Deep Dish Reading Series

In October 2017, the SLF partnered with SFWA and CNSC (Chicago Nerds Social Club) to create a SF/F reading series in Chicago, hosted at Volumes Book Cafe.

Upcoming dates for 2019:

  • October 3, 2019

Join us from 7 – 8:30 p.m. for a rapid-fire reading from the best of Chicago’s SF/F scene!

If you’re interested in reading with us, drop our Director, Mary Anne Mohanraj, a line at, with the subject line SLF READING SERIES.  Please include a few lines about your writing thus far, although we do try to include a mix of emerging and established writers; you need not be published to participate.  If you have a new book coming out, though, do let us know — we’d love to feature it!

Co-sponsored by the Speculative Literature Foundation (, SFWA (, and the Chicago Nerds Social Club (

Past Deep Dish Readings


August 8, 2019: Featured readers Scott Woods, SL Huang, and T.J. Martinson, with Dawn Bonanno, Richard Chwedyk, Beth Kander, and Aurelius Raines II.

May 7, 2019: Featured readers Mary Anne Mohanraj, Michael Moreci, and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, with Najm Haq, Angeli Primlani, Ajapa Sharma, and Supipi Weerasooriya.


October 11, 2018: featured Cory Doctorow and Alec Nevala-Lee (author of Astounding!), with Laura Young, Emily Capettini, Shane Hope, Terry Galvan, and Gordon Dymowski.

September 6, 2018: radio personality Niala Boodhoo joined us to host a discussion on SF/F with Mary Robinette Kowal and Mary Anne Mohanraj! We also featured authors David D. Levine, Mary Robinette Kowal, and SLF Director Mary Anne Mohanraj (as editor of Survivor) along with Chris Bauer, Cathy Crocco, Allison Manley, and Steven Silver

June 7, 2018: featured Ada Palmer and Eden Robins, with Chris Bauer, Tanya DePass, Shareef Jackson, Todd Sumnar, and Anaea Lay.

March 2018:  featured Mary Robinette Kowal and Sandi Wisenberg, with Aurelius Raines II, A.D. Jameson, Kevin Wabaunsee, Dawn Bonanno Hebein, and Scott Huggins.


December 2017: featured debut novelists: Michael Moreci and Sue Burke, with Angeli Primlani, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Stephen Segal, and Dan Gonzalez.

October 2017: featured novelist Mary Robinette Kowal, debut novelist Cath Schaff-Stump, host Mary Anne Mohanraj, plus Chris Bauer, Richard Chwedyk, and Meg Khoury.