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Award-Winning Science Fiction Author Samuel Delany to Give Reading at Pomona College

Samuel R. Delany, award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, memoir, literary criticism, erotica and realist fiction, will give a reading at Pomona College on Tuesday, October 11 at 4:15 p.m. in Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). His most recent work is the forthcoming book Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2011), which will be released on October 18.

Delany has been honored with four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for his lifetime contribution to lesbian and gay writing.

Dhalgren (1975) is his most popular work, for which he was praised by author Umberto Eco: “I consider Delany not only one of the most important [science fiction] writers of the present generation, but a fascinating writer in general who has invented a new style.”

His numerous other books include Dark Reflections (2008), which won the 2008 Stonewall Book Award; About Writing: Seven Essays, Three Letters, and Five Interviews (2006); Aye, and Gomorrah, and Other Stories (2002); Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1998).

Pomona College Professor of Creative Writing Jonathan Lethem chose Delany for the English department literary series, not only for the genres his writing has moved through, “But because he’s a great American writer, and one of the rare ones who's fluent in both creative writing instruction and literary theory, two realms that ordinarily stay at arm's lengths from one another.”

Lethem uses Delany’s About Writing in his workshops and taught Dhalgren in his seminar last semester. “He's the only writer I've assigned to every Pomona student I've had to this point, and many have found him inspiring.  What luck that he could visit us.”