What's new in the world of ecofiction
Well, there’s a ton of news this time around! First, I want to thank a few authors and publishers for sending me their books. My reading list is big right now, but I am not complaining!
New work from Dragonfly.eco
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.
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.
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.
New work from around the world
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.
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.
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.