Celebrate the publication of Hal Schrieve's debut novel OUT OF SALEM, a biting, hilariously macabre story of misfit monsters fighting repression and bigotry (and trying to pass 9th grade) in mid-90's Salem, Oregon. Hal will be joined by authors Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick for a conversation following the reading. "Set in 1997, this darkly humored fantasy explores censorship, government surveillance, homelessness, and real-world (not just magical) forms of oppression. . . Tension burns hot until the explosive conclusion, which begs for a sequel. On fire with magic and revolution." –Kirkus Reviews (starred review) HAL SCHRIEVE grew up in Olympia, Washington, and is competent at making risotto and setting up a tent. Xie has worked as an after-school group leader, a summer camp counselor, a flower seller, a tutor, a grocer, and a babysitter. Hir current ambition is to become a librarian. Xie has a BA in history with a minor in English from University of Washington and studies library science at Queens College, New York. Xie lives in Brooklyn, New York, and hir poetry has appeared in Vetch magazine. This is hir first novel. JEANNE THORNTON is the author of "The Dream of Doctor Bantam" and "The Black Emerald," both Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is the co-publisher of Instar Books and creator of the web comics "The Man Who Hates Fun" and "Bad Mother." She lives in Brooklyn. CAT FITZPATRICK teaches at Rutgers University–Newark. She wrote the book of poems "Glamourpuss" and co-edited the Stonewall-Award-winning anthology "Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers." She is currently working on a verse novel in Onegin stanzas about trans women making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.