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Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Event :: Dartmouth

Join us at Dartmouth's Filene Auditorium to hear speculative fiction award winners Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M, and Audrey Schulman, author of Theory of Bastards, talk about their books in a panel discussion with judges Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

Winner debut novel:
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man's shadow disappears--an occurrence that science cannot explain. He is just the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, the magic comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University and has lived in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The Book of M is her first novel. 

Winner open category novel: 

Theory of Bastards  by Audrey Schulman
Afflicted with chronic pain, Dr. Francine Burk is feeling unduly thrilled after treatment by her increasing ability to walk across a room without assistance.  She's offered a placement at a prestigious research institute where she can put her recent award money to good use. With the Foundation's advanced technological resources and a group of fascinating primates, Francine begins to verify her subversive scientific theory which challenges the foundations of history--her Theory of Bastards.

Audrey Schulman is the author of four previous novels: Three Weeks in December (Europa 2012), Swimming with Jonah, The Cage, and A House Named Brazil. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she runs HEET, a non-profit.

And don't miss the short-list finalists!
Debut Category:
Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories by Abbey Mei Otis 
Infomocracy by Malka Older 
Severance by Ling Ma 
Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Open Category:
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller 
Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax 
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas 
The Night Market by Jonathan Moore

Open to the public with a book signing and reception to follow.

Sponsored by Neukom Institute

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
The Book of M: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062669612
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

Brad Thor's Summer 2018 Fiction Pick for THE TODAY SHOW!

"Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)." --Booklist


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ISBN: 9781609454371
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Published: Europa Editions - April 24th, 2018

The Philip K. Dick Award-winning sci-fi novel: "A riveting page-turner" about the behavior of primates--human and otherwise--"in a very near and dire future" (The Washington Post).

Winner of the 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction

One of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of fiction in 2018

Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781618731494
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Published: Small Beer Press - August 21st, 2018

Philip K. Dick Award finalist

Washington Post Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018

Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765392367
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Published: Tordotcom - August 8th, 2017

Read Infomocracy, the first book in Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's groundbreaking cyberpunk political thriller series The Centenal Cycle, a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Series, and the novel NPR called "Kinetic and gripping."

A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel

Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

"A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring." Michael Schaub,

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ISBN: 9781618731517
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Published: Small Beer Press - September 11th, 2018

NPR Best Books of 2018

"A gut punch of a book in the style of Le Guin, Atwood, and Butler. Claire G. Coleman's debut novel blazes with truth."
-- Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

Terra Nullius (def): land belonging to no one; no man's land

Blackfish City: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684875
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Published: Ecco - October 2nd, 2018

“One of the most intriguing future cities in years.” —Charlie Jane Anders

“Simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder.” —Ann Leckie

A Best Book of the Month in

Entertainment Weekly

The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9781641290258
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Published: Soho Press - May 14th, 2019

In a tour-de-force tapestry of science fiction and historical fiction, Andromeda Romano-Lax presents a story set in Japan and Taiwan that spans a century of empire, conquest, progress, and destruction.

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Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434782
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 2nd, 2018

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo.

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

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ISBN: 9781328507969
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Published: Mariner Books - January 8th, 2019

“The book’s tone is Chandleresque, the conspiracy worrying Carver and Jenner expands to Pynchonian proportions, and the physical ick they encounter might have oozed out of a Cronenberg movie.”—Washington Post
“It’s Miami Vice meets The Matrix, and George Orwell is hosting the party.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gaz