Some Places To Be

Rebecca Salazar interviews Alicia Elliott (A Mind Spread Out On The Ground) for The Adroit Journal, and does a masterful job of reflecting Alicia’s personality and showcasing her amazing debut, which has been #1 on the Canadian nonfiction bestseller charts for two weeks in a row.

I’ve noticed that often the most marginalized and oppressed groups of people are also the funniest. It’s probably to some extent a coping mechanism. I mean, the traumatizing circumstances a lot of Indigenous people have been and continue to be in aren’t very funny, but we can’t very well continue on through ongoing genocide without finding the little joys in life. Laughter is medicine in that way, and it came very naturally to my writing, as I think it does to a lot of Indigenous writers’ work.

–Alicia Elliott

New Zealand thriller and horror author Lee Murray talks about her favorite things at Speculative Chic. “My absolute favorite author newsletter is by horror writer Jeff Strand. Not only are his newsletters full of information for stalkers about the places Jeff is likely to be hanging out, they almost always include a horror-comedy flash fiction story and stunning Lynne Hansen artwork. He never fails to make me smile.”

This Week We Launched – Next Week The Bee Talks About Cultural Appropriation

Ahead of our own forthcoming look at cultural appropriation from a different perspective, Karen Yossman explores how concerns about cultural appropriation have caused controversy in YA, and the potential long-term impact for the fiction industry. “Once you start seeing goblins in fairyland, there’s no end to it. Even the most enlightened author can cause offence. It is only a matter of time before it begins to eat away at every genre until, as Shriver predicted, ‘All that’s left is memoir’.”

A Word to the Wise: Whatever You Write, Do Your Research

Naomi Wolf got facts wrong in her new book, and was confronted with the errors live on radio.

Racial Tensions in North American Aren’t New, and Centuries-Old Racism Inhibits Both The Acceptance and Understanding of Indigenous People

Meanwhile, Lindsay Nixon recounts the experience of attending an art exhibition and how she and other Indigenous attendees were treated. “It seems we unintentionally became some kind of spectacle for being dressed in regalia. White women would crowd us, holding their phones in front of them like some sort of barrier that is also an assertion of power, as if we were objects to be consumed—as if we were the art. We were, without a doubt, other. There was also the usual horde of white men in thousand-dollar suits who harassed my friends—the same security guards who had been following us around all night were then nowhere to be seen.”

Crime Fiction Highlights

Crime Reads has an excerpt from Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground, by Kinohi Nishikawa titled Donald Goines and the Birth of Black Pulp Fiction, while over at Literary Hub on an installment of ‘Secrets of the Book Critics’, Gabino Iglesias shares his thoughts on literary criticism. And, in a flash back to an article from a few months ago, Emily Maguire reminds us that it’s okay to read whatever we want and not let literary snobbery stop us.

Gabino also debuts his new column, Brass Ovaries, at Mystery Tribune with an article about 10 female crime fiction authors you should be reading. Such lists are always fodder for debate; I’ll simply say that there are some overlooked names, such as Dea Poirier, that I imagine will find their way onto such lists very soon.

Satire Sites

The benchmark for great satire sites has been set high, but it may surprise you to learn there are a lot of satire sites that are overlooked. You have likely heard of The Onion, but if you haven’t heard of Walking Eagle News you’ve missed out on pure satirical gold, such as First Nations Man Wakes Up White After Indian Status Card Expires.

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