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EVENTS at Borderlands

Check out the bottom of this page for our google calendar with all upcoming events.

GENERAL EVENTS

Nick Mamatas, THE LAST WEEKEND (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) & Steve Toutonghi, JOIN (Soho Press, Hardcover, $27.00) on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00pm

Guy Gavriel Kay, CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY (NAL, Hardcover, $27.00) on Saturday May 21st at 3:00pm

Writers With Drinks at The Make-Out Room hosted by Charlie Jane Anders, with authors Kwan Booth, Yangsze Choo, Guy Gavriel Kay, David Lau, and Ariel Waldman, on Saturday May 21st at 7:30pm

SF in SF with authors Marie Brennan and Thomas Gammarino (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, May 22nd at 5:30pm

Katie Morton, RE-IMAGINING FILM FUTURES Art Opening on June 3rd at 6:00pm

Janet Dawson, DEATH DEALS A HAND (Perseverance Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) and Wendy Hornsby, DISTURBING THE DARK (Perseverance Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Saturday, June 4th at 1:00pm

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, THE ROOT (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Saturday June 4th at 3:00pm

Robots and Goons: A Reading with Sarah Gailey, Alyc Helms, Sunil Patel, and Peter Tieryas on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00pm

SF in SF with authors Rudy Rucker and Michael Blumlein (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, June 12th at 5:30pm

Nick Mamatas, THE LAST WEEKEND (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $15.99) & Steve Toutonghi, JOIN (Soho Press, Hardcover, $27.00) on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00pm - We're pleased to host two disparate authors for one fantastic event!  Nick Mamatas' new novel is called THE LAST WEEKEND, and it's a wonderful, cynical dystopian nightmare.  Think Charles Bukowski meets George Romero, in San Francisco.  From the publisher: "Nick Mamatas takes a high-powered drill to the lurching, groaning conventions of zombie dystopias and conspiracy thrillers, sparing no cliche about tortured artists, alcoholic "genius," noir action heroes, survivalist dogma, or starry-eyed California dreaming.  Starting in booze-soaked but very clear-eyed cynicism and ending in gloriously uncozy catastrophe, THE LAST WEEKEND is merciless, uncomfortably perceptive, and bleakly hilarious." Steve Toutonghi's debut novel is getting great reviews.  Here's the synopsis from the author's website: "What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That's the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors."  Read an excerpt from JOIN here: http://sohopress.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Join-INT-fin.pdf  We hope you'll JOIN us to meet this outstanding pair of authors!

Guy Gavriel Kay, CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY (NAL, Hardcover, $27.00) on Saturday May 21st at 3:00pm - We are thrilled to welcome distinguished fantasist and brilliant author Guy Gavriel Kay to Borderlands!  Check out the synopsis of his newest title, CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY, from the publisher's website: "From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family.  That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request - and possibly to do more - and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor's wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.  The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he's been born to live.  And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif - to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.  As these lives entwine, their fates - and those of many others - will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world . . . ."  Don't miss this chance to meet Guy Gavriel Kay!

Writers With Drinks at The Make-Out Room on Saturday May 21st at 7:30pm - Writers With Drinks is the most awesome spoken-word variety show in the world, hosted by Charlie Jane Anders!  May's lineup includes the following amazing authors:  Kwan Booth (Black Futurists Speak: An Anthology of New Black Writing), Yangsze Choo (The Ghost Bride), Guy Gavriel Kay (Children of Earth and Sky), David Lau (Virgil and the Mountain Cat), and Ariel Waldman (What's It Like in Space?)  Cost: $5 to $20, no-one turned away for lack of funds.  All proceeds benefit the Center for Sex and Culture.  Doors open at 6:30.  Borderlands will be on hand to sell books.

SF in SF with authors Marie Brennan and Thomas Gammarino (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, May 22nd at 5:30 - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  We're so happy to celebrate the return of SF in SF, at a lovely new venue!  Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

Katie Morton, RE-IMAGINING FILM FUTURES Art Opening on June 3rd at 6:00pm - We're happy to host an art show with Katie Morton in the Cafe, and hope you'll join us for this science-fiction inspired opening event!  Morton's new series consists of oil-painted master copies of classic sci-fi film dystopias, inspired by the smogscapes she painted during her four years in Beijing.  They will be exhibited at Borderlands Cafe from June 1st through August 29th.  We're kicking off this show with an opening event including readings of original sci-fi compositions by Borderlands sponsor Louis Evans, Philip K. Dick award-winner Meg Elison, and Danielle Truppi, along with light refreshments.  There will also be a contest -- the first three attendees to correctly identify all of the films depicted in Morton's paintings will have the opportunity to take home a signed print of a painting from the show.   One of our featured speakers will be Louis Evans, presenting WHAT WAS ART: A FORWARD-LOOKING RETROSPECTIVE.  Dr. Evans, a professor at the New Stanford Institute of Pre-Crisis Studies, is visiting briefly from his dark future, and will share some comparative and historical remarks on contemporary art and future artlessness to commemorate the Re-imagining Film Futures opening.  RSVP here, if you do the Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1784328881802851/

