On Thursday, July 25, Seattle’s University Book Store (4326 University Way NE) will host a special reading event that highlights four women writers from Washington State who boldly explore new and future worlds in speculative fiction while also celebrating LGBT romance and relationships.
The reading event, “Zero Gravity’s Rainbow: Four Writers who blend Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gay Romance” will feature local Seattle writers Angela Benedetti and Laylah Hunter, and Bellingham writers Astrid Amara and Ginn Hale. With works ranging from Lambda Literary-nominated fantasy epics to racy science fiction romps, all four authors take great care to highlight their main characters’ orientations as well as their journeys as they triumph over adversity and achieve their Happily Ever After in love and life.
The reading event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the University Book Store’s University District location, is presented by Old Growth Northwest, a Seattle nonprofit that focuses on building community and resources for local writers.
Astrid Amara is a Lambda Literary finalist for her fantasy epic The Archer’s Heart, and is known for both her contemporary and speculative romance works, including Policy of Lies, Water, and the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.
Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband, and shares a skull with a small horde of diverse other people. She pens the Sentinels urban fantasy series, which includes a selection of short stories and two novels, A Hidden Magic and Emerging Magic.
Ginn Hale’s fantasy/steampunk novel Wicked Gentlemen was a Lambda Literary finalist and won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her other works include the 10-part fantasy epic The Rifter, the two-part fantasy series Lord of the White Hell, and a contributing story in the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.
Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Her work includes stories in the fantasy anthologies All Wrapped Up and Masks Off Too!
This initiative will continue with more reading events in September featuring local gay romance authors. The event series will culminate in a one-day conference, the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, which will be held at the Seattle Central Public Library and the Hotel Monaco on September 14. The conference is open to the public and is the first in the Pacific Northwest to focus on queer romance fiction. The conference will play host to more than 30 gay romance writers and publishers from around the region. Serving as community partners on this event are the LGBT and arts community leaders Gay City, GeekGirlCon, Lambda Literary Foundation, Pride Foundation, Queer Geek!, and The Seattle Lesbian.
For more information about the Zero Gravity’s Rainbow reading event and the upcoming Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, please visit Old Growth’s website.