It’s a big week for CWC, staring with our Speculative Fiction reading this Thursday at Open Books. Last week we introduced you to four of our fabulous readers, and here are the last three: Wesley Chu, Jody Lynn Nye, and Matt Darst.
Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan, but moved to Chicago as a child. His first novel, The Lives of Tao, debuts this year from Angry Robot Press. When not writing, Wesley works at a bank, and moonlights as an actor (you’ll probably recognize him from some commercials for the Chicago Blackhawks, or maybe this ad for Hanes with Michael Jordan). This will be Wesley’s first reading, and he’s as excited as we are about it!
Jody Lynn Nye is the author of dozens of novels in both fantasy and science fiction. After co-writing a number of books in the Myth with Robert Lynn Asprin, she took over the series after Asprin’s death in 2008. She has also worked with Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony, two heavyweights of Speculative fiction. Nye’s short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. A lifelong Chicagoan, she also runs the annual Science Fiction Writing Workshop at DragonCon.
Matt Darst hails from Louisville, Kentucky, but now calls Chicago home. His first novel, Dead Things, is available through Grand Mal Press. Taking place in a world overrun by zombies, the book looks at the conflict between science and religion while still delivering scares. Matt is also an active blogger, whose topics span from book titles to music criticism.
But the fun isn’t over after Thursday night, because the Creative Chicago Expo runs this Friday and Saturday. Taking place in the Chicago Cultural Center, the Expo provides workshops and talks for writers, artists, and non-profit professionals to gain new skills and perspectives on how to grow their projects. We’ll have a booth set up with goodies and information about the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference, so drop on by! Plus, Mare Swallow, our Executive Director, is hosting a seminar on how to “Present Yourself with Clarity and Confidence” at 1:30 on Friday. All events are free and open to the public.
Looking forward to seeing you there!