A Very Brief Dystopia: My New Piece in Bullett Mag →
In this month’s issue of Bullett Magazine, four futurists—including yours truly—imagine some very strange days. Check out these delicious, bite-sized pieces of microfiction.
Will Egypt Collapse? | REBEL ECONOMY →
A brief, non-polemical, fact-forward look at Egypt’s post-revolutionary economic forecast. (Shorter version: not good, but not yet a complete disaster.) Worth reading.
2013 Locus Awards Finalists →
Hooray! ALIF is a finalist in the First Novel category! Really excited about this one. Lots of great books/writers/editors in all the categories.
The 65th Conference on World Affairs
If you’re going, here’s where I’ll be: http://www.colorado.edu/cwa/search_results.html?year=2013&words=G.+Willow+wilson This is always a fun week. Long before I became a panelist, I would go to CWA events to watch thinkers and writers like Molly Ivins and Roger Ebert in lively debates. And I’m biased, but you can’t beat the setting…
How Fans Recreated Game of Thrones in a Minecraft... →
Even if you’re not a veteran geek, this will blow your mind.
7th Annual Book Tournament: Bookspotcentral →
It’s March Madness! Well, for the year’s best fantasy and scifi, at any rate. Click through to vote in Bookspot’s fun tournament of novels. (Alif, incidentally, butts heads with L.E. Modesitt’s Princeps in the Forgotten Realms bracket.)
'Sex and the Citadel,' by Shereen El Feki - SFGate →
My review of Al Jazeera English correspondent (and former Vice Chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and Law) Shereen El Feki’s cheekily-titled new book appeared in the print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle this Sunday.
Alif Longlisted For Orange Prize →
Or rather, the Prize Formerly Known As Orange, as it is now called the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The article states “Hilary Mantel Faces Six Newcomers” and it took me 10 minutes to grasp that one of those newcomers was me. Totally stunned and honored.
Marina Abramovic and Ulay →
This is only tangentially related to International Women’s Day-but let’s call it “woman as artist” or perhaps “woman in love.” Stunning.
Hammett Prize Nominees Announced →
And Alif is among them! This was an unexpected honor, given that Alif is only a thriller in the loosest sense of the word. So pleased!
moonstruck-muslimah asked: I very seriously miss conversations involving Alif and Vikram the Vampire. You've given me a taste of something narcotic, and now I've got crazy addict eyes. So, it's with bittersweetness that I thank you for writing Alif The Unseen, bitter-sweet-NESS!
Coming In April: Alif The Unseen, The Paperback
Illustrations. Interviews. A GLOSSARY! This is possibly the best paperback edition of anything, ever. Pre-order it from Amazon, or (preferably!) from your local independent bookstore.
Jinn in the Machine →
The wonderful Public Books weighs in on Alif the Unseen. Click through for the review.
Fast Times At The PNBA Book Awards →
Missed me and Sherman Alexie at Elliott Bay Book Co last week? Fear not! Click through for pictures, impressions and quotable quotes on the NW Book Lovers blog.
Words of Wisdom From Neil Gaiman →
neil-gaiman: I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do…
Monday! Me! Sherman Alexie!
If you’re in Seattle (or its environs) and you’re looking for something to do Monday night (February 11), look no further: Sherman Alexie and I will be at Elliott Bay Books at 7pm for your amusement. (And also to accept our Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards.) I imagine there will be chatting and reading and possibly signing. The event is free, so bring your friends.
The Verge Reads Alif The Unseen →
Okay, having trouble embedding either audio or video, so here’s a link instead! I had a great time discussing Alif the Unseen with The Verge as part of their monthly book club podcast. Take a listen!
Alexandria, Alive Once More with Books →
My latest essay is a reflection on Alexandria—the city and the myth—for The Daily Beast.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of...– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Portraits of Albanian Women Who Have Lived Their... →
31 Days Later →
Gun violence is our great cultural blind spot. This infographic will shock you.
This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking... →
In case you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute to read the White House’s hilarious response to the petition to build the Death Star.
TEDxSanaa: When TED came to Yemen →
Futurism in the desert.
potatoesandkew asked: Alif the Unseen is an absolutely AMAZING book. I practically raced through it this afternoon and am rereading it already. It's so rare to find books that combine...well, everything that's in your book, along with a genuine understanding of the Middle East. Thank you so much. I'll be checking out more of your work.
There, But Not Back Again: Hobbit Trilogy To Be... →
An essay on Onering.net about Christopher Tolkien’s decision not to license any more of his father’s work for film.
Karen Berger and the End of the Beginning of the... →
An excellent article at Full Stop about the wonderful Karen Berger—a legend in her own time within the comics industry, and my former editor at Vertigo—and the future of the art form.
Religious Holidays 2013: An Interfaith Calendar →
For those of us whose holidays rarely show up on print calendars, a valuable resource.
World of Tweeria: Your Twitter feed is a massive... →
Possibly the coolest thing ever?
kawrage asked: Recently finished reading 'Alif the Unseen', and absolutely loved it! Found it really interesting that the convert's name is never mentioned throughout the book.
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2012 →
I think 2012 can safely be christened the Year of the Genre-Bender.
Salon’s ultimate book guide - Salon.com →
Fifty authors (including yours truly) recap their favorite books of 2012.
Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator →
Officially the most hilarious thing I’ve found on the internet today.
Writer Dan Slott gets death threats for leaked... →
Yet another cartoonist gets death threats from extremists crying blasphemy…oh wait…
Instagram says it now has the right to sell your... →
Capitalism takes its revenge on hipsters everywhere.
The Best of the Best List: 2012 Critics’ Top Books... →
Sandwiched between Jess Walter and Dave Eggers? I HAVE ARRIVED!
'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother': A Mom's Perspective On... →
In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, this should be required reading.
Women Writing DC Comics: A Timeline →
A great resource. Via Gorblax.
The 10 Best Debut Novels of 2012 – Flavorwire →
Nice shout-out on Flavorwire. Alif is among good company!