Category Archives: Books

A Brief Booker Comment

The Longlist for the 2014 Booker Prize has been announced. This year the prize has been opened up to inhabitants of the rebellious former colonies of North America, as well as citizens of the Commonwealth, presumably as an act of … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: WWI, Music Courses & Fair Trade

I’m online at the Ujima studios because I have a meeting this evening and won’t be home until late. Getting some blogging done is a much better use of my time than going shopping. Today’s show began with my friend … Continue reading

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Beth Gwinn Photo Kickstarter

My friend Beth Gwinn, who has been the main photographer for Locus for as long as I can remember, has a Kickstarter campaign going to fund production of a book of her photographs of science fiction and fantasy writers. The … Continue reading

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The Finncon LGBT Reading Lists

As promised, I have posted the LGBT Reading Lists that Suzanne Van Rooyen and I produced for the panel at Finncon. You can find them here. My apologies to everyone I have left out. I’m sure that there are lots … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – The Green Power Show

What I should have been doing yesterday was sleeping. What I actually did was host a 2-hour radio show on climate change and green power issues. We started out with a pre-recorded interview with Tobias Buckell whose new novel, Hurricane … Continue reading

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Finncon – Day 2

This morning it was back to the academic conference. Who would have thought that a discussion about biological determinism would arise from a close reading of the Narnia books? Most importantly for you folks, it has been confirmed that there … Continue reading

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24 Hours, 3 Book Launches

It has been a bit busy in Bristol. Last night I was at Foyles for the launch of tqwo books by Rebecca Lloyd: Mercy, and The View from Endless Street. I’ve talked a bit about these already, as I had … Continue reading

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Becca Lloyd, M.P. Wright, Outset & Bristol Pride

Yesterday’s radio all went very smoothly, thanks in no small part to Seth, my engineer, being available again. It is so much easier presenting the show if you don’t have to be constantly thinking about running the desk as well. … Continue reading

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The Violent Century at Mr. B’s Book Club

The SF book club at Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights met last night. The book under discussion was The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar. It is a book I have been meaning to read for some time, so I’m … Continue reading

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Weekend Events

For those of you who are in or around Bristol, here are a few things happening this weekend. On Friday night at Foyles Rebecca Lloyd will be launching Mercy and the View from Endless Street. Becca and I talked about … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima

I’m currently at the Ujima studios. I’ve just been editing the interview with Mark Wright about his new book, Heartman. It includes a brief chat about how he used code-switching in his book to indicate how his lead character needed … Continue reading

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Did Someone Say “Monsters”?

That would have been me, last night. And lo, here are monsters, in the shape of a fine little collection from Juliet: Challoner, Murray & Balfour: Monster Hunters at Law. They are terribly nice Victorian monsters, of course, but thoroughly … Continue reading

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A Book Contest To Watch

Bristol-based blogger, Joanna Papageorgiou, is trying to find the most Bristol of books. She writes about the project here. Goodness only knows what will win (but I’m supporting Angela Carter). However, there are three Wizard’s Tower books in the contest … Continue reading

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Busy Week

This week is going to be a bit mad. To start with I have two days in Bristol. I have the radio show as usual on Wednesday, but I will also be in the studio tomorrow. That’s because of this … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Radio

Well that was a learning experience. When I arrived at the studio I discovered that Seth, my usual engineer, could not make it in because of a plumbing issue. As it turned out, all of the potential backups that Paulette … Continue reading

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Today in Bristol – Harkaway, Chartreuse & Frogs

Today on Women’s Outlook I’ll be running the interview with Nick Harkaway that I made last week at Mr. B’s. You can listen online via the Ujima Radio website. I’ll post the Listen Again links tomorrow. Also on the show … Continue reading

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New Book, New Stores

The new book from Lyda Morehouse, Apocalypse Array, is now working its way through the upload procedures at various stores. You should be able to buy it from most major venues soon. I very much enjoyed doing the ebook conversion … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Rhonda Garcia & Leah Moore

Yesterday morning I got an emergency text from my Producer, Paulette, to tell me that James Gibbs wasn’t going to be able to make it to the studio. He had to rush off to London. I’m guessing that was something … Continue reading

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Apex Book of World SF – Vol 3

While I am busy doing radio, here’s something for you folks to look out for. Apex Books are producing a third in Lavie Tidhar’s fine series of World SF anthologies. While there are some familiar faces in the line-up, there’s … Continue reading

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Another Busy Wednesday

Radio again today. I think I’ll only have an hour of the show, but it should be good stuff. First up James Gibbs will be back to talk more about Wole Soyinka. I’ve managed to find a version of one … Continue reading

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