Launch Party for New McGoran Thriller

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host an event to celebrate the release of “Spliced,” Jon McGoran’s new young-adult science-fiction thriller, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby of the landmark Parkway Central Branch on Logan Square. 

The launch will feature a reading and brief talk by McGoran, as well as light refreshments, including adult beverages from Quaker City Mercantile, and live music from Rich Ciocco and Matt Davis. 

Set in a near-future Philadelphia, “Spliced” explores the world of chimeras — young people who modify themselves by splicing animal genes into their genomes. Sixteen-year-old Jimi Corcoran is horrified when her best friend runs away to get spliced. Plunging into the world of chimeras to stop him, she encounters a violent backlash against the chimeras, and a new law that declares them non-persons. As Jimi learns to respect, understand and even love the chimeras she meets, she also learns a terrifying truth: Those provoking the backlash have a hidden agenda. In an advance review, Kirkus says, “McGoran creates a very believable future. . . . This nightmare study in manufactured prejudice will resonate . . . especially in the era of Trump. Timely, thrilling and more than a little scary.” 

The launch party is free, but registration is required. For more info and to RSVP, go to

Jon McGoran, former editor of the Shuttle, is the author of seven previous novels, including the biotech thrillers “Drift,” “Deadout” and “Dust Up” (Tor/Forge Books).