Meet Oakland author Nick Mamatas: "The People's Commissar of Awesome"

Cover of People's Republic of Everything by Nick Mamatas

Called "the people's commissar of awesome" by sci-fi superstar China Mieville, Oakland author Nick Mamatas will present from his most recent book of stories, The People's Republic of Everything (Tachyon Publications) & from other work from his prolific career as a writer of horror, science fiction, satire, fantasy and essays. He has published seven novels, including Move Under Ground of 2004 (in a style described as a blend of H. P. Lovecraft and Jack Kerouac) and his most recent murder mystery, I am Providence (2016). He has been active, too, as an editor, making contemporary Japanese genre fiction available to readers of English with collections such as 2015's Hanzai Japan. His work as a writer and an editor has received nominations for Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and International Horror Guild Awards.

His Oakland colleague Terry Bisson described the recently published People's Republic of Everything as “Mamatas at his best. Makes me laugh. Makes me drop things. Makes me read on. Makes me run for cover." A critic writing in the Seattle Times referred to it as "brilliant, oddball."

His appearance at the Temescal Branch Library is part of a regular series of Saturday afternoon "salon" events that feature local residents who are making significant contributions to the cultural fabric of the community.

Copies of his work will be available for purchase.


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Temescal Branch

5205 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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