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Authors Francesca Varela and Beth Kander
October 13, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for a reading from The Seas of Distant Stars by Francesca Varela, and from Original Syn by Beth Kander.
The Seas of Distant Stars
Agapanthus was kidnapped when she was only two years old, but she doesn’t remember it. In fact, she doesn’t remember her home planet at all. All she knows is Deeyae, the land of two suns; the land of great, red waters. Her foster-family cares for her, and at first that’s enough. But, as she grows older, Agapanthus is bothered by the differences between them. As an Exchanger, she’s frail and tall, not short and strong. And, even though she was raised Deeyan, she certainly isn’t treated like one. One day, an Exchanger boy completes the Deeyan rite-of-passage, and Agapanthus is inspired to try the same. But, when she teams up with him, her quest to become Deeyan transforms into her quest to find the truth―of who she is, and of which star she belongs to.
The world is divided into two populations, locked in a cold war after the Singularity: The Syns (“synthetic citizens,” human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans) and the Originals (those who did not merge their bodies with the machines). But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, because the Originals are on the verge of extinction. One of the only young Originals left in the world, Ere, might someday be the very last of his kind. But when he meets a beautiful, powerful Syn girl called Ever, he questions everything he’s ever been told about his lifelong enemies. Original Syn is a rich, dangerous world of family secrets, free will, forbidden love, and the sparks that fly when aggressive technology meets stubborn humanity.
Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she then went on to receive her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah.
Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old, and she wrote her second novel, Listen, when she was only 20.
When not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys playing piano, figure skating, hiking, identifying wild birds, plants, and constellations, and travelling to warm, sunny places whenever she can.
Beth Kander lives and writes in Chicago, where stories keep her warm. Her dystopian epic Original Syn debuts in September (Owl House Books). An award-winning playwright, Beth has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mississippi University for Women, and also holds degrees from Brandeis University (BA) and the University of Michigan (MSW). She drinks too much coffee and enjoys a variety of activities, but her favorite time is spent going on adventures with her husband and daughter, or snuggling on the couch with their two geriatric rescue dogs and some good books.
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