INTRODUCING THIRD MAN BOOKS FIRST BOOK OF FICTION! WHEN THE WORLD WOUNDS, A NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY AWARD WINNING AUTHOR KIINI IBURA SALAAM.

“Transformative, wise and vivid with the quality of fantasy and fable.” - Sheree Renée Thomas, editor Dark Matter

Excited is not the right word, maybe it’s ecstatic, or maybe it’s an otherworldly word that we have yet to experience, but might discover while exploring all the worlds and beings in Kiini Ibura Salaam’s collection of speculative fiction short stories, When the World Wounds. In this eagerly-awaited collection, Kiini Ibura Salaam continues her exploration of the dark, the sensual, and the mysterious with fiction that disturbs, delights, and dazzles. The five stories and one novella collected in When the World Wounds examine the tumultuous nature of the human condition through such wild imaginings as sensual encounters with deer, escapism in a dystopian prison, and volcano women. In “The Taming,” a lupine creature is trapped by beasts whose nefarious nature is beyond their prey’s understanding. In “Hemmie’s Calenture,” a woman escaping enslavement is thrust into a war between gods. “The Pull of the Wing” is the prequel to Salaam’s wildly popular “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors” trilogy. “Because of the Bone Man” transports readers to the desolate landscape of post-Katrina New Orleans and the struggle of the city’s culture bearers to carry on. A welcome follow-up to Salaam’s award-winning Ancient, Ancient, When the World Wounds is perceptive and engaging as it examines our world’s callous and perilous landscapes while tickling the imagination and startling the senses.

“Kiini Ibura Salaam’s short stories (and the characters who inhabit them) are vital, fantastic in all senses of the word, audacious and tender.” - Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble and Stranger Things Happen

“Salaam treats words like the seductive weapons they are. She wields them to weave fierce, gorgeous stories that stroke your sensibilities, challenge your preconceptions, and leave you breathless with their beauty.” - Acclaimed author and critic Nalo Hopkinson

"Interesting settings and Salaam's exuberant but controlled prose help to anchor narratives that are continually question, pushing for something beyond the usual." - Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Nebula award winning Annihilation

“Salaam moves easily between genres, themes, and voices. The blend of fantasy, history, and SF is very well done.… Whether tackling far-future SF, generation starships, oracular magical women, or child abuse, the voice of the narration and the characters always seemed spot on. The stories also hit me on an emotional and visceral level.” - Locus

The world as Salaam paints it is full of harsh and beautiful things.... The best of her work is imbued with subtle interventions which ultimately provide the reader with sharply felt revelations.... The stories work from mutual touchstones: the illustration of sex as an act of power; a visceral relationship to the human body...; and the examination of the struggle to find oneself, particularly as a woman…” - Richard Larson, Strange Horizons

Author:

 

Kiini Ibura Salaam

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. The house no longer exists, having been reduced to rubble along with almost all of the houses in a six-block radius after the 2005 levee break in the Lower Ninth Ward. 

Kiini’s work encompasses speculative fiction, erotica, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her writing is rooted in eroticism, speculative events and worlds, and women’s perspectives. Preferring to operate outside of the separation of genres, she has published speculative fiction in erotic anthologies and erotic works in speculative fiction anthologies. Her speculative fiction has been included in such publications as: Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Dark Eros, FEMSPEC, Ideomancer.com, infinitematrix.com and PodCastle.org. One of her earlier (and most distinctive) stories “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors” was translated into Polish and her collection Ancient, Ancient was co-winner of the 2012 Otherwise (formerly James Tiptree, Jr. Award). Her second collection, When the World Wounds (Third Man Books 2016), explores the human condition in the shadows of trauma.

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INTRODUCING THIRD MAN BOOKS FIRST BOOK OF FICTION! WHEN THE WORLD WOUNDS, A NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY AWARD WINNING AUTHOR KIINI IBURA SALAAM.

“Transformative, wise and vivid with the quality of fantasy and fable.” - Sheree Renée Thomas, editor Dark Matter

Excited is not the right word, maybe it’s ecstatic, or maybe it’s an otherworldly word that we have yet to experience, but might discover while exploring all the worlds and beings in Kiini Ibura Salaam’s collection of speculative fiction short stories, When the World Wounds. In this eagerly-awaited collection, Kiini Ibura Salaam continues her exploration of the dark, the sensual, and the mysterious with fiction that disturbs, delights, and dazzles. The five stories and one novella collected in When the World Wounds examine the tumultuous nature of the human condition through such wild imaginings as sensual encounters with deer, escapism in a dystopian prison, and volcano women. In “The Taming,” a lupine creature is trapped by beasts whose nefarious nature is beyond their prey’s understanding. In “Hemmie’s Calenture,” a woman escaping enslavement is thrust into a war between gods. “The Pull of the Wing” is the prequel to Salaam’s wildly popular “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors” trilogy. “Because of the Bone Man” transports readers to the desolate landscape of post-Katrina New Orleans and the struggle of the city’s culture bearers to carry on. A welcome follow-up to Salaam’s award-winning Ancient, Ancient, When the World Wounds is perceptive and engaging as it examines our world’s callous and perilous landscapes while tickling the imagination and startling the senses.

“Kiini Ibura Salaam’s short stories (and the characters who inhabit them) are vital, fantastic in all senses of the word, audacious and tender.” - Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble and Stranger Things Happen

“Salaam treats words like the seductive weapons they are. She wields them to weave fierce, gorgeous stories that stroke your sensibilities, challenge your preconceptions, and leave you breathless with their beauty.” - Acclaimed author and critic Nalo Hopkinson

"Interesting settings and Salaam's exuberant but controlled prose help to anchor narratives that are continually question, pushing for something beyond the usual." - Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Nebula award winning Annihilation

“Salaam moves easily between genres, themes, and voices. The blend of fantasy, history, and SF is very well done.… Whether tackling far-future SF, generation starships, oracular magical women, or child abuse, the voice of the narration and the characters always seemed spot on. The stories also hit me on an emotional and visceral level.” - Locus

The world as Salaam paints it is full of harsh and beautiful things.... The best of her work is imbued with subtle interventions which ultimately provide the reader with sharply felt revelations.... The stories work from mutual touchstones: the illustration of sex as an act of power; a visceral relationship to the human body...; and the examination of the struggle to find oneself, particularly as a woman…” - Richard Larson, Strange Horizons

Author:

 

Kiini Ibura Salaam

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. The house no longer exists, having been reduced to rubble along with almost all of the houses in a six-block radius after the 2005 levee break in the Lower Ninth Ward. 

Kiini’s work encompasses speculative fiction, erotica, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her writing is rooted in eroticism, speculative events and worlds, and women’s perspectives. Preferring to operate outside of the separation of genres, she has published speculative fiction in erotic anthologies and erotic works in speculative fiction anthologies. Her speculative fiction has been included in such publications as: Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Dark Eros, FEMSPEC, Ideomancer.com, infinitematrix.com and PodCastle.org. One of her earlier (and most distinctive) stories “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors” was translated into Polish and her collection Ancient, Ancient was co-winner of the 2012 Otherwise (formerly James Tiptree, Jr. Award). Her second collection, When the World Wounds (Third Man Books 2016), explores the human condition in the shadows of trauma.