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July Reading – Curtis Chen & Megan O’Keefe

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Sunday, July 9, 2017


We also welcome guest moderator, Cliff Winnig. Terry Bisson is taking a well-deserved vacation, but will be back in August with Daryl Gregory and Lisa Mason.

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM
$10 at the door benefits the American Bookbinders Museum

No one turned away for lack of funds / cash or Square. All proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum. Cash bar on a donation basis benefits the ABM.

Each author will read a selection of their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Cliff Winnig.

Books will be for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books — please feel free to bring your own books from home to be signed.

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

Curtis Chen was once a Silicon Valley software engineer, but now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel, Waypoint Kangaroo, (Thomas Dunne Books) is a science fiction thriller about a super-powered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. But he’s not your average spy….what sets Kangaroo apart is the pocket: a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and he’s the only person in the world who can use it. While on a mandatory vacation of a cruise to Mars, two passengers are found dead. Kangaroo risks blowing his cover to investigate, but it turns out he’s not the only spy on the ship—and he’s just starting to realize that there is a massive conspiracy to unravel. Weren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing?

The story continues in his new novel, the sequel, Kangaroo Too, which lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.

Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis C. Chen’s Kangaroo Too is bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in this unique outer space adventure. Come hear him read from one of the most entertaining novels of 2017!

(And a shout-out to his publisher, Thomas Dunne — way to go with putting INDIEBOUND.ORG up as an option for purchase!)

MEGAN O’KEEFE was raised among journalists, and as soon as she was able to, she joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. Megan lives in the Bay Area and makes soap for a living. It’s only a little like Fight Club. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition.

O’Keefe’s trilogy — The Scorched Continent — began with her debut novel, Steal the Sky, in early 2016. The second book, Break the Chains, and the third book (which we celebrate at this event!) is Inherit the Flame (all from Angry Robot Books). In the first book, Detan Honding is a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue; with his friend Tibs, he may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite. To make a quick escape, they set their sights on the airship of the exiled commodore Thratia. But plans go awry…did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful — there’s a reason most people think he’s dead.

Book two sees Detan undertake a more dangerous task…rescuing Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault. Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.

Book three….come to SF in SF and hear Megan bring you up to speed on what her characters are up to in Book 3!

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!

The American Bookbinders Museum‘s entrance is located at 366 Clementina Alley, off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom. Street parking is free; garages are located at 5th & Mission, and 3rd & Folsom. The closest BART station is Powell Street – just turn down 5th Street, cross Mission and Howard, and turn left onto Clementina. NOTE: there is NO access to Clementina from 4th Street due to construction.

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