Critical Sirens Update

Due to delays in the renovation of the Hotel Talisa in Vail, Sirens is moving to the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek for our 2017 conference. Attendees will need to make new hotel reservations at the Park Hyatt as soon as possible. Please click here for reservations and other information about this relocation.

Suggested Reading
Sirens is about the remarkable women in fantasy literature, and what better way to celebrate the achievements of women in fantasy literature than to read, read, read? The following list, which focuses on women who work magic, is only a starting point for reading fantasy literature by and about women, but if you’re looking for works by our guests of honor, or other woman-authored fantasy works about women who both have power and wield it, we suggest you start here. (If you’re instead looking for a bit of a challenge, you might try our 2017 Sirens Reading Challenge.)

As with all great reading lists, some of these books were chosen for their influence, some for their controversy, and some simply because they’re great reads! To discuss these books, we invite you to visit the Sirens Goodreads group, where—each month in 2017—Sirens co-founder Amy Tenbrink will read and discuss a new-to-her fantasy book that’s authored by a woman and about women who work magic.

To purchase these books, please consider using the links below, which will take you to the website of the Tattered Cover, Denver’s renowned independent bookstore. If you use those links and then purchase books or other items, Sirens will receive a referral fee from the Tattered Cover.

Guests of Honor - Additional Authors


2017 Sirens Guests of Honor

Zoraida Córdova

N. K. Jemisin

Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas
  • “The City, Born Great” in (September 2016) [read online]
  • “Sunshine Ninety-Nine” in Popular Science (August, 2015) [read online]
  • “The Awakened Kingdom”. Orbit (2014).
  • “Stone Hunger” in Clarkesworld (July 2014) [read online]
  • “Walking Awake” in Lightspeed (June 2014) [read online]
  • “Valedictorian” originally published in After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia (2012), reprinted in Lightspeed (2014) [read online]
  • “On the Banks of the River Lex” in Clarkesworld (2010) [read online]
  • “The Trojan Girl” originally published in Weird Tales (2011) [read online]
  • “The Effluent Engine” in Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Tales, Torquere Press (2011) [read online]
  • “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters” originally published in Postscripts #22/23 (2010), reprinted in Uncanny #6 (2015) [read online]
  • “Non-Zero Probabilities” in Clarkesworld (2009) [read online]
  • “The You Train” in Strange Horizons (2007) [read online]
  • “Playing Nice With God’s Bowling Ball”. Baen’s Universe (2008).
  • “Bittersweet” in Abyss & Apex (2007) [read online]
  • “The Narcomancer” originally published in Helix (2007), reprinted in Transcriptase (2008) [read online]
  • “The Brides of Heaven” originally published in Helix (2007), reprinted in Transcriptase (2008) [read online]
  • “Cloud Dragon Skies” in Strange Horizons (2005) [read online]
  • “Red Riding-Hood’s Child” in Fishnet (2004)
  • “L’Alchimista” in Scattered, Covered, Smothered anthology (2005), reprinted in Escape Pod (2006) [read online]
  • “Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows” in Ideomancer (2004) [read online]

Victoria Schwab
As Victoria Schwab

As V. E. Schwab

Guests of Honor - Additional Authors


Additional Authors

Charlie Jane Anders

Leigh Bardugo

Emily Croy Barker

Kelly Barnhill

Franny Billingsley

Kendare Blake

Erin Bow

Paula Brackston

Libba Bray

Elizabeth Bunce

Kristin Cashore

Zen Cho

Jessica Cluess

Tina Connolly

Sarah Creech

Susan Dennard

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Emma Donoghue

Laure Eve

Deva Fagan

Gemma Files

Emily Foster

Laura Anne Gilman

Andrea Hairston

Laurell K. Hamilton

Faith Harkey

Deborah Harkness

Alice Hoffman

Emma Jane Holloway

Nalo Hopkinson

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Jessica Khoury

Mary Robinette Kowal

Marie Lu

Marika McCoola & Emily Carroll

Patricia McKillip

Anna-Marie McLemore

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Erin Morgenstern

Ilana C. Myer

Nnedi Okorafor

L. Penelope

Dia Reeves

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Evelyn Skye

Jessica Spotswood

Caroline Stevermer & Patricia Wrede

Molly Tanzer

Barbara Ann Wright

Tiphanie Yanique

Guests of Honor - Additional Authors

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