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Meet Our Readers: Patricia Skalka

            

Screen shot 2012-09-10 at 1.27.23 PM.png A native Chicagoan, Patricia Skalka grew up reading books from the once-a-week mobile library in her far southeast side neighborhood. Although always a fan of fiction, she spent most of her professional life writing award-winning medical and human interest articles for Reader's Digest, Ladies' Home Journal, and more than a dozen other national publications. She also ghosted non-fiction books for Rodale Books and Random House, and is co-author of Nurses on Our Own (St. Martin's Press, Avon), which was optioned for a TV movie.

Now she's where she's wanted to be all along─writing novels. Death in Door County, the first book in her literary mystery series, is being considered by a leading publisher, and she's hard at work on the second installment. Pat is a member of the Authors Guild and Off Campus Writers Workshop. Check out her reviews of fiction and non-fiction books─both new and old favorites─on her blog, Books in Brief.

Please see Pat and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: M. Salahuddin Khan

            

Born in Burewala, Pakistan, in 1952 of refugee parents from India, M. Salahuddin Khan is a management consultant. From 1998 to 2007, he was the Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer, and Senior VP of Global Marketing and Strategy for NAVTEQ Corp. From 2006 to 2008, he was publisher of Islamica Magazine.

MSK-Image-Casual-8.png In 2008, Khan was co-executive producer of a 12-minute short movie called The Boundary, starring Alexander Siddig (Syriana, Kingdom of Heaven). The movie was about civil liberties at a U.S. border crossing in a post-9/11 world. Khan has made radio and TV appearances, including NBC, CTV, WBZ Boston, Mancow in the Morning, and others. He is also the Thursday host of Radio Islam at WCEV 1450 AM Chicago and has had featured op-ed pieces in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post.

In less than a year following initial publication, Khan's debut novel, Sikander, was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2011 Paris Book Festival, sikander.jpg winner in the fiction category at the 2011 Beach and 2011 Hollywood Book Festivals, and runner-up in the same category for the 2011 New York Book Festival. Sikander was also the winner in the multi-cultural fiction category at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for 2011. Khan was also awarded the CAIR Chicago Book Award for 2012.

Along with being a husband to loving wife Rehana and father to their six children, Khan is a designer, engineer, artist, writer, inventor (with several U.S. patents), and worldwide traveler.

Please see Salahuddin and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Rachel Wilson

            

Photo 191.jpg Rachel Wilson's YA debut Don't Touch will be published by Harper Children's in Summer 2014. Rachel studied Theater at Northwestern University and earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

As a company member of Barrel of Monkeys Children's Theater, she teaches, adapts children's writing for the stage, and wears lots of silly hats! She also performs regularly in Barrel of Monkeys' long-running show, That's Weird, Grandma! Rachel lives on the beach with a sweet dog named Remy Frankenstein. You can find her on Twitter at @storybookgirl or at http://storybookgirl.blogspot.com.

Please see Rachel and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Mary Robinette Kowal

            

500xMary_Robinette_Kowal-370.jpg Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor, 2010) and Glamour in Glass (Tor, 2012). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. She served two terms as Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her stories appear in Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and several Year's Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit MaryRobinetteKowal.com.

Please see Mary and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 14th, for our Chicago Writers Conference Special Edition at Open Books in Chicago!

Meet Our Readers: Gregory A. Wilson

            

Gregory A. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy and science fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009. He is a regular panelist at conferences across the country and is a member of Codex, the Writers' Symposium, and several other author groups on and offline.

Bio-Pic-for-Gregory A. Wilson.jpg He is currently in the process of submitting his second and third novels, Icarus and Grayshade respectively, to publishers, and he has a new short story out in the anthology When the Villain Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy. He also has two articles in the SFWA Bulletin with another one due out by the end of the year, and he is co-editing an anthology of short stories on speculative fiction and politics with Hugo nominee John Helfers.

On other related fronts, he did character work and flavor text for the hit fantasy card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, and along with fellow speculative fiction author (and past Tuesday Funk reader) Bradley P. Beaulieu is the co-host of the podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans, a show which discusses (and interviews the creators and illustrators of) speculative fiction of all sorts and types.

He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene—named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him—and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY.

Please join Greg and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Rajan Khanna

            

RajanKhanna.jpg Rajan Khanna is a fiction writer, blogger, narrator, and graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GUD, PodCastle, and The Way of the Wizard, among others. His articles have appeared at Tor.com and his podcast narrations can be heard at PodCastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Wired.com, Starship Sofa and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan lives in New York, where he's a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. His personal website is RajanKhanna.com and he tweets as @rajanyk.

Please join Raj and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Rae Carson

            

59394_433090668417_751033417_4781819_1875007_n.jpg Rae Carson was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for Fall 2011. Her debut novel, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was a finalist for the Morris, Norton, Cybils, and Ohioana Awards, and was named to ALA's 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. It has been translated into eleven languages. The sequel, The Crown of Embers, will be released later this month. She lives in Ohio with her husband, author Charles Coleman Finlay, but she visits Chicago as often as possible.

Please join Rae and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Daryl Gregory

            

daryl_gregory050_260x388.jpg Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His second novel, The Devil's Alphabet, was named one of the best books of the year by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His 2011 novel Raising Stony Mayhall was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.

unpossiblecover_small.jpg Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publisher's Weekly. His comics work includes the ongoing Planet of the Apes series, and the recently completed Dracula: The Company of Monsters series (co-written with Kurt Busiek). He lives in State College, PA, where he writes programming code in the morning, prose in the afternoons, and comics at night.

Please join Daryl and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Adam Rakunas

            

IMG_0304-001.JPGAdam Rakunas lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. His work has been published by So New Media and Futurismic. He is currently working on a science fiction novel about sex, violence, and labor relations.

Please join Adam and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

Meet Our Readers: Jesse Jordan

            

Jesse Jordan is a writer and editor currently living in the suburbs of Chicago. He is an MFA graduate of Columbia College and a member of Reading Under the Influence (a monthly series which you can see tonight at Sheffield's). Gospel Hollow is his first novel.

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Please join Jesse and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on August 7th. The fun gets underway at 7:30 pm.

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Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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