I’m 51 today

by Matt Ruff on September 8, 2016

51

And as dignified as ever.

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Everfair

by Matt Ruff on September 6, 2016

EverfairMy friend Nisi Shawl’s amazing new novel Everfair arrives in bookstores today. It’s a steampunk novel set in an alternate history where Congolese natives and their allies use steam-powered dirigibles (“aircanoes”) to fight back against the Belgian soldiers of King Leopold. Everfair has battle scenes, lots of cool technology, and more than a little magic (there’s a character named Fwendi who projects her soul into a herd of cats in order to snoop on the bad guys), but the real heart of the story is the politicking and relationships among the various factions seeking to build a true free state in Congo: native Africans, white British socialists, African-American missionaries, Asian laborers and merchants, and a French author, spy, and bicycle enthusiast named Lisette Toutournier.

As I say, it’s amazing; I’m already picturing the BBC miniseries. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft Country you should definitely check it out.

You can read a sample of Everfair here and an essay about the origins of the story here. You can also catch Nisi on her book tour, which starts tonight with a 7 PM appearance at the U.W. University Book Store.

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P.S. Also on sale today: Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

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A reader’s guide to Lovecraft Country

by Matt Ruff on August 23, 2016

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I’ve just posted a reader’s guide to Lovecraft Country, covering some of the real-world topics mentioned in the novel and giving suggestions for further reading. The guide is a work in progress, so if there’s a subject I haven’t covered that you’re curious about, let me know.

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IP

Last Saturday I was in Bremerton for a reading and signing sponsored by the Kitsap Regional Library. The Library has been experimenting with unusual event venues, and they picked a great one for me: the LoveCraft Brewing Company, a recently opened brewpub that serves artisanal Lovecraft-themed beers. I had the Innsmouth Porter, which I liked; other offerings include the Elder God Beire de Garde, the Dreamlands ESB, and the Dunwich Farmhouse Red Ale. Being me, I spent the trip home thinking up other possibilities: the Kölsch of Cthulhu, Pickman’s Lager, the Pilsner at Martin’s Beach, the Weissbier in Darkness, the Lambic Out of Space, and—OK, not a beer, but someone should totally make this—At the Mountains of Absinthe.

Thanks to Sara Jaffa, the LoveCraft brewers, Liberty Bay Books, and especially the folks who came out to the reading.

Also:

* If you missed the reading but wanted a signed copy of Lovecraft Country or one of my other novels, Liberty Bay Books has a few in stock now.

* Nick Mamatas’ new novel, I Am Providence, is finally in stores. As I say in my cover blurb, it’s just what you’d expect from Nick: sharp wit, biting but humane social commentary, and, for the romantics among us, a faceless narrator decomposing at the morgue. Check it out!

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Bad Monkeys 1st edition coverSome great news that I’ve been sitting on for months finally went public last night: Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Bad Monkeys, with Margot Robbie set to both produce and star in the film.

I am incredibly psyched. Between this and the positive reception for Lovecraft Country, it’s been an amazing year so far.

On a related note, I’m also really looking forward to Suicide Squad.

More news soon.

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At LoveCraft Brewing Company this Saturday

by Matt Ruff on July 20, 2016

LovecraftBrewThis Saturday, July 23, I’ll be reading and signing books at the LoveCraft Brewing Company in Bremerton, WA. The event starts at 4:30 PM.

If you’d like to pick up a copy of Lovecraft Country in advance, Liberty Bay Books at 409 Pacific Avenue (just around the corner from the brewery) should have them in stock.

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Lovecraft Country: Any questions?

by Matt Ruff on July 1, 2016

lovecraftblogcovI’ve started putting together a reader’s guide and an FAQ for Lovecraft Country. If you’ve got questions about the novel that you’d like to see answered in the FAQ (or perhaps in a separate blog post), please leave them in comments.

And if you’d like to interrogate me in person, or maybe get a book signed, I will be appearing later this month at the LoveCraft Brewing Company in Bremerton, WA. That’ll be on Saturday, July 23rd, starting at 4:30 PM.

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At Locus Awards this weekend

by Matt Ruff on June 23, 2016

The Da Vinci PenA quick reminder that I will be signing books at the Locus Awards in Seattle this weekend. The autographing session is at noon on Saturday.

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Lovecraft Country reviewed in the NYT

by Matt Ruff on June 6, 2016

New York Times Book Review logoLovecraft Country got a brief but positive review in yesterday’s New York Times: “Ruff has great fun pitting mid-20th-­century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era.” Victor LaValle’s similarly themed The Ballad of Black Tom also got a thumbs up: “This darkly witty tale is right in the belly of the genre beast.”

In other news:

* Lovecraft Country made the Locus magazine bestseller list for both May and June.

* I will be attending the Locus Awards in Seattle on the weekend of June 24-26. If you’d like to get a book signed, come by the autograph session at noon on June 25.

* Smithsonian.com has an article about a recently discovered eyewitness account of the 1921 Tulsa Riot. This autobiography by the author of the account sounds really interesting.

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fool2016covIt’s taken a while, but a new version of the Fool on the Hill ebook, free of the many typos that plagued the original edition, is now online. If you’ve previously purchased the ebook, you should be able to update or redownload it without charge, though the exact mechanism will vary depending on whether you bought it for iBooks, Kindle, or some other platform.

A quick way to confirm that you’ve got the new edition is to look at the List of Major Characters at the beginning of the novel. Preacher should be identified as the “Bohemian Minister of Ministry”—the uncorrected text said “Bohemian Ministry of Ministry.”

The new print edition is now in stores as well. Just look for the yellow cover.

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