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July 1: Author Pet Show! With Seanan McGuire, Fonda Lee, Annalee Newitz and more!

Fundraising Goal: $2000
Beloved authors Chuck Wendig, Mallory O’Meara, Meg Elison, Seanan McGuire, Annalee Newitz, Fonda Lee and Mike Chen show off their pets!

As usual, #WeLoveBookstores is doing another online fundraiser to save local SF Bay Area bookstores. This time around, we’re helping the treasured bookstore Comix Experience. But you know what else we need to keep us happy and sane during this scary time? PETS. So we’re having an ** Author Pet Show **.

The authors

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. Her novella Every Heart a Doorway won the Nebula, Hugo and Locus awards for Best Novella.

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and teens. She is the author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City (Orbit), which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award. The second book in the Green Bone Saga, Jade War, released in 2019 to multiple starred reviews. Fonda’s young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic), have garnered accolades including being named Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist, and YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of the book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, and the novels The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, and his modern epic, Wanderers (Del Rey, 2019). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his books about writing. He lives in Pennsyltucky with his family.

Mallory O’Meara is an author, screenwriter and film producer. Every week, she co-hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Whether it’s for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. She lives in Los Angeles, and The Lady from the Black Lagoon is her first book.

Meg Elison is a California Bay Area author and essayist. She writes science fiction and horror, as well as feminist essays and cultural criticism. Her work has been on the Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) longlist, nominated for the Audie Award, and won the Philip K. Dick Award. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, Shimmer, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Catapult, Terraform, and many other places. Her debut novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife” won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. She has been an Otherwise Award honoree twice. Her YA debut, “Find Layla” will be published in fall 2020 by Skyscape.

Mike Chen is the author of A Beginning at the End and Here And Now and Then. He’s a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and he has a story forthcoming in Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View Strikes Back. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter.

Hosted by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea.

The beneficiary

Comix Experience’s flagship store has been open in the same location with the same ownership since April Fool’s Day 1989. There is no better source for new and used graphic novels in San Francisco than Comix Experience, though we also carry a wide, varied and extensive selection of new comic books as well. Whether you’re looking for a unique recommendation for a new series to read, or for the perfect gift to show your friends what a vibrant medium comics and graphic novels are, Comix Experience has you covered.

All proceeds benefit Comix Experience. Shop online now!

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July 1: Author Pet Show! With Seanan McGuire, Fonda Lee, Annalee Newitz and more!