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Best Book Ever

Jan 4, 2021

Marti Dumas and I first bonded over our shared love of coffee, books, and writing, and I am thrilled she joined me today. We talked about the vibrant literary scene in her hometown of New Orleans, her visceral connection to the land, writing positive stories featuring children of color as the main characters, and her deep love of the work of Octavia Butler, and why he deeply layered “Wild Seed” is her Best Book Ever.


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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Marti Dumas



Discussed in this episode:

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest by Marti Dumas

The Dragon Keep by Marti Dumas

The Little Human by Marti Dumas

Women in the Old West by Marti Dumas

The Babysitter’s Club – this was super fun to research. I found this great Retro Set, containing the original books 1-6, and this delightful graphic novel set.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Blue Cypress Books, New Orleans, LA

Community Book Center, New Orleans, LA

Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, New Orleans, LA

Plum Street Press

The Complete Patternist Series Box Set by Octavia Butler

Contains; Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark, Patternmaster

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Phillip Pullman

His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman: Box Set

Contains: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Story by Robert McKee


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive clip:

The Jerk, “Tonight You Belong to Me”

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