Summer reading series

Charles Stross reads at University Book Store.

For each of the six weeks of its summer workshop, Clarion West presents an evening featuring that week’s instructor reading their best new work which could include selections from recently published books, unpublished stories, or novels-in-progress. The featured reader also answers questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics.

Join Clarion West in 2014 for the following free programs on Tuesday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m. at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE in Seattle (unless otherwise specified):

June 24

Reading lineup change: Paul Park is unable to teach Clarion West this year. Stepping in as our first week instructor is James Patrick Kelly.

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has written everything from novels to planetarium shows. He has co-edited many anthologies with John Kessel, and has created two podcasts: James Patrick Kelly’s Storypod on and the Free Reads Podcast. James Patrick Kelly is Clarion West’s 2014 Leslie Howle Fellow.

July 1

Kij Johnson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon awards and the author of several novels and a recent short story collection, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. She teaches fiction at the University of Kansas, where each summer she also directs an intensive novel-writing seminar.

July 8

Ian McDonald uses richly detailed settings in Asia, Africa, and South America to illuminate the contradictions implicit in colonialism and rapid technological development while telling epic tales of human struggle and redemption. His cyberpunk-tinged stories of artificial intelligence, nanotech recipes, and virtual life and death win prestigious awards and international acclaim.

July 15

Hiromi Goto’s vivid scenes expand into dreamscapes; her poetic economy of language lifts readers into the lives of exiles who navigate adopted cultures by writing their own rules. Japanese-Canadian Goto received the 2001 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Kappa Child. Darkest Light, companion to her 2009 Parallax Award-winning YA novel Half World, was published in January 2012.

July 22

Charlie Jane Anders’ work has appeared in, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, the McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Watchword, Monkey Bicycle, Eleven Eleven, Mother Jones Magazine and a few of the annual “Year’s Best” anthologies. She’s the managing editor of, and the organizer and host of Writers With Drinks, a long-running spoken word variety show. Her Hugo award-winning novelette “Six Months, Three Days” is being produced as a television show for NBC.

July 29

at the Downtown Seattle Public Library * 1000 Fourth Avenue

John Crowley is the author of ten novels and three collections of short fiction. His novel Engine Summer was nominated for The American Book Award and appears in David Pringle’s 100 Best Science Fiction Novels, while Little, Big won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1980. Crowley has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention in 2006. John Crowley is Clarion West’s 2014 Susan C. Petrey Fellow.

The Clarion West Summer Reading Series is sponsored by, the National Endowment for the Arts, King County 4Culture, the University Book Store and the Seattle Public Library.

In addition to the Clarion West Summer Reading Series, every year the University Book Store hosts dozens of other readings of interest to fans of speculative fiction. Check out their events calendar for further information.

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