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April Reading

April 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Urban Fantasy Anthology

Saturday April 21st

Steven Boyett and Bruce McAllister

will be celebrating their work in the new Urban Fantasy Anthology, edited by Peter S. Beagle & Joe R. Lansdale for Tachyon Publications.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by a Q & A session with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing in the lounge follows. Books will be for sale, courtesy of our friends at Borderlands Books.

Steven Boyett also known as DJ Steve Boyett, is a writer and disc jockey based in Northern California. Boyett sold his first novel, Ariel, at the age of 21, and went on to publish The Architect of Sleep, The Gnole (with illustrator Alan Aldridge), Elegy Beach (sequel to Ariel), as well as numerous short stories and novellas. He has written Ren and Stimpy comics for Marvel and wrote the (uncredited) second draft of Toy Story 2. In the early 1990s his small-press imprint called Sneaker Press published chapbooks by poets Carrie Etter and the late Nancy Lambert.

Boyett had short work in the seminal splatterpunk anthologies Book of the Dead (ed. John Skipp and Craig Spector) and Silver Scream (ed. David J. Schow), and the foundational novella in the influential Borderland shared-world fantasy anthology (ed. Terri Windling). Boyett has taught fiction at UCLA Extension, Santa Monica Community College, and various workshops, including the annual La Jolla Writers Workshop. He posts and lectures frequently about New Media and the changing role of the writer in the digital age. An expanded reprint of Ariel was published by Ace Books in August 2009, followed by a sequel, Elegy Beach, in November 2009. A new novel, Mortality Bridge, was published in July 2011 from Subterranean Press, and won the 2011 Emperor Norton Award for best novel by a San Francisco Bay Area writer. Boyett also has a new novel in the Change series, Avalon Burning, due out in 2012.

Boyett is also an electronic dance music DJ known for his Podrunner podcast of dance music mixed at a constant BPM, intended for use on digital audio players such as the iPod during exercise. Podrunner has been one of the world’s most popular podcasts since its debut in February 2006, and has been an award-winning Top 10 Podcast (first in Music, then in Health & Fitness) on iTunes for seven years in a row. As a DJ Boyett has played clubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, as well as for several years at the annual Burning Man festival.

Bruce McAllister is a California-based writer, writing coach, book and screenplay consultant, workshop leader and “agent finder” for both new and established writers of non-fiction, fiction and screenplays.

His literary and genre fiction has appeared in national magazines, literary quarterlies, college textbooks and ‘year’s best’ anthologies. His second novel, Dream Baby, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner, was called a “stunning tour de force” by Publishers Weekly. His fiction has been translated widely and received national awards and notable mentions in the New York Times, and other U.S. newspapers, U.S. and foreign magazines and journals, and reference works. His poetry and experimental work has appeared in literary quarterlies and anthologies; he has co-edited magazines and anthologies; and his articles on popular science, writing craft and sports have appeared in publications like Life, International Wildlife, and The Writer.

At the University of Redlands in southern California, where he taught writing for twenty-four years, he helped establish and direct the Creative Writing Program, directed both the Professional Writing track of that program and its Communications Internship program, received various teaching and service awards, and was the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing from l990 to l995. The son of a career Navy officer and an anthropologist mother, he grew up in Washington, D.C., Florida, California and Italy; attended middle school and art school in Italy; received degrees in English and writing from Claremont Men’s College and the University of California at Irvine; has three wonderful children (Annie, Ben and Liz); and is married to choreographer Amelie Hunter. He lives in Orange, California.

6:00PM – doors and cash bar open
7:00PM – event starts
$5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California – to date, we’ve helped raise over $30,000 for the kids in our community! Learn more here!

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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