A very quick update

Bloodchildren: stories by the Octavia Butler Scholars has been reviewed by Victor R. Ocampo. The review has been published over at The Future Fire’s review site.

There’s a summary of the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts over at the SL Art Hud Blog including films from the day. It’s very inspiring. 

On goodreads, Bloodchildren seems to be getting quite a positive response. It’s early days yet, but the Bloodchildren anthology is a limited edition that’s only available until June. So, if you want a copy, now may be a good time to get one. 

Reading and Interview on Radio Redmond

It was wonderful to meet the brilliant and talented crew of Radio Redmond and Roet in Het Eten. I read from Dancing in the Shadow of the Once from the Bloodchildren Anthology. Here’s a link to the reading and the interview. The reading starts a little bit after 18 minutes. The rest of the broadcast is in Dutch. In short, we talk about the Octavia Butler Scholarship Fund, the need for diversity in the field of SFF and the themes that appear not only in Dancing in the Shadow of the Once but also in my other work.

After that first hour, another guest came on the show. Coring de Los Reyes. We discussed the state of undocumented migrant workers in the Netherlands and why it’s important for the Dutch government to ratify ILO Convention-189. Ratifying the convention will grant protection to the undocumented migrant workers and ensure protection for them.

Considering how progressive Dutch government and society claim to be, it will be interesting to see whether they live up to their reputation of being forward-thinking and humanitarian. I say, the Dutch government should recognize the contribution of these migrant workers and offer them the protection and the recognition they deserve.


(From L-R: Hodan Warsame, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Coring de Los Reyes. Photo via @roetinheteten )

(Also posted on http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)