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Episode Info: On the March KidLit Drink Night podcast, the Superfriends dissect speculative fiction. What does the term mean? And how is it different from science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism? Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec speculative fiction magazine, joins us in Studio Bag End for a lively discussion. Also, we drink a bucket 'o strange beers, have an important talk about Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and chat with author Jeff Giles about his new YA fantasy adventure novel, THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING. Books discussed on the podcast: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel; THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION and THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon; MONGRELS: A NOVEL by Stephen Graham Jones; ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez; MARY POPPINS by P.L. Travers; JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte; ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit; A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness; BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace; LOVE AND ROCKETS Comic book series by Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, and Mario Hernandez; THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen; THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins; THE GIVER; THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood; JOURNAL OF THE UFO INVESTIGATOR by David Halperin; The Witcher by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski; WOLF IN WHITE VAN and UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle; SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty; THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame; THE RIVER BANK: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows by Kij Johnson.
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