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We’re celebrating LATFOB (that’s the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for those of you who aren’t familiar with the acronym) by bringing together some truly exceptional authors to discuss the changing role genre fiction plays in an increasingly polarized world. And we’re doing it at The Last Bookstore. We’ll get things rolling at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st!

Stories set in alternative realities, whether it’s the future, a mythical past, an alternate present, or something else, have always offered a commentary on society. When that society becomes more oppressive, those stories take on increased importance and significance.
 
Join Shades & Shadows and a panel of extraordinary authors as we discuss how that role of social critic is changing or has changed in the post-fact, post-truth, fake news landscape of America.

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Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like HomelandPirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

 


 

Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray including Possess3:59RelicGet EvenGet Dirty, and the award-winning Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and an ALA Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #murdertrending for Disney/Freeform, releasing August 7, 2018 with the sequel #murderfuning to follow in 2019.  Ten: Murder Island, the film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premiered on Lifetime in 2017.

 


 

Jennifer Brody is the award-winning author of the The 13th Continuum. Her book sold in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums complete this epic trilogy. Translation rights to her books have sold in multiple territories, most notably Russia and China. Her short fiction appears in the From the Stars anthology and Common Deer Press Short Tails. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation She’s also a board member for the non-profit writing competitions the Roswell Award and the TomorrowPrize. After studying film at Harvard University, Jennifer began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on The Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She lives and writes in LA with her husband and one-eyed Goldendoodle named Commander Ryker.

 


 

 

Christina Cigala is a story teller based in Los Angeles. She writes and produces for MTV, Fox, 30 Seconds to Mars, Fox, Syfy, Spike, and Jared Leto. As a playwright and theater director, her work is widely produced in regional theaters, New York, and LA. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School and a BA from Baylor University. Her first novel, XX v XY, was released by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2017.

 

 

Bobby Goldstein is the president of Bobby Goldstein Productions and the creator of Cheaters, one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history, now airing daily in 215 U. S. markets and in over 100 foreign countries. Goldstein has become recognized for his ability to spot cultural trends and capitalize on rebellious ideas.

 

 


 

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s first novel in the Sidekick Squad series, Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tide was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

 

 


 

Michael Paul Gonzalez is the author of the novels Angel Falls and Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance. His newest project is the serial horror audio drama Larkspur Underground, available for free on iTunes and Stitcher. A member of the Horror Writers Association, his short stories have appeared in print and online, including Great Jones Street, Lost Signals, Gothic Fantasy, The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, HeavyMetal.com, and many more. You can visit him online at MichaelPaulGonzalez.com

 


 

Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published in 2013 by 47North. Her short work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online and she has been anthologized in Winter Horror Days, Halloween Carnival and Phantasma: Stories. She teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in the BA and MFA programs and for Writing Workshops LA as well as online with inspiration2publication.com. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

 


 

Samuel Sattin is a novelist and comics creator. He is the writer of the forthcoming Glint trilogy and Bezkamp (2019), LegendThe Silent EndLeague of Somebodies, and Adventure Quest. His work has appeared or been featured in The NibThe AtlanticNerdist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Paste Magazine, Salonio9, Kotaku, Vulture, Bleeding Cool, The Fiction Advocate, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts and has a creative writing MFA from Mills College. He is the director of a toy company in Oakland, California, and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

 

 


 

The panel will be moderated by host and founder Xach Fromson.

 

Please note that The Last Bookstore has limited capacity (a mere 300!), so get here early.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase a copy of the author’s title from The Last Bookstore. Any outside books must be checked with security upon entering the store. This policy applies to all Last Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

We’re back for the 24th Shades & Shadows reading event!

We’re keeping up with our longstanding tradition of bringing a mixture of incredible authors from across the genre fiction spectrum to you. But this year we’re going to give you a break and not force you to choose between us and your St. Patrick’s Day party. We’re not monsters, we just love ’em.

Featuring:

Mishell Baker is an American writer of fantasy and urban fantasy. A 2009 graduate of the Clarion Workshop, her fantasy stories have been published in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Electric Velocipede. When Mishell isn’t convention-hopping or going on wild research adventures, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two changelings.

PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of “Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy,” and a frequent guest host and guest on podcasts and TV including the upcoming James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. She has worked in motion-picture PR at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, story development and production for independent film production companies (Hook, Universal Soldier, It Could Happen to You), and writing for television (Hercules–The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess). She also cofounded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and creating pilot scripts for television. When not contemplating the future of humanity, she is a wife, mother, speaker and futurist in California.

JD Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. J. D.’s books have now been translated into Russian, Romanian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, and French, with a Turkish version of The Line in the works. J.D. is a long-time animal rights advocate, animal lover, and non-proselytizing vegetarian. He, his spouse, Rich, and their rescue Chihuahua, Kirby Seamus, split their time between Central Oregon, San Francisco, and Palm Springs.

Sean Patrick Traver is the author of Graves’ End, Red Witch, and Wraith Ladies Who Lunch, all of which are about the intrusion of magic into the everyday world. He is a member of the LA Horror Writers Association, and also works at the (world famous) Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood, CA. He is composed largely of carbon and oxygen, with some nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium thrown in.

Christina Enquist grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers. She loves to read, and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. She discovered at an early age that she also enjoyed writing. It wasn’t until a few years ago that she decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in her case, into a computer.

Roh Morgon dreams up her dark tales while driving the back roads of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. She’s best known for her urban fantasy series The Chosen which includes the novels Watcher andRunner; the 1840s historical horror novella The Last Trace; and the corporate horror novella The Games Monsters Play. A member of both the Horror Writers Association and the Romance Writers of America, Roh also writes a regular column on publishing for SpeculativeFictionWriters.com. You can find Roh and her books online at www.rohmorgon.com., Facebook, and Amazon.

But wait! Wasn’t there something about wine in the title? YES THERE WAS. Now you can stay after the reading, enjoy some complimentary* wine, get your books signed (thanks to our friends at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore!), and chat for a bit!

*tips are appreciated.

 

Same bat time. Same bat channel.

3204 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 online (link may not work before 2/21) or in person (if there are any left!).

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We’re ba-ack!

The days are short, the nights might occasionally be cold. There’s even a chance that by January, we’ll be seeing winter weather. But we aren’t quite done with our favorite holiday just yet. So, to celebrate the one year mark of demons pushing their way into our world, we’re going to celebrate Halloween one more time. With authors reading from their stories in Halloween Carnival, Volumes 2 & 3 (October 2017, Hydra).

FEATURING:

KATE MARUYAMA‘s novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Arcadia, Controlled Burn, Stoneboat and on Salon, The Rumpus, and Duende among other journals as well as in the anthologies WINTER HORROR DAYS, HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL and PHANTASMA: STORIES. She teaches in the BA and MFA programs of Antioch University Los Angeles as well as for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Kate writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles.

 


TAYLOR GRANT is a Hollywood screenwriter, award-winning filmmaker and two-time Bram Stoker Award® finalist. His work has been seen on network television, the big screen, the stage, the Web, as well as in comic books, newspapers, national magazines, anthologies, and heard on the radio. His most recent short films, The Vanished and Sticks and Stones, screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and received worldwide distribution through cable channel Shorts TV and domestic distribution through Sony. Sticks and Stones won the Jury Prize for best Short at the NUHO Film Festival.

Grant’s horror/sci-fi collection The Dark at the End of the Tunnel was the bestselling paperback of the year for Crystal Lake Publishing, and his co-authored comic book Evil Jester Presents was an Amazon #1 bestseller. He has sold, optioned and rewritten feature scripts for major Hollywood studios such as Universal, Imagine, and Lions Gate Entertainment. In addition, he created the horror-themed Fox Family animated series Monster Farm, had multiple scripts produced for various TV shows in children’s entertainment, and wrote MTV and VH1 music videos for some of the biggest artists in the world. His most recent horror fiction appears in two Random House/Hydra Publications: Halloween Carnival Vol. 3 and Dark Screams Vol.9.


GLEN HIRSHBERG’s stories have earned him three International Horror Guild Awards and the Shirley Jackson Award. His collections include The Two Sams, American Morons, The Janus Tree, and The Ones Who Are Waving. He is also the author of five novels: The Snowman’s Children, The Book of Bunk, and the Motherless Children trilogy (Motherless Child, Good Girls, and the forthcoming Nothing to Devour). With Peter Atkins and Dennis Etchison, he co-founded the Rolling Darkness Revue, a touring ghost story performance project. On his own, he founded the CREW program, through which he trains his most passionate students and sends them into the surrounding community to run extended creative writing camps for children with minimal access to artistic instruction or formal outlets for expression. He writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area, where he lives with his wife and children and cats.

 

And, we’ll be introducing you to three authors reading with Shades & Shadows for the very first time!

 

DAN VINING was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford and taught there. Previously, he was a newspaper reporter, a writer and editor at Rolling Stone as well as a screenwriter and Senior Lecturer at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is the author of The Quick and The Next (Berkeley Books), an omnibus edition of which came out as Among the Living. He lives in one version of Los Angeles.

 


CHRISTINA CIGALA is a writer and producer residing in California with her dog Monkey. She has created television programming for MTV, ABC, CBS, Fox, Syfy, Speed Channel, HGTV, VH1, CBS and Tru TV, and has collaborated with creatives such as Jared Leto, Gordon Ramsey, Tyler Chrisley, and the U.S. Army. As a playwright, her work has been produced widely Off-Broadway, Off-off Broadway, in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and in other regional theaters across the U.S. She has taught film intensives and guest lectured at Stanford University, Cal Arts, Colombia College, and the Actors Studio. Christina has an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York and a BA from Baylor University.


SHREYANS ZAVERI credits his varied storytelling skills to his vast educational background. His spark for fiction evolved with every new subject that he learned. From a Bachelor’s degree in Science to a double Master’s in Philosophy & Vsfx, the vistas of storytelling evolved every day. Shreyans sees a story in everything that he does. From the photographs that he takes to the movies he makes and the novels he authors, there is always a story waiting to be told. “The Fuehrer’s Blood” is Shreyans Zaveri’s first literary fiction novel. The author is currently busy working on his second untitled novel and hopes to continue writing compelling stories.

 




 

Hosted by Xach Fromson

Come join us at the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum and find out what’s in store for you with Year Five of our event.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

$10 online or at the door (if there are any left)

Books will be sold at the event, and we encourage you to support our authors.

Shades & Shadows is turning 4! We began with a promise: To bring genre fiction authors and fans together from across the spectrum, to create a platform for authors and fans to discover each other, and to have an absolute blast while doing it.

Well, after four years, we can say this: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. But you will! Come see our show on September 16th and help us ring in the beginning of Year 5.

 

Featuring:

Steven Barnes
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Robert Payne Cabeen
Aditi Khorana
Meg Howrey

and one more TBA.

And if you’ve been to our birthday shows before, you know that means one other thing: Cake. Come and get it.

Doors at 8 p.m.
Show at 8:30 p.m.

The Mystic Museum is located at:
3204 Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Tickets are $10. Online coming soon, door sales if there are any left.



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Shades & Shadows is back at the Lit Crawl! We’ll be right in the middle as part of Round 2, beginning exactly at 8 p.m. at Pit Fire Pizza Co. They’ll be open and serving, so bring your appetite. If you dare.

From cannibalism to surreal environments where emotions can be your greatest enemy, we’re bringing some of L.A.’s best SF/F/H/WTF authors to bring new meaning to the phrase “matters of the heart.”

FEATURING:

Ben Loory is the author of the collections Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011) and Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017), as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, and performed live at WordTheatre in Los Angeles and London.

Loory is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of many diverse works, including Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, Detritus in Love, and the BONE ANGEL trilogy. She recently won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her realistic horror story Little Dead Red. Mercedes lives and creates in Las Vegas with her family and menagerie of battle-scarred, rescued animal familiars. You can contact her at mercedesyardley(at)gmail(dot)com or follow her on Twitter. She is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin and Fountain Literary Management.

Kathleen Kaufman is a native Coloradan and long-time resident of Los Angeles, California. She is a University of Southern California alum, teaches high school English, and is a writing and composition adjunct professor at Santa Monica College. In addition to writing, Kathleen is an avid amateur photographer and has published work in The Huffington Post and other publications. When not writing, she probably has a camera in hand or is curled up with a good horror novel. Kathleen currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, terrier, and a pack of cats.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray including POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and the award-winning TEN. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MURDERTRENDING for Disney/Freeform. The film adaptation of TEN starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premieres later this year.

