SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series
The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn’t known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle.
Each event starts with notes from the host, a leading author, who has selected two of their favorite writers to complete the evening’s theme. In turn, each is given time to read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation.
The next event in the Seattle area (Kirkland, WA) will be held on Tuesday, October 15 and will be hosted by Peter Orullian, accompanied by Kay Kenyon (replacing Brent Weeks, who had to cancel) and Greg Bear.
The next Portland event will be held on Wednesday, October 16 and will also be hosted by Peter Orullian, accompanied by Kay Kenyon and Terry Brooks.
Peter Orullian is the author of The Unremembered, the first installment in a new epic fantasy series from Tor Books. Peter was shortlisted for both the David Gemmell Morningstar and the Compton Crook Awards. He’s contributed to many anthologies, including the recently released Unfettered, which contains a novella set in The Vault of Heaven universe of his fantasy series. Likewise, he’s released several additional short stories set in that same world, available for free on Tor.com or his own website. By day, Peter works for Xbox, and is also a professional musician. Visit him at www.orullian.com, and find him on Twitter, @peterorullian.
Kay Kenyon is the author of eleven SFF novels. Her latest novel, A Thousand Perfect Things, is a fantasy about a Victorian woman’s bid for forbidden powers in an altered India of magic. Her most recent science fiction was The Entire and The Rose quartet, including Bright of the Sky, a Publishers Weekly top book of the year. Other novels include The Braided World, a John W. Campbell finalist and Maximum Ice, a Philip K. Dick Award finalist. Recently her short fiction has appeared in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 2; Shine, An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction; and The Year’s Best SF 16 edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. She is a founder of the Write on the River conference in Wenatchee, now in its ninth year.
Greg Bear is the author of Hull Zero Three, City at the End of Time, and The Forerunner Trilogy. He’s also co-author of The Mongoliad, one of 47North’s bestselling titles. His past novels include Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, and Darwin’s Radio. His most recent work, nearing completion, tentatively titled War Dogs, begins a new original trilogy on the themes of war, alien influence, and human origins.
Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children and The Elves of Cintra; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life; and the novel based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.