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About the Author
Nisi Shawl is a multiple-award-winning writer and editor. Their novel Everfair was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the short story collection Filter House won the James Tiptree Jr. Award. They cofounded the Carl Brandon Society to help give people of color greater visibility in the science fiction and fantasy worlds, and their "Writing the Other" workshops and accompanying book (cocreated with Cynthia Ward and K. Tempest Bradford) have taught thousands of writers new ways of thinking about diversity and representation within fiction.
Nisi received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Speculation is their first novel for young readers. Born near Kalamazoo, Michigan, Nisi now lives near Seattle. Find them online at nisishawl.com and on Twitter at @nisishawl.
* "Shawl imaginatively winds suspense, humor, and loss in this story that shows how the past isn't so far behind us. . . Readers see the importance of oral storytelling: The book celebrates it as a shining beacon for those of us who still have elders who can tell stories while offering space to mourn traditions and loved ones we've lost." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Starring an inquisitive, perceptive protagonist and a supportive cast of adult characters, this intergenerational story underlines themes of family history and inheritance alongside a meditation on ordinary wonders." -- Publishers Weekly
"The magical system intersects with Winna's Blackness in thoughtful ways: the more she learns about her history from her grandfather's stories, the easier it becomes to understand and wield the newfound magic. . . An empathetic and intriguing fantasy novel about magical powers and human weaknesses." -- Foreword Reviews
"Delightful, lovely, moving. Nisi Shawl has crafted a timeless classic for present and future generations of young readers." -- David Bowles, award-winning author of They Call Me Güero
"Nisi Shawl demonstrates once again why they are a literary treasure. Rooted in both history and magic, Speculation is a richly layered page turner full of imagination on every page. With all of its twists, this story will make you look at the world through new eyes!" -- Maurice Broaddus, author of Unfadeable and The Usual Suspects
Best of the Best Booklist Winner 2023 - Black Caucus of the American Library Association