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Authors James Blaylock and Nancy Holder @ Wardman Library, Nov. 19

November 15th, 2013 by John Jackson

On Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, horror writer Nancy Holder and sci-fi writer James Blaylock will join Tony Barnstone in Wardman Library for an evening reading of their works. We hope you can join us!


About James P. Blaylock

Copy of BlaylockJames P. Blaylock is a southern California writer whose short stories, novels, and collections have been published around the world.  He was one of the literary pioneers of the Steampunk movement, along with Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter, publishing the first domestic Steampunk story, “The Ape-box Affair” in 1978.  Blaylock’s Steampunk novel Homunculus won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 1986.  His short story “Paper Dragons” won the World Fantasy Award in 1986, “Thirteen Phantasms” in 1997, and his story “Unidentified Objects” was nominated for an O. Henry Award in 1990.  Despite his close association with Steampunk, most of his work is contemporary, realistic fantasy set in southern California, typified by books like The Last Coin, The Rainy Season, and Knights of the Cornerstone, which have lead to his being referred to as both a California regional writer and a writer of magical realism.

Jim began teaching composition in 1976, and during the fifteen years that followed he taught both composition and creative writing at several Orange County, California, colleges and universities.  For the past twenty years he has been a professor at Chapman University.  In 2000, he developed the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts and has directed the conservatory since.  In 2012 he received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.


About Nancy Holder

nancy-holderNancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author (the Wicked Series). Her two new dark young adult dark fantasy series are Crusade and Wolf Springs Chronicles. She has won five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association, as well as a Scribe Award for Best Novel (Saving Grace: Tough Love.) Nancy has sold over eighty novels one hundred short stories, many of them based on such shows as Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and others. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, two corgis, and three cats. You can visit Nancy online at www.nancyholder.com

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