Mon. May 29th, 2023

Eastern New Mexico University to host the 44th Jack Williamson Lectureship in April

PORTALES (KSEL)- Heads up for all you science fiction lovers out there!

Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the 44th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, with authors James Patrick Kelly and Rebecca Roanhorse as guests of honor.

James Patrick Kelly is a science fiction writer known for his 2016, Masters of Science Fiction series entitled James Patrick Kelly, Master of Science Fiction.  He has won many different awards such as the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards.  His newest project is King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats, a short novel coming in January 2020 from Subterranean Press. His most recent publication is the collection, The Promise of Spacepublished in 2018 from Prime Books.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a New York Times bestselling and Nebula, Hugo and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Astounding (Campbell) Award for Best New Writer. Her novel Trail of Lightning (Book 1 in the Sixth World Series) won the Locus Award for Best First Novel and is a Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy finalist. It was also selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NPR Best Books of 2018, among others. Book 2 in the Sixth World Series, Storm of Locusts, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been named an Amazon, Powell’s, and Audible Best of 2019.

According to a press release from ENMU, the guests of honor will read from their works Thursday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in the Studio Theater of the University Theatre Center on the Portales campus. An informal reception will follow. On Friday, April 3, the guests of honor will talk about their writing process at 10 a.m. in the Zia Room in the Campus Union Building.

Make your reservations by Monday, March 30 by calling 575-562-2315 or email reserve your place.

The Lectureship event culminates with a writers’ workshop for college students with Connie Willis on Saturday morning, 10 a.m.  Except for the luncheon, all events are free and open to the public.

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