Women in Speculative Fiction: Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion with Chinelo Onwualu, Julie Czerneda and Michelle Sagara. They'll be talking about publishing science fiction and fantasy, inspirational women authors, their careers and much more. Traditionally, men have outnumbered women in publishing science fiction and fantasy. But women have always written about spaceships, dragons, monsters and utopias.

Following the discussion, they'll do a Q & A with the audience and book signing. Books will be available for sale at the event by Bakka Phoenix.

This free event will be held on the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch in the Auditorium. Hosted and moderated by Isabel, a Librarian from the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy.

Doors will open at 6:15pm and the event will start at 6:30pm. No registration is required. Everyone is welcome.

Writer, editor, bookseller and spokesperson Chinelo Onwualu has been involved in the book and magazine world for over a decade. Her work has been published in multiple places including Uncanny and Slate magazines and the New Suns anthology. Chinelo is the co-founder of Omenana magazine and former co-editor for Anathema. Her first anthology as an editor, Ex Marginalia: Essays from the Edges of Speculative Fiction, comes out in February 2023.

Learn more about Chinelo Onwualu on her website, or borrow her work from Toronto Public Library.

Julie E. Czerneda is an award-winning author, editor, biologist and educator. Over the past 25 years, she has published novels, short stories and edited anthologies. She has won the Aurora Award seven times and, in 2022, she was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Her upcoming novel, A Change of Place, is a return to the Night's Edge fantasy series.

Learn more about Julie E. Czerneda on her website or borrow her work from Toronto Public Library.

Michelle Sagara published her first novel in 1991 with Del Rey. Since then she has published over 40 novels as Michelle Sagara, Michelle West or Michelle Sagara West. She has also been a bookseller for over four decades, and is a regular columnist for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her latest novel, Cast in Eternity, was published in November 2022.

Learn more about Michelle Sagara on her website or borrow her work from Toronto Public Library.

Photo of Chinelo Onwualu (top left) by the author.

Photo of Julie Czerneda (bottom) by Roger Czerneda.

Photo of Michelle Sagara (top right) by Glenn MacKay.