Scodellaro’s characters have autonomy, know their comforts and desires, and find space and safety in the corners of forgotten places. They grieve on countertops, chewing ice and waiting for the return of a lover who has left for another. ...more
Reading suggestions from author Celeste Ng for these f**ked-up times: worlds more—or, okay, just differently—f**ked up than ours.
Tags: American War, California, celeste ng, Colson Whitehead, Dietland, dystopian, Edan Lepucki, EMily St John Mandel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Omar el Akkad, Parable of the Sower, reading list, reading recommendations, Sarai Walker, Station Eleven, The Handmaid's Tale, The Underground Railroad, We Love You Charlie Freeman, What to Read When
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson discusses her debut story collection, MY MONTICELLO.
Tags: Aimee Bender, american south, Annette Gordon-Reed, barrett bowlin, Black Boy, Charlottesville, Colson Whitehead, debut collection, family, family history, Friday Black, Girl Meets God, Hedgebrook, historical fiction, immigration, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Kindred, Lauren Winner, My Monticello, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Nigeria, Notes on the State of Virginia, novella, Octavia Butler, parenthood, Racism, research, richard wright, Richmond, Romare Bearden, Sally Hemings, short fiction, short stories, short story, slavery, The Hemingses of Monticello, The Parable of the Sower, thomas jefferson, Tin House, university of virginia, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, White Supremacy, writing community
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL.
Tags: 1980s, Atria Books, Black women writers, black writers, blackness, Connecticut, debut novel, flashback, gender inequality, Hamden, Kukuwa Ashun, MFA, microaggressions, Not Another Teen Movie, Octavia Butler, perspective, point of view, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, speculative fiction, Stephen King, The New School, The Other Black Girl, White Supremacy, workplace, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Zakiya Harris
Erin Hensley and Julia Callahan share a reading list to celebrate I REMEMBER EVERYTHING.
Tags: Amy Tan, Dangerous Angels, Dawson’s Creek, Dawson’s Critique, Erin Hensley, Francesca Lia Block, I Remember Everything, I Remember Everything: Life Lessons from Dawson’s Creek, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joy Nicholson, Julia Callahan, Kindred, Langston Hughes, little women, Lois Lowry, louisa may alcott, Octavia Butler, Stephen Chbosky, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, The Giver, The Joy Luck Club, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Tribes of Palos Verde, The Virgin Suicides, Weetzie Bat, What to Read When
Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new story collection, VERGE.
Tags: carmen maria machado, Ceremonials, Claire Rudy Foster, Corporeal Writing, Doris Lessing, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Greta Thunberg, In the Dream House, Katharine Coldiron, Lidia Yuknavitch, Margaret Atwood, Marissa Korbel, misogyny, Octavia Butler, patriarchy, queerness, sexism, sexuality, Shine of the Ever, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Book of Joan, The Chronology of Water, The Small Backs of Children, toxic masculinity, Verge
What if the arrival of alien life wasn’t the future, but just another recapitulation of our bloody past? ...more
Tags: aliens, book review, Cadwell Turnbull, capitalism, caribbean, colonialism, Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, debut novel, ethnocentrism, genre fiction, globalization, Ishmael Reed, John Rieder, Nalo Hopkinson, Nisi Shawl, Octavia Butler, peter mack, postcolonial, postcolonial literature, Samuel R. Delany, science fiction, St. Croix, St. John, Tananarive Due, the lesson, tourism, Victor LaValle, Virgin Islands
Steph Post shares a list of books to celebrate her forthcoming novel, MIRACULUM.
Tags: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Arundhati Roy, Bellocq's Ophelia, Christina Rossetti, Euphoria, Goblin Market, Joy Williams, Kobo Abe, Lily King, Margaret Mascarenhas, Miraculum, Natasha Trethewey, Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, Polis Books, Steph Post, T.H. White, The Changeling, The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos, The God of Small Things, The Goshawk, The Little Prince, The Woman in the Dunes, What to Read When
Books to read in this fraught political moment.
