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Kate Elliott in Conversation with Ken Liu for UNCONQUERABLE SUN
Wednesday July 15 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual event with Kate Elliott in conversation with Ken Liu for Unconquerable Sun!
This event will be streamed to Facebook and YouTube live via Streamyard for free, and will be available for later viewing. RSVP on Facebook here!
About Unconquerable Sun:
New York Times bestselling author Kate Elliott brings us a thrilling new science fiction adventure set in a rich universe full of political intrigue with Unconquerable Sun.
GENDER-SPUN ALEXANDER THE GREAT ON AN INTERSTELLAR SCALE
Princess Sun has finally come of age.
Growing up in the shadow of her mother, Eirene, has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible: expel the invaders and build Chaonia into a magnificent republic, one to be respected—and feared.
But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniving noble houses have never ceased to scheme—and they have plans that need Sun to be removed as heir, or better yet, dead.
To survive, the princess must rely on her wits and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war.
Take the brilliance and cunning courage of Princess Leia—add in a dazzling futuristic setting where pop culture and propaganda are one and the same—and hold on tight:
This is the space opera you’ve been waiting for.
ABOUT THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES
“Liu’s wondrous tales eloquently explore the place where ordinary and the extraordinary meet.”—The Washington Post
“[A]mong the most memorable creations of Liu’s career...poignant and powerful.”—AV Club
"[O]ne of the best sci-fi writers around.” —Austin American Statesman
From stories about time-traveling assassins, to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and Internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a speculative look at humanity’s future.
Liu’s next book, THE VEILED THRONE, is the continuation of his epic fantasy series that created a new genre: silkpunk. Inspired by ancient East Asian cultures, The Dandelion Dynasty series is a richly imagined world for historical and fantasy fiction fans alike. On sale April 27, 2021.
About the Authors:
Kate Elliott (she/her) has been writing science fiction and fantasy for 30 years, after bursting onto the scene with Jaran. She is best known for her Crown of Stars epic fantasy series and the NYT bestselling YA fantasy Court of Fives. Elliot's particular focus is immersive world building & centering women in epic stories of adventure, amidst transformative cultural change. She lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes & spoils her schnauzer. You can find her online at kateelliott.com, kateelliott.substack.com, and @KateElliottSFF on Twitter.
Ken Liu (he/him) is an award-winning author of speculative fiction. His books include the Dandelion Dynasty series (The Grace of Kings), The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and the Star Wars tie-in novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on topics like futurism, cryptocurrency, the mathematics of origami, and more. He lives near Boston with his family. (Photo Credit © Lisa Tang Liu)
Diane Cardwell in Conversation with Joe Tirella for ROCKAWAY
Thursday July 16 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for our virtual event with authors Diane Cardwell and Joe Tirella for the release of ROCKAWAY!
It will be streamed on both Facebook and YouTube Live, and available for later viewing.
The inspirational story of one woman learning to surf and creating a new life in gritty, eccentric Rockaway Beach
Unmoored by a failed marriage and disconnected from her high-octane life in the city, Diane Cardwell finds herself staring at a small group of surfers coasting through mellow waves toward shore—and senses something shift. Rockaway is the riveting, joyful story of one woman’s reinvention—beginning with Cardwell taking the A Train to Rockaway, a neglected spit of land dangling off New York City into the Atlantic Ocean. She finds a teacher, buys a tiny bungalow, and throws her not-overly-athletic self headlong into learning the inner workings and rhythms of waves and the muscle development and coordination needed to ride them.
As Cardwell begins to find her balance in the water and out, superstorm Sandy hits, sending her into the maelstrom in search of safer ground. In the aftermath, the community comes together and rebuilds, rekindling its bacchanalian spirit as a historic surfing community, one with its own quirky codes and surf culture. And Cardwell’s surfing takes off as she finds a true home among her fellow passionate longboarders at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, living out “the most joyful path through life.”
Rockaway is a stirring story of inner salvation sought through a challenging physical pursuit—and of learning to accept the idea of a complete reset, no matter when in life it comes.
About the Authors:
Diane Cardwell (she/her), a founder of Vibe magazine, is a former reporter for the New York Times.
She was among the inaugural writers of “Portraits of Grief,” the Times’s signature profiles of those killed
in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. She lives in Rockaway Beach, New York.
Joseph Tirella(he/him) is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America. A longtime journalist he has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate, Vibe, People and many other newspapers and magazines. He earned his MFA at CCNY. His poetry and fiction have been published in Newtown Literary, Promethean, Yes Poetry, and Barzakh.
Thomas Hynes and Amy Plitt in Conversation for Wild City: A Brief History of New York City in 40 Animals
Wednesday July 22 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for an exciting virtual event with author and wildlife writer Thomas Hynes in conversation with Amy Plitt for WILD CITY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY IN 40 ANIMALS!
This event will be streamed on Facebook and Youtube live, and will be available for later viewing after the event.
About WILD CITY
An illustrated guide to 40 of the most well-known, surprising, notorious, mythical, and sublime non-human citizens of New York City, and love letter to its surprising ecological diversity.
From refugee parrots and prodigal beavers to gorgeous Fifth Avenue hawks and vengeful groundhogs, Wild City tells the funny, quirky, and memorable stories of forty of New York City’s most surprising nonhuman citizens. This unconventional wildlife guide and concise environmental history of the Big Apple includes tales of the well-known, notorious, and legendary creatures who are as much New Yorkers as their human counterparts.
A celebration of some of the city’s most surprising residents and a love letter to this always evolving metropolis, Wild City is an enchanting illustrated volume that is a must-have for every Big Apple devotee and animal lover.
