7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
The Loft Presents If: Catfishing on Catnet: Naomi Kritzer with Kelly Barnhill
Hugo-award-winning author Naomi Kritzer discusses her near-future novel, Catfishing on CatNet, about a cat-picture-loving artificial intelligence and its online human friends. Naomi is joined by World Fantasy Award winner and Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill in a discussion about coming of age in the 21st century, online friendships, and how much the Internet knows about you.
"An absolutely charming and incredibly gripping, superbly plotted YA thriller that I literally read in one sitting." --Cory Doctor
Naomi Kritzer has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. Her novelette “The Thing About Ghost Stories” is a finalist for the 2019 Hugo Award; her short story "Cat Pictures Please" won the 2016 Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for the Nebula Award. Her YA novel CATFISHING ON CATNET (based on “Cat Pictures Please”) will be coming out from Tor Teen in November 2019. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her spouse, kids, and cats. In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, she's also widely known for the election guide she writes each year on local races (found at her website, naomikritzer.com).
Kelly Barnhill received the Newbery Medal in 2017, as well as fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. She is the winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She also was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton Award and the PEN/USA literary prize. She has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a bunch of weeks now, as well as the Indie Besteller list. She is the author of the novels THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, THE WITCH’S BOY, IRON HEARTED VIOLET and THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK, as well as the novella, “The Unlicensed Magician”. She has also written a bunch of grownup-ish short stories of various descriptions (Literary, Speculative, Odd and Otherwise) that have appeared in a variety of venues, as well as essays, poetry, and a small collection of very strange nonfiction books for elementary students.