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Day of the Dead and Links

This is the start of Día de los Muertos
a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

A good site for more information is Day of the Dead in Mexico

My friend Katie Cowden has some Día de los Muertos-inspired photos here

One last Halloween link: Someone posted this on Twitter: 13 Scary Homes for Sale.


The World Fantasy Award Winners were announced on Sunday, and Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor won for best novel. (Article about the book and writer on Omnivoracious) I thought it was a very strong ballot, and seven out of eight winners were women.

C. Lundoff: An appreciation of Suzette Haden Elgin
In light of the recent tragic news about Suzette Haden Elgin (A Brilliant Writer Goes Silent), I wanted to do something to talk about her amazing work and accomplishments. For those who may be unfamiliar with her, she's a ground-breaking, internationally known feminist linguist and poet, a science fiction writer and the founder of the Science Fiction Poetry Society. She's constructed a language to express women's perceptions, published multiple books and short stories and written about her life and experiences as she's aged.

The GoodReads giveaway for The Serpent Sea starts today. This is the sequel to The Cloud Roads. The trade paperback will probably show up in late December and is now available for preorder online, and the ebook versions should be out by January 1. Link to the GoodReads giveaway

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One of the cool things about the way my neighbourhood in Toronto is becoming increasingly Latin American is that there was a big Dia de los Muertos celebration on Sunday, at a community centre just a couple of blocks from where I live. I took my 4-year-old son there, and he seemed really fascinated by it... full of questions.

Great news about Who Fears Death winning the World Fantasy Award - it was well deserved. What an amazingly powerful novel!

As I mentioned on the SF Signal podcast, I first learned about Dia de los Muertos in Bradbury's The Halloween Tree, of all places.

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