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Karen Lord

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Karen Lord won the Frank Collymore Literary Award for 2008 with the manuscript of the fantasy novel Redemption in Indigo and again for 2009 with the science fiction manuscript The Best of All Possible Worlds . She was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (2012).

Redemption in Indigo won the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award and the 2012 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Best Debut). It was also longlisted for the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award (Novel).

The Best of All Possible Worlds won the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Science Fiction and was
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“If I’ve taken nothing else from books, I’ve learned how to find balance in a tension of contradictions. So I may sigh and fret and long for the seclusion of book and bed and door closed against the rabblesome world. And at the same moment feel gratified to help make these occasions for those who love literature in its other forms: loud and lively, sociable and crowded.”

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Redemption in Indigo

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The Galaxy Game

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“All my tales are true, drawn from life, and a life story is not a tidy thing.”
Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo

“You must never tell people their own stories. They have no interest in them, or they think they can tell them better themselves. Give them a stranger's life, and then they're content.”
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“I've always thought academics should get a little slurry on their boots from time to time.”
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Topics Mentioning This Author

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Literary Fiction ...: Discussion: Who Fears Death 62 57 Apr 02, 2011 10:33AM  
Literary Fiction ...: Discussion: Wild Seed 150 121 Dec 11, 2011 01:54PM  
Beyond Reality: Nominations for August 2012 27 106 May 20, 2012 11:24AM  
Reading with Style: This topic has been closed to new comments. * Reading w/Style Completed Tasks -Spring 2012 998 231 May 31, 2012 08:59PM  
The Readers: The Readers Summer Book Club 2012; Dates 47 124 Jun 05, 2012 04:20AM  
Literary Fiction ...: Discussion: Redemption In Indigo 44 85 Jun 30, 2012 08:56PM  
Literary Fiction ...: Carl Brandon Society Awards For Nnedi Okorafor and Karen Lord 1 17 Aug 04, 2012 02:12PM  
Around the World: Caribbean Science Fiction 26 85 Aug 09, 2012 11:25AM  
Reading with Style: This topic has been closed to new comments. * Rws Completed Tasks - Summer 2012 1022 164 Aug 31, 2012 09:01PM  
“When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over, you'll not talk about the joy of words. I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

“_'You shouldn't say thank you for a good review,' said Harriet. 'That would imply that one had done a favour to the author, whereas one has simply done justice to the book.'_”
Dorothy L. Sayers

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around.”
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

“To see the madness and yet walk a perfect silver line. ... That's what the true story-teller should be: a great guide, a clear mind, who can walk a silver line in hell or madness.”
Ben Okri, Birds of Heaven

“This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas




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