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February 2011 Reading

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments



Doors and cash bar open at 6:00PM
Event start at 7:00PM
Borderlands Books will be selling before, during and after the authors readings

Each author will read a selection from their work; after a short break, author Terry Bisson will moderate audience Q&A with the authors, followed by schmoozing and booksigning in the lounge.

ANNE HARRIS is the author of the science fiction novels, Accidental Creatures (1998), which won the first Spectrum Award for a science fiction novel dealing with LGBT characters, themes and issues, and The Nature of Smoke (1996), shortlisted in translation for the 2007 Japanese Sense of Gender Award and Inventing Memory, published in 2004. Currently Harris writes under two pseudonyms. As Pearl North she published Libyrinth in 2009. It is the first volume in a young adult science fiction trilogy. The second in the series, The Boy From Ilysies comes out in November 2010, and the third book to come is titled The Book of the Night. Under the pen name Jessica Freely, Harris has written numerous m/m erotic romance ebooks since 2008. She posts free fiction and writes about epublishing, the female gaze, and other related topics on her blog, Friskbiskit. Harris also teaches in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program.

Pearl North’s Libyrinth features the wonderful character of Haly, who has heard the voices of books for as long as she can remember; growing up in the Libyrinth, she has been surrounded by words and stories her entire life. When the Libyrinth’s mortal enemies, the illiterate Singers, discover her unique ability, they are determined to use her to destroy her home forever. The Boy From Ilysies, focuses on the struggles of two groups of people once alienated from one another by their beliefs, and now united in an effort to create a thriving community of both Singers and Libyrarians. North has created that rare thing: a second book in a series that is stronger than the first.

Libyrinth by Pearl North has been included in the list of Recommended Titles for 2011 by The Amelia Bloomer Project:

“As we honor strong, powerful girls and the books that inspire them, the Amelia Bloomer Project celebrates 2010, a year that has sounded a call to action for multiple generations of feminists to work together and reflected diversity of culture and format.”

LUCY BLEDSOE is a novelist and science writer who writes both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults with a focus on LGBT literature. Bledsoe has traveled to Antarctica three times and written two books about Antarctica, How to Survive in Antarctica and The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic. Bledsoe has stayed at all three American stations in Antarctica, as well as in field camps where scientists are studying penguins, climate change, and the Big Bang.

About her current novel, The Big Bang Symphony; A Novel of Antarctica: “Lucy Jane Bledsoe knows that the people who go to Antarctica move to a heightened existence, as if to the roof of the universe, where they are stripped to their essences under a surreal sun. A beautiful novel about living in that extreme space, vivid and suspenseful.” — Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of Antarctica, Red Mars, and the Science in the Capital trilogy.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she started writing when young, and earned her B.A. at University of California at Berkeley in 1979. She is the recipient of the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, the 2009 Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an ALA Stonewall Award for Working Parts, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowships. Besides writing, Bledsoe is a CD-ROM script writer for National Geographic and several other educational organizations, such as the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor — entrance between Quiznos and Citibank
582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94104

DON’T DRIVE — BART/MUNI Montgomery Street station is right at our front door, and parking in San Francisco sucks!!! Street parking ($3.50 per hour) is metered M-Sat., til 6PM; find a parking garage here

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