Speculative Fiction and Social Change: Margaret Killjoy and K.M. Szpara

Thursday August 17, 7:30PM

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The stories we tell one another have an enormous impact on what we see as possible, what we strive to create, and what we know to resist. The speculative fiction landscape is changing. Margaret Killjoy, on tour with her new anarchist, punk fantasy novella The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (tor.com, out on August 15) will join Baltimore native author K.M. Szpara for a reading and discussion.


More about Margaret Killjoyhttp://birdsbeforethestorm.net/

Read an excerpt from Margaret's new book: http://www.tor.com/2017/07/10/excerpts-margaret-killjoy-the-lamb-will-slaughter-the-lion/

More about K.M. Szpara: http://www.kmszpara.com/



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