NYRSF Readings on 3/2/2010

L.A. Banks and Tobias Buckell kick off The New York Review of SF readings series March 2 at its new location, SoHo Gallery for Digital Art at 138 Sullivan Street.

The full press release appears after the jump.

[Thanks to Jim Freund for the story.]

For immediate release
Contact: Jim Freund
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The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
L. A. Banks
Tobias Buckell
Joe Monti — Guest Curator

     Tuesday, March 2nd — Doors open 6:30 PM
     SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
     138 Sullivan Street   (directions and links below)
     $5 suggested donation

This will be our first official event at the new venue, and appropriately, we will start March like a lion.  Joe Monti has booked two wonderful (and bestselling) writers to inaugurate the next era of our score-old series.

Leslie Esdaile Banks has penned over 35 novels and 12 novellas under the pseudonyms L.A. Banks, Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, and Leslie Esdaile Banks, working genres as diverse as romance, women’s fiction, crime suspense, and paranormal.  Her non-fiction work includes the riveting and motivational story of Bank’s life journey in her contribution to the Chicken Soup for the African American Soul anthology.

Aside from some prestigious mainstream tie-ins, Banks penned a four-book crime thriller for Kensington/Dafina, beginning with Betrayal of the Trust.  She is currently writing a 12-book Vampire Huntress Legend series for St. Martin’s Press, as well as the werewolf series, Crimson Moon Novels.  Banks is also moving into graphic novels and manga for her thriving Vampire Huntress Legends series, as well as a young adult paranormal sheroes and heroes series.

Currently Banks resides in Philadelphia and can be found virtually at http://leslieesdailebanks.com/

Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  He started submitting and writing short stories while in high school. In 1999 he attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy workshop and sold his first story, “Fish Merchant,” to Science Fiction Age shortly afterwards.  About the time of the sale, his story “In Orbite Medievali” won a quarterly contest for the Writers of the Future. Since then his stories have appeared in a variety of places, including the magazines Analog and Nature, and the anthologies New Voices in Science Fiction, Men Writing Science Fiction As Women, and So Long Been Dreaming.  His first short story collection, Tides from the New Worlds, was published as a signed limited edition hardcover by Wyrm Publishing in April 2009.


His novels include Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin (which was nominated for a Nebula), and Sly Mongoose. He also wrote the sixth novel in the Halo book series entitled Halo: The Cole Protocol, which was #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List for paperback trade fiction in December, 2008.

Tobias is also known as a blogger for Weblogs Inc. and for his own site, http://TobiasBuckell.com. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife. Emily.

Joe Monti has had a swell run in publishing so far, from several years in bookstores to the head of children’s sales at Houghton Mifflin and then as the director of paperbacks at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  He is probably best known for his tenure as the children’s fiction buyer at Barnes & Noble, a position he held for over ten years, just when everything was changing.  Now, as a literary agent for Barry Goldblatt Literary, Joe represents children’s fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, graphic novelists, and some tangental pop culture non-fiction works as well.  Over ten years ago, he was the curator of NYRSFR who revived the series after a time of hibernation,  a time he still thinks of quite fondly — many friends were made, including a now-married pair of famous writers who met through the series through his introduction.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is celebrating its 20th season of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and place, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list and the Web.

Admission is by a $5 donation.  If circumstances make this a hardship, let us know and we will accommodate you. 

Jim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.  He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967.  His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams every Saturday morning from 5:00 to 7:00.  Past shows are available “‘on-demand” for about 6 months after broadcast.  (Check http://hourwolf.com for details.)
The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art is dedicated to re-establishing SoHo as an international center for the development of new artistic forms, concepts and ideas.  A screens-instead-of-canvases approach allows a wide selection of art from around the world which would otherwise never make it to the City.  The SGDA also offers gatherings and events devoted to the digital, visual, and literary arts and provide a home for a variety of cultural events.  For bookings call (914) 262-1584 or (212) 228-2810 regarding the venue or visit  http://sohodigart.com
Tuesday, 3/2/10
Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7


The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street  (between Houston & Prince St.)
By Subway
6, C, E to Spring St.; A, B D or F to West 4th; 1 train to Houston St; or R, W to Prince St.


There are many convenient bus lines that come within a couple of blocks of the gallery.  Use the link above for an interactive transit map.

Coming up:
4/6: Carol Cooper curates
5/4: Paul Witcover presents
6/1: Gala!


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