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Reclaiming History: A Panel

We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be hosting a panel at the end of summer on Reclaiming History, delving into a range of subjects on the myriad ways marginalized people are erased and why that matters in our fiction.

And we are beyond excited to welcome in a brilliant group of panelists whose work all touches on this subject in different ways: Olivia Waite (The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics), Somaiya Daud (Mirage), Lauren Dane (Whiskey Sharp series), Jasmine Silvera (Grace Bloods series), and A.J. Hackwith (The Library of the Unwritten).

From forgotten queer and black history to the erasure of women’s work throughout history in artistic and scientific fields, we hope you’ll join us in interrogating the ways our society has deliberately chosen to remember and represent its history and what that means for us today, in our world and in our stories.


Olivia Waite writes historical romance, fantasy, science fiction, and essays. Every first Thursday of the month she reviews romance old and new in the Kissing Books column for the Seattle Review of Books. When the birds are propitious, she sends out the Oliviary: a newsletter full of links, recommended books, and great pieces from all over the great wide internet.


Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment.

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The story goes like this: While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about “giving that writing thing a serious go” to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back. Today Lauren is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty novels and novellas across several genres.


Amanda is a magpie of plots, bad ideas, and spite. She is a queer speculative fiction writer who writes contemporary fantasy as A. J. Hackwith and sci-fi romance as Ada Harper. Her writing has appeared in Uncanny Magazine and various anthologies, and she's an alumni of Viable Paradise workshop. Amanda lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and her ghosts. She's a Slytherin girl, a Ravenclaw nerd, and she always takes the renegade interrupts. And really, isn't that the important things to know?

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Jasmine Silvera spent her impressionable years sneaking “kissing books” between comics and fantasy movies. She’s been mixing them up in her writing ever since. A semi-retired yoga teacher and amateur dancer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her partner-in-crime and their small, opinionated human charge.

Later Event: August 29
Storytime with Terina!