Mallory Reaves is an Eisner-nominated writer from Southern California. She has been writing professionally since 2005, and has been credited on over thirty manga adaptations, two science fiction novels, an anthology, and two computer games. She currently lives in Orange with three cats, two dogs, a snake, and several friends. Her hobbies include coffee.

Lit Crawl information can be found at litcrawlla.org. Major thanks to Metro Los Angeles for sponsoring the event! Take the Red or Orange Lines to North Hollywood and you can access every venue for the Lit Crawl quickly, conveniently, and easily. Go Metro!

RSVP on Facebook here. The whole event is free. Be sure to check out other events in Rounds 1 and 3 as well. The whole night is a blast.

Writ Large Press is back with 90×90 and Shades & Shadows could not be more thrilled to be part of this celebration of the LA Literary Community.
We are LA’s creepiest literary organization and we have a question for you…
Have you ever wondered what lies beyond the rainbow?
For 90×90, Shades & Shadows is highlighting some of our favorite queer authors who push the limits of our imaginations.
Featuring:
Martin Pousson
MARTIN POUSSON was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His new novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Epoch, Five Points, New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York. As a student, he founded Out/Here, marched with NO/AIDS Task Force, and protested with ACT UP and Queer Nation. Then he taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Loyola University. As a professor, he advised LGBTQA, Queer Ambassadors, Queer People of Color Collective, and the Pride Center Coalition. He now teaches at California State University Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.

C.B. LEE is a bisexual writer based in California. She is a first-generation Asian American and has a BA in Sociology and Environmental Science, which occasionally comes in handy in her chosen career, but not usually. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.
Not Your Sidekick was named a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in 2017. Seven Tears at High Tide was named a finalist for two Bisexual Book of the Year Awards (YA and Speculative Fiction) and also won a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance. Ms. Lee is also a Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow.

CARLOS ALLENDE is a novelist. His first book, Cuadrillas y Contradanzas, a historical drama set during the War of Reform in Mexico, was very good but barely anyone read it. Never self-publish. The second one, Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, set in Venice, California, throughout the first half of the 20th century, has had a little more success. He was a panelist at the LA Times Festival of Books, got a few good reviews, and was invited to a couple of readings.
His third book, Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love is both a thriller and a campy satire on consumerism and our current addiction to social media. Set in Los Angeles during the year preceding the Supreme Court’s strike on DOMA, the novel often touches difficult subjects such as bullying, racism, body acceptance, and misogyny within the gay community. It reads as if David Sedaris and Sophie Kinsella had taken turns adapting a movie directed by John Waters based on an original script by Chuck Palahniuk.
 
This show is FREE. Refreshments will be served.
Readings start at 8pm.
We will be at:
CIELO Galleries/Studios • 3201 Maple Avenue • Los Angeles, CA 90011
Make sure to check out the rest of the 90×90 events at their website: 90x90LA
It’s going to be an absolute scream!
Aren’t you curious?

 

 

May 2017 Show!

Coming hot on the heels of our spectacular engagement aboard the Queen Mary for the Stoker Awards Convention in April, Shades & Shadows is joining forces with the Pasadena Lit Fest for a genre blending beast of a show! And oh, we have such sights to show you.

Join us at the legendary Pasadena Playhouse in their Friendship Room (off the courtyard) for our signature mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and fiction that defies categorization. And we have a lineup that is just to die for.

Featuring:

    Nicole Maggi began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their daughter and two oddball cats. She is the author of the YA fantasy TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY, and the YA thriller THE FORGETTING, which was a 2016 International Thriller Writers Thriller Award finalist, a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, and a #1 Kindle Bestseller. Her next book, a contemporary YA, will be out next year.


 

 

Sebastian Bendix is a Los Angeles based writer and musician, as well as host of midnight horror film series, Friday Night Frights at The Cinefamily. He attended school at Emerson College for creative writing and spent his formative years in Boston playing in popular local band The Ghost of Tony Gold. Upon moving to LA he transitioned back to writing, contributing articles for the entertainment site CHUD.com and the print publication Mean Magazine. Stepping into the world of horror fiction, Bendix has found success both online and in print with numerous stories published in the genre imprints Grinning Skull Press, Encounters Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine, Xchyler Publishing and noted podcast The Wicked Library. Bendix self-published his first horror/fantasy novel The Patchwork Girl in 2013, and his second novel, The Stronghold, is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that will be published in Fall 2017. Also an avid film lover, Bendix has a sci fi/horror script that has been optioned and is in development.


Kit Reed is an American Author of both speculative fiction and literary fiction, as well as psychological thrillers, and has published upwards of thirty novels and too many short stories to count. She was a Guggenheim fellow and a recipient of a five year grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation.

Her short stories have been published in places from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to the Yale Review and the Kenyon Review, and have been widely anthologized. Many of her stories are published as feminist science fiction and she has been nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award three times and the Shirley Jackson Award twice. She is Resident Writer at Wesleyan University.

 


C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer based in California. She is a first-generation Asian American and has a BA in Sociology and Environmental Science, which occasionally comes in handy in her chosen career, but not usually. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.

Not Your Sidekick was named a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in 2017. Seven Tears at High Tide was named a finalist for two Bisexual Book of the Year Awards (YA and Speculative Fiction) and also won a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance. Ms. Lee is also a Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow.

 


Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press), which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus (BCALA), was named Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016.

Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall and other places.

A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Prague’s Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside–Palm Desert.


Nalo Hopkinson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1960. She began reading at age 3, and was reading Homer’s Iliad and Kurt Vonnegut by age 10. Her favourite fiction has always been the various forms of fantastical fiction; everything from Caribbean folklore to Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction and fantasy. She began writing in the genre somewhere around 1993, and sold a couple of short stories before she attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop in 1995. In 1997 she won the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest for her novel Brown Girl in the Ring, which Warner Aspect then published in 1998. She’s written and published nine books of fiction and a number of short stories, and won some literary awards. She now lives in Southern California and is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, where she is a member of a faculty research cluster in Science Fiction.

And, as always, hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia.

And guess what? ITS FREE! RSVP on Facebook HERE.

Doors at 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse Friendship Room
39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 9110

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Winter is coming. And going. But this show? It’s lit.

Join us as we partner with the Horror Writers Association and StokerCon 2017 to bring you this very special Shades & Shadows reading.

StokerCon 2017 takes place April 27th – 30th aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. It is a celebration of the horror genre with tons of panels, presentations, and classes from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

Shades & Shadows takes place on Friday, April 28th from 6pm – 8pm in the Queen’s Salon.

The lineup is a mix of StokerCon Guests of Honor and Stoker Award Nominees.

George R.R. Martin
Tananarive Due
Elizabeth Hand
Chuck Wendig
Barbara Barnett
Stephen Graham Jones

We know. WE KNOW!

As (almost) always, your hosts will be Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia.

Purchasing a weekend pass for StokerCon 2017 will get you in for free.

Can’t commit to a full weekend of horror programming with the industry’s best and brightest stars?

We got you.

We’re releasing a limited number of seats for folks who want to attend just the reading.

Tickets are $30.

Shades & Shadows members get $10 off the ticket price. Not a member yet? Become one today to take full advantage of this special perk.

Winter came and went, but we all know there’s more than one way to get the chills. Join us and the Queen Mary ghosts at StokerCon 2017!

 

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP on Facebook HERE.

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March 2017 Show!

Springtime is around the corner, but it’s not here yet. And while Los Angeles may not feel the icy grasp of winter, you can still get shivers down your spine when you come to our 20th show!

Reading is dangerous. Readers are dangerous too. Join us, and find out why.

AND! Now you can buy a Season Pass! For $90 you’ll get
-Access to all remaining 2017 shows
-Priority seating
-Two guest passes for 2017
-Access to members-only events and perks
-The undying/undead gratitude of two big nerds
-And more!
The Season Pass option will be available via Brown Paper Tickets once online ticketing goes live, and will be up on our website very soon! Only 40 memberships will be available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone until next year.

FEATURING:

 

Michelle Tea is the author of ten books, most recently Black Wave. Said The New Yorker, ‘Events, though outlandish, are narrated with total conviction, and powerfully express the intensity both of attaining sobriety and of the writing process.’ A literary organizer, Michelle has created many long-running literary projects, most recently Drag Queen Story Hour here in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Amethyst Editions, a publishing imprint of The Feminist Press.

 

 


Jennifer Brody is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors, and she lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “The Golden Compass.” In 2008, she produced the film “Make It Happen” for The Weinstein Company. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA).


