The Galactic Philadelphia Literary Salon, our fair city's longest-running and most respected fantasy & SF reading series makes a big leap forward tomorrow/today (Wednesday, January 18) when they hold their first reading in the Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place.
For this event, they have brought out the heavy hitters Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and C.S.E. Cooney.
C. S. E Cooney is a World Fantasy Award-winning author (and I'm here to tell you that the WFA is hard to win), as well as being a poet, playwright, and voice actor.
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is a Nigerian speculative fiction writer, and publisher. He has taken a leading role in introducing African science fiction and fantasy to the rest of the world. Recently, he was co-editor of Africa Risen, an anthology of some of the best of African speculative fiction. And since he lives in Africa, right now is your best chance to get his autograph. Ask him to date it, and you'll be able to brag that you knew him back when African spec lit was just dawning on the world.
And the catch . . . ?
The bad news is that the event is ticketed. The good news is that the ticket is only $15. For which you get:
Schedule of Festivities
5:30 pm ~ Wine & Cheese reception, Tour Dr. Rosenbach's private library and Explore an exhibit of The Rosenbach's recent additions to their speculative fiction rare book collection.
6:00 pm ~ C.S.E. Cooney's and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki's readings, with a break in between for announcements and a raffle drawing of books.
7:10 pm (approximately) ~ A Q&A session with our authors.
7:30 pm (approximately) ~ Chat, buy books, and have books autographed.
7:45 pm ~ We'll adjourn to a nearby pub for more book talk and schmoozing.
To which I will only add that if you're a bookish person and have never been to the Rosenbach, you want want want to see it. It has all the books and most of the manuscripts that the perfect library of your dreams possesses.
Seriously. I recommend this. You'll like it.