An Empire’s Hunger: Cooking the Books with Ken Liu

To hear Ken Liu tell it, writing his first novel, The Grace of Kings, made the multiple-award-winning author very hungry indeed.

There are justifiable reasons for this feeling… and Ken joined Cooking the Books recently to tell us why. He’s a delight to talk to, which shocked us at Cooking the Books not at all.

Ken also told us the secret recipe for what he himself likes best to eat. It’s a fantastic amalgam of good memories, great friendships, and excellent tastes.

Feeling a little hungry yourself? Pull up a chair and join us for the latest Cooking the Books, with Ken Liu! (more…)

The Secret Pulse: National Poetry Month

Antoni Austen, Low Tide After a Storm, 1892, Salon des Champs-Elysées 1892

Antoni Austen, Low Tide After a Storm, 1892, Salon des Champs-Elysées 1892

“We want what the woman wanted in the prison queue in Leningrad, standing there with cold and whispering for fear, enduring the terror of Stalin’s regime and asking the poet Anna Akhmatova if she could describe it all, if her art was equal to it.”
Seamus Heaney, Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

They give us one month, a singular set of days, to remember we are poets at heart. (more…)

Book Bites: Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. Today, my friend (and co-editor of the soon to appear 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook) Cat Rambo is here to tell you about her gorgeous new book and first novel, Beasts of Tabat, just out!

And when you’re finished reading, check out the giveaway contest and new short story from the world of Beasts of Tabat, over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies!


Book Bites with Cat Rambo:

My family all shares a sweet tooth, and I’ve always been a fan of candy shops in fiction, to the point where I included one in my first novel, Beasts of Tabat: (more…)

So This Was Fun – Asimov’s at Barnes & Noble

Four Philadelphians and two New Yorkers had a great time at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble this past weekend. I mean, just look at these faces:

photo by Tom Wilde

Gregory Frost, Michael Swanwick, Sheila Williams, Fran Wilde, Emily Hockaday, Tom Purdom, at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes Noble on March 28, 2015 … photo by Tom Wilde

Greg and Michael, editor Sheila Williams, Tom Purdom and I talked about how great the Philadelphia science fiction writing scene is, how our stories in the April/May issue of Asimov’s Magazine came to be, answered fantastic questions from the audience about things past and future, and signed piles of magazines for two hours.  (more…)

No Cookies for Ferrets: Cooking the Books with Jodi Meadows

It’s tough to interview a friend for a podcast, but I did just that for you with Jodi Meadows, renowned cookie aficionado and author of the stupendously successful YA Incarnate Series, as well as the new Orphan Queen, out this month. The risks are many: giggling, talking too much, … that she knows where I live

but I didn’t realize that I would be walking into a recipe mineshaft.

It’s true. Jodi Meadows’ recipe is for the er, soup… she calls it soup… she feeds her pet ferrets. And you can only hear it here, on Cooking the Books. (more…)

At A Dribble of Ink: Gravity’s Own Monster

Aidan Moher invited me to A Dribble of Ink to talk about sky-high worldbuilding. Here’s a peek, with a pointer to the rest…  

A few things to know before we set out:

First, we’re going up… and (maybe) down, so pack your chutes. Aidan asked me to write a post about worldbuilding in the air — a somewhat non-traditional fantasy setting — because of a few stories I have in the wind. I set both the short story, “A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed,”1 out this month in XIII: Stories of Transformation (Resurrection House, March 2015), and my upcoming novel Updraft above the clouds.

Second: Gravity’s a tough mistress. I hope you checked that chute before you packed it. [Keep Reading at A Dribble of Ink…]

Book Bites: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

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US: | | |   Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook: Robot Trading Company                                 UK: | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. We’re so glad to have the wonderful Carrie Patel here to talk about her new Angry Robot book The Buried Life, which debuted on March 3.

Book Bites with Carrie Patel:

The Buried Life takes place in an underground city filled with scheming blue bloods, cunning detectives, and plucky laundresses. While food isn’t the centerpiece of the story, characters frequently come together to share a bite and a drink while they trade secrets and barbs.

In a status-obsessed city like Recoletta, the cuisine also reflects the venue—fashionable whitenails dine on canapés and caviar, and working-class characters enjoy meat and potatoes. Also, since inter-city trade is limited, all but the most expensive dinners must come from ingredients provided by Recoletta’s local farming communes. (more…)

The view from Rainforest

I spent a few days writing without ice and snow last week. Also without much Internets. We had a weak WIFI signal, which made for many words, and an odd feeling of being disconnected on a global level, while very connected to my fellow writers. This was a very good thing.  Many thanks to Patrick Swenson and everyone at session 2 of the wonderful Rainforest Writers’ Village.

I gave a Deadlines 2.0 talk and I made deadline-apocalypse stickers for it… I have some extra. Might give away a few. Will give that a think.

Meantime: Picspam!

Tea(s) in London(s): Cooking the Books with V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab’s 2014 adult fantasy debut from Tor Books, Vicious, delighted readers. This year, V. begins another amazing series: A Darker Shade of Magic.  ADSOM (look for the hashtag this week and next on twitter) introduces multiple Londons: Red, Gray, and White… as well as a dangerous, but disappeared, Black London.

V. was kind enough to sit down with Cooking the Books to discuss many things, including A Darker Shade of Magic, coming from the future, and living in the Internet. (more…)

Book Bites: Stranger & Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

Very excited to announce a new column, called Book Bites! Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite.

Even more exciting are our inaugural guests: Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown have dropped by to share a bite of their book HOSTAGE with you.

Book Bites, with Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown

Our YA series, The Change, starting with STRANGER and HOSTAGE (download an excerpt here) is set in a kind of Gold Rush crossed with X-Men setting, on the ruins of Los Angeles. That called for a diverse set of cultures—and that means an interesting variety of foods. We describe food a lot in the books, because we both really like food.

So when the opportunity came up to do this Book Bites blog, the first thing to mind was apple crumble. Rachel had one recipe, which is a delicious one. Sherwood faced a dilemma. (more…)