E. G. Condé, author of Sordidez, in conversation with Shingai Njeri Kagunda

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome E. G. Condé, author of the new climate change novella Sordidez, for a reading and conversation with Shingai Njeri Kagunda! The author talk will be followed by a signing line. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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Vero has always felt at odds with his community. As a trans man in near-future Puerto Rico, he struggles to gain acceptance for his identity and his vision of an inclusive society. After a hurricane decimates the island and Puerto Rico is abandoned by the United States, Vero leaves his home to petition the centralized government for aid and seek the truth about new colonists arriving on the island. But in the Yucatan, Vero finds a landscape ravaged by an ecological disaster of humanity's own making-the Hydrophage, a climate technology warped into a weapon of war and released onto the land by the dictator Caudillo. Amidst the destruction, Vero finds both desperation and hope for regrowth as he documents the lives of the survivors. Details about the colonists' intentions emerge when Vero meets the Loba Roja, an anti-Caudillo revolutionary who imagines the renewed power of the Maya. Intrigued by her vision of the future and her unapologetic violence, Vero is faced with life-changing questions: can an Indigenous resurgence protect his beloved island? And what must he sacrifice to support it?


E.G. Condé (he/him/Él) is a queer diasporic Boricua writer of speculative fiction and fantasy. Condé is one of the creators of “Taínofuturism”, an emerging artistic genre that imagines a future of indigenous renewal and decolonial liberation for Borikén (Puerto Rico) and the archipelagos of the Caribbean. His short fiction appears in Anthropology & Humanism, If There’s Anyone Left, Reckoning, EASST Review, Tree and Stone, Sword & Sorcery, Solarpunk Magazine, and FABLE: An Anthology of Sci-Fi, Horror & The Supernatural. As Steven Gonzalez Monserrate, he lives another life as an anthropologist of technology and digital sustainability advocate whose writings appear in Popular Science, Wired Magazine, Aeon, and other media venues. When he isn’t conjuring up faraway universes or writing about cloud computing, you might find him hiking through sand dunes or playing 2D RPGs from the 1990s.

Shingai Njeri Kagunda is an Afrosurreal/futurist storyteller from Nairobi, Kenya with a Literary Arts MFA from Brown. Shingai’s work has been featured in the Best American Sci-fi and Fantasy 2020, Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction 2021, and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2020. She has work in or upcoming in Omenana, FANTASY magazine, FracturedLit, Khoreo, Africa Risen, and Uncanny Magazine. Her debut novella & This is How to Stay Alive was published by Neon Hemlock Press in October 2021. She is the co-editor of Podcastle Magazine and the co-founder of Voodoonauts. Shingai is a creative writing teacher, an eternal student, and a lover of all things soft and Black.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Sordidez By E. G. Condé Cover Image
ISBN: 9781777682361
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Published: Stelliform Press - August 1st, 2023

And This Is How to Stay Alive By Shingai Kagunda Cover Image
ISBN: 9781952086335
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Published: Neon Hemlock Press - October 26th, 2021


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