We’re always incredibly excited when we get to present an emerging author as part of the Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series. This month, it’s our pleasure to welcome fantasy author and activist Lauren Jankowski as our featured reader.
If you’ve attended a Tamale Hut reading before, you know that a lot of our regular readers are pretty darn big on the idea of writing fantasy and sci-fi stories that feature strong female characters. Given that Lauren has made it her mission to populate fantasy fiction with believable, interesting heroines (because as she says on her website, “there are never enough”), we’re happy to have her join us on the 26th. She’ll be reading from and selling the books that are part of her series The Shape Shifter Chronicles, including her debut novel, Sere from the Green.
As always, we’ll be starting off with our featured reader’s presentation at 7 p.m.; an open mic will follow. Head on out to Tamale Hut Cafe at 8300 W. Cermak Road in North Riverside, grab some of the food and drink that will be available for purchase, and join us for an evening of fantasy and fun. See you on July 26th!
Author’s Bio: Lauren Jankowski has been an avid reader and a genre feminist for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. Aside from fiction, she has also dabbled in non-fiction, writing for sites like “The Next Family” and “Planet Fury.” She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets. She also participates in activism for asexual visibility and feminist causes. She enjoys speaking about genre feminism, a topic she is quite passionate about, and hopes to bring more strong heroines to literature. Her debut novel was “Sere from the Green,” the first volume in her ongoing series “The Shape Shifter Chronicles.”