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March Reading: Nancy Kress & Jack Skillingstead

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

Sunday, March 31, 2019

with moderator, Terry Bisson

Doors and bar open at 6:00PM
Event begins at 6:30PM

$10 at the door
$8 for students with valid high school or college ID card

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience, moderated by author Terry Bisson. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Borderlands Books; feel free to bring titles for signing.

Event will be podcasted by SOMA FM, San Francisco’s premier internet radio station.

All proceeds go to the American Bookbinders Museum


NANCY KRESS is from East Aurora, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a degree in elementary education, and became a 4th grade teacher. While she never planned on becoming a writer, she started writing fiction in 1973, while pregnant with her second child; staying at home full-time with infants left her time to experiment! Her first story, “The Earth Dwellers,” appeared in Galaxy in 1976. Her first novel, The Prince of Morning Bells, appeared in 1981 from Pocket Books. In 1984, she became a corporate copywriter at an advertising agency, writing fiction part-time, raising her children, and occasionally teaching at SUNY at Brockport, where she had earned an M.S. in education (1977) and an M.A. in English (1979). In 1990 Kress went full-time as an SF writer, beginning with the novella version of “Beggars in Spain.” She currently writes science fiction, often about genetic engineering, and teaches regularly at conferences such as Clarion West and Taos Toolbox. For sixteen years, she was the “Fiction” columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine, and has written three books about writing.

Kress is the author of 27 novels, three books on writing, four short story collections, and over 100 works of short fiction. Her fiction has won six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Croatian, Korean, Lithuanian, Chinese, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read. In 1998, Kress married fellow SF writer Charles Sheffield, who died in 2002 of brain cancer. In 2011 she married writer Jack Skillingstead. They live in Seattle with Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

JACK SKILLINGSTEAD submitted a story, in 2001, to Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest. He won — and began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than 40 stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. Jack has also published two novels, Harbinger, which was nominated for a Locus Award for First Novel, and Life on the Preservation, which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. In addition, his story collection, Are You There and Other Stories was also nominated for a Locus Award for Best Collection. Jack’s short story “Dead Worlds” was short-listed for the Theodore Sturgeon Award. In 2019 The Chaos Function will appear from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

He has been nominated for both the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. Jack occasionally lectures at writing workshops. He lives in Seattle with his wife, writer Nancy Kress, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

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.

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. Hosted by Terry Bisson, past guests have included Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Laurie King, Nancy Kress, Lev Grossman, Samuel R. Delany, Carol Emshwiller, Charlie Jane Anders, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Carriger, Cory Doctorow, Peter S. Beagle, and many others. We hope you will join us!

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