I’m changing the News and Events section from a Facebook feed to a column here at the website. Also, people have been asking about a newsletter for years, so I’m starting one! Sign up here and read the February newsletter here.
- Our Discord has taken off. It’s all about Rewilding Our Stories. Over 60 members have joined. Check it out and join on in! Be sure to message one of the mods as the instructions ask you to do. You won’t see the entire community until we approve you and know that you’re not a spam-bot. Getting stuck on that new novel or short story, or just want to write more? Make time most every Sunday with us at 3:00 pm EST as we run a word-sprint NaNoWriMo style.
- Speaking of Discord, two of our members–cofounder Lovis Geier, who runs Ecofictology, and Forrest Brown, founder of the Stories for Earth podcast–fan out some of the discussions we’ve been having on Discord to a streamed book review of Richard Powers’ Overstory.
- Since 2018, Artists and Climate Change has been re-running my world ecofiction series spotlights in their Wild Author series. I’m honored to have recently been promoted to a part of their core team.
- Dragonfly.eco’s February spotlights include a wonderful chat with Motswana author Tlotlo Tsamaase and an interview with indie children’s book author Ryan Mizzen.
- Lovis Geier interviews me about the ecological weird, and I try to explain it! See her Ecofictology YouTube.
- I’ve talked about my newest novella quite a bit: Bird Song. If you like the ecological uncanny and Greek mythology, with a YA slant and a touch of romance, this might be for you. Free review copies available. See more here.
- Coming soon: A look at Canadian ecofiction via a magazine in Nova Scotia.
In Other News
- The Los Angeles Times looks at Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations, which Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch are teaming up to adapt.
- For Black History Month, NPR spotlights Octavia Butler in How Octavia Butler’s Sci-Fi Dystopia Became A Constant In A Man’s Evolution.
- Yale News talks about faculty member Cajetan Iheka in Novel Perspective: How Literature Helps Us Re-think Environmental Threats.
- Michigan Daily introduces Faith Merino’s debut Cormorant Lake, a story told exclusively by women.
- Richard Powers’ The Overstory is coming to Netflix? Game of Thrones creators are adapting it? Count me in! See Variety.
- Can the novel document the present in real time? A look at author Ali Smith’s quartet series, which include such themes as Brexit and climate change. See The Nation.
- Sci-fi/fantasy author N.K. Jemisin, who weaves environmental themes into her novels, is slated to be featured in SXSW, along with the amazing Stacy Abrams. I’m so into this. See The Austin Chronicle.
Amazon to adapt another Octavia Butler series: Wild Seed, with Nnedi Okorafor co-writing. See Comic Years.