An Open Letter to our THT community of SF/F readers and writers
You may have heard that our long-time venue, Cafe Racer, closed last week. Cafe Racer has long tradition of supporting musicians, writers, and artists, and we are among the many members of the Seattle community who mourn the loss of Cafe Racer in our midst. For the past two-plus years at Cafe Racer, we have enjoyed fascinating, surprising, and captivating speculative fiction stories from a wide spectrum of diverse viewpoints among our author-readers. As co-curators, we (Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker) are excited and thrilled to see our SF/F community of author-readers thrive in the welcoming environment that has been Two Hour Transport.
This week we are mourning the loss of Cafe Racer, and we are also re-committing ourselves to the continuation of Two Hour Transport. We’re not quite sure yet where our new venue may be, but we know that we will continue Two Hour Transport in the direction of inspiring, spine-tingling, and sometimes outrageous writing that has been the heart of our reading events.
After much consideration, we have decided that we hold our Oct. 25th event, even though Cafe Racer is no longer available. We have been graciously welcomed by Horizon Books, 1423 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. This is a small venue, but plan to have a cozy Open Mic experience with some returning Featured Readers, and a very social evening. Please join us!
A note regarding the scheduled readings by Nisi Shawl, Eileen Gunn, and Vonda McIntyre. We will be rescheduling these three amazing and award-winning writers to a later date, so that we will have time for our community to settle into a new venue for THT, and then we will bring these writers back to hear their work. Nisi, Eileen, and Vonda were exceptionally understanding and patient with our consideration process over the past several days, as we made some difficult decisions about what to do. For reference, here is Eileen Gunn’s announcement from her Facebook page:
A quick update on my previously scheduled reading in Seattle this Wednesday with Nisi Shawl and Vonda N McIntyre: Due to Cafe Racer’s sudden closing, we will be rescheduling our participation to a later date. However, Two Hour Transport will still be presenting their excellent open-mike reading and social evening on Oct 25. See their FB page for a listing of where/when they will be meeting this Wednesday. And three cheers for Theresa Barker and Nicole Bade, who’ve been working hard to keep this excellent gathering going despite the loss of their quirky and wonderful venue.
We’ll be meeting at Horizon Books at the usual time – signups starting at 7:00, open mic at 7:30, invited readings at 8:45. Due to tight parking availability in the area, please consider busing, ride-share, light rail, and other non-car options, if available.
Thank you, everyone, for your exceptional support and for your kind thoughts, your imagination, and your spunk, over the past 2-1/2 years at Cafe Racer. We hope to see you at Horizon Books on Wednesday!
Nicole Bade and Theresa Barker, Co-Curators, Two Hour Transport
Elly Bangs fixes computers by day and writes upsetting dystopian novels and fluffy robot love stories by night. she’s a graduate of Clarion West 2017 and her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Bikes in Space.
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