This event is free and open to the public.
East City Bookshop presents a panel discussion on queering science fiction and fantasy with Day Al-Mohamed, author of the novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn; Meg Elison, author of The Book Of Flora and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award; Ruthanna Emrys, author of the Innsmouth Legacy series; Malka Older, author of Infomocracy; and Sarah Pinsker, Nebula and Sturgeon Award-winning author of Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into The Sea. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and signing.
Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability advisor. She is author of the novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn from DarkQuest Books, editor of the anthology, Trust & Treachery, and is a regular host on Idobi Radio's Geek Girl Riot with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners. Her stories have appeared in Fireside Fiction, Apex Magazine, and GrayHaven Comics. Her murder mystery novella The Blind Archivist comes out Summer 2019 from Falstaff Press. She is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling at the White House in February 2016. A disability policy executive with more than fifteen years of experience, she presents often on the representation of disability in media, most recently for the National Bar Association, at New York Comic Con, and at SXSW. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown. You can find her online at DayAlMohamed.com and on Twitter @DayAlMohamed.
Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her series, The Road to Nowhere, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. She was a James A. Tiptree Award Honoree in 2018. She has been published in McSweeney’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Catapult, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her online, where she writes like she’s running out of time.
Ruthanna Emrys is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, including Winter Tide and Deep Roots. Ruthanna co-writes Tor.com's Lovecraft Reread series, and writes radically hopeful short stories about religion and aliens and psycholinguistics. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. She makes homemade vanilla, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and academic. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), and the creator of the serial Ninth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box. Her short story collection And Other Disasters will come out in late 2019. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at Sciences Po Paris explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments.
Sarah Pinsker's short fiction has won the Nebula & Sturgeon Awards, and she's been a finalist for the Hugo and numerous other awards. Small Beer Press published her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, in March 2019, and her first novel, A Song For A New Day, will be published by Berkley in September 2019. She's also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various indie labels and a fourth on the way. She lives with her wife and dog in Baltimore, Maryland.