SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series

The greater Pacific Northwest is home to Ursula K. Le Guin, Kay Kenyon, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Brent Weeks, Ted Chiang and Ramona Quimby. Although Ramona isn't known for her Science Fiction and Fantasy escapades, the rest are, and will be celebrated as part of the Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free quarterly events provide the Northwest Science Fiction and Fantasy community a chance to gather, network and enjoy readings from local authors.

Each event starts with notes from the host, a leading local author, who has selected two of their favorite writers to complete the evening's theme. In turn, each is given time to read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. In addition, space is provided for networking and conversation.
Set in the pub-like atmosphere of the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, OR, events begin at 7:00 pm, and end by 8:30 pm.

The next Portland event will be held on Wednesday, August 14 and will also be hosted by Laura Anne Gilman, accompanied by Phyllis Irene Radford and Diana Pharaoh Francis.

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  • Mike

    Aw...didn't make it...I had good intentions, but it was a tense day and I used that as an excuse to not meet people!

    It is not sf...I suppose, gasp, it is fantasy (sort of)...I got about a hundred pages into Sax Rohmer's "The Bat Flies Low". 1935, supernatural, poor writing, mystic ancient power -- but FUN. It is really so bad it's kind of good. I think it would be a good audiobook...but I'm reading it the old way.

    I'm off tomorrow to a small, three-day "convention" of amateur radio operators...all guys who collect and restore old tube-type shortwave stuff. It's sleep in a tent, bring your own outhouse, and giant barbeques. In Mineral, Washington...not even cell service there!

    August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved this event. Thanks to Nick for hosting and lovely to have met you all. Sorry I didn't get a chance to say good bye, but I wandered off for book purchases and signatures. Afterward, I realized you'd all left. Looking forward to meeting up with you again! :)

    August 14, 2013

  • susanith

    I have a family responsibility so may be running late.

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where exactly within Kennedy do we meet? I tend to get confused and easily lost in there.

    August 13, 2013

    • Nick P.

      I will try to get to the boiler room on the ground floor around 6 or so to grab some food, (it's right next to the parking lot) but the actual event happens in the gym. which is not much further in on the south side.

      I will bring a Meetup Sign so everyone can find us.

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Mike

    Mostly still reading SF from 60s, but would like to learn about what's being written now. Not too fond of Sword & Sorcery. Pretty much a loner, so don't know yet if I manage the get-together. I'll try!

    August 9, 2013

    • janet

      No worries. A lot of us are introverted and sometimes feel ill at ease in social situations. You can see the kind of books we've read from our past events.

      1 · August 12, 2013

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