Speculations Reading Series

Announcements for 2019 Readings

The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES, continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each reading includes a reception with free soda pop and cookies, and a post-reception expedition to a local bistro.

On Wednesday, January 9, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Speculations presents its fifth annual ROUND ROBIN READINGS. Writers are encouraged to bring from one to three pieces, each running five to seven minutes, to read. The readings will conclude at 7:30 or when readers run out of material, whichever comes first, allowing time for a brief reception, and an 8:00 p.m. expedition to PARKWAY PIZZA, 4359 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis.

Wednesday, February 6, DAMIAN SHERIDAN reads from his work from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Mr. Sheridan has written and produced one science fiction play and one speculative musical. He is in discussion with a local backer to write and produce a third play. He has published short stories with several small presses and is presently working on two different novels. In addition, he has presented short sketch pieces at CONvergence, Balls Cabaret, and Merlin‘s Rest and Kieran‘s Irish Pub. He has a back catalog of short stories and self published poetry and graphic novellas. He lives in the Twin Cities.

On Wednesday, March 6, S.N. ARLY reads from her work. S.N. Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. She has had several short stories published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She is currently working on novels, with the exception of the occasional short story her brain foists upon her.

On Wednesday, April 3, ROB CALLAHAN reads from his work. Rob Callahan is a former journalist and author now working in language and culture revitalization with Ojibwe and Dakota youth in Minneapolis. His journalism career garnered awards and recognition from the Associated Press, the Hearst Foundation, and the NAB Marconi Radio Awards. Currently, he produces the weekly radio program Indigenous Roots and in his spare time he programs Ojibwe language video games for children. His 2018 novel The Hidden City Volume I: The Devil’s Decent tells the heartwarming story of an underachieving young professional temping in the Devil’s call center, who is accidentally promoted to Acting Vice President of the Impending Apocalypse.

On Thursday, July 25, Diversicon 27 Guest of Honor NISI SHAWL reads, followed by Reception & Autographing. Followed by dinner expedition by 7:50-8:00.

On Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 CAROLE ASHMORE and HANK LEDERER read from their work.
Carole writes, “I’m a retired computer programmer who’s been reading SF since age 12. I like the hard stuff over fantasy. Did some writing 15 years ago as part of Lyda Morehouse’s writing group at The Loft. Most of my stuff has a feminist bent. These days I contribute religiously to Eric’s Flash Fiction contest held at Diversicon.”
Hank writes, “Retired from a Control Data marketing support group in 1992. Like technology, computers & Albert Einstein; whom I worship. In 1989 signed up to be cryogenically frozen. I’ve written many SF style essays for the MN Futurists. Favorite SF stories: Sturgeon’s “Microcosmic God” and Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama.”

On Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 TTYLER TORK reads from his work. Tyler writes, “Techie guy by day, crime fighter by night. But when crime is slow, as it often is in his quiet hometown of Plymouth, Minnesota, Tyler puts away the mask, cape, and ocelot, and finds a corner to scribble in. The victim of a dark destiny, he whirls through life with a set of shaky assumptions and a mug of rapidly-cooling java. Bewildered, scattered, querulous (some say curmudgeonly), he nonetheless attempts to entertain and inform. Someday, his alien masters will return for him. He blogs at tylertork.com. His works include Doctor Dead, an adventure in a San Francisco that never was, One-Hour Author Website, and soon, The Deep End, a metaphysical steampunk intrigue and the first of many forthcoming from his new publisher, Oghma Creative Media.”

On Wenesday, October 9 at 6:30 CATHERINE LUNDOFF reads from her work. This reading will be the first release reading for her new short fiction collection, Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic. Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis where she lives with her wife, bookbinder Jana Pullman, and the cats who own them. She is the author of over 100 published short stories and essays, which have appeared or are forthcoming in such venues as Fireside Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, American Monsters 2, the LHM Podcast, World of Darkness: Ghosthunters, Tales of the Unanticipated Magazine, My Wandering Uterus: Tales of Traveling While Female, Respectable Horror, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and SF Signal. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic and as editor, the fantastical pirate fiction anthology, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). In addition, she is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world. Websites: www.catherinelundoff.net and www.queenofswordspress.com

On Wednesday, November 13, JASON D. WITTMAN reads from his work at 6:30 p.m. Jason D. Wittman lives and works in Minnesota. He has had short fiction published recently in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (in Australia) and in Bruce Bethke’s Stupefyiing Stories.

On Wednesday, December 11, Speculations has its annual ROUND ROBIN READINGS at 6:30 p.m. Interested writers are encouraged to bring up to three five-minute pieces to read. We’ll continue until 7:30 or we run out of pieces, whichever comes first. Then we’ll go hang out at a bistro.

Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF MINNESOTA, a multicultural speculative fiction organization that also hosts a midsummer SF convention, Diversicon, the 27th edition of which will be held July 22-24, 2019, in the Twin Cities, with Guest of Honor Nisi Shawl and Special Guest Ben Huset.


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