Science Fiction Author Nalo Hopkinson to Speak April 23

The award-winning writer will appear in the Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives Series

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Nalo Hopkinson will discuss her new book on April 23.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Award-winning science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson will discuss her new book, “Sister Mine,” on April 23 at 3:15 p.m. in Special Collections & University Archives, located on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library. Her appearance is part of the ongoing Afternoons in Special Collections & University Archives Series. Hopkinson is a professor of creative writing at UCR.

There will also be a small exhibition titled “Dear Ms. Butler . . . Your Friend, Nalo Hopkinson,” which features correspondence from the Octavia Butler papers from the Huntington Library. Butler was the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, known colloquially as the “Genius Grant.”

Born in Jamaica, Hopkinson often draws upon Caribbean history, language and story-telling traditions in her work. She received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Her teaching specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

She is currently working on “Donkey,” a contemporary fantasy novel, and on “Blackheart Man,” a fantastical alternate history set in an imagined Caribbean. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel “Midnight Robber” received honorable mention in Cuba’s Casa de las Americas prize for literature written in Creole.

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