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Alameda Community Reads Program

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Of particular interest this month is the slate of offerings for the Alameda Public Library. The Alameda Community Reads Program this year focuses on Speculative Fiction. This theme includes sub-types, such as science, fantasy, horror and supernatural fiction. By choosing this general theme, the Library can offer the community a wide variety of titles to choose from and broaden the experience for all participants. All events take place at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, as part of the Alameda Community Reads Program. Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 8, 7:00PM

Tim Pratt – Pen to Paper or Fingers to Keyboard: Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction im will focus on what it takes to turn imaginative ideas into a compelling story. Author of the popular Marla Mason series, and numerous short stories, his advice on writing is worth taking.

Sunday, March 14 – 2:00PM

Ellen Klages – The Green Glass Sea, Portable Childhoods, White Sands, Red Menace

Ellen will be speaking primarily about her collection of short stories Portable Childhoods and the ins and out of being a short story writer and award-winning YA historical fiction writer. Always entertaining!

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30PM

Claire Coustier will chat about The History of Horror Fiction. Ms. Coustier’s talk will focus on Horror fiction, both supernatural and taken from the real world. She will discuss the genre from its earliest Gothic beginnings to current day and how horror fiction affects the reader as a possible alternate existence.

Thursday, March 25, 7PM

Professor Aaron Jason from California State University East Bay will speak on Exploring Alternate Worlds: A History of Speculative Fiction and provide a “guided tour” touching on themes, authors, sub-genres and related genres.

Sunday, March 28, 1:00PM

Main Library – Meet a Stormtrooper as he takes a break from the busy life of fighting good!

The Library is also running a month long series of science fiction films; call 510-747-7713 for titles and details, or visit here.

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