Janet Dawson, DEATH DEALS A HAND (Perseverance Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) and Wendy Hornsby, DISTURBING THE DARK (Perseverance Press, Trade Paperback, $15.95) on Saturday, June 4th at 1:00pm - We're happy to welcome two exciting mystery authors!  Janet Dawson and Wendy Hornsby are both seasoned writers who have each penned multiple excellent novels.  This time around, Janet is showing off the followup to DEATH RIDES THE ZEPHYR, starring Zephyrette Jill McLeod as she deals with everything from troublesome passengers to unexpected death on the train from Chicago to the Bay Area.  Janet is presenting DISTURBING THE DARK, the latest in the Maggie McGowen series, about an irrepressibly curious investigative filmmaker.  We hope you'll join us to meet this dynamic duo from Perseverance Press!

Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, THE ROOT (Night Shade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99) on Saturday June 4th at 3:00pm - We are beyond delighted to welcome local author and long time Borderlands employee Na'amen Gobert Tilahun, who is presenting his debut novel (first in the trilogy) THE ROOT!  From the publisher's website: "When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn't the biggest problem you're facing, you're in trouble.  Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having his ex-boyfriend in jail because of the scandal that destroyed his career seemed overwhelming.  Then Erik learned he was Blooded: descended from the Gods.  Struggling with a power he doesn't understand and can barely control, Erik discovers that a covert government agency is selling off Blooded like lab rats to a rival branch of preternatural beings in 'Zebub -- San Francisco's mirror city in an alternate dimension.  Lil, a timid apprentice in 'Zebub, is searching for answers to her parents' sudden and mysterious deaths.  Surrounded by those who wish her harm and view her as a lesser being, Lil delves into a forgotten history that those in power will go to dangerous lengths to keep buried.  What neither Erik nor Lil realize is that a darkness is coming, something none have faced in living memory.  It eats.  It hunts.  And it knows them. In THE ROOT, the dark and surging urban fantasy debut from Na'amen Tilahun, two worlds must come together if even a remnant of one is to survive." We hope you'll join us.  RSVP here if you're on Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/776101015824427/

Robots and Goons: A Reading with Sarah Gailey, Alyc Helms, Sunil Patel, and Peter Tieryas on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00pm - We are delighted (and a little trepidatious) about welcoming these four awesome authors to Borderlands! Sarah Gailey, Alyc Helms, Sunil Patel, and Peter Tieryas are reading/diatribing/commenting and raving about robots, goons, and their views on the strangeness of daily existence at Borderlands Books.  Come out and join us for the fireworks!  More details about the authors can be found here:
https://www.evensi.us/robots-amp-goons-a-reading-at-borderlands-books-borderlands/176800658

SF in SF with authors Rudy Rucker and Michael Blumlein (at the American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina, San Francisco) on Sunday, June 12th at 5:30pm - (Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)  Doors and bar at 5:30 pm, event begins at 6:30 pm.  Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson.  Authors will schmooze & sign books after.  Books available for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books.  Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.  Bar proceeds benefit the American Bookbinders Museum.   Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015.  Questions?  Email sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

BOOK CLUB EVENTS


The QSF&F Book Club
This book club is for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly people who love reading all kinds of science fiction, fantasy, even a little bit of horror, and anything that could loosely fall into any of these categories.

We meet the second Sunday of every month at 5pm. We also occasionally have movie nights, get togethers, dinners, and other fun and exciting events. Please come join our Book Club! We?re going on ten years strong! For more information, visit our website at http://www.qsfandf.weebly.com or come see us on Facebook

Please contact the group leader, Christopher Rodriguez, at cobalt555@earthlink.net, for more information.


JANUARY: The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello
FEBRUARY: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 
MARCH: Death By Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold 



The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
This book club usually meets on the third Sunday of every month at 6 pm. Please contact bookclub@borderlands-books.com for more information.

JANUARY: Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii.
FEBRUARY: The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.
MARCH: Time and Again by Jack Finney.
APRIL:  The Dangerous Type by Loren Rhoads.  The author will visit and take part in the discussion!
MAY: The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu.
JUNE: Contact by  Singularity Sky by Charles Stross.





GOOGLE CALENDAR


For the tech savvy out there, our iCal address at Google is https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/8melqrhlamjs2d5la520mgpbis%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics