Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ICYMI/SYD #3: November '16

Hey everybody, hope you had a good Halloween season! In case you missed it/so you don't:

On Positron:
Coming up in Chicago:
  •  If you still need some spookiness, editor Scott G. Bruce is giving a talk on "The Penguin Book of the Dead", Thursday 11/3 at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore in Hyde Park.
  • Windycon is one of the main Chicagoland science fiction conventions; it runs November 11th-13th. In addition to the usual programming, you may also want to check out the book-clubs being hosted there: Chi-SF is discussing Ernest Clines' "Ready Player One", and Phandemonium is discussing "The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin.
  • The Chicago Book Expo is Sunday the 13th at Columbia College. Free to attend, and usually a good spread!
  • There are a number of events celebrating the release of the new Harry Potter-verse film, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", including a celebration at the Fountaindale Public Library and "Build a Beast" workshops from the Columbia College Muggles Association.
  • Tuesday, 11/15, Justine Larbalestier will be talking & signing at Anderson's Bookshop in La Grange.
  • Wednesday 11/16, local SF authors Mary Robinette Kowal, Wesley Chu, and Dan Wells are doing a very cool-sounding reading at Volumes Book Cafe in Wicker Park. You may want to grab a (free) ticket before they fill up. 
 Of Note in the SF World & Around the Web:
  • The winners of the World Fantasy Award have been announced, with Best Novel going to Anna Smaill's "The Chimes". Smaill beat out big names like Jemisin, Novik, and Ishiguro, and the WFA, while often inducing face-palms with their convention, also has a history of picking unusual, worthy books, often from a bit outside the usual spotlights. So I'll have to pick that up.
  • Some buzz going around about the Hugo "Best Series" experimental award. File 770 has a (long) list of eligible works for the first one, and Strahan & Wolfe discuss the project on a recent Coode St. Podcast.
And as always, be sure to check out the Upcoming Events Page for many, many book clubs and more!

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