Cultural/Regional

The Old Woman and the River, Ismail Fahd Ismail

The story is about the life-giving powers of women; it is also a story about hope and the possibilities of the human spirit even in the bleakest settings. As it unfolds, the boundary between the real and the fantastical never seems stable. What appears impossible may be possible yet. In […]

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Smokehouse, Melissa Manning

Smokehouse is an assured and accomplished collection, and a thoroughly immersive read that celebrates the landscape and the community of Tasmania. Read it if you like reading short stories like they’re novels, or if you love evocative descriptive nature writing. –The AU Review Goodreads Reviews Back to Goodreads

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Indie Corner – Jaimee Wriston

Back to the Indie Corner series I’m thrilled to talk with Jaimee Wriston Colbert again. In this Indie Corner, we explore her new novel How Not to Drown (written as Jaimee Wriston). We’ve chatted before  at Dragonfly about her books Wild Things and Vanishing Acts. So when I found a […]

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Once There Were Wolves, Charlotte McConaghy

From bestselling author Charlotte McConaghy, Once There Were Wolves is a novel about a scientist reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands, and the secrets that begin to catch up to her when a local farmer goes missing. Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with a singular purpose: to reintroduce wolves into […]

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And Lately, The Sun, Calyx et al.

Bushland is burning. The Arctic is shedding ice. And around the world, people are imagining futures which function. Gritty, graceful, commonsense or whimsical, these twenty tales probe at how we could build a working world using the resources available to us – the natural, the social, the political, and the […]

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After Australia, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, et al.

Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, twelve of Australia’s most daring Indigenous writers and writers of colour provide a glimpse of Australia as we head toward the […]

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Carpe Fin, Nicoll Yahgulanaas

In a small near-future community perched between the ocean and the northern temperate rainforest, a series of disasters is taking a heavy toll. It is early fall and a fuel spill has contaminated the marine foods the village was preparing to harvest. As food supplies dwindle, a small group decides […]

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Crow Winter, Karen McBride

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he’s here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad’s been dead for almost two years and she hasn’t quite reconciled that grief, but is that […]

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Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere […]

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The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma

In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers take advantage of their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest boy will be killed by one of his brothers. This prophecy unleashes […]

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Indie Corner – Anne Coray

Back to the Indie Corner series I’m thrilled to introduce author Anne Coray to the Indie Corner spotlight. As a lifelong Alaskan, place has always helped define Anne. Born in a log cabin on Lake Clark (first named by the Dena’ina Athabaskans Qizhjeh Vena), she spent her first two years […]

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High as the Waters Rise, Anja Kampmann

German poet Anja Kampmann’s award-winning debut novel is the dazzling, heart-rending story of an oil rig worker whose closest friend goes missing, plunging him into isolation and forcing him to confront his past Goodreads Reviews Back to Goodreads

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Infinite Country, Patricia Engel

Infinite Country is a multi generational family saga about a Colombian family with mixed citizenship status. The story is told through different family members perspectives, time periods, and Andean mythology. The heartache and hope interwoven into this fractured family due to the US’s atrocious immigration policies was so visceral. I […]

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan

In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight. When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her […]

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How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue

“We should have known the end was near.” So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Goodreads Reviews Back to […]

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