Authors Read! and Rapid Reads – April 30, starts 5pm Pacific Time

Here comes the next exciting Virtual FOGcon event:
Authors Read! Featuring Nisi Shawl and Karen Joy Fowler!

It'll be on Zoom on April 30, from 5-7.30 pm Pacific time. Save the date and watch this space for more details.
Please register for this FREE event on Eventbrite at:

We will also have Rapid Reads! interspersed. So if you're interested in signing up for a five-minute reading of your own SFF fiction or poetry, email us at (and copy keyan_bowes at yahoo dot com). We'll consider sign-ups until April 15th 2022, or the reading spots are filled, whichever comes first.

Portrait photos of Nisi Shawl and Karen Joy Fowler
Photo credits: Caren Corley (for Nisi Shawl) and Nathan Quintanilla (for Karen Joy Fowler)

KAREN JOY FOWLER is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Her most recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. Her new novel Booth was published in March 2022.

She is the co-founder of the Otherwise Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. Fowler also supports a chimp named Caesar who lives at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone.

NISI SHAWL was FOGcon’s 2020 Honored Guest.  They are best known for fiction dealing with gender, race, and colonialism, including the 2016 Nebula finalist novel Everfair, an alternate history of the Congo.  They’re the coauthor of Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, a standard text on inclusive representation, and a cofounder of the Carl Brandon Society.  Their criticism and essays appear widely, in one case as an introduction to a volume of the Library of America.

Shawl edited and co-edited Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. ButlerStories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and New Suns: Speculative Fiction by People of Color.  Their debut story collection, Filter House, co-won the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr./Otherwise Award.  Additional awards include the World Fantasy Award, two Locus Awards, and FIYAH Magazine’s Ignyte Award.  A new story collection, Fruiting Bodies, is forthcoming from this autumn from Aqueduct Press.  A first Middle Grade novel, Speculation, is forthcoming in January 2023 from Lee & Low.  Shawl lives in Seattle, just one block away from a beautiful, dangerous lake full of currents and millionaires.