"Cascadia" (title TK) is my first book for adults, out in 2025
This IS exciting news! I read (well, listen to, mostly, these days) several books a month and yours never disappoint. This one sounds very interesting. It's probably way too soon to know on this, but is it possible you'll be narrating the audio version? Fingers crossed!
Thanks for sharing this news, and congrats too!
"to ward off death by drowning"
Idk this seems off brand
Your writing room is perfect. I wish I could post pics here because yesterday I listed my house and the first time I saw the pictures was when the listing went live. Three of the 34 photos ended up prominently featuring The Decemberists swag -- a framed concert poster in my office (4/18/11 U of Iowa); the framed 20th anniversary poster in my art studio; and the terrible world/beautiful world tote bag puts Carson's artwork hanging proudly in the mudroom. I smiled so hard when I saw the pics. :-)
Near future and / or post-apocalyptic Cascadia is a niche genre I thoroughly enjoy. It stems from SM Stirling's delightful Emberverse / Montival books, of course, but is built on a class I took at Sonoma State: Apocalyptic Narrative in California Literature. I enjoy the familiar base they are built on and find the Oregon setting especially believable for surviving because of the climate, specifically the availability of water crossed with sparse populationoutside ofvthe urban zones.
Very interested in where you will take it - will it be a collapsed society? a technocratic nightmare world? an enforced vision of utopia with rebellious undercurrents?
I, too, am fascinated by cauls. (https://theskepticalcardiologist.com/2023/07/10/on-the-power-of-cauls-dickenss-doctors-and-placebos/)
You’re the one who inspired me to read (or re-read) all of Dickens’ books, so I CANNOT wait to read yours. David Copperfield will be next after I finish Bleak House. Unless your book comes out before that. 🤓
You just made me -- and a lot of others -- very, very happy. :-)
That Copperfield passage really cauled out to you! Wow, what a story of a spark ⚡️! Congratulations on finding your inspiration!
Great news! Also, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden rules.
Can’t wait to read this!!!!
I'm excited about this and I hope you'll do the narration! Some writers just tell their own stories better.
I love that so many great writers such as yourself are drawing Dickensian inspiration of late. I don't know if you've had a chance to read Barbara Kingsolver's incendiary Demon Copperhead yet, but even the memory of it is still taking my breath away. She likewise uses David Copperfield as her template for tropes. I will be very excited to read Cascadia, Colin! Thank you for all the amazing literary inspiration you have always provided!
A thriving trade in placentas would have been more practical. Maybe "caul" was a euphemism for something truly grotesque.
Hey, Colin! Remember me, Vinny? I commented on a story of yours a LONG while back!
Would you mind kindly following me back on Twitter, Instagram, and also on Threads?
I would really appreciate it!
This is great news; I'll read it for sure. I've read all your books. I too have been dwelling on certain parts of David Copperfield, particularly the way he looks back on his pathetic youthful self at certain low points. So I made the opening sentence part of my song "These pages must show" about a low point from my own childhood: https://open.spotify.com/track/70moW5eQEDTL30WdkhX8xQ?si=ab822d87b1984980