Building New Worlds: The Power of Speculative Fiction
Weds. 11/15, 7-9p, Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave, Cleve.
This November, Between the Lines is traveling to new worlds with a science fiction themed reading and discussion centered around New York Times Bestseller Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven follows a traveling theater group in a post-pandemic America as they make art and make sense of their lives in a strange new world. The book has been selected for the NEA’s Big Read 2017 program and provides a unique opportunity for the community to speculate on the power of speculative fiction. Join us at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern where local sci-fi writers Charlie Oberndorf, Marie Vibbert, and Mike Substelny will discuss Station Eleven, read from their own work, debate the power of science fiction, and offer tips for how to craft a compelling sci-fi story.
Charles Oberndorf is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop. His three science fiction novels were published by Bantam Spectra, and his short fiction has appeared in Full Spectrum, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His novelette, “Another Life,” was reprinted in Years Best SF #15. He’s the Chi Waggoner Chair in Middle School Writing at University School and has moderated the Public Fiction Writing Workshop at Cleveland State University.
Marie Vibberthas published numerous science fiction stories in top publication. The Oxford Culture Review called her work "All that science fiction should be." She has played women's professional football, ridden 18% of the roller coasters in North America, and when she's not all tired out she is a web developer at Case Western Reserve University.
Michael Substelny is a tenured professor in the fields of computer game development and Quality Engineering. He also writes in a variety of science fiction sub-genres. He serves as the official canon developer for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator universe. He has conducted workshops on interactive fiction writing and served as a panelist at several World Science Fiction Conventions and North American Science Fiction Conventions.
About the Big Read:
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning kicks off its NEA Big Read celebration of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven with a public event on Saturday, September 23 from 10a-12p at the Carnegie West Branch Library. The event will feature live music performed by In2ative, an overview of public programming, and a reading from the novel.
Cleveland is one of 75 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read this year. From September 23 - November 16, 2017 our community will celebrate Station Eleven with a full calendar of events including creative writing workshops with Literary Cleveland and Lake Erie Ink at your local Cleveland Public Library branches.
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
For more information on this event, please contact Special Projects Manager Megan Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.