Mike Robinson has been writing since age 7, when his story “Aliens In My Backyard!” became a runaway bestseller, topping international charts (or maybe that was also just a product of his imagination). He has since published fiction in a dozen magazines, literary anthologies and podcasts. His debut novel, Skunk Ape Semester, released by Solstice Publishing, was a Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Currently he’s the managing editor of Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society. His supernatural novels The Green-Eyed Monster, Negative Space (both part of The Enigma of Twilight Falls trilogy), The Prince of Earth, and Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray: A Collection of Weird Fiction are all available. He also co-authored Hurakan’s Chalice, the third installment of Aiden James’ bestselling “Talisman Chronicles” series. His most recent book is The Atheist, about a celebrity secular pundit who undergoes a near-death experience. You can find him on Amazon, Facebook, and at his website, www.mikerobinson-author.com.


Forrest Leo was born in a log cabin in 1990.  He grew up in Alaska, and holds a BFA in drama from NYU/Tisch.  While living in New York, he worked as a carpenter, a photographer, and in a cubicle.   He now lives in LA, where he worked at Walgreens for a day.  He writes novels, plays, and screenplays.  His debut novel, The Gentleman, was published by Penguin Press in 2016.

 


David G. Boyd is co-editor of Inventory, a translation journal from Princeton University. He has translated stories by Toh EnJoe, Genichiro Takahashi and Hyakken Uchida. His work has appeared in Monkey Business, Words Without Borders and Granta. David’s translation of Slow Boat, a novel by Hideo Furukawa, will be out this June from Pushkin Press.


and co-host Lauren Candia has been blinding Los Angeles and the Inland Empire with library science for over a decade.  When not planning literary events, she writes creepy stories and is currently working on her first YA novel. Her work can be found in the East Jasmine Review and the Los Angeles Times. Her science fiction short story, “Miracles in Wastelands”, appeared on display at the dA Center for the Arts as part of The Art In/Of Diversity collaborative project.  She will be your BFF on Facebook and Twitter (@ParanormaLauren).  All you have to do is ask.  You may wish to catch her on Instagram as well if you don’t mind being inundated with pictures of her adorable dog and the man who gives her a reason to smile every day.


Hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia

$10 online (coming soon) or at the door (if there are any tickets left–we’ve sold out the past three shows!).


Doors at 7:30 pm
Show at 8:00 pmRSVP on Facebook here.The Mystic MuseumBooks will be sold at the event, courtesy of Skylight Books.

January 2017 Show!

For the first three years of our existence, we were part of the rising tide of multiculturalism, of nonbinary inclusion, of acceptance, and of pride in breaking down barriers between readers and authors who might not look/sound/think alike.

Nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed.

We are now part of the #Resistance. We remain committed to these goals. Bringing authors together who can shine a spotlight on minority voices in genre fiction, who can entice our fans and our readers to reach beyond the shelves full of names they’re accustomed to seeing.

We want to, in a very literal sense, help change the narrative. And our author lineup for this show is exemplary of exactly that.

FEATURING:

Martin PoussonMartin Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His new novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Epoch, Five Points, New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York. As a student, he founded Out/Here, marched with NO/AIDS Task Force, and protested with ACT UP and Queer Nation. Then he taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Loyola University. As a professor, he advised LGBTQA, Queer Ambassadors, Queer People of Color Collective, and the Pride Center Coalition. He now teaches at California State University Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.


Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, Gothic.net and Paradox, as well as in acclaimed anthologies alongside legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. When she’s not wielding a katana at her local Shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog. You can find her online at mariaalexander.net

Seanan McGuire

Cody Goodfellow has written five novels, and co-wrote three more with New York Times bestselling author John Skipp. His first two collections, Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars and All-Monster Action, each received the Wonderland Book Award. He wrote, co-produced and scored the short Lovecraftian hygiene film Stay At Home Dad, which can be viewed on YouTube. He is also a director of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-San Pedro, and cofounder of Perilous Press, an occasional micropublisher of modern cosmic horror. He lives in Burbank, California, and is currently working on building a perfect bowling team.

Lisa MortonLisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She has published four novels, over a hundred short stories, and three books on the history of Halloween. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at www.lisamorton.com.

 

 


John Palisano

Hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia

$10 online or at the door (if there are any tickets left).

Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00

The Mystic Museum

Books will be sold at the event, courtesy of Skylight Books.