Two tabby cats sitting up after a nap on a woven throw next to a laptop. Kitten report #08: Kipper and Ripper - Charlie and George are 10 days shy of 6 months old. They swing wildly between sweet fluffy fuzzballs and manic murdercats. They need new toys. Suggestions?
Signed, personalised books - I'm teaming up with a new bookshop, Phinney Books, on Greenwood Avenue, Seattle, to bring you signed and personalised books.
Image description: Composite image of two book covers of So Lucky: A Novel, by Nicola Griffith. On the left, the UK edition. On a black background, a burning torch flames in orange and yellow up and across at least half the image. At the top, in between the flames are quotes from the Independent ‘a short, fast-paced whirlwind of a novel’ and BBC Culture‘a sophisticated thriller’. Below is the title, So Lucky in salmon-coloured type, and the author’s name, Nicola Griffith, in white. On the right, the US edition. The background is matte black with the title “So Lucky,” and the author’s name “Nicola Griffith,” in big uppercase type rendered as burning paper. In smaller, brighter letters between title and author is, “A novel,” and, below the writer’s name, “Author of Hild” So Lucky - Set in present-day Atlanta. "A short, fast-paced whirlwind of a novel... Spine tingling and in places downright terrifying." — Independent
Hild - Novel set in 7th-century Britain. Winner of the Washington State Book Award. "In its ambition and intelligence, Hild might best be compared to Hilary Mantel's novels about Thomas Cromwell." — Bookforum
Slow River  - Winner of the Nebula Award and Lambda Literary Award. "Slow River elevates the genre, joining a select few books that shine as beacons of excellence." — Seattle Times
Ammonite - Winner of the Tiptree Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Premio Italia. "Nicola Griffith's first novel, Ammonite, flies all the banners of traditional sf but beneath the banners, it is armed to the teeth against convention." — Interzone
With Her Body - Short stories. "Griffith's particular attention to physical sensation and perception imbues the prose style of With Her Body with almost palpable heat."
And Now We Are Going to Have a Party - " extraordinary writer and an astonishingly brave woman. This is a map of the changing world, the world that changed as Nicola became the writer she is, and the world that has changed as so many women and queers and outlaw voices speak." — Dorothy Allison
Bending the Landscape - "The science fiction volume, like all the BENDING THE LANDSCAPE anthologies, addresses universal themes of otherness, love, and loss. Great reading for the 21st century." — Booklist
The Aud Books - The Aud Torvingen series: 3 novels about "One of my favorite kick-ass, super-competent, coolheaded, hotblooded, semilegal girls." — Salon