About the Authors
Thomas Hynes (he/him) is a writer who lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, Veronica, and their dog, Ladybug. His work has been featured in Sierra Club, The Awl, the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, Gothamist, Business Insider, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, PR Week and Untapped New York.
Amy Plitt (she/her) is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering New York City. She was most recently the editor of Curbed NY, overseeing coverage of the city's built environment. She's also written for the New York Post, Rolling Stone, the A.V. Club, and Gothamist, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and cat.
Shop Talk with Kacen Callender, Leah Johnson, Adib Khorram and Aaron H. Aceves
Wednesday July 29 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join us for this wonderful virtual event discussing craft and writing from great authors! This event will be streamed on both Facebook and YouTube live, and will be available for later viewing after the event.
About the Event
Oftentimes, writers from marginalized backgrounds are put on panels in which the sole focus is their identity. In this panel, writers will talk solely about the process of writing: character building, tone, structure, etc.
About the Authors
Kacen Callender's(they/them) debut novel, Hurricane Child, was the winner of the 2019 Stonewall Book Award and the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, as well as a Kirkus Best Book of 2018. Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, they hold a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied fine arts, Japanese, and creative writing, as well as an MFA from The New School’s Writing for Children program. Kacen currently lives and writes in Philadelphia.
Leah Johnson (she/her) is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her on Twitter, ranting about pop culture and politics. You Should See Me in a Crown is her first novel.
Adib Khorram (he/him) is the author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, which earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor, as well as a multitude of other honors and accolades. His next book, DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER, will be released August 25, 2020, and his debut picture book, SEVEN SPECIAL SOMETHINGS: A NOWRUZ STORY will be released spring 2021. When he isn’t writing, you can find him fixing other people’s PowerPoints, learning to do a Lutz jump, practicing his handstands, or steeping a cup of oolong. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where people don’t usually talk about themselves in the third person.You can find him on Twitter (@adibkhorram), Instagram (@adibkhorram), or on the web at adibkhorram.com.
Aaron H. Aceves (he/him) is a Mexican-American writer born and raised in East L.A. He graduated in 2015 from Harvard, where he received the Le Baron Russell Briggs Award after being nominated by Jamaica Kincaid. His work has appeared in Germ Magazine, Raspa Magazine, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and New Pop Lit. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.
Alaya Dawn Johnson in Conversation with Daniel José Older for TROUBLE THE SAINTS
Friday July 31 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join us for an exciting virtual conversation between authors Alaya Dawn Johnson and Daniel José Older for TROUBLE THE SAINTS!
The event is going to be streamed on Facebook and YouTube live, and will be saved for later viewing. Links to be provided here soon!
About Trouble the Saints
The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in Alaya Dawn Johnson's timely and unsettling novel, set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City, where an assassin falls in love and tries to change her fate at the dawn of World War II.
Amid the whir of city life, a young woman from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan, where she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear among its most dangerous denizens.
Ten years later, Phyllis LeBlanc has given up everything—not just her own past, and Dev, the man she loved, but even her own dreams.
Still, the ghosts from her past are always by her side—and history has appeared on her doorstep to threaten the people she keeps in her heart. And so Phyllis will have to make a harrowing choice, before it’s too late—is there ever enough blood in the world to wash clean generations of injustice?
Trouble the Saints is a dazzling, daring novel—a magical love story, a compelling exposure of racial fault lines—and an altogether brilliant and deeply American saga.
About the Authors
Alaya Dawn Johnson (she/her) has been recognized for her short fiction and YA novels, winning the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” which also appears in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy(2015), guest edited by Joe Hill. Her debut YA novel, The Summer Prince, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her follow up YA novel, Love Is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award in 2015. A native of Washington, D.C., Johnson is currently based in Mexico City, where she received a masters degree in Mesoamerican studies and sings in a blues band.
Daniel José Older (he/him) is the New York Times-bestselling author of the young adult series Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, the middle grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, and Star Wars: Last Shot. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as a New York City paramedic, and hear his music on his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter.
Maria Romasco-Moore in Conversation with Victoria Lee for SOME KIND OF ANIMAL
Tuesday August 04 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for an exciting event with authors Maria Romasco-Moore and Victoria Lee for a discussion on SOME KIND OF ANIMAL!
The event will be streamed to both Facebook and YouTube live via StreamYard, and then available for later viewing. Links to come soon!
About Some Kind of Animal:
"Sharp and unyielding. I loved every page." --Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls
For fans of Sadie comes a new story about two girls with a secret no one would ever believe, and the wild, desperate lengths they will go to protect each other from the outside world.
Jo lives in the same Appalachian town where her mother disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone knows what happened to Jo's mom. She was wild, and bad things happen to girls like that.
Now people are starting to talk about Jo. She's barely passing her classes and falls asleep at her desk every day. She's following in her mom's footsteps.
Jo does have a secret. It's not what people think, though. Not a boy or a drug habit. Jo has a twin sister.
Jo's sister is not like most people. She lives in the woods--catches rabbits with her bare hands and eats them raw. Night after night, Jo slips out of her bedroom window and meets her sister in the trees. And together they run, fearlessly.
The thing is, no one's ever seen Jo's sister. So when her twin attacks a boy from town, everyone assumes that it was Jo. Which means Jo has to decide--does she tell the world about her sister, or does she run?
About the Authors
Maria Romasco-Moore (she/her) is the author of Ghostographs, a collection of short stories paired with vintage photographs. Some Kind of Animal is her first novel. She is an instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design. To learn more go to mariaromascomoore.com or follow MarRomasco on Twitter.
Victoria Lee (they/them) grew up in Durham, North Carolina. They have been a competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and is now a science doctoral student. Lee is the author of the forthcoming A Lesson in Vengeance as well as The Fever King and its sequel, The Electric Heir. They currently live in New York.