For September, we decided on a debut novel, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Rebecca is a Nebula, Hugo, and Sturgeon Award Finalist. She has written several short stories published in Apex Magazine and Uncanny Magazine, and is a contributor to several collected works including New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color and Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF. Trail of Lightning is the first book in her The Sixth World series, followed by her newest release, Storm of Locusts. Trail of Lightning received the 2019 Locus Award for Best First Novel.
The story follows Maggie Hoskie, a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine. Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology. As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive. Welcome to the Sixth World.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of September.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
"Rebecca Roanhorse on Which Aspects of Dine Culture Are Featured in Trail of Lightening" -- Tor.com
"Trail of Lightning" -- Kirkus Review
"Rebecca Roanhorse: From Legend to Fantasy" -- Locus Magazine
"A Breathtaking Native American Urban Fantasy Adventure" -- The Verge
"Rebecca Roanhorse Interview: Natives and the Future" -- Females in Fantasy Podcast
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on September 26th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
The Hatchet Coffee book club has been so much fun this summer! We're really looking forward to Fall though and have some really great things planned for the October meeting. The September meeting, however, will be held as usual with the exception of offering hot apple cider with rum, instead of wine.
The book we're reading and discussing together this month is The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.
Ackerman, an award-winning science writer, tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess. Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about.
As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.
We can't wait to discuss her findings together and share all of our own bird stories. We welcome anyone to attend. We do things a little differently with our book club--even if you haven't finished the book or if you didn't like it, we still want you to come. The goal is to unite our community through a love a literature, not to scold anyone about their reading habits or preferences. So, come out to meet the Hatchet Coffee book club on Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm. We'll be meeting at the Hatchet Coffee location on 200 Den Mac Rd in Boone.
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