When award-winning author Mary Anne Mohanraj learned she had breast cancer, she immediately began recording the details in her blog. Tornado is her honest, day-by-day account of diagnosis, chemo, surgery, radiation, and reconstruction, over a three-year period.

One out of eight women gets breast cancer. You know someone who has it, or work with someone, or may have been diagnosed yourself. This is a book for all of us, but especially for anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis for yourself, or for someone you love.

Featured Books

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Sustainable University

Sat down on a bench before teaching, and read this sign — looking forward to our being able to put up something similar at the high school once Project 2 is completed. This is one of the things I’m happiest about working on for the school board — I won’t claim to deserve all the credit, as the school has a strong sustainability push, but I think I was the first board member asking about

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A launch party for all the things!

Hey, folks, you’re invited to a party! I’m finally throwing a launch party for all the things — my recently released breast cancer memoir (Tornado), my little garden romance (Perennial), my new SF Wild Cards story (in Sleeper Straddle), and most of all, for my new little store, Serendib House, at Berwyn’s new business incubator project, Sprout! Also, there’s a new vendor in the space who sells all handmade birdseed items which are SUPER-CUTE —

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Garden log 2/22/24: first crocus

Garden log 2/22/24. First crocus of the season — species crocus tommasinianus, aka ‘tommies,’ squirrel and deer resistant. Also giant snowdrop (most of mine are the standard smaller species, galanthus nivalis, but long ago, someone gifted me some giant snowdrops).

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A little excerpt form my story, “The Bloody Eagle.”

My author copies of _Sleeper Straddle_ arrived! I’m looking forward to reading the whole book — so far, I’ve only read my own story. 🙂 I think this one should be a reasonable stand-alone, if you haven’t read Wild Cards before, although fans of The Sleeper will be delighted to get a book dedicated to exploring more of his life. I’ll be bringing two signed copies at Berwyn Sprout tomorrow for the open house (Friday

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Mary Anne Mohanraj

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies.


Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation (  She is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Books Published

Current Books Progress

Vegan Serendib 99%
Jump Space 95%
Cancer Log 50%