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Headshot by Vanessa Applegate

The Steampunk World’s Fair is pleased as punch to announce the return of Gail Carriger to the Fair in 2017 as the Literary Guest of Honor!

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

Gail has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award, and received the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award in YA, the Prix Julia Verlanger and Elbakin Award from French readers, and a Starburner Award in Literature for her “contributions to the steampunk community.”

Miss Carriger’s novels are urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. They have been published in eighteen different languages, made the USA Today and Locus lists multiple times, and the New York Times list thirteen times (on seven different lists: Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children’s Series, and Manga at #1). Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award and was nominated for Compton Crook, Locus Awards, and the Prix des Imaginales (France). It made’s best list, and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, IndieBound Notable, Locus Recommended Read, and a Finalist for the 2009 PEARL Award. Gail is still trying to recover from the shock.

The Parasol Protectorate series, featuring a proper Victorian spinster without a soul, has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her YA Finishing School series follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman secretly recruited to a lady’s seminary for spies. In the Custard Protocol series Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

Her other hats (neither pith helmet nor fedora) have included tromping the globe excavating ancient cultures, torturing undergraduates with science, and writing cryptic reviews of non-fiction children’s books for the Horn Book Guide.