Deep Dish Reading Sat 10/7!

Join novelist Mary Robinette Kowal, debut novelist Cath Schaff-Stump, host Mary Anne Mohanraj, plus Chris Bauer, Richard Chwedyk, and Meg Khoury for the inaugural Deep Dish, a Chicago SF/F reading series.

WHERE:         Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

WHEN:          Saturday, October 7, 7 p.m.

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers, has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.

Mary Anne Mohanraj wrote Bodies in Motion (finalist for Asian American Book Awards, translated into six languages) and twelve other titles; she’s executive director of the SLF, and an English professor at UIC.

Cath Schaff-Stump writes speculative fiction for children and adults, and is a co-host on the writing and geek-life fan podcast Unreliable Narrators. You can find her online at Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, @cathschaffstump,, and

Sponsored by the SLF (Speculative Literature Foundation,, SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Association,, and CNSC (Chicago Nerd Social Club,

NEXT: The next reading in the series, featuring Hugo-nominated novelist Ada Palmer, and debut novelist Michael Moreci, will be Thursday, December 7th, 7 p.m., at Volumes.

Slight Delay

We were supposed to announce the winner(s) of the 2017 Diverse Writers Grant and the Diverse Worlds Grant this past Friday, September 15, but our jurors are still hard at work reading the applications. We want to make sure every application gets the attention it deserves, so we’re not exactly sure when we will announce the winner(s). We apologize for the delay, and we thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, please check our Facebook page regularly for updates about the diversity grants. The applications are exceptional this year, as they’ve been in previous years, and we’re excited to see who our jurors choose as winner(s). The number of apps we received was a surprise this year (190!), and our jurors are impressed by the quality of the writing samples.

So, we’re still working hard choose our winner (or winners), but it will us take a bit more time. If you have any questions or concerns about the diversity grants, please feel free to ask us on our Facebook page, or you can email our Managing Director Malon Edwards at: