The KGB Skatepark Experience (Helmet Required)

I had a dream last night that KGB had been bought out and was being turned into a skate park.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Dan, the bartender, was forced to work behind a one-way mirror wall and could only serve drinks through a small window like at the post office.  The walls of the bar were no longer filled with Soviet-era memorabilia, but were bare, gray bricks.  And the place had lost about fifty percent of its size.  The rest was being used for, you know, the skate ramps.  People were trying on their rollerblades in the adjacent room, where the wooden halfpipe lay under construction.  I was totally depressed, melancholy, and tried to convince my dream-self that all things change, to make the best of it. Maybe skaters would like a little speculative fiction between shreds.  After all, I was once one of them.  Thankfully this was just a dream.  The real KGB will not require you to wear a helmet or knee-pads, and Soviet kitsch still proudly hangs on the walls.  This Wednesday, you won’t have to speak to Dan through one-way glass to get a Baltika, and when you arrive for the reading of Christopher Barzak and Alaya Dawn Johnson you won’t have to walk through a gaggle of skaters and their haughtier-than-thou gazes.  More info on the evening’s events below:

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The Love We Share Without Knowing Christopher Barzak is the author of One for Sorrow and The Love We Share Without Knowing, just published by Bantam. His short stories have been published in the anthologies and magazines Salon Fantastique, The Coyote Road, Realms of Fantasy, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. He has stories forthcoming in The Beastly Bride and Asimov’s Science Fiction.
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Racing the Dark

Alaya Dawn Johnson whose debut novel, Racing the Dark, was published last year. Its sequel, The Burning City, is forthcoming in Spring 2009. Her short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Strange Horizons, Fantasy, Year’s Best SF 11, and Year’s Best Fantasy 6.

* Mobile Libris will be there selling books

Wednesday December 17th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

KGB Photos

Ellen Datlow’s photos of last night’s reading with Caitlín R. Kiernan and Benjamin Parzybok can be found here.

I particularly enjoyed the look of Gavin’s new facial hair:

Caitlín R. Kiernan & Benjamin Parzybok this Wednesday, Nov 19th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Daughter of Hounds Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of seven novels, and her short fiction has been collected in Tales of Pain and Wonder; From Weird and Distant Shores; Alabaster; To Charles Fort, With Love; and the forthcoming A is for Alien. Her most recent novel is Daughter of Hounds.
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Couch

Benjamin Parzybok, whose debut novel, Couch, has just been published. His short stories have been published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Eleven Eleven. He created a journal published through gumball machines (Gumball Poetry) and a city-wide mystery/treasure hunt (Black Magic Insurance Agency).

* Mobile Libris will be there selling books

Wednesday November 19th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

Holly Black & Lauren McLaughlin at KGB Sept 17th (Tonight!)

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Good Nighbors Holly Black is a bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels. Her books include the Modern Faerie Tale series, The Spiderwick Chronicles,and her graphic novel series,The Good Neighbors.
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Cycler

Lauren McLaughlin, whose short stories have appeared in Salon.com, Interzone, Year’s Best SF, and Sybil’s Garage. Her first novel, Cycler, was just published and will be followed by a sequel in the fall of 2009. A film adaptation of Cycler is currently in the works.

* Mobile Libris will be there selling books

Wednesday September 17th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.

Change in Sept 17th KGB Event

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Good Nighbors Holly Black is a bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels. Her books include the Modern Faerie Tale series, The Spiderwick Chronicles,and her graphic novel series,The Good Neighbors.
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Cycler

Lauren McLaughlin, whose short stories have appeared in Salon.com, Interzone, Year’s Best SF, and Sybil’s Garage. Her first novel, Cycler, was just published and will be followed by a sequel in the fall of 2009. A film adaptation of Cycler is currently in the works.

* Mobile Libris will be there selling books

Wednesday September 17th, 7pm at
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.