON!
In conversation with Anaalee Newitz
Q & A immediately after film

Tickets for this special film night are $12, and can be purchased directly from the Balboa Theater. Visit their box office person, or buy online at www.cinemasf.com.

Borderlands Books will be on hand with books for sale

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, the Berkeley Film Foundation, and 3,185 backers on Kickstarter. (See the project, here.)

The Balboa Theatre
3630 Balboa Street, between 37th & 38th
Street parking metered til 6PM
31 Balboa drops you across the street
Come early – lots of restaurants in the neighborhood!

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September Reading – Sheila Finch & David D. Levine

September 12th, 2018 · Comments Off on September Reading – Sheila Finch & David D. Levine

Sunday, September 16th

Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum

Sheila Finch and David D. Levine

Evening moderated by Terry Bisson
Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books
Event recorded for later podcast by SOMA FM
all proceeds support the American Bookbinders Museum


BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!


This event takes place at the American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street, off of 5th Street – between Howard and Folsom
NOTE: There’s NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction
Street parking is free/garages are at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom.
Take BART! Get off at Powell Street, walk down 5th to Clementina

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July Reading – Terry Bisson & Paul Park

July 19th, 2018 · Comments Off on July Reading – Terry Bisson & Paul Park

Sunday, July 22

Doors and bar open at 6PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum

Terry Bisson and Paul Park

Evening moderated by Cliff Winnig
Books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books
Event recorded for later podcast by SOMA FM
all proceeds support the American Bookbinders Museum

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!
This event takes place at the American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street, off of 5th Street – between Howard and Folsom
NOTE: There is no access to Clementina off of 4th Street due to construction
Street parking is free – garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom.
Take BART! Get off at Powell Street, and walk down 5th three blocks to Clementina

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Winter in August? GRRM Is Coming!

June 18th, 2018 · Comments Off on Winter in August? GRRM Is Coming!

Booking details here.

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