Gaylaxy Quest this Friday in Seattle!

Gaylaxy QuestGay City, Queer Geek, and Gay Romance Northwest are partnering together for a special Gay City “Meet the Author” event with four Washington State writers who boldly explore star systems and fantasy realms while spotlighting LGBT main characters and relationships.

Join us on Friday, February 21 for Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy for an out-and-proud and out-of-this-world evening of readings by GRNW 2014 authors Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit. From Lambda Literary-nominated fantasies to taut sci-fi thrillers to racy space romps, each author takes the reader on an exciting, imaginative journey.

The event will start at 7pm and will include readings, a Q&A with the authors, and a post-event reception. The event is free.

Pre-Reading Meet-Up!

For those who would like to meet before the reading, come join us at the cafe that’s connected to Gay City at 6pm! (Gay City is at 517 E. Pike Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.)

We’ll have a little sign that says GRNW for those looking for us at the cafe. Then we’ll head over to Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for the reading at 7pm!

About the Authors

Astrid Amara is a Lambda Literary finalist for her fantasy epic The Archer’s Heart, and is known for both her contemporary and speculative romance works, including Policy of Lies, Water, and the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.

Ginn Hale’s fantasy/steampunk novel Wicked Gentlemen was a Lambda Literary finalist and won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her other works include the 10-part fantasy epic The Rifter, the two-part fantasy series Lord of the White Hell, and a contributing story in the urban fantasy anthology Irregulars.

Laylah Hunter writes speculative fiction, often queer, often erotic, often concerned with power dynamics, and sometimes all of those things at once. Hunter’s work includes stories in the fantasy anthologies All Wrapped Up and Masks Off Too!

Samuel Jarius Pettit is the author of the sci-fi novel Aklesh. Along with his writing, Pettit has appeared with Seattle Opera, Barrington Stage Company & VT. He teaches at Studio East in Kirkland and has worked regionally as choreographer and director of many stage productions, including Legally Blonde, Oliver, and Pirates of Penzance.

Upcoming GRNW Events!

We have a great line-up of upcoming events that we wanted to share (and we hope you can join us!)

Feb13_BoxThursday, Feb. 13 – Rainbow Valentine (University Book Store)

On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7pm, we’ll be hosting at Seattle’s University Book Store the special reading event “Rainbow Valentine” that celebrates LGBT romance fiction, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

GRNW 2014 authors Daisy Harris, M.J. O’Shea, Rick R. Reed, and Sheri Lewis Wohl will all be reading from their work, and following the readings there will be an author Q&A.

The event is public and free. Come celebrate love stories with us!

Visit the University Book Store to learn more.

Gaylaxy QuestFriday, Feb. 21 – Gaylaxy Quest (Gay City)

Gay City, Queer Geek, and GRNW are joining together (like Voltron!) to host the reading event “Gaylaxy Quest: A Celebration of Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction” on Friday, February 21 at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium at 7pm.

This event will feature readings by GRNW 2014 authors Astrid Amara, Ginn Hale, Laylah Hunter, and Samuel Jarius Pettit, and should be an awesome evening of queer speculative fiction.

Following the readings, there will be an author Q&A and also an after party in the auditorium featuring free snacks and drinks. Books by the authors will also be on sale.

This event Is free and open to the public. We hope you can come!

Visit Gay City’s site for more info.

More Upcoming Events!

March 2014 – We’ll be holding our next Seattle LGBT Romance Reader Group meeting in March, most likely the weekend of March 8-9, to coincide with the Gay City LGBT Library book sale. Stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Seattle Public Library, Gay City, and GRNW are partnering together to present a special reading event at SPL’s Central Branch that spotlights LGBT mysteries and suspense!

The event will feature readings by GRNW 2014 authors Nicole Kimberling, Lori L. Lake, and Lou Sylvre, and will also include a Q&A following the readings.

This event will be free and open to the public. More information coming soon! 😀

We’re SUPER excited about these upcoming events and the chance to spread more awareness of LGBT genre fiction and its many awesome local authors. We hope you can come join us and be part of the celebration!