The readings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month.
The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings have showcased some of the most prominent and upcoming authors in the genre. Our commitment is to provide a venue open to all works of speculative fiction, whether they be works of fantasy, magical realism, horror, or science fiction. The range of writers who have participated in the series speaks not only of its diversity, but its quality as well. Paolo Bacigalupi, Jonathan Carroll, Susanna Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Ellen Kushner, Ursula K. LeGuin, Jonathan Lethem, Patricia A. McKillip, Walter Mosley, Naomi Novik, Peter Straub, and Scott Westerfeld are among the authors who have performed for our audience. We typically showcase two writers each month.
Most readings are taped for broadcast over WBAI, 99.5 FM, on Jim Freund's science fiction radio program, Hour of the Wolf. If/when broadcast dates of the readings are known in advance they will be mentioned on the Twitter feed for @JimFreund. The shows are streamed 'on demand' for a couple of weeks after broadcast.
The series was created by Gordon Van Gelder around 1989. Subsequent curators have included Robert K. J. Kilheffer, Claire Wolf, Joe Monti, Carol Cooper, Sheree Thomas, Amy Goldschlager, Paul Witcover, and currently Jim Freund, who has been recording the series from the start. We also have guest curators who take on the task of creating an event for a single month. While she was never technically a curator, the fun spirit and community that Jenna Felice brought to the events remains a lasting part of her legacy. In her memory, we serve refreshments and have a freebie table that bears her name.
A great reading every fortnight! Don't forget the KGB Bar Fantastic Fiction reading series presented by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. We're (usually) the 1st Tuesday and they're the third Wednesday of each month.
NYRSF Readings Facebook group
Hour of the Wolf Table of Contents
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Soho Gallery for Digital Arts