San Diego Comic Con - July 23rd, 2017 Panelist, "World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy (Room 9, 2:00-3:00) Xenophobes beware. (And, if you know what "xenophobes" means, please keep reading.) There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies...and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga...to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) in conversation with Ilona Andrews (Wildfire), Tome Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Tracy Chee (The Speaker), S.A. Chakraborty (The City of Brass), and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) to learn about the monsters the roam the earth, and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling. SIGNING TO FOLLOW!
ReaderCon - July 13th-16th, 2017 Panelist, "The Global Roots of Speculative Fiction" (Room 6, Friday 7/14 at 5PM) Discussions of "genre classics" tend to focus mainly on modern Western works. Join S. A. Chakraborty, Haris Durrani, Robert Killheffer, Darcie Little Badger and Susan Matthews to discuss proto-genre narratives from antiquity and the pre-modern and early modern era in the world beyond Western Europe, including not only myths and legends, but early authored works such as the Hamzaname, the Baital Pachisi, and Fengshen Yanyi.
Panelist, "Race and Historical Accuracy in Cod-Medieval Fantasy Fiction" (Room 6, Friday 7/14 at 7PM) Too often we've heard the excuse of "historical accuracy" used to explain the lack of PoC in historical fiction. Yet their presence is profoundly felt throughout European history, including in the medieval era so often used or modified as a fantasy setting: Arabic numbers have been used in Western societies for centuries, philosopher Ibn Rushd preserved and notated the works of Aristotle, the Silk Road brought trader and diplomats from all over Asia, and Moors in Spain were credited with promoting astronomy, medicine, and literacy. Join S. A. Chakraborty, Phenderson Clark, N. S. Dolkart, Tom Green, and Catherynne M. Valente to discuss how to populate cod-medieval fantasy novels with characters of color who have dimension, depth, and humanity while avoiding stereotypes of swarthy villains and uncouth sidekicks.
Panelist, "Clothes Make the Story" (Room 6, Sunday 7/16 at 1PM) Costuming says a great deal about an era, wealth, status, and taboo in both the setting of a work and the time and place where the work was created. Join S. A. Chakraborty, John Chu, Lila Garrott, Kathleen Jennings, and Shariann Lewitt in digging into the implications of clothing choices in speculative fiction, how they age as the work ages, how the interact with diverse readers' expectations around concepts such as modesty and gender, and their use as signposts to help the reader understand how to approach the created world.
Reading (and give-a-way!) fromThe City of Brass. Room A (Sunday 7/16 at 2:30PM)
Conan the Barbarian at the Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse - June 29th, 2017 Screening plus "Barbarian Bingo," followed by a panel discussion with Sarah Beth Durst, NK Jemisin, S.A. Chakraborty. Jordanna Max Brodsky and Myke Cole UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Interview with Twinning For Books - June 22nd Introductory Q&A about writing The City of Brass
Book Con - June 4th, 2017 Panelist, Cult Classic Throwdown: SFF in Film, Lit, and Pop Culture
Library Journal Day of Dialogue - May 31st, 2017 Participating on the SFF/Dystopia Panel
A #DVpit Success Story April 2017 updated interview with S. A. Chakraborty on signing an agent through a Twitter pitch contest and getting a book deal for her Islamic history-inspired epic, The City of Brass
Cover Reveal at io9 Read an early excerpt and learn a bit more about the world of The City of Brass in io9's cover reveal.
Lunacon - April 7th, 2017 Reading at 7:30, more info here.
The Muslim Protagonist Symposium - April 1st, 2017 Video here and more information at symposium website.
New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents New American Voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy - January 10th, 2017 at the Brooklyn Commons S. A. Chakraborty reads from her debut novel The City of Brass. Video available here.
Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: Two Fantasy Debuts Nabbed in Major Deals Publisher's Weekly, October 2016