The Lesson – Available Now!

“Turnbull is a rising star in the science fiction and fantasy world.” – The Verge

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.

”A compelling tale of invasive occupation and emotional uprising, Turnbull’s debut is complex and enthralling. It’s a must for all libraries, and the writer, who crafts speculative stories with black characters on par with Octavia Butler, is definitely one to watch.” — Library Journal (Starred review)

Coming September 7th, 2021

No Gods, No Monsters

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger….

“. . . immersive prose, strong characters, sharp social commentary, and well-woven speculative elements makes for an unforgettable experience. Fantasy fans won’t want to miss this.” Publishers Weekly (Starred review)


Cadwell Turnbull

Cadwell Turnbull is the author of The Lesson. His short fiction has appeared in The VergeLightspeedNightmareAsimov’s Science Fiction, and several anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. His novel The Lesson was the winner of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category. The novel was also short-listed for the VCU Cabell Award and long-listed for the Massachusetts Book Award. Turnbull lives in Raleigh and teaches at North Carolina State University.

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2PM EST

Edelweiss Bookfest

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Cadwell Turnbull, P. Djèlí Clark, and Shelley Parker-Chan discuss literary fantasy. Bookfest is a conference for the industry, by the industry. Whether you’re a bookseller, librarian, publisher, reviewer, teacher, or passionate book lover, you don’t want to miss it!