Worth Knowing: Dartmouth to host award-winning Spec-Fic authors on October 1


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An alien-controlled Tel Aviv, Amsterdam on the edge of a meteoric collapse, and talking plants and ghosts – these are the worlds of speculative fiction authors Lavie Tidhar, Corinne Duyvis, and Juan Martinez, respectively, but all of these writers will be here, in our world, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire on Monday, October 1. 

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The three authors are the literary winners of the inaugural cycle of the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, a global awards program that honors creative works of speculative fiction. They’ll travel from their hometowns of London, Amsterdam, and Chicago to participate in a panel discussion, which also will feature the program judge, fellow author Maria Dahvana Headley, as well as Neukom Institute Director Dan Rockmore, before receiving their awards.

What is speculative fiction, or “spec fic,” as it is sometimes known? According to Rockmore, the organizer of the awards program, “I think of speculative fiction as generally more tightly tethered to the present than general science fiction, although in truth there is not a hard boundary.”

A reception, where the audience will get to meet the authors, will follow in the lobby from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NEUKOM INSTITUTE LITERARY ARTS AWARDS PANEL AND RECEPTION, featuring:

  • Lavie Tidhar, author of Central Station
  • Corinne Duyvis, author of On the Edge of Gone
  • Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American: Stories



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