Hypertext Interview

April 20, 2017

"Claudia Casper’s prescient and lyrical novel, The Mercy Journals (Arsenal Pulp Press), builds on the rich speculative canon of Mary Shelley, Claire Vaye Watkins, Jules Verne, Margaret Atwood, and George Orwell, among others, in its terrifying exploration of the future..."

https://www.hypertextmag.com/hypertext-interview-with-claudia-casper/

 

Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award - The Mercy Journals

January 20, 2017

Claudia Casper’s third novel, The Mercy Journals (Arsenal 2016), first reviewed by Joan Givner in BC BookWorld, has won the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for the best work of science fiction published in paperback for the first time in the USA in 2016.

The announcement was made on April 14, 2017 at the Norwescon 40 conference, in SeaTac, Washington. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust and is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

Cain and Abel, The Rumpus

July 27, 2016

Barbara Buchanan and I go deep into the Cain and Abel story: "I read the story of Cain and Abel closely, using the Jewish Publication Society of America translation, and studied the midrash on the text. The language is so rich and layered, from “Am I my brother’s keeper?” to “You shall be more cursed than the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.” The story in the Torah is short but its power resonates throughout our literature and our culture.

Trump's Wall Foretold

July 27, 2016

Givner's thoughtful analysis iof The Mercy Journals s a gift. "Claudia Casper's new novel adds to a growing body of work designated as "cli-fi", a genre distinct from sci-fi and fantasy, because the horrors described are not futuristic fantasies but predictions of a certain future. Fans of Casper's highly successful first novel, The Reconstruction, will find The Mercy Journals darker and more complex. Both explore what it means to become fully human and, specifically, the part played by memory in that process."

CBC and Spotify - 7 Tangles with The Mercy Journals

June 3, 2016

Here are links and a few choice quotes from recent reviewers and Q&As

CBC SUMMER READING LIST

Great company - Louise Erdrich, Matti Freeman, Emma Straub, Alissa York, Carmen Aguirre:

http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/05/cbc-books-summer-2016-reading-list.html

Excerpt from Q&A (linked below) with CBC Books' Jane van Koeverden ("Casper's fearless new novel"):

Yiddish Policeman's Union: the Pleasure of Arriving Late to the Ball

June 3, 2016

I just finished reading The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. That this novel exists feels like a kind of miracle. I want to send a cry of delight out to the universe of reader's joy. The mysterious alchemy Chabon achieves of Yiddishkeit, Jewish history, alternative history, Alaska, Tlingit culture, detective noir is like finding a diamond at the beach. It's an utterly subversive work.

Metaphor and the Sacred

April 14, 2016

Discussed: 

My answer to a question at the Vancouver Writer's Festival Incite reading with Yann Martel at the Vancouver Public Library a couple of weeks ago. "For me the natural world is where I go to find the sacred, and that feeling that something is sacred is important in my life. I think that a religious sensibility is hard-wired into us, I don't think we have a choice, even if we're atheists, there is a part of our consciousness that transcends our day to day reality.

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