Ellen Kushner
Delia Sherman

Monday, December 12th doors open 6:30 p.m.
$7 suggested donation
The Brooklyn Commons

(address, map, and links below)
(Please note the atypical Monday date.)

Every December it is our pleasure and honor to celebrate the season with our favorite NYRSF Readings family Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner, along with our traditional December guest host. 

Delia Sherman writes stories and novels for younger readers and adults. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and in the Small Beer Press collection Young Woman in a Garden. Her most recent novels for younger readers are The Freedom Maze, which won the 2012 Mythopoeic and Andre Norton Awards, and The Evil Wizard Smallbone. She has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited several anthologies. She is a frequent instructor in the Children’s Literature Program at Hollins University, as well as Clarion and Odyssey Science Fiction Writing workshops. Next to writing, her favorite occupations are traveling, cooking, and knitting, probably in that order. She shares a rambling apartment in New York City with wife Ellen Kushner, numerous books, and far too many piles of paper. Her website (which is currently under reconstruction) is at

Ellen Kushner’s first novel, the cult classic Swordspoint, introduced readers to Riverside, the setting she later returned to in The Privilege of the Sword (Locus Award, Nebula nominee); The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman) and a collection of related short stories. Kushner recorded all three novels in audiobook form for Neil Gaiman Presents/, winning a 2012 Audie Award for Swordspoint.  A new online collaborative prequel to Swordspoint, called Tremontaine, debuted in Fall 2015 with the e-publisher Serial Box, and season two premiered this October. With Holly Black, Kushner co-edited Welcome to Bordertown, a revival of the original urban fantasy shared world series created by Terri Windling. She has also written the World Fantasy Award-winning Thomas the Rhymer, and back in the day was responsible for five of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series books. Her children's book The Golden Dreydl was adapted (by her) as "The Klezmer Nutcracker" for New York’s Vital Theater. A popular performer and public speaker, Ellen Kushner created and hosted the long-running public radio show Sound & Spirit.  She is a co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, dedicated to breaking the boundaries of genre. She is currently at work on a new novel in the Riverside series. Ellen Kushner lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and far too many pieces of paper, and online at

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and space, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list, the Web, and Facebook.

The Brooklyn Commons Café has excellent food, a coffee bar, beer and wine.  The Jenna freebie table will offer books and goodies, as will the raffle for any who donate.

After the event, please join us as we treat our readers for dinner and drinks at the cafe.

Logo by Kris DikemanJim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.  He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967.  His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams (most) every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM.  Programs are available by stream for two months after broadcast.  (Check, or join the Hour of the Wolf group on Facebook for details.)  An audiobook collection of 15 hours of his interviews, Chatting Science Fiction, is now available for download at iTunes and, as well as a 13-CD set from and  In addition, Jim is Podcast Host and Post-Production Editor for the twice-consecutive Hugo Award-winning Lightspeed Magazine.

The Brooklyn Commons Café at 388 Atlantic Avenue is an open and collaborative movement building space, only minutes away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Atlantic Avenue subway stops in downtown Brooklyn.  The Commons provides resources to the progressive community including affordable office and meeting spaces as well as an event venue that can host anything from parties and benefits to forums, performances, films and workshops. If you are interested in meeting or event space, please contact them at

Monday, December 12th
Doors open at 6:30 -- event begins at 7

The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue  (between Hoyt & Bond St.),+Brooklyn,+NY+11217

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway stop (A,C,G); Nevins St. (2,3,4,5); and the Barclay Center (B,D,N,R,Q,2,3,4,5, and LIRR).  Try the interactive map above.


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