Among Seattle’s great literary resources, Clarion West is a writers workshop that brings young authors of speculative fiction together with accomplished masters like George R.R. Martin, Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler. Among Clarion’s current instructors is Karen Lord, the Barbados-born writer who’s penned dreamy, shape-shifting novels like 2015’s The Galaxy Game and 2013’s The Best of All Possible Worlds. Tonight Lord will discuss her own work as well as her observations on writing speculative fiction, many likely gleaned from her time at Clarion.
Seattle Central Library
From his home on San Juan Island, author, researcher, biologist and all-around Pacific Northwest icon Thor Hanson writes about the natural world and man’s role in stewarding and preserving it. His latest book, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, comes out this month, tracing not only the evolutionary history of bees in all their variations but also their social similarities to human beings. Our two species are, Hanson writes, more intrinsically linked than we realize, and one is in danger of inadvertently destroying the other. Humanizing work like Hanson’s goes a long way toward reversing that trend.