Reading This Thurs with Ballingrud and Koja (and Things You Don’t Expect to Find in Your Cottage)

(Communism and cute Japanese critters–all for you.)

For the third year as assistant director, I’m at the Shared Worlds teen SF/F writing camp, hosted by Wofford College, here in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tomorrow the students will get here and the fun will begin. I’m staying in this nice cottage, which, as documented above, contains some things I wouldn’t expect to find all in the same place.

This Thursday night at the Hub City Bookstore at 6pm, in downtown Spartanburg, I will be reading with Nathan Ballingrud and Kathe Koja, two amazing writers I’ve known forever, who will also be giving presentations to the students and generally being a great role models and teachers. If you’re in the area, come out and see us. I will be reading from “The Situation”, just to help the students decide that they won’t want a day job for long. ;)

Quick! Another Launch Pad post is probably coming! Read this while you can! (In all seriousness, thanks to Rachel for such devoted blogging.)


  1. Harlow says

    Finding out that two of my favorite authors know each other is making my heart explode. I love Kathe Koja and have tracked down all of her early work. Though I have enjoyed her young adult immensely and am happy for her success, I am also anticipation her new “adult work.” Must check out this Nathan Ballingrud fellow. See your website spreads goodness!

  2. jeff vandermeer says

    Well, we’re fellow survivors of the book biz too, although my aspirations of having a book out were just starting when Kathe had those great books out from Abyss. Published an early story of Kathe’s in my mag Jabberwocky in 1989. Crazy how time flies. Anyway, I am thrilled she’s coming to SW and also she’s in our Weird antho.

    Ballingrud…that ole bastard I’ve known almost as long. :)