After Reading: Carol Emshwiller's 90th Birthday Party with Magic Brian and Matthew Cheney

We had a stupendous time at the 90th birthday part for legendary writer Carol Emshwiller!

The party was the second of two birthday events in Carol's honor, the first presented by The New York Review of Science Fiction at the SOHO Gallery for Digital Art on April 12th (Carol's actual birthday). More information about that event can be found at SF Scope.

The event also celebrated the release of The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller vol 1, an amazing collection encompassing decades of her work.


The evening began with comedy from official Carol Emshwiller birthday magician Magic Brian.

For more about Magic Brian's hilarious outrageous comedy magic and his performances in New York City and around the world, see his official website.

Finally, there was a long-form interview with Carol about her life and work by Science Fiction scholar Matthew Cheney.

Special thanks to Susan Emshwiller for her help with the camera work and Jenn Northington and everyone at WORD bookstore.

And as always the

Original Announcement

April 18th 2011 at 7:30pm!

The New York Review of Science Fiction and the Wold Newton Reading Extravaganza present the 90th birthday celebration of science fiction legend Carol Emshwiller! Also being celebrated is the publication of the Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller! Much celebrating will be had at two events, one on 4/12 at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, and second here at WORD on Monday April 18th. The WORD event will include birthday magic from acclaimed comedy magician Magic Brian, and the main event, an interview of Carol with science fiction scholar Matt Cheney. Come celebrate the life and work of one of the original feminist science fiction writers and someone who helped define what sf would and could be.

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After Reading: Rick Bowes, Matthew Kressel and Toby Goodshank

It was a stupendous event! Toby Goodshank came dressed as a glam rock android superstar, I came dressed as a mop-wigged talk show idiot, Jon Berger came dressed as Jon Berger in a nice suit, and Matt Kressel and Rick Bowes came dressed as excellent writers.


It seems like video devices are cursed here at the WOLD. We got the following 20 minutes of Matt reading a lovely story called "The Great Game at the End of the World" before the camera conked out:

The followed short footage of Toby Goodshank playing to an enrapt audience and of Rick Bowes reading a story about werewolves and shapechangers was shot on my cell phone:

Much thanks to everyone involved, it was awesome as always!

And as always, for the completest:
Original Announcement
It's short fiction night at the Wold with World Fantasy Award winner and much anthologized author of Minions of the Moon and From the Files of the Time Rangers among other novels and collections, Rick Bowes. There will be also much anthologized author Matthew Kressel, most recently in The People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy, who also publishes the much recognized fiction magazine Sybil's Garage. With them both will be much energized musician Toby Goodshank, solo artist and member of the Moldy Peaches, Double Deuce and The Tri-Lambs. Hosted by the much lobotomized Eric Rosenfield at the much horrified WORD bookstore.

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