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By The Skanner News
Published: 12 April 2006

Andrea Hairston

SEATTLE—Provocative new African American author Andrea Hairston will read from her debut novel, Mindscape, at 7 p.m. April 17 at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E. The event is free and open to the public.

Mindscape is a tale of genetic science, ethnic "throwbacks" and political war zones, set a little more than a century in our future. Reviewers have called Mindscape "exhilarating," "a pleasure" and a "multi-layered … sprawling epic." The book is both an adventure story and a novel of ideas that examines race, violence, community, art and culture through the lens of possibility.

A dancer, poet, playwright and actor as well as an emerging voice in science fiction and a professor at Smith College, Hairston expects to treat the audience to a dramatic and entertaining evening. Like her instructor, Octavia E. Butler, Hairston writes speculative fiction that appeals to a wide, diverse audience.

Hairston is a 1999 graduate of Seattle's Clarion WestWriters Workshop, which willco-sponsor her reading. Clarion West is a nonprofit literacy organization committed to equal opportunity.
For more information, call 206-634-3400.

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