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All In-Person Pratt Library Events Cancelled, Virtual Events Now Available

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library locations are closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.

Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.

Ray Bradbury and the Future of Speculative Fiction

Happy 100th birthday, Ray Bradbury! Bring your own dandelion wine to this virtual celebration. Justina Ireland, Michael Swanwick, and Sam Weller will share readings of Bradbury and join in a discussion of his legacy moderated by Sarah Pinsker.

Justina Ireland 
lives with her husband, kid, cats, and dog in Maryland. She is the author of both full-length books and short fiction and considers words to be her best friends. She has written a number of books, including Star Wars books for children. You can find her books Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows, as well as the New York Times best seller Dread Nation and its sequel Deathless Divide, wherever books are sold.  You can visit her at her website: justinaireland.com.

Sarah Pinsker’s fiction has won the Nebula, Sturgeon, and Philip K. Dick Awards, and her 50-plus published stories include finalists for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and other awards. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (Small Beer Press), and her first novel, Song For A New Day (Berkley), were published in 2019. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums and another forthcoming.

Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation. He is the recipient of the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards as well as five Hugo Awards. His most recent novel, The Iron Dragon's Mother, completes a trilogy begun 25 years before with The Iron Dragon's Daughter. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter. Photo credit: Mikey Mongol.

Sam Weller is the two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning biographer of Ray Bradbury. He worked with the legendary author for 12 years on four books and a graphic novel. Weller's The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury was a national best seller. Weller's latest book, Dark Black, a collection of new American Gothic short fiction, is available now. Weller is a professor in the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. You can follow him on twitter @Sam__Weller.

Please watch this space for information about joining this virtual event.

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The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live.

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Summer Challenge, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

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Programs For Adults

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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