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2021 James Tait Black Prize Shortlists

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld) and A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton) are on the four-title shortlist for the 2021 James Tait Black Prize in the fiction category. The £10,000 award is presented by the University of Edinburgh for books published during the previous year. Winners will be announced during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to be held August 14-30, 2021 at the Edinburgh College of …Read More

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The Lay of Lilyfinger

The Lay of Lilyfinger

An acclaimed musician and her apprentice travel to the newly freed country of Skinnere to play a complex and culturally fraught song that will lay bare the wounds of empire, occupation, and sacrifice of its players and listeners.     “Have you been to Skinnere before?” asked Pom, his hands tight on the railing. When his teacher didn’t reply, he turned away from the view of the oncoming shore. “Saaba?” “Yes, pk. Now get away …

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announcing BABEL

announcing BABEL

The wait is over! I can now share that my fourth novel, Babel, is out August 2022 from Harper Voyager. Please meet the cohort: Robin, Victoire, Ramiz, and Letitia. Art by Kimberly Jade McDonald Now what’s it about? 1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in …

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Writing Fighting: Shields

Episode 12: Shield Fighting, Part 1 Episode 13: Shield Fighting, Part 2 Episode 14: Sword vs Shield Episode 15: Shield Safety Episode 16: Shields Again

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Barnes Wins Jerusalem Prize

Julian Barnes has won the 2021 Jerusalem Prize, given “to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of ‘freedom of the individual in society.’” The $10,000 prize was announced May 3, 2021 during the online Jerusalem International Book Forum. Judges for 2021 were Nurit Gertz (chair), Alit Karp, and Dror Mish’ani. For more information, see the Jerusalem Prize website. While you are here, please take a moment …Read More

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2021 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Report

The 41st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 42) took place virtually March 17-20, 2021, with a theme of “Climate Change and the Anthropocene”. Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with a record 555 people registered (compared to 2019 with 480 attending), and about 340 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (up from 285 in 2019). Jeff VanderMeer was …Read More

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Download a Free Digital Preview of The Freedom Race

Download a Free Digital Preview of The Freedom Race

The Freedom Race, Lucinda Roy’s explosive first foray into speculative fiction, is a poignant blend of subjugation, resistance, and hope. Download a FREE sneak peek today! In the aftermath of a cataclysmic civil war known as the Sequel, ideological divisions among the states have hardened. In the Homestead Territories, an alliance of plantation-inspired holdings, Black labor is imported from the Cradle, and Biracial “Muleseeds” are bred. Raised in captivity on Planting 437, kitchen-seed Jellybean “Ji-ji” …

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2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Longlist

Several authors of genre interest are on the 15-title longlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award: “The July War”, Rabih Alameddine “Oil of Emu”, Louise Erdrich “A Prolonged Kiss”, Jonathan Gibbs “A Challenge You Have Overcome”, Allegra Goodman “Kirpal”, Rachel Heng “The Irish Wedding”, Elizabeth McCracken The £30,000 award is given to a single story “of 6,000 words or less” published in the UK or Ireland. Judges for …Read More

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IAFA Call for Proposals

The International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) is open to proposals “for pre-formed panels, paper sessions, roundtables, and workshops” on the theme of “Trans/Inter/Cross: The Fantastic Between Genres, Media, and Cultures”. Proposals can be submitted through the online portal here. Submissions close June 1, 2021. The symposium will be held October 1-3, 2021 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside in Orlando FL. For more information, see the …Read More

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