I did wake up to some nice news -- the Carl Brandon Society voted on books to recommend for API Heritage Month, and The Poet's Journey made the list. Yay! So far, people who've read it seem to like it; Nilofer said it was 'really lovely', and my dad said it was 'different.' Okay, I'm not sure that last was actually meant to be a compliment. But still. And everyone's raved about Kat's illustrations! Her style is so well suited to children's books; I hope this is just the first of many for her.
One of the things I hope to do today or tomorrow is talk to the Amazon representative from their POD printer, BookSurge; if things work out, we may be able to offer a notably less expensive version of the book soon. Fingers crossed.
Of the below, I can personally recommend the Chiang, Lai, Ishiguro and Murakami -- they're all wonderful books. And while I haven't read the Goto or Singh, I've read and very much enjoyed other work of theirs. Great company to be in!
The CARL BRANDON SOCIETY recommends the following speculative fiction books for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
- Ted Chiang STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS: A collection of stories from one of American speculative fiction's most precise and beautiful writers.
- Sesshu Foster ATOMIK AZTEX: An Aztec prince or a Los Angeles meatpacker? The protagonist travels back and forth between two alternative realities, never sure which is real.
- Hiromi Goto HOPEFUL MONSTERS: Wonderful stories by the author of The Kappa Child.
- Kazuo Ishiguro NEVER LET ME GO: In a dystopian England, three children discover that they are clones produced to provide organs to the sick.
- Larissa Lai SALT FISH GIRL: Science fiction set in a dystopian near future in which corporate enclaves house lucky employees, leaving most of humanity to deal with increasingly strange ecological developments.
- Amirthi Mohanraj (illustrated by Kat Beyer) THE POET'S JOURNEY: A young poet sets out into the wide world on a journey to find poetry; with the help of a few magical creatures, she finds more than she ever expected.
- Haruki Murakami HARDBOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD: Mad experiments with the unleashed potential of the dreaming brain.
- Vandana Singh OF LOVE AND OTHER MONSTERS: The main character wakes up from a fire and doesn't know who he is, but can sense and manipulate the minds of others. He is not alone in this ability. Singh takes us on a metamind ride.
- Shaun Tan THE ARRIVAL: A wordless graphic novel about immigration and displacement.
- Bryan Thao Worra ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EYE: Speculative poems that take us from the secret wars of the CIA in Laos to the secret edges of the human soul and the universe.