The professor and author will talk about her new book ‘The Reformatory’ at SPL tomorrow, Nov. 1.
by Agueda Pacheco Flores
The first misunderstanding people have about Black Horror is that there is even such a thing as Black Horror, according to Tananarive Due, a professor of Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA.
“I think after Get Out, the [next] biggest misunderstanding was that Black Horror always had to be about racism as a monster,” Due said in an interview with the Emerald. “The biggest misunderstanding about Black Horror is that it’s one thing when in fact, Black Horror is as diverse as the experiences of the creators who write it and create it.”
Continue reading In Conversation With Black Horror Writer Tananarive Due
New publishing company aims “to make visible the invisible stories of our communities.”
by Patheresa Wells
Many people can only dream of writing down their stories. It takes a special bravery to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to produce a sharable work, and getting it published and getting it out to a wider audience is a huge next step. People who have been historically underrepresented in traditional publishing are even less likely to take that step. But new publisher Hinton Publishing, an imprint of Vertvolta, has begun operations with a focus on helping underinvited communities in the Pacific Northwest to get their stories published.
Continue reading Hinton Publishing Centers Stories From Historically Underinvited Communities
by Jas Keimig
Tucked into a corner in Shoreline’s Black-owned Black Coffee Northwest (BCNW), sits a bright blue and purple vending machine. This vending machine isn’t like other vending machines, stuffed with stale Fritos and old Rice Krispie treats. Instead, it’s filled with science-fiction books by Black authors — just swipe your credit card, and a book by Nichelle Nichols or Octavia Butler is all yours.
Continue reading Sistah Scifi’s Book Vending Machine Comes to the Northwest African American Museum
by Amanda Ong
Local Seattle science fiction author Denise “Nisi” Shawl has recently published a new collection of short stories, Our Fruiting Bodies — stories that Shawl says reflect some of the intersections of science fiction and horror.
“[Our Fruiting Bodies is] a particular kind of beauty that sinks beneath your skin and stays with you. That’s what I’m trying to invoke in people,” Shawl said. “It’s for people who want to be surprised.”
Continue reading Local Author Nisi Shawl Explores the Borders of Sci-Fi and Horror in ‘Our Fruiting Bodies’
by Avery Liang
Growing up with very one-dimensional media, I struggled to find myself in books that represented the many sides to being both sapphic and Asian. There were barely any popular portrayals of Asian women, let alone queer Asian women. I wanted to recognize myself in stories — the hardship of mixing my culture with queerness or the joy people felt when they succeeded in pulling together disparate identities.
Continue reading An Emerald Book List: 10 Novels With Asian Protagonists Featuring Sapphic Love
by Amanda Ong
After 13 years as a physical therapist, Renton-based Kat Lieu never expected to become the face and founder of Subtle Asian Baking, a Facebook community dedicated to baking with Asian flavors that has over 150,000 members. Lieu had only started baking in 2017, but when she started the page in light of other popular Facebook pages Subtle Asian Traits and Subtle Asian Cooking, it skyrocketed into a massive community of Asian baking enthusiasts.
Continue reading Kat Lieu’s Subtle Asian Baking Brings Asian Flavors to Your Favorite Sweets
by Troy Landrum Jr.
My writing journey began approximately eight years ago — possibly 30-something years, if the journey includes reading memorable books and making up stories in my head through my middle-grade years and adolescence. Specifically during that eight-year span I had the honor of meeting a lot of wonderful people along the way who shared those same hopes of making something out of the stories that floated around in their heads.
Continue reading S.U.B.E. Founder Jeffrey Cheatham Initiates Seattle’s First-Ever Children’s Book Day
Chef Sean Sherman Talks Indigenous Foods and Culinary Revitalization at SPL
by Amanda Ong
This Friday, Nov. 4, Chef Sean Sherman will speak at the Seattle Central Library and online about his work highlighting Indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context. Author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman is CEO and founder of The Sioux Chef and North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS). Raised in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Sherman is Oglala Lakota Sioux. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Continue reading ‘There Should Be Native American Restaurants Everywhere’
by Amanda Ong
Seattle-based writer and businesswoman Julie Pham recently released a new kind of leadership and management book, 7 Forms of Respect: A Guide to Transforming Your Communication and Relationships at Work. 7 Forms of Respect derives from Pham’s own experiences with culturally relative respect, from growing up as a refugee and living abroad, as well as working in business as a Woman of Color, and it charts out how coworkers can better practice respect in the workplace.
Continue reading Julie Pham’s ‘7 Forms of Respect’ Explores New Ideas of Respect at Work