Tags: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Black Nature, Black Wave, blindness, Cai Emmons, California, Camille Dungy, Catherine Lacey, Cathy Park Hong, Claire Vaye Watkins, Coming of Age at the End of Nature, Dear Leader, Du Bois’s Telegram, Edan Lepucki, Elizabeth Rush, EMily St John Mandel, Engine Empire, Etty Hillesum, Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, Field Guide to the End of the World, From the New World, Future Home of the Living God, Gold Fame Citrus, Hannah Arendt, Idra Novey, Jang Jin-sung, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jeff Chang, Jennifer Boyden, Jorie Graham, Jose Saramago, Joshua Cohen, Juliana Spahr, Julie Dunlap, Katy Didden, Laura-Gray Street, Layli Long Soldier, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilith’s Brood, Louise Erdrich, Lucy Corin, Michelle Tea, Nnedi Okrafor, nobody is ever missing, Oceanic, Octavia Butler, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Station Eleven, Susan Cohen, The Book of Joan, The Declarable Future, The Ecopoetry Anthology, The Glacier's Wake, The Human Condition, Those Who Knew, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, Weather Woman, What to Read When, Whereas, Who Fears Death, Witz
Terry H. Watkins shares a list of books to celebrate her novel, DARLING GIRL.
Tags: Alice Walker, Angie Thomas, anne of green gables, charlotte bronte, Circe, Darling Girl, Eleanor H. Porter, Harper Lee, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Jane Eyre, Joan Didion, L.M. Montgomery, Larry McMurtry, Lilith’s Brood, little women, louisa may alcott, Lynn Povich, Madeline Miller, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, play it as it lays, Pollyanna, Stieg Larsson, Suzanne Collins, Terms of Endearment, Terry H. Watkins, Terry Watkins, The Color Purple, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Good Girls Revolt, The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, What to Read When
Kendra Fortmeyer discusses her first novel, HOLE IN THE MIDDLE.
Tags: #metoo, Aimee Bender, Angie Thomas, body image, carmen maria machado, Colson Whitehead, Confessions of the Fox, Emily Cataneo, fabulism, female friendship, feminism, feminist, Jewish, Jordy Rosenberg, kelly link, Kendra Fortmeyer, Kindred, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Maggie Cooper, magical realism, Not That Bad, Octavia Butler, Octopus vs. Bear, representation, Roxane Gay, samantha hunt, sexuality, Soho Teen, speculative fiction, teenagers, The Hate U Give, The Underground Railroad, Things I Know to Be True, YA, young adult literature
Rumpus editors select writing that speaks to women’s history—past, present, and future.
Tags: Adrienne Rich, America's Women, audre lorde, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, Barbara Jane Reyes, Bestiary, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter, Carina Chocano, Charlotte Perkins, Deborah A. Miranda, Directed by Desire, Donika Kelly, Electric Arches, Elissa Washuta, Eve Ewing, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Gail Collins, Heart Berries, Hope in the Dark, In Praise of Difficult Women, Invocation to Daughters, Janet Campbell Hale, Jesmyn Ward, Julia Pierpont, June Jordan, Karen Karbo, Kate Harding, Katie Green, Katy Horan, Kindred, Lighter Than My Shadow, Literary Witches, Marge Piercy, Men We Reaped, michelle dean, Morgan Parker, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Nasty Women, Nella Larsen, Nicole Sealey, Octavia Butler, On Lies Secrets and Silence, Ordinary Beast, passing, reading recommendations, Rebecca Solnit, Rocket Fantastic, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, Sister Outsider, Svetlana Alexievich, Taisia Kitaiskaia, Terese Mailhot, The Little Book of Feminist Saints, The Moon is Always Female, The Unwomanly Face of War, The Yellow Wallpaper, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Together We Rise, What to Read When, Women's History Month, You Play the Girl
Sarah Blake discusses her new collection,
Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia. ...more
Tags: Bible, Book Club, Caroline Cabrera, dystopia, e. e. cummings, fear, graduate school, gun violence, guns, hope, Let's Not Live on Earth, monsters, Naamah, Noah's ark, Octavia Butler, parenting, poetry, poetry book club, religion, Riverhead, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Saint X, Sarah Blake, sci-fi, science fiction, stephen hawking, television, the road, titles, Utopia, workshop, writing workshop, zombies
