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Conroy-Goldman’s Novel Is Best Book Awards Finalist

The speculative fiction debut novel by Professor of English Melanie Conroy-Goldman is named a finalist in the Best Book Awards, while her new essay published on Medium explores the genre.

Professor of English Melanie Conroy-Goldman’s debut novel has been named a finalist in the Best Book Awards from American Book Fest. The Likely World earned the honor in the Fiction: Literary category.

Now in its 18th year, American Book Fest covers mainstream, independent and self-published books. The Best Book Awards enlists industry experts to judge titles published between 2018 and 2020 in more than 90 categories. More than 2,000 books were reviewed for this year’s awards.

The Likely World, published by Red Hen Press, is a speculative fiction novel that follows single mom Mellie, who has just emerged from a shattering 20-year addiction to the memory drug cloud, when a stranger who may be her child’s father appears with a dangerous agenda. The book has earned praise from literary luminaries and coverage from Vanity Fair, among others.

Speculative fiction includes elements that don’t exist in recorded history or observed phenomena of the universe, asking “what if” questions. A new article authored by Conroy-Goldman, selected for distribution by Human Parts from Medium, explores how speculative fiction can help us to understand the many and changing narratives of 2020.

In “We’re All Speculative Fiction Writers Now,” she shares: “As we cast our minds into next year — toward a new administration, toward vaccines in production, and toward the great movements that have shaped recent history — it is this imaginative element that will help us best to dream.”

To read the complete article, click here.

A founding director of the HWS Trias Residency for Writers, Conroy-Goldman’s fiction has been published in journals such as Southern Review and StoryQuarterly, in anthologies from Morrow and St. Martin’s and online at venues such as McSweeney’s. In addition to her teaching duties at HWS, she volunteers at a maximum-security men’s prison with the Cornell Prison Education Program. Her work is represented by Bill Clegg at the Clegg Agency.