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Charm City Spec: Fran Wilde (Cloudbound), Leah Cypess (Mistwood) and A. C. Wise (Catfish Lullaby)

Bird In Hand

Come out to the spring installment of Charm City Spec, Baltimore’s quarterly gathering for speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fabulist lovers.

Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for a Hugo and two Nebula awards, and include her Andre Norton–and Compton Crook–winning debut novel, Updraft, its sequels, Cloudbound and Horizon, and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”. Her short stories appear in Asimov’sTor.comBeneath Ceaseless SkiesShimmerNature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington PostTor.comClarkesworldiO9.com, and GeekMom.com.

Leah Cypess has published four young adult fantasy novels, and also writes short fiction, which has been published in Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange Horizons, among other places. Her short story "Nanny's Day" was nominated for a Nebula Award. She’ll be reading from her first novel, Mistwood, which is about an immortal shapeshifter trapped in the form of a human girl. In the words of Kirkus, in a starred review, “A traditional premise is transformed into a graceful meditation on the ramifications of loyalty, duty and purpose… Astonishing and inspiring.”

A.C. Wise is a transplanted Canadian, born and raised in Montreal, and currently living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her short fiction has appeared in places such as Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Liminal Stories, and the 2017 Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She is the author of collections The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards. Her short story "The Last Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841)" won the 2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. In addition to her writing, she contributes a monthly short fiction review column to Apex Magazine and publishes the Women to Read: Where to Start, and Non-Binary Authors to Read review columns on her blog. When not writing, she's most likely wrangling corgis, working her day job in a museum, reading, drinking coffee, or staring into space while pretending to think deep thoughts. She’ll be reading from Catfish Lullaby – a weird, Southern Gothic novella about fighting monsters, and finding family – which is currently scheduled for release in March 2018.






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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm


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