The sensibilities of whiteness do not want us to work, do not want us to think, do not want us to imagine outside of its bounds. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Chinua Achebe, Claudia Rankine, colonialism, diversity, Donald Trump, Harry Potter, inequality, literary magazine, literary magazines, Malcolm X, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Mental Health, microaggressions, Ocean Vuong, Octavia Butler, Politics, race, Racism, rejection, representation, Sandra Cisneros, slush pile, Social Media, Stephen King, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The House on Mango Street, the writing life, Things Fall Apart, Trump, whiteness, writing
Lola StVil discusses her latest novel,
Girls Like Me, how her characters demand to be written, what her family thinks of her writing career, and why representation is essential. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, acting, Chicago, cyberbullying, david sedaris, Deesha Philyaw, Donald Trump, Ednah Walters, fantasy, Girls Like Me, Guardians, Haiti, James Baldwin, joyce carol oates, Kissed By Shadows, Langston Hughes, Lola StVil, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Octavia Butler, Politics, Port-au-Prince, Rick Riordan, Samantha Irby, teenagers, television, Terah Edun, The Noru, The Toren, Trump, twitter, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel,
Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, afrofuturism, Alton Sterling, american south, black mothers, black women, Book of Addis, Brooke C. Obie, Brooke Obie, Deesha Philyaw, Game of Thrones, genocide, George Washington, Haiti, HBO, historical fiction, Issa Rae, Jemele Hill, marlon james, michael brown, motherhood, mothers, Octavia Butler, Philando Castile, science fiction, slavery, speculative fiction, The Book of Night Women, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Tyehimba Jess, Visible: Women Writers of Color, White Supremacy
Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection
Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole. ...more
Tags: Atsuro Riley, Book clubs, Charmian Kittredge London, Clarion University, earthquakes, Elizabeth Bishop, Everybody's Son, geography, ghost town, Ghost towns, Hundred-Year Wave, hunger, Interrupted Geographies, Iris Dunkle, Jack London, landscape, motherhood, Octavia Butler, oil, oil boom, pastoral, Pennsylvania, persona poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rachel Richardson, Romey's Order, ross gay, Roxane Gay, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Susan Briante, Tayve Neese, Thrity Umrigar, Tracy K Smith, Trio House Press, William Carlos Williams
The dystopia is granularly brutal, its causes and effects sadly plausible. ...more
Turn off the television and pick up a book. You’ll feel better for it, we promise.
Tags: Annie Dillard, Bill McKibben, Brenda Hillman, Camille Dungy, Corinne Lee, Donald Trump, eco-fiction, eco-lit, ecology, environment, environmental crisis, Hot Season, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Karen Joy Fowler, Margaret Atwood, Nicaragua, Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, Paris Accord, Pilgrim at Tinder Creek, Plenty, Politics, Practical Water, rachel carson, reading recommendations, Silent Spring, Susan DeFreitas, syria, The End of Nature, The Year of the Flood, Trophic Cascade, Trump, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, What to Read When, Wild Things
Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel,
The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more
Tags: #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks, Angie Thomas, Black, black lives matter, Corinne Duyvis, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, Eudora Welty, first book, Harry Potter, jacqueline woodson, Mike Brown, Mildred D. Taylor, New York Times Bestseller, Octavia Butler, Oscar Grant, police violence, publishing industry, Rachel Jeantel, richard wright, Sandra Bland, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamir Rice, teenagers, The Hate U Give, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Need Diverse Books, William Faulkner, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, YA Literature, young adult literature
Damian Duffy and John Jennings discuss their new graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic novel
Tags: AbramsComicArts, adaptation, Adepero Oduye, Angela Bassett, Beacon Press, brian spears, collaborating, collaboration, Comics, D.W. Griffith, Damian Duffy, deadlines, Emayatzy Corinealdi, font, gender, graphic novels, Ida Mae Wells, identity, isaac fitzgerald, John Jennings, Kindred, Knives & Ink, Luke Cage, Middle of Nowhere, Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, race, rape, Rumpus Book Club, Sheila Keenan, Simone Missick, slavery, teaching, tenure, time management, time travel, W.E.B. DuBois, wendy macnaughton
We asked nineteen authors what books they’d suggest as recommended reading in light of America’s new political reality.
