New(ish) Books We’re Loving Right Now

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Sharifah and Jenn talk awards season, including some Hugos chat, reminisce about their childhoods courtesy of a Where the Wild Things Are update, talk about current reading faves, and more.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Prize 2023 Winner announced

Books Are My Bag Reader Awards Shortlist [Locus]

Hugo Award Winners [Book Riot]

Hugo controversies [MetaFilter]

Ignyte Award eligibility

Michelle Obama to Narrate Where the Wild Things Are Audiobook [AP News + Book Riot]

Teddy Ruxpin [Wikipedia]

Books Discussed

A Fire Born of Exile by Aliette de Bodard (cw so far: emotional abuse, harm to children)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (cw: child abuse, homophobia, ritual suicide)

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, and Zelda Knight


Moon of the Turning Leaves by Waubgeshig Rice (Feb 2024 US)