Our Friend is Here! A Discussion with Aliette de Bodard on the Themes of Abuse, Colonialism, & Healing in Fireheart Tiger

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

How often do we get to glimpse the heart of a book?

One of my favorite things to do, both as an avid reader and a media student, is picking apart the overarching themes in narratives that I love. I enjoy a grand action-packed fantasy quest as much as anyone else, but there’s just something deeply satisfying about digging deeper—uncovering the big ideas at the core of a story, the questions it wants to ask. So, friends, I am over the moon to be hosting acclaimed SFF author Aliette de Bodard here today with a discussion on the themes of abuse, healing, and colonialism in her newest fantasy novella, Fireheart Tiger.

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Black History Month – An Interview with Kosoko Jackson, Author of Yesterday is History; On Writing Science Fiction, Pressures of Being a Black Male Writer, and Love Triangles

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Our Friend is Here: Black History Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond during the month of February, where Black authors are invited to celebrate being Black and Black books! Find the introduction post for Black History Month here.

When I reflect about diverse books, one of my greatest joys as a reader is finding a book where the characters find joy – find joy not necessarily amidst struggle and trauma and conflict (though these stories are important), but a story where the characters can just be. In particular, I love that for Black stories; where Black characters are given the space to be happy, to find love, to be messy, to be sad, to just be human, in all its imperfections.

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Welcome to Black History Month at the Pond! Celebrating Black Voices and Literature During February 2021

Welcome to the Pond, friends, and a big welcome to February and Black History Month! As part of our mission of uplifting diverse books, we at The Quiet Pond are hosting a series of exciting guest features, book reviews, and book recommendations to celebrate Black History Month – a month centered entirely on Black authors and Black literature.

This Black History Month is our first ever Black History Month at The Quiet Pond, and 15 Black authors will be visiting us in February! We have been planning and working on this guest feature series for two months now and I am excited to share with you all the awesome content that we – Skye, Joce, and I (CW) – and our guests have worked on together. And I’ve read the content we have; I can promise you that every single interview and every single book celebrated are books that you should be adding to your to-read lists.

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Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

Our Friend is Here! An Author Interview with Diana Pinguicha, Author of A Curse of Roses; On the Legend that Inspired Her Debut and Writing in a Second Language

If you love the idea of a Portuguese historical fantasy with a sapphic romance, about a girl who turns the things she touches into flowers, then you’re going to want to huddle around the Pond today – because we have an exciting and special guest visiting us today!

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Our Friend is Here: An Author Interview with RoAnna Sylver, Author of Stake Stake – On ‘Dys-hope-ia’, How Hope and Horror are Intertwined, and Honouring Corey Alexander

Our Friend is Here: An Author Interview with RoAnna Sylver, Author of Stake Stake - On 'Dys-hope-ia', How Hope and Horror are Intertwined, and Honouring Corey Alexander

Our Friend is Here! is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

If you love the idea of fantasy stories that are about holdingonto and fighting for hope, despite being in the darkest and grimmest of places, gorgeously queer and disabled characters of colour, then I’d like to introduce you to RoAnna Sylver.

RoAnna’s books are difficult to define – and by that, I mean that their stories push the fringes of genre. For instance, Chameleon Moon is a dystopian story with superhuman characters (that are delightfully queer and polyamorous) that fight against an oppressive, all-seeing police force with love, hope, and resistance. Their other series, Stake Sauce, which you’ll learn more about today, is a supernatural story wherein a punk-rock vampire and disabled cop-turned-security-guard team up to fight a great evil – and maybe fall in love and heal each other too.

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