Hope in Hard Times: J.R. Dawson, Chuck Tingle, and Durreen Shahnaz

Hope in Hard Times: J.R. Dawson, Chuck Tingle, and Durreen Shahnaz

Tor Books, in partnership with Hub, presents Voyage Into Genre! Every other Wednesday, join host Drew Broussard for conversations with Tor authors discussing their new books, the future, and the future of genre. Oh, and maybe there'll be some surprises along the way… Looks like Team Genre is blasting off again! I'm thrilled to be back with a new season, off on new adventures, zipping through the genre-verse to chat with another incredible roster of Tor authors and featuring a jaw-dropping line-up of special guests. From the moment we started putting together this season, an episode about hope seemed like an obvious inclusion. Then, the more conversations I had for the season, the more I realized it needed to be our lead-off episode. It's hard times out there: climate change, political instability, runaway economic inequality, any number of things that hit the headlines seemingly every day of the week. But this is exactly the moment when we ought to turn to stories — for escape, and for possible pathways out of the darkness. This week, we kick things off with J.R. Dawson and their debut The First Bright Thing , discussing writing about performance, the root of her Sparks, and having hope even in the face of a move out of a beloved home. Then, Chuck Tingle joins me to talk about his full-length debut Camp Damascus as well as something he calls the Trinity of Maligned Genres, what he means when he says ‘love is real', and rooting demons in reality. Finally, entrepreneur and Durreen Shahnaz explains the idea behind the title of her book The Defiant Optimist and how we can take oppressive systems and make them instead work for the good of us all. See you in two weeks, Drew Subscribe and download the episode , wherever you get your podcasts! J.R. Dawson / Chuck Tingle hope? in this economy? THE FIRST BRIGHT THING + CAMP DAMASCUS + what it means to be a defiant optimist Forward 15 seconds Back 15 seconds Share Subscribe Description Read the full episode transcript here . * […]

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