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Rivers Solomon

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Episode 2 : Critique croisée de Sirènes de Laura Pugno et Les Abysses de Rivers Solomon

L'Onde Littéraire

Bonjour à tous, dans ce nouvel épisode de l'Onde Littéraire, Maiana et moi-même nous attaquons à la figure mythique de la sirène avec deux livres respectivement sortis en juin et septembre 2020 : Sirènes de Laura Pugno et les Abysses de Rivers Solomon. Au menu, une critique croisée des deux ouvrages et un débat axé sur le rôle de la sirène comme allégorie de la condition humaine. Merci de votre écoute, nous vous souhaitons d'excellentes lectures à venir. Ce podcast est enregistré depuis les locaux de l'école de journalisme IICP de Paris et les jingles sont composés par Michel Klingebiel.


21 Jan 2021

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An Unkindness of Ghosts with Rivers Solomon

The Deviant's World

I sat down with Rivers Solomon, author of our October book club selection, AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS.We discuss Rivers’s writing process, geek out over history, and explore their powerful debut novel. AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS tackles issues like race, identity, gender, and poverty. It is a beautiful and haunting, queer sci-fi novel that uses Afro-futurism to convey a journey that's truly out of this world. Shonda Rhimes called it "a difficult work that pays off; the rare kind of book that stays with you for years." It definitely will.Support the show (http://ericcervini.com)


12 Nov 2020

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Episode QS21: Akwaeke Emezi + Rivers Solomon (October 15, 2020)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Two award-winning authors return to Greenlight as Akwaeke Emezi discusses their highly anticipated new novel The Death of Vivek Oji in a lively conversation with Rivers Solomon.  The two talk about the challenges of writing a book where the main character dies in the first chapter, the origins of the book in ideas of mis-gendering, the setting in the Nigeria of Emezi’s youth, biological vs. chosen families, and how "writing deviants" challenges people's concepts of themselves. (Recorded August 6, 2020) 

1hr 3mins

15 Oct 2020

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Afrofuturisme - Rivers Solomon

Littérature SFFF

Bonjour, Aujourd'hui je vous parle afrofuturisme avec une plume qui s'est imposée lors de la rentrée littéraire SFFF, Rivers Solomon. Je reviens sur ses deux titres : L'incivilité des fantômes Les Abysses. Si vous souhaitez acquérir l'un de ces livres (ou les deux, soyons fous), pensez au site internet regroupant plusieurs dizaines de librairies indépendantes : Place des libraires. Si vous souhaitez plus de chroniques littéraires, c'est sur le blog que ça se passe : Le monde d'Elhyandra. Bonne écouteElhyandra


30 Sep 2020

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Rivers Solomon's "An Unkindness of Ghosts" Part 2 (feat. Black Chick Lit)

Colored Pages Book Club

Matilda might still be the living worst, but at least we're enjoying the ride with some new friends

1hr 55mins

27 Feb 2020

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Rivers Solomon's "An Unkindness of Ghosts" Part 1

Colored Pages Book Club

Hey y'all! The dynamic duo is back at it again in this month of love and melanin to discuss the sci-fi space adventure "An Unkindness of Ghosts" by Rivers Solomon. Join Marci and Ako through a hilarious and thought-provoking discussion of the human experience past, future, and imagined. Intro: 3:04 - 17:15 Plot Summary: 17:15 - 55:56 Discussion: 55:56 - 1:40:00 Join the club and get in touch with us through our website (thesecoloredpages.com), Twitter (@TheColoredPages), and our email (thesecoloredpages@gmail.com)!

1hr 40mins

13 Feb 2020

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Episode 27: An Unkindness of Ghost by Rivers Solomon

The Black Bibliophile Podcast

Hello fellow Bibliophiles! Happy New Year! AND Happy Black History Month! Sorry for the month-long hiatus. I have been battling illness, but never fear this month you will get all the book reviews you could ever want. Starting with An Unkindness of Ghost by Rivers Solomon! I loved this book and I truly hope you do too. Books Mentioned in The EpisodePublished by Akashic Books An Unkindness of Ghost by Rivers Solomon Audiobook Narration by Cherise BootheAll books can either be found at your local bookstore or Online. Support your local book store and shop local. Song of Blood and Stone Review LinkAuthor Social MediaRivers SolomonWebsite: www.riverssolomon.comApps and Articles MentionedLibby (App) Hoopla (App)Libro.fmThe Free Black Women’s Library LA: https://www.patreon.com/FreeBlackWomensLibraryLAGet In ContactTwitter: @theblkbibliophi@Jazmine_JoynerEmail: TheBlackBibliophile@gmail.comFacebook: www.Facebook.com/theblackbibliophileSupport The Podcast or MePatreon: www.patreon.com/TheBlackBibliophilePodcastKo-Fi: www.Ko-fi.com/jazmine


7 Feb 2020

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THE DEEP, by Rivers Solomon, read by Daveed Diggs - Audiobook extract

HodderPod - Hodder books podcast

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society-and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award-nominated song "The Deep" from Daveed Diggs's rap group clipping.Yetu holds the memories for her people-water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners-who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one-the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities-and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past-and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity-and own who they really are.Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode "We Are In The Future," The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.


5 Dec 2019

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Interview - Rivers Solomon

Salon Futura

This interview was originally broadcast on the Women's Outlook show on Ujima Radio in August 2018. It mainly concerns the novella, The Deep, based on the clipping song of the same name.


29 Nov 2019

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Rivers Solomon, “An Unkindness of Ghosts” (Akashic Books, 2017)

New Books in Science Fiction

Humans might one day escape Earth, but escaping our biases may prove much harder.That’s one of the lessons from Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts (Akashic Books, 2017) set on the HSS Matilda, a massive generation starship where the nightmare of slavery persists hundreds of years after humans have fled their dying planet.At the center of Solomon’s masterful debut is Aster, a young woman trying to figure out why her mother apparently killed herself shortly after giving birth to her 25 years ago. An Unkindness of Ghosts is a powerful story about oppression, racism, gender non-conformity, and the role of trauma in society and peoples’ lives.The book earned a spot on many best-of-the-year lists, including the Guardian‘s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2017. It also made the shortlist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2018 Locus Award for First Novel, and the Lambda Literary Award for best science fiction, fantasy or horror novel.The Matilda is as complex as a planet with social castes and languages that have evolved so much over time that people who live on different floors don’t always understand each other. “Matilda first came to me when I was reading about the last slave ship to come to the Americas,” Solomon says in her New Books interview.The Matilda’s black and brown citizens live in cramped squalor and endure constant violence at the hands of armed soldiers and the white, wealthy upper-deckers. But Aster refuses to be defined by threats and social controls. A brilliant scientist, she’s learned how to make medicines from plants that she grows herself. Despite having trouble reading social queues, she’s a fearless defender of her dignity and doing what’s right.“How do you have hope when it’s not just you and your individual life, but it’s all your friends and family and it’s your parents and your grandparents and their parents and back and so forth and it really does seem like you’re trapped?” Solomon asks.“I was the kind of child who every night, I watched the news and used to cry. I was very, very sensitive. Even as young as 10, I didn’t understand how people just went on in it. And so I think it’s no surprise that … that’s kind of an essential question of the novel.”Her next book project—which she was embargoed from mentioning during the interview but which she subsequently tweeted about —is inspired by Clipping’s song The Deep “about descendants of enslaved Africans living in the ocean’s deep.” Rob Wolf is the host of New Books in Science Fiction and the author of The Alternate Universe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-fiction


30 Aug 2018