Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Upcoming Travel: Sweden & Helsinki Schedules

Well, tomorrow’s the first of August. On Wednesday evening I embark on about two weeks of travel through Sweden and Finland. Here’s where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing there! Uppsala, Aug 4-6: Reception Histories of the Future: A Conference … Continue reading

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“Seasons of Glass and Iron” Wins the Locus Award

I am not super great at keeping up with calendrical time. I was convinced the Locus Award ceremony was happening on Saturday night. This was correct. The problem was that I had slipped into believing that yesterday was Friday, not … Continue reading

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Reviews: AMBERLOUGH, RIVER OF TEETH, MORMAMA, THE CHANGELING

It’s been a while! As I try to line up my notes about all the beautiful things that happened in May, here’s a bouquet of reviews that went up recently. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly for Lightspeed: As the present US … Continue reading

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Comprehensively Distinct, or, I PASSED MY COMPS I PASSED THEM

Here’s what you need to understand. I’d been having a very stressful week. Worry over performing well in the oral component of my exams was overshadowed by worry for my family and the intense flooding in Gatineau (though house is holding … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein

My review of Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief — a prequel to her 2012 novel Code Name Verity — is up at NPR Books! I can’t remember who first told me about this on Twitter (was it you, Emily Wagner? I think … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Reprint + Uncanny Podcast Reading

It’s a new month, and with it come new issues of Lightspeed and Uncanny magazines! Lightspeed has reprinted a short story of mine called “Weialalaleia,” about airborne grief-eating leeches, which first appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Bestiary anthology. It’ll be online on the 23rd, … Continue reading

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Comprehensive ExBAM

Happy May Day! Today I sat my comprehensive exam. I sat at a laptop with no internet access and wrote 4064 words in four hours expounding most of what I know about Romanticism. There are two parts: written and oral. You … Continue reading

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Max and Amal Go to the Movies: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Behold! The second instalment of Max and my column for Uncanny is here! Read our thoughts on The Girl With All the Gifts by way of Twists, Buddhism, Decolonialism and Ecopocalypse. Also extreme sillyness. In other news — literally — I sent out my … Continue reading

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Off Social Media Until May 9! Again!

Yes, again. So, let’s see how last month’s goals shaped up while I wasn’t on Twitter: continue to teach 2 courses read for comprehensive exams read for reviews get my house in order for April visitors write 3 chapters of … Continue reading

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NPR Reviews: Can Xue’s FRONTIER & Cherie Priest’s BRIMSTONE

My reviewing schedule has had to slow down a bit recently, what with comps reading and teaching, but here are a couple that have recently appeared on NPR. First, Can Xue’s Frontier, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping: Pebble Town is … Continue reading

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