A Lot Like Christmas

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017

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Connie Willis, one the most decorated science-fiction author alive today, talks about and signs her new collection of holiday-oriented stories.



Connie Willis, the most decorated science-fiction author alive today, returns to Page One Books 5:30 pm Tuesday, November 21, to talk about and sign her new collection of holiday-oriented stories, "A Lot Like Christmas."

The book is described as such: "Christmas comes but once a year, yet the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer. Brimming with Willis’s trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the holiday newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come—and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like all the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season."

Willis won a 2014 Locus Award for Best Collection for "The Best of Connie Willis." The 10 stories in that collection ranged from a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson. Willis also had a novelette in the 2014 "Rogues" anthology, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois. And 2016 saw the release of her near-future telepathy novel, "Crosstalk," now available in trade paperback.

In Spring 2012, Willis was awarded the title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by the SFWA to a living author for lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Officially, it is not a Nebula Award though it is awarded at the Nebula ceremony. It was originally known as the Grand Master Award, but in 2002 it was renamed in honor of the late Damon Knight, a founder of the SFWA.

In 2011, Willis' two-part novel "Blackout" and "All Clear" won the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award (at the World Science Fiction Convention) and the Locus Award. In all, she has received 11 Hugo Awards and seven Nebulas; and was inducted into the Science Fiction Museum and Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009. Willis lives in lives in Greeley, CO, with her husband Courtney Willis, a former professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. They have one daughter, Cordelia.

Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Willis event is free and open to the public. Because of the early start time, attendees are encouraged to bring snacks to share. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.


Connie Willis website: http://www.sftv.org/cw

Brief Willis biography:  http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/b36/b36pb/conniewillisii.htm