You Should Read: Black Speculative Fiction (with Stephanie Henderson!)

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Hi, Should-Heads and welcome to one of our more expensive episodes. Our friend Stephanie Henderson joined us to discuss Black speculative fiction, and she's got a lot of great recommendations. You'll definitely want to get every one you don't already have. It's a really fun conversation and there are so many great books out; we're very lucky.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Leah Johnson book deal: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/85794-book-deals-week-of-march-15-2021.html

"Please Stop Talking About the `Rise' of African Science Fiction": https://lithub.com/please-stop-talking-about-the-rise-of-african-science-fiction/

Interview with Octavia Butler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0UgiE8vYuI

Octavia Butler's Kindred to be a TV show: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fx-adapting-octavia-e-butlers-kindred

Currently Reading:
Julia: Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas) and The Belles (Dhonielle Clayton)
Kelly: They Never Learn (Layne Fargo)
Rachael: Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier), The Gilded Ones (Namina Forna), Valentine (Elizabeth Wetmore) and Fountains of Silence (Ruta Sepetys)

Our recommendations:

Stephanie: The works of Octavia Butler, A Phoenix First Must Burn (anthology edited by Patrice Caldwell), My Soul to Keep (Tananarive Due), The Gilda Stories (Jewelle L. Gomez), The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction (Jerry Rafiki Jenkins), Black Female Vampires in African American Women's Novels (Kendra R. Parker), Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Vengeance and Virtue (both by Tomi Adeyemi), Raybearers (Jordan Ifueko) and A Song Below Water (Bethany C. Morrow)

Julia: Legendborn (Tracy Deonn), Remote Control and Akata Witch (both by Nnedi Okorafor)

Kelly: Wings of Ebony (J. Elle) and Daughters of Jubilation (Kara Lee Corthron)

Rachael: The Gilded Ones (Namina Forna)

Follow Stephanie Henderson:
Instagram: @steffiemonique

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Don't forget about our next book club! We're discussing Klara and the Sun on April 11!

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