2020 Virtual Summer Reading Series


June 23: Andy DuncanAndy Duncan

Boisterous, humorous, fantastical, and fabulist, Andy Duncan’s fiction has been honored with a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent for Wakulla Springs, a 2013 Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. His third collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories, was published in 2018 by Small Beer Press. A South Carolina native and Clarion West graduate, he teaches writing in the Maryland mountains at Frostburg State University, which promoted him to full professor in 2019.

Purchase Andy’s latest collection: https://www.ubookstore.com/An-Agent-of-Utopia.




June 30: Eileen GunnEileen Gunn headshot

Wry and brilliant, Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer, essayist, and editor, the author of two story collections: Stable Strategies and Others (Tachyon Publications, 2004) and Questionable Practices (Small Beer Press, 2014). Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Gunn was the editor/publisher of the Infinite Matrix, an early and influential SF magazine on the Web, 2001-2008. She serves on the board of directors of the Locus Foundation, and served for 22 years on the board of directors of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her website is at http://www.eileengunn.com/.

You can purchase Eileen’s books Questionable Practices and Stable Strategies and Others at the University Bookstore.



July 7: Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. YoachimTina ConnollyTina Connolly (L) is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen, and the collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Bewitching, clever, delightful, original, and unexpected, Tina Connolly’s stories have appeared in F&SF, Tor.com, Uncanny, Analog, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Women Destroy SF and many more. Her stories and novels have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, Locus, and World Fantasy awards.

Purchase one of Tina’s books here: https://www.ubookstore.com/search?keywords=9781933846569!

Caroline M. Yoachim’s (R) imaginative stories are bittersweet and haunting. She is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’sFantasy & Science FictionUncannyBeneath Ceaseless SkiesClarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. She has been a finalist for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Locus, and multiple Nebula Awards, and her stories have been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated into several languages. Yoachim’s debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016.

Caroline’s novelette series can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RT742N7?ref_=dbs_r_series&storeType=ebooks

Or purchase her story collection here : https://www.ubookstore.com/Seven-Wonders-Of-A-Once-Future-World!



July 14: Nalo HopkinsonNalo Hopkinson

Vibrant and edgy, rich and dazzling, deeply human and humane, Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica. She lived in Jamaica, Guyana, the US and Trinidad before moving to Canada as a teenager. She has published six novels and numerous short stories. Her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest. She has also received the Campbell and Locus Awards, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She currently lives in California, USA, where she is a professor of Creative Writing and a member of a faculty research cluster in science fiction. In 2018, she was awarded Eagle-Con’s Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award, given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by multi-award winning author Octavia E. Butler. She is the author of “The House of Whispers,” a new graphic novel in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” Universe. She is currently completing Blackheart Man, an alternate historical fantasy of the Caribbean.

Purchase one of Nalo’s books at the University Book Store:

Midnight Robber: https://www.ubookstore.com/Midnight-Robber

Brown Girl in the Ring: https://www.ubookstore.com/Brown-Girl-In-The-Ring

Report from Planet Midnight: https://www.ubookstore.com/Report-From-Planet-Midnight



July 21:  Editors Roundtable

We are thrilled to bring you a special event with editors Scott Andrews, Chinelo Onwualu, Julia Rios, and Wendy Wagner.

Scott H. Andrews writes, teaches college chemistry, and is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher ofthe six-time Hugo Award finalist online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Scott is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. His literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in Space & Time, Crossed Genres, and Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Tales. Scott has lectured on scores of convention panels at multiple Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and regional conventions. He is a six-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award, and he celebrates International Stout Day several times a week.

Chinelo Onwualu is a Nigerian writer and editor living in Toronto. She’s non-fiction editor ofAnathema Magazine, and co-founder of Omenana, a magazine of African Speculative Fiction. Her writing has been featured in several anthologies and magazines, including Slate, Uncanny and Strange Horizons. She’s been nominated for the British Science Fiction Awards, the Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction, and the Short Story Day Africa Award. Find her on her website at: www.chineloonwualu.com or follow her on Twitter @chineloonwualu.

Julia Rios is a queer, Latinx writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator whose fiction, non-fiction,and poetry have appeared in Latin American Literature Today, Lightspeed, and Goblin Fruit, among other places. Their editing work has won multiple awards including the Hugo Award. Julia is a co-host of This is Why We’re Like This, a podcast about how the movies we watch in childhood shape our lives, for better or for worse. They’ve narrated stories for Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Find them on Twitter as @omgjulia.

Wendy N. Wagner is the managing/senior editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines, and is the incoming editor-in-chief of Nightmare for 2021. Her SF eco-thriller An Oath of Dogs was a Locus bestseller. Her other work includes two novels for the Pathfinder Tales series and more than forty short stories. She also served as the non-fiction editor of Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, and the guest editor-in-chief of Queers Destroy Horror! She lives in Oregon with her very understanding family.



Date change: Monday, July 27

Open Mic Night in collaboration with Two Hour Transport. Participants of the 2020 Write-a-thon will be welcome to register for two hours of science fiction, fantasy, and horror reading! Open mic readings for the first hour, followed by invited readers (TBD) for the second. Open mic sign-ups will begin at 5:30 PM PDT.

Registration information coming soon!