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Mystery, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

Ep. 1 – Murder She Writes: Catherine Coulter Talks with Laurie R. King

Catherine Coulter interviewed by Laurie R. King

The New York Times bestselling suspense writer will be interviewed by Mystery Writers of America NorCal President, a bestselling author of 25 novels. They’ll talk Coulter’s craft, art and life of writing. Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter.

Ep. 2 – Women & Speculative Fiction: In the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin

Åsa Avdic, Maggie Shen King, Lidia Yuknavitch, Meg Elison, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders

A new generation of female authors holds in their hands the future of speculative fiction. With the support of Zoetic Press, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco.

Ep. 3 – The Empire and the Resistance of Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir interviewed by Ben Schwartz

Through her characters, Pakistani-American young adult fiction writer Sabaa Tahir shows us what’s right, what’s possible, and what sorts of governance need not be tolerated.

Ep. 4 – When Reality Meets Science Fiction

Cory Doctorow, Meg Elison, and Zachary Mason, moderated by Annalee Newitz

Large-scale, far-in-the-future stories tend to get the glory in the sci-fi canon. But what happens when reality already feels like science fiction?

Ep. 5 – Walter Mosley — Walking the Wild Side

Walter Mosley in conversation with Laurie R. King

With 55 critically acclaimed books, Mosley is one of America’s best-known and most beloved living writers across many genres. Learn how Mosley crafts his trademark accessibility and creates narratives that both entertain and instruct. Sponsored by Northern California Chapter, Mystery Writers of America.

Ep. 6 – Thrillers: Secrets of the Craft

John Lescroart, Thomas Rydahl and Bradley Spinelli, moderated by Keith Raffel

Three bestselling authors reveal the essential ingredients for writing a captivating thriller. Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Royal Danish Embassy, and Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter.

Ep. 7 – The Mastery of Mystery: Making a Great Whodunit

Wendy Hornsby, Ellen Kirschman, and Vidar Sundstøl, moderated by Steve Hockensmith

Four established authors take the mystery out of writing mysteries in this lively conversation spanning the globe. Whether inspired by real life, folklore, deeply-hidden family secrets or humor, these mystery writers will clue you in. Sponsored by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter, the Norway House Foundation, and NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad.

Ep. 8 – Imagining the Other: Using Fantasy to Build Empathy

Randy Henderson and Erika Lewis, moderated by Ellen Klages

You’ve no doubt heard the adage, “Write what you know,” but what if you want to write about aliens, dragons, wizards or people from an entirely different culture? Three writers debunk the myth that “knowing” trumps all.

Ep. 9 – Bloodlines and Bestsellers: The Kellerman Family of Crime Writers

Faye Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, moderated by Mal Warwick

What do mega-bestselling crime writers talk about around the family dinner table? Perhaps they plot their next juicy thrillers. After all, they do some great work together: Jonathan and Jesse have a new book that Stephen King calls “brilliant, page-turning fiction,” and Faye and Jonathan co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “Double Homicide.” Meet this family of mystery masters.

Ep. 10 – Facing the World Through Fantasy: An Interview with Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland interviewed by Alexandria Brown

In “Dread Nation,” Justina Ireland explores an alternate Civil War where zombie-slaying biracial teenager Jane McKeene finds herself in a desperate fight for her life. Ireland talks with author and YA librarian Alexandria Brown about how she employs planet-hopping Star Wars characters and half-god assassins to dig into complex questions about capitalism, science, racism and inequality.

Ep. 11 – Nordic Noir

Stefan Ahnhem, Jonas Bonnier, Kjell Ola Dahl, Ragnar Jonasson, Jenny Rogneby, moderated by Randal Brandt

One of the Festival’s most popular sessions is back, featuring some of Scandinavia’s most scintillating mystery writers. With the support of Iceland Naturally, the Icelandic Literature Center, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, SWEA San Francisco, the Norway House Foundation and NORLA. With ASL interpreter.

Ep. 12 – Let The World Move: Speculative Fiction From the Periphery

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Alice Sola Kim, Carmen Maria Machado, moderated by Namwali Serpell

These masterful storytellers tackle the mysterious, the wild,the terrifying and the magical in their speculative fiction. With enthralling work that defies convention, they are creating a cultural shift in the literary landscape. Presented by the UC Berkeley English Department and the Peripheral Futures Working Group; also with the support of Women Lit members.