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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for October 13, 2020 featuring Harrow, Favilli, and Roanhorse

by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)

Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!

Book Cover - Alix E. Harrow's The Once and Future Witches

Description from Publisher:

"In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author's powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.

"In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. "But when the Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote -- and perhaps not even to live -- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. "There's no such thing as witches. But there will be."

Why I want to read it: I've heard such great things about The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and I'm always here for a captivating story about witches. Combining the power of witchcraft with the suffragette movement sounds like a spellbinding premise for sure!

Book cover of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls - 100 Immigrant Women who Changed the World

Description from Publisher:

"The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 immigrant women who have shaped, and will continue to shape, our world.

"Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.

"Readers will whip up a plate with Asma Khan, strategize global affairs alongside Madeleine Albright, venture into business with Rihanna, and many more. All of these unique, yet relatable stories are accompanied by gorgeous, full-page, full-color portraits, illustrated by female artists from all over the globe."

Why I want to read it: I love everything I've seen the Rebel Girls group do, including their first Goodnight Stories collections, their early reader chapter books, and their podcast. I'm thrilled to see this collection celebrating the contributions of immigrant women.

Book cover - Rebecca Roanhorse's Black Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse's Black Sun (Book 1 in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy)

Description from Publisher:

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

"A god will return

"When the earth and sky converge

"Under the black sun

"In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

"Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

"Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade."

Why I want to read it: I've been telling everyone who will listen about Stephen Graham Jones's The Only Good Indians (be sure to listen to our upcoming Speculative Fiction episode to hear more about that amazing book!), and I've seen Rebecca Roanhorse's work and this book specifically recommended to people who love Jones's work. This premise sounds so compelling, and I 'm always on the lookout for an amazing trilogy to read.


I'm also very excited about these two graphic versions of two favorite books: Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff's Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel and Rainbow Rowell and Sam Maggs's Fangirl Vol. 1: The Manga


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