Every kid gets a book for free!

We’re still having a BIPOC book fair and inviting all kids who want to be there to come. But we couldn’t get all the books in time.  So now we’re asking you to join us on Saturday, DECEMBER 23; that’s when we’ll be at Portland, Oregon’s Norse Hall with a bunch of books by and about Black people, Indigenous people, and all kinds of people of color. Each kid’s admission ticket gets them one free book and the chance to buy as many more books as they like. Bay Area and online bookseller Sistah Scifi is providing a wide selection of titles, fiction and nonfiction.

Meet Local Authors

That includes books by award-winning authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford–they’re coming too! Shawl and Bradford plan to read their books’ exciting parts and answer questions about writing, bugs, and ghosts.

Two advantages to this date switch (in addition to having the books on hand for sure).  First, we can entertain and distract any kids on school breaks who may be driving their parents nuts; second we can guarantee blissful last minute present shopping for those who celebrate seasonal gift-giving.

Masks are required. A limited supply will be offered onsite.

  • BIPOC Bookfair
  • Saturday, December 23 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • $5 admission per person, waived on request
  • Every kids’ admission includes one free book
  • Norse Hall is at 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
  • Buy tickets via our Eventbrite page (a limited number will be available at the door)

August 2009 Short Fiction

This month’s list is very short, which makes me think I must be missing some stories. So if you’re a person of color and had a speculative fiction story published in August, please say so in comments. Also, please list your story on the Carl Brandon wiki (where everyone can go to see stories by POC pubbed in 2009 and in 2008). If you’ve got a story coming out in September or after that, please go to this form and let me know. It’s quick and easy — editors are welcome to fill it out as well!

Reading: Diaspora of the Fantastic: Black Women Writers of SF/F/H

If you’re in New York City this Thursday, you may be interested in a reading I’m participating in: Diaspora of the Fantastic: Black Women Writers of SF/F/H. Here’s the description:

Join science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors Linda D. Addison, K. Tempest Bradford, N. K. Jemisin, and Alaya Dawn Johnson for a reading and discussion on women of color in speculative fiction.

Far from being indifferent to the genre, people of color are creating and consuming SF literature and media more than ever. Come hear some of the best new and award-winning speculative voices of color writing today.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street (one block south of Houston)
New York, NY