Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Clarion West: Hopkinson reads three works

Clarion West's reading series, Six Summer Evenings of Science Fiction & Fantasy, continues to shine. On July 14, author Nalo Hopkinson showcased a range of lyrical, humorous, and dramatic writing talent. She began the reading with two short stories commissioned for very different purposes: "Men Sell Not Such in Any Town," for the scientific journal Nature (Sept. 15, 2005 issue) and "Snow Day," for Canada Reads, which incidentally incorporates the titles of all five of the books for the read that year including Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Hopkinson ended her reading with an excerpt from her forthcoming novel Blackheart Man (it's a year out plus the final editing).

If you missed the reading, you can hear the author narrate two of her stories on the audio book of her short story collection
Skin Folk. You can also follow along as she works on her novel in progress, Taint, @nalohopkinson and on her blog.

Up next week: Seattle writer Eileen Gunn interviews David Hartwell, senior editor for Tor Books and founder of The New York Review for Science Fiction, about the state of the publishing industry,
7 p.m., Tues., July 21 at University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle.

Then, Clarion West's series wraps up for the summer with a reading by author Rudy Rucker,
7 p.m., Tues., July 28 also at University Book Store.

The readings are free and open to all.

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