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April Reading – Pat Murphy, Jewelle Gomez & Madeleine Robins

April 14th, 2017 · No Comments

**Extra! Extra!** San Francisco’s fabulous Jewelle Gomez will be joining our author lineup!

Join us on Saturday, April 23, for a lively evening of reading and discussion with Pat Murphy, Jewelle Gomez and ABM’s own Madeleine Robins, moderated by Bay Area author, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson.

Pat Murphy writes fiction that has “a hint of the strange,” from the Nebula Award-winning The Falling Woman to the World Fantasy Award winner Bones. Her novelette “Rachel in Love” won the Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Award, and the Asimov Readers Award. When not writing fiction she has written about science for the Exploratorium and Klutz Press, as well as a column with physicist Paul Doherty for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is currently the Activity Guru/Evil Genius of Mystery Science, creating science curricula and activities for elementary school students. She is a co-founder of the James Tiptree Memorial Award.

Madeleine Robins has been, in no particular order, a nanny, a teacher, an actor and stage-combatant, an administrator, a comic book editor, a baker, typist-clerk for Thos. Cook’s Houses of Parliament office, a repairer-of-hurt-books, an editorial consultant, and a writer. Her work includes the New York Times notable book The Stone War, Sold for Endless Rue, and three books in her swashbuckling alt-Regency-noir detective series: Point of Honour, Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner. She is a founding member of the online publishing collective Book View Cafe, the Operations Manager of the American Bookbinders Museum, and is working on another book.

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Jewelle Gomez is a Bay Area treasure — author, poet, critic and playwright. She lived in New York City for 22 years, working in public television and theatre. Her writing encompasses fiction, poetry, essays and cultural criticism, and is included in more than a hundred anthologies, including the first anthology of Black speculative fiction, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. Gomez was on the founding board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in 1984. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. In print since 1991, and now available in a brand-new 25th anniversary edition, it reframes the traditional vampire mythology within a lesbian/feminist perspective, telling the tale of an escaped slave who comes of age over two hundred years. According to scholar Elyce Rae Helford, “Each stage of Gilda’s personal voyage is also a study of life as part of multiple communities, all at the margins of mainstream white middle-class America.”

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. Moderated by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Brian & Wendy Froud, Samuel R. Delaney, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler, and Nalo Hopkinson. We hope you will join us!

$10 at the door (no one is turned away for lack of funds). As always, Borderlands Books will be on hand with copies of both authors’ work. Feel free to bring books from home to be signed.

Doors and refreshments open at 5:30PM; program begins at 6:30PM

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Bookbinders Museum, located at 366 Clementina, off of 5th between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garage parking available at 3rd & Folsom, or 4th & Mission. Check 511.org to plan your trip via MUNI or BART; Powell Street BART is just a couple blocks away.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event: Tachyon Publications, Borderlands Books, and SOMA FM.

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