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Womb City Author Tlotlo Tsamaase in Conversation with Liz Harmer

Tlotlo Tsamaase is coming to Cellar Door Bookstore to discuss xer debut adult novel, Womb City. Join us on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm for an in-depth conversation with author Liz Harmer about this incredible timely novel that tackles bodily autonomy in a cyber-policed patriarchal society.

This genre-bending Africanfuturist horror novel blends The Handmaid’s Tale with Get Out in an adrenaline-packed, cyberpunk body-hopping ghost story exploring motherhood, memory, and a woman’s right to her own body. Set in a cruel futuristic surveillance state where bodies are a government-issued resource, this harrowing story is a twisty, nail-biting commentary on power, monstrosity, and bodily autonomy. In sickeningly evocative prose, Womb City interrogates how patriarchy pits women against each other as unwitting collaborators in their own oppression.

“From the first sentence, Womb City burns bright. When you think there isn't anywhere else to go, Tsamaase pulls you ever higher, head-spinning heights brought into focus by wire-taut tension and gorgeous prose. Raw and unflinching, lyrical and bombastic, Tsamaase has written a masterful techno-thriller that eviscerates the genre while surpassing it.” —Cadwell Turnbull, award-winning author of No Gods, No Monsters

“Masterful . . . Tsamaase has created a disturbing techno dystopia in a future Botswana that terries with its echoes of our own increasingly authoritarian cyber-policed world. This beautifully written work haunts and upends expectations with its resurrected ghosts and gods and ancestors of Motswana cosmology. What an accomplished debut!” —T. L. Huchu, Caine Prize finalist and author of The Library of the Dead

Tlotlo Tsamaase (xe/xem/xer or she/her/hers) is a Motswana writer. Xer novella, The Silence of Wilting Skin, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and was the first Motswana nominee for the Rhysling Award. Tlotlo received support from the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and xer story “Behind Our Irises” jointly won the Nommo Award. Xer short fiction has appeared in multiple best-of anthologies, Africa Risen, New Suns 2, Chiral Mad 5, and other venues. Womb City is Tlotlo’s debut novel.

You can purchase your copy of Womb City below!

Event date: 
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
473 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92508
Womb City By Tlotlo Tsamaase Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645660569
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Erewhon Books - January 23rd, 2024