WORD Bookstores and present: Reinventing Fantasy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00pm

To celebrate the launch of Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom and Housing Works' Geek Week, Publishing is teaming up with WORD Bookstores to bring you a fantastic night with some of the authors who are pushing the boundaries of what genre fiction can be.'s own Ryan Britt (Luke Skywalker Can't Read) and Emily Asher-Perrin lead Victor LaValle, Maria Dahvana Headley (Magonia), and Daniel Polansky (The Builders) in a discussion about the way they're taking on, lovingly reimagining, and rewriting the rules of different kinds of fantasy. Join us for a night of books and conversation about Lovecraftian horrors, foul-mouthed critters, and soaring sky ships!

(Psst: Want to read or listen to THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM before the event? Get your hands on it on February 16th!)

Maria Dahvana Headley is the New York Times-bestselling author and editor of Magonia, Queen of Kings,  The Year of Yes,  and with Kat Howard, The End of the Sentence. With Neil Gaiman, she is the editor of the anthology Unnatural Creatures. Aerie, the sequel to Magonia, is upcoming in September from HarperCollins, and in 2017 her Beowulf adaptation, The Mere Wife will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated short fiction has been anthologized in many year's bests. Her work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, and Arte Studio Ginestrelle, among others.

Emily Asher-Perrin is a staff writer at where she comments daily on sci-fi and fantasy pop culture like it's her job, because it is. Her work can also be found in Doctor Who and Race and Queers Dig Time Lords, and she once wrote fanfic in high school that got translated into French and German.

Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths. He's written for The New York Times, VICE, Den of Geek!, The Daily Beast, The Morning News, Electric Literature, and was formerly the staff writer for, where he remains a frequent contributor. Ryan is the co-producer of The Hi-Fi Reading Series, an editor at Story Magazine, and a writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers and Catapult. He lives in New York City.

Daniel Polansky, author of The Builders and the critically-acclaimed Low Town series, was born in Baltimore in 1984. He lives in Brooklyn.

Victor LaValle is the author of the novella The Ballad of Black Tom, the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook-only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens. He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and son. He teaches at Columbia University.

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