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- May’s world eco-fiction spotlight is on Yaba Badoe and her novel Wolf Light.
- Featured in the Indie Corner is Jaimee Wriston and her novel How Not to Drown. I can’t lie. I am so intrigued by this novel!
- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers’ upcoming novel Bewilderment film rights were sold to Black Bear Pictures, Plan B.
- According to Variety, Paul McAuley’s novel Austral is getting an epic series adapation from Circle of Confusion Television Studios and ITV Studios’ Big Talk Productions.
- Tor.com has another list of Ten Eco-fiction Novels. by Nina Munteanu.
- Though it was published around Earth Day, these novels boosted by NPR are for every day.
- Book Riot lists three new dystopian novels of the environmental kind.
- Game Rant reports a reboot of Perfect Dark, this with an eco-sci-fi twist.
- On May 26th is a talk called Children’s Fiction and the Climate Crisis, with Ele Fountain, Hannah Gold, and Piers Torday–hosted by Pushkin’s Children’s Books and Tales on Moon Lane.
- Rewilding Our Stories began a book club in May and is now reading the wonderful book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
- The Discord community built an Earth Day: What We’re Reading list from our many conversations. Also, check out Dragonfly’s new Book Recommendations section!
- Ecology Action Centre’s spring magazine presents my article celebrating Canadian authors of environmental fiction.
- In April’s world eco-fiction feature, I talk with Jamaican author Diana McCaulay, whose novel Daylight Come is set in the future on a fictional Jamaican Island, Bajacu.
- The April Indie Corner spotlight is on Anne Coray, author of Lost Mountain. She lives in Alaska, whose natural beauty inspires her writing.
- My April post for the Backyard Wildlife series looks at the very early spring when we are pre-planning our garden and tree-planting.
- I get so many questions about genres that reflect our natural world, and there’s quite a bit of confusion since often news media isn’t always consistent. Here’s a guide I wrote to help that confusion!
- Our Discord, Rewilding Our Stories, has a new daily writing goal channel. Check it out and join on in!
- Thanks to Kimberly Christensen for her review of Sim Kern’s Depart, Depart.
- The March world ecofiction spotlight is on Glendy Vanderah. I chatted with her about her science background and her two wildly popular novels, Where the Forest Meets the Stars and The Light Through the Leaves. In Glendy’s novels, nature is central.
- 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. I’m running a free Kindle promotion from March 12-16 to boost it.
- The March Indie Corner spotlight is on Claire Datnow, teacher and YA/teen author.
- Have you ever noticed I write a column called Backyard Wildlife? That’s right. A year ago, just as the pandemic hit, my husband and I bought a new house 4,000 km away from our old home in Vancouver. We’re rewilding our yard and meadow, and I thought it would be interesting to document the process. Occasionally I talk about environmental issues around us in Nova Scotia. My latest entry is all about the long, cold winter.
- I’ve taken on a volunteer role from Climate Fiction Writers League, run by the awesome author Lauren James. I’m doing social media outreach and just began a new Facebook group. Join on in! And I’m tweeting at the league’s Twitter.
- Our Discord has taken off. It’s all about Rewilding Our Stories. Over 80 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.
- Coming soon: A look at Canadian ecofiction via a magazine in Nova Scotia.
In Other News
- Jeff VanderMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander is out, and it’s getting great reviews. Linking his Twitter, because he usually links to reviews and you get to also see the great stories of wildlife in his back yard.
- Book Riot offers another eco-fiction reading list, this one concentrating on thrillers.
- Migros Museum in Switzerland is featuring an art eco-fiction gallery until May 9th.
- I had a chance to listen to a talk by Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Binghampton University’s lecture series. Her talk was on “Giving Nature a Voice: Jaimee Wriston Colbert on Writing Eco-fiction.” I’ve interviewed her twice before about her novels Wild Things and Vanishing Acts. Look forward to another interview soon on her upcoming novel.
- Arizona State University has a new solarpunk anthology, Cities of Light. Free for download.
- Another novel I’ve got on my list is this one: Omar El-Akkad has a passionate review of Imbolo Mbue’s How Beautiful We Were, in the New York Times.
- I’ve got Jeff VanderMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander on pre-order. Linked from my Dragonfly Library is also a new excerpt of the novel from EW.
- 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 includes 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.