Tags: A Handmaid's Tale, Aline Ohanesian, american politics, Andrew Hudgins, Anne Frank, atticus lish, Brenda Hillman, Camille Dungy, Carl Phillips, charles bock, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, D A Powell, Dinty Moore, Dinty W. Moore, Donald Trump, Eric Kastner, F.L. Carsten, Ferguson Report, Funny Boy, Giacomo Leopardi, Greg Santos, Hannah Arendt, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, History of Facism, I Claudius, Jan Wong, Jeremy Plume, Jill McCorkle, Jonathan Letham, Kim Addonizio, Kurt Vonnegut, Little, Margaret Atwood, Michael Prior, Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne, Much Obey, Muriel Rukeyser, novels, Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, Paul Lisicky, philip roth, phillip lopate, Plutarch, poems, Politics, Ralph Nader, Resist, Rex Warner, robert graves, Saleem Haddad, Shyam Selvadurai, Slaughterhouse Five, Spencer Folkins, Stanley Payne, Susan Rogers, the diary of anne frank, The Plot Against America, The Rise of Facism, Trump, v.v. ganeshananthan
Is Star Wars the Death Star of science fiction? Rat nirvana: being tickled till your ears turn pink. 250-million-year-old rocks might soothe science-religion conflict.
Tags: Death Star, mammals, Octavia Butler, penis bones, Rats, religion, rocks, science, science fiction, star wars, technology, weekly geekery
I envisioned a new science fiction canon, one in which I was a cyborg, fashioning my body into something new. ...more
Tags: Aaliyah, autonomy, body, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead, diversity, dyke, feminism, Fledgling, gender, gender-nonconforming, Inna Korobkina, Mekhi Phifer, motherhood, Octavia Butler, pregnancy, Queen of the Damned, queer, Racism, reproduction, Rivers Solomon, science fiction, stereotype, the walking dead, trans, Twilight
Jessa Crispin on reading abroad, watching ships chug through the Bosporus, and watching
Tags: A Chance Meeting, Ann Braude, Ben Winters, Christopher Priest, Fugue for a Darkening Island, Game of Thrones, i hate the internet, Ingeborg Bachmann, Istanbul, Jarrett Kobek, Jessa Crispin, Kelsey Osgood, Mary Douglas, Octavia Butler, Outlander, Peter Handke, Purity and Danger, Rachel Cohen, Radical Spirits, The Girls, The Read Along, Thomas Bernhard
Underwriting the words on that page are the counterposing sentiments I see in many writers I know, especially writers of color: At one pole there’s, I just want to be okay; I want my family/community to be okay. At the other pole there’s, If I only reach the mountaintop I’ll be respected, valid, wealthy, etc. […]
…what unfolds is a fantasia on sex, race, murder, and slavery—the DNA of America. ...more
For all their imaginative potential, fantasy series often fail to think outside the whitewashed walls of the same old box: We can consider worlds in which protagonists must contend not only with dark prophecies and darker enemies, but also with gentrification and unreliable subway lines.
Author Daniel José Older talks about his new novel,
Shadowshaper, noir influence in urban fantasy, gentrification, white privilege and the publishing industry, and why we need diverse books, now more than ever. ...more
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, Adam Mills, Bone Street Rumba, classism, Daniel Jose Older, Dashiell Hammett, eric garner, fantasy, feminism, ferguson, fiction, gentrification, Half-Resurrection Blues, Harry Potter, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Junot Diaz, michael brown, Midnight Taxi Tango, noir, Octavia Butler, On Writing, Publishing, rachel kaadzi ghansah, Racism, Salsa Nocturna, science fiction, sexism, Shadowshaper, Stephen King, strong female characters, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, This Is How You Lose Her, urban fantasy, Walter Mosley, white privilege, YA Lit
There’s a chance you’ll hear Peter Ho Davies read the first sentence of his story “Chance” and you’ll be hooked. There’s also a chance you won’t, but either way, it’s worth a visit to Drum, the “literary magazine for your ears” that publishes audio of writers reading their fiction, essays, and interviews. This week, you […]
Tags: drum, earthseed, frank o'connor award, gerry canavan, huntington library, LA Review of Books, Octavia Butler, open road media, peter ho davies, Roxane Gay, unexpected stories