Episode 371: Ten Minutes with Nisi Shawl

Today Gary Wolfe spends ten minutes with Nisi Shawl, who is currently preparing her introduction to the Library of America edition of Octavia Butler’s work. They briefly touch upon Cory Doctorow as well as Nisi’s recent mini-collection from PM Press, Talk Like a Man, and the forthcoming sequel to her Nebula-nominated novel Everfair.

Books mentioned in this episode include:
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Episode 370: Ten Minutes with Ian Mond

In the second of our all-new “Ten Minutes with…” series, Jonathan spends ten minutes (well, nearly twenty) with critic and reviewer Ian Mond talking about the book he’s reading right now and the books he recommends for those with a little time on their hands (some of which he’s reviewing for Locus).

Books mentioned in this episode include:


Episode 369: Ten Minutes with Sarah Pinsker

And now for something a little different. With all of us staying indoors, the team at Coode Street thought it might be fun to get in touch with some of our favourite people – writers, artists, and just folk we like to hang out with – and ask them what they’re reading at the moment, what they recommend to read if you’re currently hanging around indoors a lot, and maybe to let us know what they’ve been doing to.

For the very first of this “Ten Minutes with…” series, Gary calls up Sarah Pinsker to chat with her about her insanely prescient novel, A Song for a New Day, and what she’s been reading.

 Books discussed in this episode include:

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Episode 368: NK Jemisin and The City We Became

The City We Became by N K Jemisin

This week Jonathan and Gary have a lively discussion with the wonderful N.K. Jemisin, mostly about her new novel The City We Became (you can read the short story that inspired the novel at Tor.com), but with fascinating side discussions about living in New York and trying to capture and celebrate it in fiction; the vices and virtues of H.P. Lovecraft and his difficulties in dealing with Brooklyn; the comparative challenges of world-building in an invented versus a recognizable world; how her work as a psychologist has informed her fiction; and a couple of side trips about the short stories in her recent short story collection How Long Til Black Future Month? 

With most book tours cancelled (including hers), this is a good way to spend some time with one of our most interesting and innovative writers. As always, our thanks to Nora for making time to join us, and we hope you enjoy the episode. See you in two weeks (and stay safe and well!)


What a busy weekend! A pleasant couple of hours at The Flying Scotsman with KJ turned into an even more pleasant evening at home. Saturday was all about getting daughter to WAAP and then meeting up at Stefen’s Books for a terrific Cat Valente signing (with additional reading from Space Opera by Cat and Heath Miller). I’m guessing there are still signed copies of Cat’s books, so get in touch!

Sunday and the now traditional Coffeepool Karaoke where Miss 19 and I (joined this week by Miss 18) headed out to Yahava in the Swan Valley to pick up coffee and spend time singing loudly in the car on the way there and back, before Miss 18 and I met up with Cat for lunch at Clancy’s Fish Pub. A great time, and Cat managed to completely turn Miss 18s world on its end regarding Antigone. Great stuff.

And then back to the world. No reading done and lots to do. Busy!