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Dread Isle: Edward Austin Hall in conversation with Bryant O'Hara and Lesley Wheeler

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes beloved Atlanta artist, journalist, and man-about-town, Edward Austin Hall in conversation with Bryant O'Hara and Lesley Wheeler for a celebration of his debut novel Dread Isle.

Uninvited visitors descend on the remote oceanic research outpost that Tim, Pal, and the boys' teacher, Chu, call home. Surrounded by threats of ominous origin, the three of them must determine who can be trusted, how to survive these multiple dangers, and what their choices mean for the world. The results lead them on a postmodern odyssey into the unknown.

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EDWARD AUSTIN HALL: Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall co-edited the 2013 anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction suggested might be “one of the most important SF anthologies of the decade.” Dread Isle is his forthcoming first novel.

Bryant O'Hara was born in Long Beach, California, the son of a Marine Corps technician from Heflin, Alabama and a data entry clerk from Decatur, Georgia, both of whom instilled a love of music, art, technology, and the pursuit of knowledge. He received dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Humanities from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1993. His poetry has been published in Pandemic Atlanta 2020Star*Line Magazine, and Eyedrum Periodically, as well as recognized in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Poetry Contest, long form division. Bryant is a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife Alice, two out of seven children, and one out of five grandchildren. 

To listen to more of Bryant's poems and other audio pieces, please visit https://soundcloud.com/bryant-ohara and https://intimateandintricate.com 

His debut poetry collection, “The Ghettobirds”, will be published by Frayed Edge Press in May 2021.

Lesley Wheeler’s debut novel is Unbecoming; a starred review from Publishers Weekly calls it “an excellent feminist fantasy.” She is also the author of five poetry collections, most recently The State She’s Infrom Tinderbox Editions; The Receptionist and Other Tales was a finalist for what was then the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. Taking Poetry Personally, Wheeler’s essay collection about twenty-first-century poetry, is forthcoming in 2021. Her poems and essays appear in Massachusetts Review, Strange Horizons, Poetry, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Kenyon Review, and other magazines. Wheeler is Poetry Editor of Shenandoah and lives in Virginia.

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Dread Isle Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780578780870
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gumbohaus - December 15th, 2020

Uninvited visitors descend on the remote oceanic research outpost that Tim, Pal, and the boys' teacher, Chu, call home. Surrounded by threats of ominous origin, the three of them must determine who can be trusted, how to survive these multiple dangers, and what their choices mean for the world. The results lead them on a postmodern odyssey into the unknown.


Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond Cover Image
By Bill Campbell (Editor), Edward Austin Hall (Editor)
$19.95
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ISBN: 9780989141147
Published: Rosarium Publishing - October 1st, 2013

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond is a groundbreaking speculative fiction anthology that showcases the work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction across the globe—including Junot Diaz, Victor LaValle, Lauren Beukes, N. K. Jemisin, Rabih Alameddine, S. P. Somtow, and more.


Unbecoming Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781619761674
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aqueduct Press - May 1st, 2020

Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes beloved Atlanta artist, journalist, and man-about-town, Edward Austin Hall in conversation with Bryant O'Hara and Lesley Wheeler for a celebration of his debut novel Dread Isle.