Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks started Diversity Spotlight Thursday a while back and I’m only just now getting around to participating, generally every two weeks. The point of the series is to draw attention to great diverse books that may not be getting that much love or attention by talking about a diverse book you’ve read, one you’re planning to and a not-yet-released book you’re excited for.
Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam
Ancient, Ancient is one of the best books I read last year, period. This is Kiini Ibura Salaam’s debut collection of short stories and it’s an incredibly powerful one. Aqueduct Press is a feminist sci-fi publisher and this work really reflects that as well as Salaam’s own point of view. From sexy moth aliens to sci-fi marriage rituals, these stories are incredibly sensual, powerful and unique as they grapple with questions of love, loss, family, power and life.
Her latest collection Where the World Wounds came out last fall and I can’t wait to pick it up.
Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories by Drew Hayden Taylor
Drew Hayden Taylor is a well known Ojibway writer in Canada who is primarily known for his first person writing, anthology and general fiction. Take Us to Your Chief is his first foray into sci-fi (that I’m aware of. Correct me if I’m wrong). Melding together 1950s sci-fi and modern Indigenous discourse, Take Us to Your Chief spans traditional sci-fi narrative but from an Indigenous perspective, from alien contact, space travel, time travel and colonization. I’ve got this one sitting on my shelf and am excited to pick it up after I’m finished with a couple of other books.
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-speculation, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland
I’m so excited for Sunvault‘s release in late August. Solarpunk is a genre that’s interested me for quite a while and I’m thrilled that this collection is coming out. Solarpunk is is a positive, ecological vision for the future where technology is used to help people and for ecological purposes. It’s a largely positive movement in contrast with the dystopian nature of cyberpunk and other subgenres. Solarpunk is also largely rooted in intersectionality, and the stories in this collection reflect that with perspectives that are centred in anti-capitalism, BLM, Idle no More and #NODAPL, feminism and activism. With contributions from Nisi Shawl, Daniel José Older, Jaymee Goh, Kristine Ong Muslim, Bogi Takács and more, this is a really stacked collection. I managed to get a copy from Netgalley and the stories I’ve read so far are incredibly good.