Ann Leckie - Translation State LAUNCH EVENT

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, June 7, 6pm CT
In person at Schlafly Public Library
225 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
 
Left Bank Books & Schlafly Public Library welcomes Hugo & Nebula Award-Winning St. Louis author
Ann Leckie
to discuss the return to the Imperial Radch universe in a staggering standalone novel
Translation State
at Schlafly Public Library on June 7th at 6pm!
Join us for this LAUNCH EVENT to celebrate the release!
 
Leckie will be in conversation with LBB Bookseller Emeritus
Mark Tiedemann!
 
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from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
Leckie will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
 
 
Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Award winning novel Ancillary Justice. She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Mark W. Tiedemann worked in photography for 35 years, both as freelance and as a lab technician. In pursuit of a lifelong dream, he attended the Clarion SF Writing Workshop, after which he began regularly selling short fiction and then began selling novels, beginning with Mirage, part of the ongoing Asimov's Robot City series, and then his own original novels beginning with Compass Reach. With the digital revolution in photography, Mark left the industry and went to work for Left Bank Books in St. Louis, retiring in late 2021 to continue his intent to write and publish.
 
 

The mystery of a missing translator sets three lives on a collision course that will have a ripple effect across the stars in this powerful novel from a Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author.

"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could." --John Scalzi

Qven was created to be a Presger translator. The pride of their Clade, they always had a clear path before them: learn human ways, and eventually, make a match and serve as an intermediary between the dangerous alien Presger and the human worlds. The realization that they might want something else isn't "optimal behavior". I's the type of behavior that results in elimination.

But Qven rebels. And in doing so, their path collides with those of two others. Enae, a reluctant diplomat whose dead grandmaman has left hir an impossible task as an inheritance: hunting down a fugitive who has been missing for over 200 years. And Reet, an adopted mechanic who is increasingly desperate to learn about his genetic roots--or anything that might explain why he operates so differently from those around him.

As a Conclave of the various species approaches--and the long-standing treaty between the humans and the Presger is on the line--the decisions of all three will have ripple effects across the stars.

Masterfully merging space adventure and mystery, and a poignant exploration about relationships and belonging, Translation State is a triumphant new standalone story set in the celebrated Imperial Radch universe.

"Leckie's humane, emotionally intelligent, and deeply perceptive writing makes this tautly plotted adventure feel fundamentally true while also offering longtime fans a much anticipated glimpse into the Radch's most mysterious species. Readers will be thrilled." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Another of Leckie's beautiful mergings of the political, philosophical, and personal." -- Kirkus (starred review)

 

Publishers Weekly (03/27/2023):

Hugo and Nebula award winner Leckie (Ancillary Justice) returns to the Imperial Radch universe in a staggering standalone novel that follows three people brought together by the mysterious disappearance of a translator. After Enae's Grandmaman dies, diplomat Enae finds a welcome distraction in an impossibly open-ended assignment to track down a fugitive who disappeared 200 years before the start of the book. Aboard the station Enae is headed to, diplomatic liaison Reet searches for answers about his past as an orphan and adoptee, but finds only further questions. Meanwhile, an attack on juvenile Presger translator Qven, part of a spectacularly weird alien race designed to translate alien Presger into human, derails Qven's life and ruins their prestigious prospects. When Qven understands what their clade has planned for them as punishment, Qven decides to flee, putting them on a collision course with the other protagonists. It's exhilarating to see the way these seemingly disparate story lines knit themselves together as all three protagonists become embroiled in a political mess that threatens the treaty that safeguards interspecies coexistence in space. Leckie's humane, emotionally intelligent, and deeply perceptive writing makes this tautly plotted adventure feel fundamentally true while also offering longtime fans a much anticipated glimpse into the Radch's most mysterious species. Readers will be thrilled.

Event address: 
225 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Books: 
Translation State By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316289719
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Orbit - June 6th, 2023

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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316565172
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Published: Orbit - May 30th, 2023

Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316565196
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Published: Orbit - May 30th, 2023

Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316565189
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Published: Orbit - May 30th, 2023

Provenance By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316565202
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Published: Orbit - May 30th, 2023

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The Raven Tower By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316388702
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2019

Granger's Crossing: A Novel By Mark W. Tiedemann Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781943075751
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Blank Slate Press - April 25th, 2023

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