Locus Awards MC Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Guest Speaker Connie Willis

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Locus SF Foundation is thrilled to announce two esteemed personalities will be headlining the upcoming Locus Awards ceremony. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Love in the Library; The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea; Squad) will bring her wit and personality to the stage as emcee for the event, and legendary science fiction writer Connie Willis will grace the evening as the guest speaker. The Locus Awards will take place on June 24, 2023 at Nile Hall in Preservation Park, Oakland CA.

Tokuda-Hall’s works have captivated readers and critics alike with her vibrant sense of story, history, and characterization. As the emcee for the Locus Awards, she brings her dynamic presence and passion for all things speculative fiction to the stage.

Connie Willis (photo by Beth Gwinn)

Joining Maggie Tokuda-Hall at the Locus Awards is none other than esteemed author Connie Willis, an iconic figure in the science fiction genre. With an illustrious career spanning decades, Willis has established herself as a master storyteller with numerous Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards to her name. As the guest speaker, she will bring her crackling humor and keen insights to the evening.

The Locus Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements in science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature for the past year. The ceremony brings together authors, editors, publishers, and avid readers from around the world to honor the best works in the genre. Find out more at the Locus Awards page.


Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF.  The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young-adult novel, which was an Otherwise Award finalist, an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Its sequel, The Siren, The Song and The Spy comes out September 2023. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has been named a Best Picture Book of 2022 by Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, children, and objectively perfect dog.

Connie Willis has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards for her works—more major SF awards than any other writer—most recently the “Best Novel” Hugo and Nebula Awards for Blackout/All Clear (2010). She was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Science Fiction Writers of America named her its 28th SFWA Grand Master in 2011. Her most recent work is The Road to Roswell (2023). 

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