Today’s Friday Reads book is a collection of recent essays and blog posts by Kameron Hurley. The title essay of this collection, “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” is nominated for this year’s Hugo award for Best Related Work. Its nomination brought me to discover this ebook.
The essays are divided into five sections (or Rounds as she calls them) including Craft, Assumptions, Writing and Publishing Life, Fandom, Media & Celebrity, and We Have Always Fought. Hurley brings her strong, clear, no-bullshit voice to bear on topics ranging from the truth behind what you must do to become a professionally published novelist to what it’s like to be attacked for speaking out against sexism and racism in the SF/F community. I’m really enjoying the collection so far. She has some important stuff to say to new writer and to the SF/F community, and I’m glad that she’s making her voice heard. I also like that the book is a collection of short, but related pieces. It’s easier to digest information in smaller chunks given our overscheduled lifestyle these days, and there are a lot of good, really crunchy thoughts in her short essays. I’m just under halfway through the book and so far all of the pieces are available for free online. Still, it’s great to be able to find them all collected in one place. To get a good flavor of her writing, I’d recommend reading the title piece in it’s original format as a blog post over on A Dribble of Ink.
If you’d like to pick up a copy, now is good time to do so: it’s free on all ebook platforms except Amazon and Barnes and Noble until August 17th. Check out her post about the book for links or to download a copy.