Sci-Fridays book club at The Poisoned Pen

darker shadeI wanted to share some exciting news about a project I’ve started here in Phoenix — the Sci Fridays book club. 

I’m teaming up with Pat King from the Poisoned Pen for this group, which will meet every third Friday of the month at the Pen, starting next month on March 18. 

Something I’ve noticed is that when discussions gravitate to sci-fi, the books and authors named are invariably 30 years old or so. Now I’m a big fan of Bradbury, Zelazny, Gibson et al, those were the books I grew up reading, but there is so much great stuff coming out now that I don’t think we need to simply celebrate the past. So we’re going to focus on the best new (or newish) books.

Our first meeting will be on March 18 at 7 p.m. We will discuss V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, an intriguing and acclaimed tale of a magician and thief who are able to travel between parallel Londons. As an added bonus, Schwab will be at the Pen on March 3 promoting Darker Shade’s sequel, A Gathering of Shadows, so if you pick your copy up then, you can get it signed!

For those planning ahead, the next meeting will be on April 15, discussing Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs. May’s meeting is on the 20th, discussing Jaye Wells’ Dirty Magic.

So if you’re in town, I’d love to see you. If not, I’ve got a Facebook group in the works for online discussion as well.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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