Thrilling Tales is Off to the Races!

This summer, Thrilling Tales (the Library’s Story Time for Grown Ups) takes listeners off to the races with a pair of horse racing tales,  and then out into the rose garden with Shirley Jackson to dig into dark underside suburbia, before heading to the seashore to grapple with aliens from another world, and from the briny deep! Come join us this August and September for live readings suspenseful and strange, either at noon (bring along some lunch), or at 7 p.m. with Thrilling Tales After Dark! All story times are under an hour, and are absolutely free. Here’s what’s coming up: Continue reading “Thrilling Tales is Off to the Races!”

Le Guin, Allende, Bradbury & More, This Spring at Thrilling Tales!

This Spring Thrilling Tales, the library’s popular story time for grown ups, is branching out with new monthly evening events in addition to our regular lunch hour gatherings. Now in its 15th year, the program celebrates the joy of story with live readings of compelling, intriguing, wondrous and suspenseful stories. Here’s what’s coming up in the months ahead.

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Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

From l to r: Michael Wallenfells, Ursula K. Le Guin, Misha Stone, Duane Wilkins, May 2013, Central Library

Ursula K. Le Guin died in her home in Portland, Oregon on January 22nd at the age of 88. There have been so many marvelous essays and remembrances of her from Margaret Atwood, Karen Joy Fowler, Nisi Shawl, Nicola Griffith, Margaret Killjoy, John Scalzi and more. I don’t feel as though I can add anything new to the chorus, other than to share what Ursula K. Le Guin meant to me.

I encountered Le Guin on my father’s bookshelves, where Continue reading “Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin”

Science Fiction Fridays: NW SF & Fantasy Authors Part 4: PORTLAND!

Cover of Green by Jay LakeCover of Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorCover of The Way of Shadows by Brent WeeksCover of Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

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The Seattle area is host to so many amazing science fiction and fantasy authors, but Portland is, too. Here are some authors that hail from the Portland area aka PDX aka Portlandia aka Timbers territory: Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: NW SF & Fantasy Authors Part 4: PORTLAND!”

Science Fiction Fridays: NW SF & Fantasy Writers Part 3: More Influential Writers

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Just like last time, here are more influential Northwest science fiction and fantasy writers who have set and raised the bar for other writers to follow. Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: NW SF & Fantasy Writers Part 3: More Influential Writers”