Lisa Yaszek, who organized the visit, shares more details about Salaam’s visit:
I’m delighted to announce that award-winning author Kiini Ibura Salaam will visit us next Thursday, October 24. She will do an author reading and book-signing at 11 am in 102 Hall, and then a WREK interview and public discussion from 1:30-3 in the same place. . . . Anyone interested in women’s literature, Afrofuturism, and/or fantastic fiction will enjoy Kiini’s work.
From what I have read of her work, I agree 100% with Lisa’s assessment. I am looking forward to meeting an accomplished writer whose work is the kind whose rich descriptions fill your nostrils as much as your mind’s eye and whose stories excite you as you fall down the rabbit hole without a handhold in sight.
If you are in Atlanta on November 4, 2010 at 11:00am, you should go to the Georgia Tech Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 2nd floor Technology Center, to hear a book talk by Professor Lisa Yaszek and Brittain Fellow Rebekah Sheldon. Prof. Yaszek is going to talk about her role as co-editor of the Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre anthology in which my essay “Revealing Critical Theory’s Real-Life Potential to Our Students, the Digital Nomads” appears. Sheldon will present on her essay, “Joanna Russ and the Murder of the Female Child: We Who Are About To,” from the anthology.
The eminent SF utopian/heterotopian author, Kim Stanley Robinson will be at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia next week for a radio interview, a public lecture, and book signing. Georgia Tech with its Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection (Bud Foote interviewed Robinson for Science-Fiction Studies #62, here) curated by Professor Lisa Yaszek is a nexus of significant work within academia as well as providing public events involving leading figures within the field. Robinson, the author of the Mars Trilogy and the Three Californias Trilogy (which I find compelling and enjoyable), is the most recent SF author to make an appearance at Georgia Tech following other notable authors such as Kathleen Ann Goonan and Paul Di Filippo.
Here’s the schedule for Robinson’s visit to Georgia Tech:
Thursday, March 6
11AM-12PM – WREK FM 91.1 Interview and Author Q&A in the Library East Commons
4PM-6PM – Lecture on “Representing Climate Change in Science Fiction and the Real World” in the Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center (reception follows)
Friday, March 7
12PM-1:30PM – Book signing at Barnes and Noble on Spring Street in Tech Square
I’m insanely jealous that I can’t make it to the event since I’m snowed-in up in Kent, Ohio (and that I have a lot of fucking work to do). Pass along my best to Mr. Robinson!