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Pop Madness

Popular Culture Celebration at the San Antonio Public Library

Authors for 2022 TBA


Henry Thomas

HENRY THOMAS is the author of the fantasy novel The Window and the Mirror about a captured soldier who must escort a mysterious girl to a distant city to broker peace between two peoples poised on the brink of war.  At the same time his commander Lord Uhlmet stumbles on to a dark and powerful secret: how to harness the energy of men’s souls and bend them to his will. Is this the secret that Goblinkind has been hiding from the race of men?  For Lord Uhlmet, the lure of such power is irresistible, even if he must start a war to attain it. 

Born in San Antonio, Henry is also an actor and musician. Recently he was in The Haunting of Hill House and its follow-up series The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix. The Window and the Mirror is his first novel.


Kate DiCamillo

KATE DICAMILLO is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (Flora & Ulysses in 2014 and The Tale of Despereaux in 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). She is a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita, appointed by the Library of Congress.

A native of Florida, Kate now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Martha Wells

MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer), and The Murderbot Diaries series for  She has also written short stories, media tie-ins for Star Wars and Stargate Atlantis, Magic Story for Magic: the Gathering, YA fantasies, and non-fiction. Her work has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards, and appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the New York Times Bestseller List, and the USA Today Bestseller List.


Past Authors Featured in Our Virtual Alley


Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Rockton crime thrillers. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Age of Legends fantasy YA series and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy. Armstrong lives in Ontario, Canada with her family.


GRACE DRAVEN: Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.




Michael John Moorcock is an English writer and musician who lives in Texas and France. He is best known in the US for his novels about his characters The Eternal Champion & Elric of Melniboné, a seminal influence on the field of fantasy since the 1960s. Other significant works include the Jerry Cornelius series, Gloriana, the Pyat Quartet, Warlord of the Air, Dancers at the End of Time and Mother London. He is also a successful musician, contributing to the bands Hawkwind, Blue Öyster Cult and his own project, The Deep Fix.

As editor and publisher of the British literary science fiction magazine New Worlds, intermittently from  1964  to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the sf "New Wave". His publication of the novel Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad as a serial in the magazine was notorious.  In Parliament British MPs condemned the Arts Council for funding the magazine. 

Moorcock has received many literary awards including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2000), Prix Utopiales (2004), Bram Stoker Award (2005), SFWA Grand Master (2008). Also in 2008 The London Times newspaper named Moorcock as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".