The Brooklyn Book Festival is proud to present Arkady Martine, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and award-winning author and critic Amal El-Mohtar. The event is presented with NYU’s 370 Jay Project and NYU Skirball.

Join NYT science fiction and fantasy columnist and critically author Amal El-Mohtar in conversation with Arkady Martine, author of A Memory Called Empire, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Martine’s debut novel is an interstellar mystery adventure and space opera that addresses borders, language, memory and empire. This Is How You Lose the Time War, co-written by Mohtar and Max Gladstone, is an epic love story spanning time and space and received the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism. She is the science fiction and fantasy columnist for the New York Times Book Review and the co-author, with Max Gladstone, of This Is How You Lose the Time War, which has received several honours including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Aurora Awards. She teaches creative writing at the University of Ottawa. You can find her online at or subscribe to her newsletter at

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names, she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in New Mexico with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw. Martine’s Hugo Award-winning debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, kicks off the Teixcalaan series. You can find her online at and on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine