Monday, June 10, 2013

Speculations Reading Series: Damian Sheridan, Rob Callahan, and Diversicon

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DREAMHAVEN BOOKS, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a post-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.

On Wednesday, June 12, DAMIAN SHERIDAN reads fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In 2004, Damian Sheridan’s first play, Judas Cradle, was featured at the Minnesota Fringe Theater Festival and selected by the editor of the Fringe blog as one of the Top Five Shows at the Fringe for that year. In 2010, he wrote the book and music for an original musical, The Collectors, about a collection agency calling on delinquent souls for the Devil’s lawyer. He has studied at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis as well as the University of Minnesota. Presently, Damian is working on the manuscript for a play commissioned for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. He was recently featured in the first Northern Lights anthology through Sam’s Dot, Leather, Denim and Silver through Pill Hill Press, and the Parasitic Sands anthology he co-edited for the Parasortium.

On Wednesday, July 10, ROB CALLAHAN reads his fiction from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rob Callahan is a professional purveyor of made-up stories about the way we really are. His works of fiction include the novel Hellbound Snowballs and the short story collection, A Wish Upon a Fallen Sky. He has written and performed two award-winning spoken shows, Idiosychronicity and The Last Ditch (co-written with Allegra Lingo), and he regularly joins the Minneapolis entertainment troupe The Rockstar Storytellers on stage. His nonfiction has been featured in Secrets of the City,, l’etoil Magazine, and

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural speculative fiction organization that also hosts a midsummer SF convention, DIVERSICON, the 21st edition of which will be held August 2-4, 2013, in the Best Western—Bandana Square, St Paul, with Guest of Honor JACK MCDEVITT and Special Guests CATHERINE LUNDOFF and ROY C. BOOTH. On Thursday, August 1, the evening before Diversicon, those three Guests will read from and sign their work and answer questions at DreamHaven from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Jack McDevitt often writes about attempts to understand and communicate about archaeology and xeno-sarchaeology. His 19 novels include the “Academy” series featuring Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins: -The Engines of God, Deepsix , Chindi , Omega , Odyssey , and Cauldron ; the Alex Benedict series: A Talent for War , Polaris , the Nebula Award-winning Seeker , The Devil’s Eye , Echo , and Firebird ; and the stand-alone novels The Hercules Text , Ancient Shores , Eternity Road , Moonfall , Infinity Beach , Time Travelers Never Die , and The Cassandra Project . He has also published five story collections: Standard Candles , Hello, Out There , Ships in the Night , Outbound , and Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt. He lives in Georgia.

Catherine Lundoff is the award-winning author of the werewolf novels Silver Moon (Lethe Press) and Blue Moon (forthcoming) as well as the collection Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades (Lethe), and the co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of the anthology Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic (Lethe). In her other lives, she’s a professional computer geek, the spouse of her fabulous wife, and an occasional teacher of writing classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Roy C. Booth is a published novelist, short story writer, poet, comedian, journalist, essayist, game designer, screenwriter/doctor (film/radio/TV), and internationally awarded playwright –with 56 plays (including Force and Jedi Loathing Outside Los Vegas ) published, and 750+ known productions worldwide in 28 countries. He is married to published playwright Cynthia Booth, and is owner/manager of Roy’s Comics & Games of Bemidji, MN.

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