In our morning reading: Nadia Owusu and Caleb Azumah Nelson in conversation, thoughts on Chris Kelso’s new book, and more.
My first time reading Marian Womack‘s work came via the collection Lost Objects, an unsettling array of speculative fiction informed by climate change in multiple unsettling ways. (I interviewed her about it in 2018.) This year will see the release of her novel, The Golden Key — but first, Womack has another literary project that she’s ushered into the world, an anthology co-edited with Gary Budden. This is An Invite to Eternity, which includes stories from Kristen Roupenian, Aliya Whiteley, and Naomi Booth. It’s also the first book from Calque Press, a new independent publisher. I talked with Womack about the anthology, the press, and the uncanny boundaries of ecological fiction.
Weekend Bites: Octavia E. Butler, Books About Protests, Liza Featherstone, Tune-Yards Interviewed, and More
In our weekend reading: revisiting Octavia E. Butler’s “Dawn,” a new bookstore opens in the East Village, and more.