Our Speculative Fiction Night at Open Books is only a week away! Here’s a two-part introduction to our readers (we’ll introduce our last three readers next week).
Mary Anne Mohanraj was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Chicago in 2002. A longtime teacher, Mary Anne leads classes both in fiction and Asian American Studies. She’s also an active supporter of other authors, and started the Speculative Literature Foundation, which provides resources for writers and publishers with work in speculative fiction. Mary Anne is the author of eight novels, as well as the editor for multiple collections of short fiction. Her 2005 novel Bodies in Motion was translated into a number of languages, including German and Italian. Her latest book is 2010’s Without a Map, co-written with Nnedi Okorafor.
Holly McDowell spent time across the continental United States before making Chicago her home. Her first novel, King Solomon’s Wives, was published by Coliloquy in 2012 as an ebook, and further installments are forthcoming. Combining suspense, seduction, and historical fiction, the book has been praised as “smart, inventive girl power fantasy.”
Richard Chwedyk is a Chicago native whose work has appeared in various Sci-Fi publications. His short story “Bronte’s Egg” won a Nebula award in 2004, and was followed by “In Tibor’s Cardboard Castle.” Chwedyk hopes to continue the series in the near-future. He’s also known for his poems, including “Rich and Pam Go to Fermilab and Later See a Dead Man” for Strange Horizons in 2003.
William Shunn is our host for the evening. Born in Los Angeles, Bill lived throughout the U.S. before moving to Chicago in 2007. He’s become a prominent member of the Chicago literary community, hosting “Tuesday Funk,” a weekly reading at Hopleaf in Andersonville. From alternate histories to techno-filled sci-fi, Bill’s stories run the gamut of speculative fiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Salon and Asimov’s Science Fiction, and his novella Inclination racked up both Hugo and Nebula nominations.
We’ll have introductions for Wesley Chu, Jody Lynn Nye, and Matthew Darst next week!