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April Reading: Mary Robinette Kowal & Rick Klaw

April 8th, 2013 · No Comments

Saturday, April 20th

Doors and cash bar opens at 6:00PM
Event begins at 7:00PM
Seating is limited; first come, first seated
Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows in the lounge, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. Podcasting courtesy of Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column.

Rick Klaw is a professional editor, reviewer, geek maven, and optimistic curmudgeon, perhaps best known for the popular column “Geeks With Books” for SF Site and as the co-founder/managing editor of the groundbreaking MOJO Press. Geek Confidential: Echoes From the 21st Century, a collection of his critical essays, reviews, and other observations was published in 2003 by MonkeyBrain, Inc. Klaw is the award-winning editor of eighteen books and numerous short stories.

His writings have appeared in GeekDad, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of SF&F, Omnivoracious, SF Site, Revolution SF,, Steampunk, Science Fiction Weekly, Electric Velocipede, and The Steampunk Bible, among others. Klaw currently pens, along with Mark London Williams, the bi-weekly graphic novel column “Nexus Graphica” for SF Site and serves as an editor-at-large for Revolution SF.

Rick is the editor of The Apes of Wrath, out now from Tachyon Publications. This provocative anthology delves into our cultural fascination with – and dread of – our simian cousins, and explore the lighter and darker sides of apes. To learn more about Rick’s work, please visit here.

Mary Robinette Kowal is an American fantasy writer and puppeteer, currently living in Chicago. She has served as art director for both Shimmer Magazine and Weird Tales. She served as secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for two years, and was elected to the position of SFWA vice-president in 2010. Kowal has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1989, performing for the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Productions, and her own production company, Other Hand Productions, as well as in Iceland on the children’s TV show LazyTown for two seasons.

Kowal’s debut novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, began a loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen, set in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. it was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel, followed by Glamour in Glass, and now, Without A Summer. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while two of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies, as well as in her collection, Scenting the Dark and Other Stories, from Subterranean Press. After appearing several times as a guest star in the podcast, Writing Excuses, she became a full-time cast member at the start of their sixth season in 2011.

She has been known to appear in full, historically accurate, Regency dress, complete with fan, and knows which fork one would use for the second course of fish at a formal dinner in 1812. To learn more, please visit her website.

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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