WisCon Guests of Honor Reception and Reading, featuring Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson

Event date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to help WisCon, the world's finest feminist science fiction convention, kick off their 39th convention with a reception and reading by this year's Guests of Honor, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson. This event is free and open to the public--all other local appearances by the Guests will happen at WisCon; see www.wiscon.info to register.


The reception: beginning at 5:00pm, the reception features food, beverages, and delightful conversation as feminist science fiction fans take a chance to chat with one another and find seats before the main event.


The reading: starting at 6:00pm, the reading will feature both WisCon Guests of Honor, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson.


Alaya (rhymes with "papaya") lives, writes, cooks and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013. She can be found online at www.alayadawnjohnson.com.


Kim Stanley Robinson is a Science fiction writer who lives in Davis, California. He earned a PhD in literature at the University of California-San Diego and has two grown children with his wife, Lisa Nowell, an environmental chemist with the US Geological Survey. Robinson has published about twenty books, mostly novels, that have been translated into 24 languages. He is the author of the best-selling Mars trilogy (for which he received two Hugos and a Nebula Award), as well as the critically acclaimed Three California series, the Science in the Capital series (Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, Sixty Days and Counting), The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica (for which he was sent to Antarctica for six weeks In 1995 by the National Science Foundation as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers' Program). 2312, Red Mars (1992), Blue Mars (1996), and the short story, "Sexual Dimorphism" (1999) were honor-listed by the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. His 2012 novel 2312 was a New York Times bestseller and Nebula award winner. In 2008 Robinson was declared a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine.

Robinson currently serves on the board of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. His most recent novel, Shaman (2013), is set in Earth's pre-history, when both Neanderthal and Cro-Magnons lived in an uneasy sort of co-existence.

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315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
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