Writer Guest of Honor: Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary Robinette, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors including Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow, and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Artist Guest of Honor: Tran Nguyen

TRAN NGUYEN is an award-winning illustrator, gallery artist & muralist. At the age of three, she and her family were given the opportunity to immigrate to the States, escaping their impoverished life in Vietnam. Growing up in a more developed country, she was able to pursue her passion for the arts and is currently working as a freelance artist.

Tran’s paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. She creates illustrations for magazines, book covers, wine and beer labels, film, animation, as well as other advertising assets. She has worked for clients such as VH1, Tiger Beer, World Wildlife Fund, and has showcased with galleries across the world.

[Text borrowed from Tran Nugyen’s website.]

Science Guest of Honor: Dan Koboldt

Dan Koboldt is the author of MassGenomics and a principal investigator for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.His research interests include next-gen sequencing bioinformatics, rare disease genetics, and cancer genomics. Since entering the field of human genetics in 2003, he has participated in the International HapMap Project, the Cancer Genome Atlas, the 1,000 Genomes Project, and other large-scale collaborations.

He is also the lead developer of VarScan, an open-source tool for germline and somatic variant calling in NGS data, and MendelScan, an open-source tool for prioritizing variants in family-based sequencing studies.

[Text borrowed from Dan Koboldt’s website.]

Special Guest of Honor: Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world. She can be found on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma talking about her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures.

Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee “Librarian Action Figure.”

Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have.

[Text borrowed from Nancy Pearl’s website.]

Spotlight Publisher: Subterranean Press

Subterranean Press creates readable art, publishing luxurious specialty, limited editions and groundbreaking original works in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre. Subterranean works with a wide range of authors, from cult favorites to some of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world.

Based in Burton, Michigan, Subterranean issues approximately 45 titles each year. Since it began in 1995, both the publisher and numerous works it has produced have been honored with accolades including the World Fantasy, Locus, Horror Writers Association, and Hugo awards.

Among the authors Subterranean has worked with are Stephen King, Ann Leckie, Kelley Armstrong, John Scalzi, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, China Miéville, and many more.

[Text borrowed from the Subterranean Press website.]


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